How to Become a German Citizen by Naturalization

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If you like to live in Germany for good (and from time to time visit the country where you came from), you can apply for the German citizenship by naturalization under certain conditions.

Germany is one of the best countries in the world. Therefore, I cannot blame you if you want to live here. When it comes to economy, it is one of the strongest. The law here is being followed. Almost everyone is a law-abiding citizen. Here, you do not need to fence your place to be safe. I cannot say there is no violence, but it is neutralized. Germany is also one of the cleanest countries in the whole world. People prioritize cleanliness. Throwing wastes everywhere is prohibited. You can/will be fined if you are caught.

To become naturalized, you need to submit an application. It is advisable to seek advice first from an authority before submitting an application so that you know what to do or you can prepare all the papers you need.

Cost

Every applicant (16 and above) needs to pay 255€ for the naturalization. If you have children below 16, you need to add a fee of 51€ for their naturalization as well. If you have a lot of children and your earning is low, the fee can be reduced or can be paid in installment basis. Those minors who are to be naturalized without their parents need to pay 255€.

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Getting a Permanent Visa in Germany

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If you happened to like living in Germany permanently and you are a foreign national from a third world country, you can apply for a permanent visa (or the so-called permanent EC status) so that you can live in Germany for the rest of your life without needing to give up your citizenship.

Take note: If you have obtained a permanent residence permit in Germany or other EU countries, you can live in Germany or other EU countries permanently.

Requirements

Before applying, you need to check if you have the following conditions as they are needed for you to be approved:

1. You have lived in Germany for at least 5 straight years. You can submit your application 1 month before your 5th year of living in Germany is up.

[In case you are married to a German citizen, the number of years may be different. You will be informed about it as soon as you inform them that you just arrived]

2. You have a job or other means to support yourself. You have health and care insurance, you fulfill your tax obligations, and you pay for your pension (Sozialversicherung).

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The 300 Questions for the Einbürgerungstest (Naturalization Test)

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If taking the Naturalization test is a requirement for you to continue staying in Germany, below are the 300 questions that you need to study for you to be able to pass the test. During the test, only 30 questions out of 300 will appear. They are all in random; therefore, you need to know the answers to each question, regardless where they are located.

If you go to a German class, a copy of this will be handed to you. If you don’t have enough time to go to a class, you can learn it here.

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  1. In Deutschland dürfen Menschen offen etwas gegen die Regierung sagen, weil …
  • hier Religionsfreiheit gilt.
  • die Menschen Steuern zahlen.
  • die Menschen das Wahlrecht haben.
  • hier Meinungsfreiheit gilt.
  1. In Deutschland können Eltern bis zum 14. Lebensjahr ihres Kindes entscheiden, ob es in der Schule am …
  •  Geschichtsunterricht teilnimmt.
  •  Religionsunterricht teilnimmt.
  •  Politikunterricht teilnimmt.
  • Sprachunterricht teilnimmt.
  1. Deutschland ist ein Rechtsstaat. Was ist damit gemeint?
  •  Alle Einwohner / Einwohnerinnen und der Staat müssen sich an die Gesetze halten.
  •  Der Staat muss sich nicht an die Gesetze halten.
  •  Nur Deutsche müssen die Gesetze befolgen.
  • Die Gerichte machen die Gesetze.
  1. Welches Recht gehört zu den Grundrechten in Deutschland?
  • Waffenbesitz
  • Faustrecht
  • Meinungsfreiheit
  • Selbstjustiz
  1. Wahlen in Deutschland sind frei. Was bedeutet das?
  • Man darf Geld annehmen, wenn man dafür einen bestimmten Kandidaten / eine bestimmte Kandidatin wählt.
  • Der Wähler darf bei der Wahl weder beeinflusst noch zu einer bestimmten Stimmabgabe gezwungen werden und keine Nachteile durch die Wahl haben.
  • Nur Personen, die noch nie im Gefängnis waren, dürfen wählen.
  • Alle wahlberechtigten Personen müssen wählen.
  1. Wie heißt die deutsche Verfassung?
  • Volksgesetz
  • Bundesgesetz
  • Deutsches Gesetz
  • Grundgesetz
  1. Welches Recht gehört zu den Grundrechten, die nach der deutschen Verfassung garantiert werden? Das Recht auf …
  • Glaubens- und Gewissensfreiheit
  • Unterhaltung
  • Arbeit
  • Wohnung
  1. Was steht nicht im Grundgesetz von Deutschland?
  •  Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar.
  •  Alle sollen gleich viel Geld haben.
  •  Jeder Mensch darf seine Meinung sagen.
  •  Alle sind vor dem Gesetz gleich.
  1. Welches Grundrecht gilt in Deutschland nur für Ausländer / Ausländerinnen? Das Grundrecht auf …
  •  Schutz der Familie
  •  Menschenwürde
  •  Asyl
  •  Meinungsfreiheit
  1. Was ist mit dem deutschen Grundgesetz vereinbar?
  •  die Prügelstrafe
  •  die Folter
  •  die Todesstrafe
  •  die Geldstrafe

Renewing Your Philippine Passport in Germany

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The Philippine Embassy in Germany is located in Berlin. The exact location is Kurfürstendamm 194, 10707 Berlin, Germany. We’ve been there twice: when I applied for the renewal of my passport and when getting it. I could have let them sent it via mail, but I wanted to see Berlin again.

If you didn’t know, you can extend your passport either in Berlin, Brussels, Berne, or Vienna, depending on where you are located here in Germany.

If you live in southern Germany, you have the option to renew your Philippine passport at the Philippine Embassies in Berne, Switzerland or Vienna, Austria. If you are living in western Germany, you can renew your passport at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Just a note that if you prefer to renew your passport in the aforementioned embassies, you need to make an appointment first.

I renewed mine in Berlin though I live in the western part of Germany as my husband and I also wanted to see Berlin as mentioned earlier. We roamed around the city right after submitting the application. It didn’t take long as there were only 2 to 3 other applicants when we were there.

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Application for lost Philippine passport replacement in Germany

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In case you are a Filipino and you lost your passport while traveling around Europe or your bag with the passport in it was stolen, you do not need to panic. Do not worry as you can apply for a replacement. Instead, just chill, breathe, relax.

Here are the requirements that you need to have before going to a Philippine embassy near you:

1. Personal appearance. This is a must because the embassy employee needs to capture your biometric data (photo, signature, fingerprint) to make sure you are who you say you are. The photo taken will be the photo that will appear in your passport. Therefore, as a piece of advice, fix yourself before going inside the embassy so that they can capture the best look in you. Please note that for minors below 18 years old, a legal guardian or a parent’s personal appearance is needed.

2. Duly accomplished passport application form.

3. Affidavit of Loss. You need to include in detail the reason why you lost the passport. You can state that you lost it somewhere, your shoulder or handbag was stolen or snatched, or it fell out of your pocket without your knowledge.

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