For many immigrants who have lived in Germany for years, the ultimate step in their integration is to become a German citizen. The naturalization process, however, is often a frustrating experience where waiting for months is not uncommon.

Legally speaking, an application’s status is supposed to be determined by the relevant authority within three months. If the authorities do not meet this deadline, the applicant is authorized (according to § 75, Code of Administrative Court Procedures [VwGO]) to take legal action in court. If this happens, the authorities will have to bear the heavy costs associated with a trial (§ 161 Para. 3 VwGO).

Moreover, the widespread assumption that the authorities will reject an application for naturalization if the applicant is unemployed is a popular misconception. According to § 10 Para. 1 Nr. 3 of the Nationality Act (StAG), receipt of public benefits is not a barrier to becoming a naturalized citizen, so long as the applicant is diligently seeking work.

We can help you by significantly shortening the waiting period, and by streamlining the application process.