UPDATE: Germany’s Dual Citizenship Law Goes Into Effect at End of June 2024

The Act on the Modernization of Citizenship Law (StARModG) passed by the German Bundestag was published in the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) on March 26, 2024. The main parts of the law will go into effect on June 26, 2024, three months after the promulgation.

One of the significant changes concerns the elimination of restrictions on dual citizenship. With the annulment of Section 25 StAG (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz), the automatic loss of German citizenship upon acceptance of a foreign citizenship no longer applies. Additionally, the requirement for a prior retention permit (Beibehaltungsgenehmiging) and the associated lengthy procedure for retaining German citizenship will become obsolete.

Please note that this new law, including the simplifications on dual citizenship, will go into effect on June 26, 2024.

Please reach out to a member of AGG’s Immigration & Global Mobility team if you have questions regarding this process.