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1. Posted by xxpacerxx (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

HI everyone.

i was wondering if any1 knew information regarding dual nationality. Im a english citizen and was born in germany, i was hoping to apply for a german passport but have been told that because both of my parents are english and i wasnt born after 2000 or 02 then it cant be granted.

any information warmly welcome


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

I'm German and a civil servant, so I know a bit of the law. The information you have been given is correct, especially if it came from the German authorities. If you contact me with the details of your life however, I might be able to find a loophople for you.

FYI, until a few years ago Germany had the jus sanguine - a German was whose parents had been German, regardless when and where they were born. This led to the irrational reality that third-generation immigrant Turks born and raised in Germany were regarded as Turkish citizens and had to apply for permission to stay in Germany every few months, while 5th-generation descendants of ethnical Germans from the Ukraine got German passports upon arrival in Germany.

The German government changed the laws regarding that a few years ago, but they set specific timeframes allowing people who had been born in Germany before the year 2000 to get a German passport under special conditions.

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Hi Andy,

Read this page

Its in English.

Basically the answer is yes, but with many strings attached. Too many to list here.


4. Posted by mee (Full Member 138 posts) 10y


sorry, cant answer youre question, but i have my own:

is it true that, in some cases, its not allowed to keep 2 nationalities??? eg military sevice.

i once heard something like that.

i have an austrian and an american passport and dont even know if its legal.
i have many questions, no answers.


5. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

In principle if you were born in the US or of US parents and acquired the Austrian citizenship later you were supposed to renounce your American citizenship.

If you were born with Asutrain citizenship and acquired US citizenship later, it's totally legal for both countries.

Eventually if you were entitled to both citizenship at birth (one parent Austrian, the other American) and registered with the embassy of the other country if born in one (or with both embassies if born in a third country), from the Austrian perspective you were also supposed to opt for one before age 18.

But in that case you can always re-apply for the other later in life. For the Americans in the last case you remained American regardless.

6. Posted by mee (Full Member 138 posts) 10y

my dad's American, my mum's Austrian. I was born in Austria.

Am I always American, only because of my dad? It's great but stupid. I've never been to the US and English is not my mother tongue.

7. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

English is not the mother tongue of more than 20% US citizens. As for not being in America, until 2001 Volga and Don Germans (seventh generation of people with partly German origin in Russia and Ukraine) were getting citizenship as soon as they showed up in Germany.

Obviously your father had regisered you as American at some point, else you would not have a US passport. But if you think it is stupid, you can renounce US citizenship -- or indeed the Austrian one.

Any people with a dual nationality can do so, but it costs money to renounce it, so I do not see the point.

I have two passports, and a residence permit in a third country (i.e. none of the two I have passports of), but would not at all mind having 25 passports. They are just booklets that facilitate travel. Nothing else.

8. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i wish i saw my passport as just a piece of paper. itdpends on what passport u have. my boyfriends is swiss and i am australian and the problems we have trying to both get visas for the same amount of time in some countries is ridiculous. if u r from europe (especially if u r swiss) u should be glad u have such a strong passport and the ability to work in so many countries..... aussies dont call it the golden ticket for nothing u know

9. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

I'm lucky as I have a kiwi and uk passports.

10. Posted by jemc (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I have dual nationality with Australia/Lithuanian passports. I was wondering if you are allowed to travel on two passports? I am wanting to travel to NZ/South America/Europe. It is easier for me to travel on my Australian passport to NZ/STH America and easier for me in Europe on my Lithuanian as they are part of the EU.

Has anyone travelled on two passports or know where i can find out information?

I have looked everywhere and am receiving different information all the time...

Thank you :)