New Nationality Law - Conditions for the Applicants
Those looking to become German have to profess loyalty to Germany's democratic
system, and they cannot have a criminal record. They also have to be able
to support themselves. Those who are unemployed through no fault of their
own just have to prove they have been looking for work.
Another condition for receiving German citizenship is a command of German.
Qualifications acquired at German schools or universities will be accepted
as proof. Language qualifications from night schools or the Goethe Institute
will also be accepted. An official may also decide if a candidate has
a command of the German language fitting his/her age and standard of education.
If the official is not satisfied, the candidate is required to take a
test which will involve being able to read and understand a newspaper
The process of integrating foreigners is going to cost money, and the
authorities are not going to pay the bill. In one Berlin office application
fees have risen from around 50 dollars to around 250 dollars.
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