Am I a German citizen?
January 10, 2010 5:04 AM Subscribe
Am I a German citizen--or do I qualify to become one--and how might I find out?
posted by fireoyster to Law & Government (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mother was born in Germany to German parents in 1953. She was adopted by her American parents (i.e. my grandparents) when she was a year or two old, and she did not automatically get American citizenship at the time of the adoption. I know this because she has her immigration papers and naturalization certificate. Based on my reading of several sources, it appears she kept her German citizenship--because she was not automatically granted US citizenship--and, as such, I am a citizen as well, by birth. However, I was born in the United States after January 1, 1975 and have never been to Germany.
Is there any way to definitively find out if I am one? I was thinking of calling the German consulate in Washington, D.C. (because those tend to be the largest), but would calling the consulate office that covers my region be a better idea?