A German-born child will be considered a German citizen at birth if at the time of delivery (at least) one parent has German nationality or has been legally residing in Germany for (at least) eight years and holds a permanent residence permit ("Niederlassungserlaubnis"). "Legal" in this context means that you (or the other parent) have always had a residence permit throughout eight years of stay. Your stay during your asylum procedure is also considered “lagal” if your asylum application is accepted at the end of the process.
Along with German citizenship, your child can also have the citizenship of your home country.
Please note: If you are not married and only the child's father has German citizenship (or has been legally residing in Germany for at least eight years and has a permanent residence permit), the father must officially recognise paternity so that the child can obtain German citizenship. Learn more about paternity recognition in the section "What is paternity recognition?".
If neither parents meet the requirements mentioned above, the child will not automatically obtain German citizenship, but you can have your child naturalised later.
Important: For children of stateless parents, there are particular requirements for acquiring German citizenship:
- The child must be stateless from birth.
- The child must have been born in Germany or on board of a German plane or ship.
- The child must be legally residing in Germany for at least five years.
- The child must not have been sentenced to more than five years' of imprisonment.
- The child must apply for naturalisation before his/her 21st birthday.