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German Law/applying for german citizenship while living abroad


Hi Andreas,

I am the wife of a German national for two years and he has lived outside Germany (Abgemeldet)for the past five years.

I am working for a well-known German company for 7 years and never had an issue with traveling to Germany or any other part of the world due to my company sponsoring, but because of my Iranian nationality (even though I have lived all my life in Dubai)I am facing serious issues in travelling in Middle east (Saudi, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain,...) and its affecting my work .
I can not live Dubai for at-least 5 years from now due to work commitments.
I have a C1 German certificate.

do you think with support of my company and Husband I have a chance applying for German citizenship via the consulate here in Dubai?

thanks in advance and MFG,

Working for a German company and in particular your strong German language skills are positive factors, but I am afraid that your marriage hasn't been lasting long enough yet. Even for people who live in Germany while being married to a German citizen, the minimum residency requirement is 3 years.

For a naturalization from abroad, the Consulate would usually look for a much more long-term timeframe, and also for other connections that you have to Germany (e.g. academic interests, your own business dealings with Germany, and so on).

Andreas Moser

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Extensive experience in international family law, especially international child abductions and child custody cases. All other areas of German law as well: constitutional law, criminal law, business and contract law, immigration law, inheritance law, and so on.


Lawyer in Germany from 2002 to 2009. Lawyer for US Army JAG Corps before. Bar-certified specialisation in family law and in administrative law. Articles and lectures about international and domestic family law.


2000 Law Degree from University of Regensburg, Germany 2002 admitted to the bar (until 2009) 2013 MA Philosophy at the Open University, UK

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