Question My girlfriend and I plan to marry at the end of this month. I also would like to start the countdown for naturalisation process. The problem is we will live abroad, not in germany. I read your article on naturalisation abroad. This situation suits me. What i wanted to know is if i have to get a resident permit. If marriage is enough to apply for german citizenship after required time, i wont go through this process.
Answer Without you and your wife living in Germany you cannot get a residence permit.
But you should know that naturalization from abroad is granted in very exceptional and special cases only: https://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/naturalization-in-germany-from-abroad/ It's not an automatic thing after a certain period of time.
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.
Education/Credentials 2000 Law Degree from University of Regensburg, Germany
2002 admitted to the bar (until 2009)
2013 MA Philosophy at the Open University, UK