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Good Day,

I am a person adopted by a German citizen.  My adoption took place December of 2008 in Nigeria. I was told that I had to have my adoption recognised by the German government, which I have done and  AMTSGERICHT SCHÖNEBERG  Abteilung fur Familiensachen BESCHLUSS was given. After receiving this decree I went to the German Embassy to get my passport made and I was rejected. The embassy said my father naturalised in 2009 just 2months after my adoption, therefore I have no claim to a German passport.
What can I do now?
Can I still naturalise has I don't live in Germany?

Your adoption came two months too early indeed.
It comes too late for you, but because this is a public forum: This shows the value of contacting a lawyer  BEFORE you start the adoption process.

There is a theoretical possibility to get naturalized as a German citizen without living in Germany (§ 14 StAG) but you need to have very deep, consisting and strong ties to Germany. The minimum requirement is fluency in German at a very high level.
You find more about this possibility in my FAQ on that section of the German Citizenship Act:

Andreas Moser

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Andreas Moser


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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