Having a Baby in Germany, Part Four: The little lady gets a land

One of the questions we get asked the most about having a baby in German is related to our daughter’s citizenship- is she a US citizen? German? Both?

Moriah's passport photo

Most assume that our little one was eligible for German or dual citizenship just because she was born here, but that is not the case! Germany does not have the same citizenship laws that the US does. In order for her to have been eligible at birth, she would have had to have a German parent, or have foreign parents who had been living in Germany for at least 8 years with a permanent residence visa; and, even in that situation, she would only be able to retain dual citizenship until age 23, when she would be required (by German law) to choose only one citizenship.

So, the answer to the most common question is that our little lady is proud to be an American!

But, getting to that point took a bit of work. In early April, we completed a stack of paperwork, pulled together all the required documents to prove our daughter’s US citizenship eligibility (including both my and my husbands high school and college transcripts!), and took almost 200 photos in order to get one single photo that would pass the passport requirements. We then rented a car and took a day trip to the US Consulate in Bremen where, after waiting for a LONG time, we applied for Moriah’s Consulate Report of Birth Abroad (the equivalent to a US birth certificate for expats), social security card and passport. Truth be told, the wait really wasn’t too bad at all as the baby co-operated and we were able to pass time talking with other American expats, which was refreshing.

About a month ago our little one’s passport and birth certificate arrived; and, just a week ago her social security card was sent to us. Success! We look forward to introducing our daughter to the US at the end of the year when we take our much anticipated trip back home.

5 Responses to “Having a Baby in Germany, Part Four: The little lady gets a land”

  1. Beth writes:

    sounds like a great name to a fantasy childrens story “The Little Lady Gets a Land”

  2. Lowell writes:

    And her first much anticipated visit to the homes of all her grandparents! (anticipated by the grandparents for sure!)

  3. Sara writes:

    I get to do this next month! Your baby is super cute too 🙂

  4. Mozhdeh writes:

    hello 🙂

    I am going to give birth in Hannover on Nov. and I am not German! I saw your cute baby and also her Passport photo.. very nice.
    mine is baby girl also . and I have some questions if you don’t mind. about the total cost, and the way you gave birth to your baby and also how much it took time to receive baby passport.

    by the way, you did it in Henriettenstiftung , yes? are you satisfied?

    Adrina MOM

  5. Blue Cakes Blogger writes:

    Hi Adrina, I’m sending you an email now… 🙂

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