What happens when you marry a German citizen?

What happens when you marry a German citizen?

If you marry a German citizen, you are not automatically entitled to German citizenship. However, spouses of German citizens are permitted to apply for citizenship by naturalisation much sooner than others: usually after two years of marriage.

Can you have a German and South African passport?

If you are travelling between Germany and South Africa, you must carry both valid passports with you. You would have to show your German passport to German border officials and your South African passport to South African border officials. The airline might insist on seeing both passports.

Do you get citizenship if you marry a German?

Once you are married to a German national, you are normally entitled to a residence permit. Marrying a German national does not automatically result in German citizenship, though. Depending on your citizenship, you can apply for naturalization later on.

Can I stay in Germany if I marry a German?

Marrying a German citizen or a person who has a permanent residence permit in Germany allows you to stay in the country, but you will still need a residence permit. There is no single German residence permit through marriage, but this means that you will get your permit to stay in the country for family union purposes.

Can I get a German passport if I marry a German?

If you marry a German citizen, you can also get citizenship by applying for naturalization. The “marriage requirements” mean that the foreign national spouse cannot apply for naturalization unless the couple has been married for at least two years and have lived in Germany for at least three years.

What are the requirements for a German passport?

You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for at least eight years, or. You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for seven years and attended an integration course (this becomes six years in special integration circumstances) You must prove German language proficiency of at least B1.

Can a South African have dual citizenship?

South Africans are permitted to acquire multiple citizenships, under certain conditions. When you have dual nationality, you must use your South African passport to enter and exit South Africa. It is considered a criminal offense to use another passport to enter the country if you are a South African passport holder.

Can a South African marry a foreigner?

After registering a marriage, newlyweds should (or must) apply for an unabridged marriage certificate. South Africans marrying a foreigner abroad will need to apply for their official DHA marriage certificate through a South African mission (consulate, embassy, etc), again taking many months.

Can a German citizen get married in South Africa?

If you are a German citizen planning on getting married in South Africa, you require a letter of non-impediment from the registry office at your (last) place of residence in Germany. Certified copies or signatures to accompany your application can be obtained at the German Mission.

What kind of marriage is legal in South Africa?

Three types of marriages are recognised under South African law: civil marriages, customary marriages and civil unions. The solemnisation and registration of these marriages are managed by the Department of Home Affairs.

What does customary marriage mean in South Africa?

Where one partner has passed away and you need to prove that you had been married, an unabridged marriage certificate will be issued. The definition of a customary marriage is one that is “negotiated, celebrated or concluded according to any of the systems of indigenous African customary law which exist in South Africa”.

Do you need a marriage certificate in Germany?

Registering the marriage with the German registrar’s office is voluntary. However, if you are planning on living in Germany, it is advisable to have a German marriage certificate. Applying for marriage registration:

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