How do I revoke my Egyptian citizenship

Immigration law, naturalization, visas, family reunification, right of residence

With naturalization, foreign citizenship is fundamentally lost or has to be given up.

The German state wants to avoid multiple citizenship when it comes to naturalization.

Loss of foreign citizenship

Foreign citizenship can be lost automatically - on the basis of foreign law - if German citizenship is assumed. No further measures are then required. If necessary, the naturalization authority will require a certificate of the loss of foreign citizenship.

Abandonment of foreign citizenship

Giving up foreign citizenship is often not that easy. Many foreign states require a formal application, which must be submitted to the respective diplomatic mission (embassy).

As long as the foreign state has not made a decision on the application, naturalization will not take place.

Retention of foreign citizenship

However, there are exceptions. The German state accepts multiple citizenship in some cases.

For example, if the foreign state does not provide the possibility of releasing its citizens from citizenship, naturalization is still possible.

This is the case with certain Asian or North African countries, such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Cuba.

Sometimes it is not possible to give up foreign citizenship, for example because

  • the application was not accepted by the foreign state,
  • the foreign state refuses to provide the required forms,
  • a decision is not made even after a reasonable period of time (more than 2 years).


Naturalization in Germany is also possible in these cases.

Foreign citizenship does not have to be given up even if the foreign state would only release citizenship under unreasonable conditions. That would be the case if the state demands fees for the dismissal of more than the gross monthly salary of the applicant (at least € 1,280).