The United States’?
Aw, hell – Sri Lanka’s?
Not even close.
Despite the hullaballooing about Chancellor Merkel’s unwise policy of crippling her bloated welfare state with mass, unchecked immigration – an open-armed policy that could actually serve you quite well in the short term – Germany’s economy, at the moment, remains mighty. Its unique, efficient culture, for now, is still more or less there. And in poll after poll, its passport’s arms remain the longest in the world.
And, let’s not forget, if you own a German passport, you can live and work nearly anywhere in Western Europe.
If you’re a citizen of the US, Canada, Australia, the UK or South Africa, that means by adding on German citizenship, you get instant, deep access to a whole new continent. You can own property in France, start a business in Italy, work for a startup in Ireland, send your kid to university, more or less for free, in Germany or Norway, etc.
And if you don’t want to, you never have to deal with winter in Hannover. Just move to Spain.
That, friends, spells freedom. Especially if/when the pendulum swings and a highly Socialist new leader gets ushered in back home.
So the question is – how do you obtain German citizenship?
According to our expert attorney on the subject, some of you might already have German citizenship and not even know it.
This is especially true if your family was persecuted by the Nazis, or if your parent(s) moved to another country but had you before they naturalized.
My friend Peter, for example, brought his and his German father’s documents to the German consulate in Melbourne, and, in three days, had his passport. The wait time tends to be much longer these days, but if you can track down proper birth certificates and the like, you can still acquire citizenship relatively quickly.
There are many ways to acquire German citizenship, but in this piece, we’re going to focus on ancestry. Even if you don’t think you have a shot at it, take a look at the article. You might be surprised to find yourself speaking Deutsch next year.
And if you have, say, Italian or Irish or Polish ancestors instead of German ones, visit the SMC library for more on citizenship via ancestry – the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to gain a second passport.
Three guesses as to what’s considered the most valuable passport in the world… the one that can unlock easy, instant, visa-free access to more countries than any other: The United States’? Wrong. The UK’s? Nope. Australia’s? Canada’s? No. Aw, hell – Sri Lanka’s? Not even close. It’s Germany’s. Despite the hullaballooing about Chancellor Merkel’s unwise…