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I would like to understand the rights of an EU Blue Card

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Hello - I would like to understand the rights of an EU Blue Card Holder. I currently hold an EU blue card for Luxembourg. I have been on this card for the last 2 years and 3 months (with the same company). If I would shift to Germany now on a blue card, would the years I have spend in Luxembourg on the blue card count towards my PR in germany? If yes, after how much time in Germany on a PR can I get German citizenship?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: German Law
Expert:  EULawyer replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  EULawyer replied 8 months ago.

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your question. The answers are:

1. Unfortunately, the time spent in Luxembourg is not counted towards Permanent Residence or the time needed for citizenship in Germany.

2. The normal time for acquiring citizenship in Germany is 8 years' of residence. However, this can be shortened in the following circumstances:

Exceptions to the normal residence requirements include:

  • persons who have completed an integration course may have the residence requirement reduced to 7 years
  • if a person shows that he/she is especially well integrated and has a higher level of command of the German language than the basic requirement for the German citizenship (i.e., higher than CEFR level B1) may have the residence requirement reduced to 6 years
  • the spouse of a German citizen may be naturalised after 3 years of continual residency in Germany. The marriage must have persisted for at least 2 years.

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