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Does the application for the pension refund affect a potential application for a German citizenship?

Applying for a pension refund does not affect a potential application for a German citizenship directly. If you’d like to apply for a German citizenship in the future, you need to live in Germany for 6-8 years straight and have a stable income. Hence, this includes paying into the pension scheme for another 6-8 years as well. If you are planning to become a German citizen you should contact the foreign office (Ausländeramt) to get clarity on the requirements.

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