Legal and Consular Section, Passport Service
Non-Acquisition of German Nationality for Children Born Abroad
Under certain circumstances, a child born to German parents abroad will NOT automatically acquire German nationality.
Are you planning to go to Germany? Please read the following section of our website carefully to determine if a visa is required for your stay. The Embassy will guide you through the visa process. All visa application forms can be downloaded free of charge.
Police Clearance Certificates
Police clearance certificates can be applied for directly with the "Bundesamt für Justiz" in Germany. The necessary certification of your signature on the application form can be done by a notary public, any police station, the German Honorary Consuls or the Embassy in Wellington itself.
For a certification by the Embassy you need to come in person to the Embassy during the opening hours with your passport and the form. The fee for this certifcation is payable in New Zealand Dollars and is based on the current exchange rate of Euro 20. The German Embassy accepts payments in cash, by cheque or credit card. Payments by EFTPOS are not possible.
Any person holding cash or equivalent funds to the value of € 10,000 or more entering Germany from a country outside the European Union or leaving Germany for such a country is obliged to declare these funds to the relevant German customs authority in writing and without being prompted.
German Pensions in New Zealand
In accordance with article 18, para 2 of the Agreement dated 20 October 1978 on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Tax Evasion concerning the Taxation of Income and some other Taxation between the Federal Republic of Germany and New Zealand, the following shall apply: “Regularly or irregularly received income from social insurance or other similar income which either one of the countries in the Agreement, one of its states, local, regional or government authorities pay out to the recipient, can only be taxed in and by that same country. This means that German pensions are not - and must not be - subject to taxation in New Zealand.
Insofar as the German pensions are taken into account in calculating the New Zealand taxation, objection might be raised against this taxation assessment with reference to the above Agreement. In some cases, a claim can be lodged for the reimbursement of taxation levied in the past.
With reference to article 18, para 2 of the German-New Zealand Agreement and to section CH 1(1) (section 65(2)(j) Income Tax Act 1976), the New Zealand IRD Tax Information Bulletin: Volume Seven, No. 3 (September 1995) states the following: “A double tax agreement overrides the domestic law of the contracting states, so the pension received is not taxable in New Zealand. Any taxpayer who has been assessed with tax in New Zealand on his or her pension from the German Bundesversicherungsanstalt, should apply to the local Inland Revenue office for a reassessment.”
More information (in German)