About Us

| Stern

The inception of this business stemmed from a genuine passion for historical research, a profound affinity for archival endeavors, and the patience requisite for navigating intricate bureaucratic landscapes. Following numerous years devoted to locating family documents and a subsequent decade of guiding friends and family through similar processes, I made the conscious decision to transition this hobby into a full-fledged profession. Presently, my team and I possess an in-depth understanding of the bureaucratic intricacies mandated by German authorities, complemented by extensive experience in genealogical and archival pursuits. We find fulfillment in addressing the bureaucratic challenges that often prove burdensome for others, and my dedicated team and I are poised to transform what may seem complex and inaccessible into a streamlined and easily navigable process for you.
In recent years, we have accompanied individuals of Jewish descent as well as many others from Europe on their journey to secure German, Polish, and Romanian citizenship. Our wealth of experience encompasses thorough searches for archival material in these countries, a meticulous attention to detail, and a profound comprehension of the bureaucratic procedures stipulated by the respective authorities. Our team comprises proficient speakers of English, Hebrew, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic. Additionally, we collaborate with translators and other professionals as needed to ensure comprehensive and effective support.

?Who Am I

Yoav Stern

Yoav SternI am Yoav Stern, the founder of stern-eu.com, a company specializing in facilitating European citizenship acquisition or restoration. My journey in this field began during my childhood in the 7th grade when, as part of the Bar Mitzvah year, I delved into researching my family's roots. This initial curiosity sparked my fascination with genealogy. Back then, online platforms were nonexistent, and we meticulously crafted our family trees on paper, drawing circles by hand. Over time, the landscape evolved, leading to the creation of extensive databases in this realm.

What began as a personal hobby persisted until roughly a decade ago when circumstances aligned for us to pursue German and Romanian citizenship for our children. Initially prompted by a friend's query, the demand quickly grew, extending to their relatives and acquaintances. Recognizing the potential and the need, I decided to transition this passion into a professional pursuit.

This endeavor swiftly evolved into my primary occupation, and presently, we handle numerous citizenship processes for our clients, specializing in German, Polish, and Romanian citizenship. Among these, the demand for German citizenship is notably high. While many in the Jewish community might view German citizenship with skepticism, I perceive it differently. It represents a restoration of entitlements that many overlook—a chance to reclaim rights unjustly taken away from families after enduring years of terrible injustice.
The Henley Passport Index stands as a unique compilation, drawing on 19 years of historical data and exclusively utilizing information from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). They list the German passport as currently tied for first place as the world’s number 1 ranked passport, with access to 194 countries, visa-free. Acquiring German citizenship offers a spectrum of advantages within the European Union, spanning housing, education, and business opportunities. It simplifies life in unforeseen ways, easing navigation in our increasingly interconnected global landscape.

Notably, August 2021 saw the introduction of new regulations in Germany's citizenship laws, particularly relevant to Jewish families whose ancestors resided in Germany before WWII. Previously, citizenship was only granted to those able to demonstrate their ancestors had their citizenship revoked by the Nazi regime. However, the new regulations potentially extend eligibility to family members simply born in Germany or residing there during the years preceding WWII.

What We Do

Understanding Our Services

Embarking on the bureaucratic journey with authorities may seem daunting and time-consuming, but don't let the complexities discourage you – it's a manageable process, and there's hope. Even if you're missing some necessary documents, it's crucial to note that our team specializes in delving into archives, reaching back to the 20th century and occasionally the 19th, unearthing family treasures that can significantly ease the process. Many of our clients have successfully navigated this journey with us, securing an additional passport along the way.

Here's another key point: You don't necessarily need legal assistance for the naturalization process. You can confidently handle the procedure independently before the embassy or the relevant authority. All it takes is organization, precision, a grasp of the process, patience, and a bit of experience.

Recent Changes in German Citizenship Eligibility

In recent times, notable adjustments have been made to the criteria for German citizenship, particularly favoring Jewish residents of Germany prior to WWII and their descendants. Over the years, Germany has introduced several modifications to the citizenship law. A significant milestone occurred in 2021 when substantial concessions were enacted. According to the updated German citizenship law, individuals are now eligible to receive German citizenship if their ancestors resided in Germany before the outbreak of World War II and were compelled to leave the country due to the ascension of the Nazi regime – regardless of whether these family members held German citizenship at that time or were just merely residents. 

Prior to this legislative change, individuals seeking German citizenship had to demonstrate their descent from individuals who themselves held German citizenship during the relevant period. This requirement has now been changed, marking a noteworthy shift in eligibility criteria.

What's your family tale? Did Grandma grow up in Germany and make a swift exit before the war? Perhaps Grandpa originated from Romania but lacks a passport? Did your mother navigate through the trials of war before deciding to immigrate to Israel?

We're eager to hear your unique family story, and rest assured, it won't end with just your narrative. Once you share your history, brace yourself for a barrage of inquiries, requests, and suggestions from us. Believe it or not, we're genuinely fascinated. It's not just a routine administrative process for us; it's an enthralling expedition into discovering your family's past. Hearing your story, perusing historical documents in your possession, or delving into archives on your behalf is what we are passionate about.

Indeed, it doesn't have to be solely a wearisome administrative endeavor—it can transform into an absorbing exploration of your family's heritage. Based on the insights you provide, we will guide you through the process and reach out to various entities, including archives in Poland, Germany, and Romania, internet databases, the Ministry of the Interior in Israel, and relevant authorities abroad. Sometimes, by the end of our searches, we might even unearth more about your family history than you currently know.

Our journey together begins with the crucial first stage: evaluating eligibility and sourcing historical documents. To kickstart this process, we'll gather essential details from your ancestors, collect archival information, and delve into the historical context of your family.

Unearthing Historical Materials

In the quest for historical materials, we proactively engage with archives in Europe to unravel the rich tapestry of your ancestors' stories. Our aim is to uncover information that might remain elusive through conventional means, offering you a more profound understanding of your family history.

Moving forward, we focus on preparing meticulous applications and assembling a comprehensive document file. Our commitment extends to completing the information gathering for all family members, aiding in the collection of country-specific documents, providing translation services, and overseeing the submission of applications in Germany.

Upon the submission of your application, a patient waiting period ensues, lasting approximately two years until the awaited response from Germany is received. Following the approval with the issuance of the naturalization certificate, the subsequent step involves scheduling an embassy appointment for the passport issuance process.

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