I was born in Germany, at an American Army Hospital. My father was in the Army, and both my parents were American citizens. I have a German birth certificate, which says that my father was in the US Army and that I was born at an American hospital. It also says that I am “Eine Zwischenzeile”-- but I’m not sure what that means. Literally it means “between line”. I’m guessing it’s something like “Dual Citizen”, but I can’t find any good definition for it. I had a consular report of birth, but it has been lost. I’m trying to avoid having to send off $30 to the Department of State for a copy of it.
Question 1: Anyone know if there is any chance the Social Security Administration will accept this as proof of US Citizenship? I tried a while back to change the name on my SS card to my married name, but they wouldn’t do it because I didn’t have the consular report of birth. I found this incredibly irritating, because my bank and the state of Colorado were perfectly willing to accept my ID and my marriage certificate to change my name. I had to prove that I was a citizen to get the SSN in the first place, and I can prove I am the person attached to that SSN. Did I somehow LOSE my citizenship somewhere along the way?
Question 2: Someone told me that with my German birth certificate, if I were to go to Europe, I might be able to get an EU passport, which they said would be better for traveling and especially if I wanted to stay there and work for a while. Based on what I’ve looked up today, though, I’m not sure I am considered a German citizen in any way. We left Germany when I was 6 weeks old, and I’ve never been back. I read that you are supposed to formally choose citizenship of one country or the other, by filing some sort of form, before your 23rd birthday. I never did that, and I’m 33. So, could I get an EU passport? (I’m guessing no.)
Question 3: Am I some sort of countryless person? I don’t currently have the paper that proves I’m an American, and I think that Germany would say I am not a German citizen, German birth certificate notwithstanding. Could I get a free trip to Germany by calling up the INS and telling them I can’t prove I’m an American? If I get deported and then get my paper proving I am a citizen and was wrongly deported, do they have to bring me back on their dime? (Yeah, I know it’s far-fetched, but wouldn’t that be kinda cool?) Seriously, I’m not really in any danger of deportation, am I?
Disclaimer: I know no one can offer me legally binding whatever, does not constitute a professional relationship, yadda yadda yadda. I have no plans to go to Europe in the forseeable future, and the SSN thing just means I have to remember to file my taxes under my maiden name, or they’ll send them back and tell me to do it over. Mostly this is just to satisfy my curiosity, and when I need to do something concrete about any of this I will consult the proper professional and authorized person, blah blah blah. But if someone could unoffically tell me the answers, that would be nice.