Under a draft law, immigrants living in Germany under a false name would later find it extremely difficult to become citizens. The government's changes could also hamper children's chances of citizenship.
In an apparent bid to deter asylum-seekers from providing false information about their identities, the German government plans on making it harder for foreign nationals to attain citizenship, Die Welt newspaper reported on Friday.
A draft law drawn up by the Interior Ministry targets immigrants who have been living in Germany under a false name or provided authorities with incorrect information about their country of origin when they arrived.
Currently, foreigners are generally eligible for German citizenship if they've lived in the country for eight years or more.
Under the new law, the years that an immigrant lived under a false identity would no longer count towards the total years required to attain citizenship.
The draft law would also create a second significant hurdle to citizenship by changing the rules on residence permits.
Under the new measures, immigrants found living under a false identity would be denied an unlimited or permanent residence permit. The law would make "the clarification of identity and nationality" a prerequisite for attaining permanent resident status.
Immigrants could still attain a time-limited residency permit, but the permanent resident status is required for German citizenship.