If you are one of the 350.000 German citizens living in the UK you will find this information very useful.

Many people are moving in the UK from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and many other German cities, to get a new life or a new job. Let’s go into details to find out all the information that German citizens need to know about Brexit.

Brexit is a word used as a shorthand to say that the United Kingdom leaves the EU – by mixing the words “Great Britain” and going out to get the Brexit word, in the same way, that a possible German exit from the euro can get a nickname like GExit.

What happens if I move from Germany to England after Brexit?

Currently, according to current legislation, every citizen of Germany has the right of residence on British soil. After five years of stay, moreover, the residence can be requested. The scenario could change with the Brexit. Citizens of Germany will be treated as immigrants from NO-EU countries (Japanese, Australians,etc.) are treated right now by the United Kingdom. In particular, admissions should be limited according to the specific needs of each professional sector and subject to a series of permits granted by specific government commissions.

How do I get a residence in England if I am a German citizen?

Residency in the United Kingdom will be granted to all German citizens who can prove that they have lived continuously in the UK for 5 years, so it will be possible to apply for permanent residence (permanent residence card). To request it, find all the information here.

If you have not lived in the United Kingdom for at least 5 years, from the moment that the UK will leave the European Union, you can apply for a temporary residence permit. After five years you will be able to apply for permanent residence.

As German citizen, can I get a permanent residence card?

Yes, you can. You can send the application online and obtain the permanent residence card, simply fill in the online form on the official website of the British government, or by downloading the form and sending it by post. The documents to be attached are the following:

  • £ 65 Postal;
  • Two ID photos;
  • Documentation certifying that you are a qualified person (employment contract, paycheck, bank statement, proof that you study in the UK);
  • Documents that prove that you lived in the UK for at least 5 years (bill invoices, payment of taxes, letters received from British public council, other similar proofs);

If you have any doubts during the procedure to sending documents do not worry, during application submission you will get all the documents that you need in detail.

The deadline for all applications is set on 30 June 2021.

Are you a qualified worker? or unqualified?

For the qualified German workers no limitation has been imposed by the British government, but all the facilities for the citizens have been eliminated. According to the White Paper on Immigration, those, who will be called skilled workers, will have a visa for a period of 5 years, which can be extended to a permanent residence and then it will also be possible to apply for citizenship.

If you are an unqualified worker, Theresa May has confirmed that German citizens who arrive in the UK with the intention of carrying out unskilled jobs can do so freely until 2025 even with the absence of a work contract. The only difference is that German citizens will be tied to stay for only one year, thanks to a temporary non-renewable visa. So to be able to return to the United Kingdom, or even to be able to meet the family, you will need to wait 12 months to apply for a new visa.

German Embassy useful links

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  • 23 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London SW1X 8PZ

  • +44 020 7824 1300


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