Right of Residence

What happens if there is an orderly Brexit?
Will I be allowed to stay in Germany?

If the withdrawal agreement is implemented, a transition period will come into force directly after Brexit, lasting until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will essentially continue to be treated as an EU Member State. EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply, and you will still be able to move and reside freely anywhere in the European Union.

Under the withdrawal agreement, a lifetime right to free movement will broadly continue to apply to those affected after the transition period.

Who will be able to invoke rights under the withdrawal agreement?

The withdrawal agreement applies to all British citizens living in the EU and all EU citizens living in the UK at the end of the transition period, as well as to their family members.

If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen and you moved to Germany before 31 December 2020, you will in all likelihood to be able to invoke the rights under the withdrawal agreement.

What do I need to do to be able to invoke rights under the withdrawal agreement?

What you should do

To be able to invoke any rights under the withdrawal agreement you must submit an application to your local foreigners authority and, if you have not done so already, register with your local residents’ registration office to obtain proof of residence.

Some foreigners authorities are planning to introduce a voluntary registration/application procedure before the UK leaves the EU.

Naturalization

What will an orderly Brexit change for people applying for naturalization?

After the UK leaves the EU, British citizens will have to give up their British citizenship before being able to apply for naturalization in Germany.

Transitional arrangements are in place for British citizens who apply for naturalization in Germany before the end of the transition period set out in the withdrawal agreement (31 December 2020). They will not need to give up their British citizenship as normally required under the Nationality Act, that is if they meet all the conditions for naturalization before Brexit happens and still meet these conditions at the time of their naturalization.

Entering Germany

What will an orderly Brexit change for people entering Germany?

If the withdrawal agreement is implemented, a transition period will come into force directly after Brexit, lasting until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will essentially continue to be treated as an EU Member State. EU freedom of movement regulations will continue to apply, and you will still be entitled to enter Germany.

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Source: www.bmi.bund.de

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