Brexit: Information for UK citizens

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The Brexit has been postponed. According to the new timetable, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union by 31 October 2019 at the latest. Due to ongoing negotiations with the EU, the conditions of the UK’s departure remain unclear.

In any case, British citizens will require a residency title or some other proof of their right of residency in order to reside in the territory of Germany after the Brexit.

Consequences in residency law for British citizens in Germany in the event of a disorderly Brexit

  • In the event of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens in Germany will, for an initial period of three months, be exempted from the requirement to possess a German residency title.
  • By the end of that period, all British citizens should apply for a residency title at their local Foreigners Registration Office.
  • British citizens residing in Berlin can register online with the Berlin Foreigners Registration Office to submit an application for a residency title
  • Until a decision has been taken on the application, the applicant will be allowed to continue to reside in Germany and to engage in economic activity of any kind.
    Consequences in residency law for British citizens in Germany in the event of a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Should the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union be ratified, you will in future still be required to prove your right to residency.
For more information, please visit the Berlin Foreigners Office website.

Do you have a question about applying for a residence permit or naturalisation? Then come by or send us an email – our legal advisors will be happy to answer your questions. Our counselling times: Mon, Tue, Thu: 9-13 o’clock, Thu additionally 15-18 o’clock. We recommend that you arrive one hour before the start of the consultation and draw a number for your appointment.