Immigration to Germany after Brexit
Now that Brexit has become official, the free movement of persons between the EU and the UK will no longer apply. This means that a valid passport will be required for travel in the future, and additional border controls will be required. The immigration law of the UK or the EU and the respective member state must be observed.
There is currently a visa exemption for British nationals in Germany for short-term stays of no more than 90 days within 180 days. German citizens do not require a visa for stays in the UK of up to six months as a tourist, as students/pupils and for certain business activities. The changes that have taken place mean that there are additional bureaucratic measures for UK citizens planning on moving to Germany.
In Germany, a national visa must be applied for by persons from third countries, i.e., also by British nationals, for stays of more than 90 days. The specific type of visa required depends on the purpose of the stay, e.g. for taking up employment, vocational training, self-employment, study or family reunification.
The German Residence Act (AufenthG) determines which specific requirements must be met. Conversely, British immigration law applies to stays by German citizens in the UK. Our lawyers at Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte advise on all of these matters and are available to assist private and business clients in their immigration law issues.