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November 26, 2014

Registering in Germany: Anmeldung Guide

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The Anmeldung Guide

Last update: February 2018

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8 Things you should know about the Bürgeramt registration

This Anmeldung Guide was written to help foreigners start their life in Germany. The Anmeldung is the most important step when relocating to Germany. Here are 8 things you should know about the Anmeldung to start off well in Germany.

Register in Germany

Place to Live

The first step to live & work legally in Germany is to find an accommodation as soon as possible. In fact, you cannot live in Germany more than 3 months without having an officially registered address. 

There are some exceptions: the Anmeldung may not be a necessary step if you plan to stay in Germany as a tourist for a few months, but bear in mind that you will not be able to open a bank account* and get any electricity or internet contract without registering your German address.

[* Exception: No Anmeldung or Steuer-ID is necessary with N26]

In brief, who is obliged to register at the Bürgeramt?

  • People who intend to live in Germany for more than three months;
  • People who want to work or study (at a university) in Germany;
  • People who want to sign any kind of contract in Germany (register with a German health insurance, get an electricity or internet contract, and so on).

July 18, 2014

How to relocate to Germany?

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Guide for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens moving to Germany

(not suitable for citizens from third-party countries)

Last update: November 2015
Moving to Germany

Here are the steps to follow if you want to live in Germany and
are free to move inside the EU without a visa.

Where do you come from?

As an EU citizen, you can live, work and study in Germany without any visa or permit restrictions (incl. Romanian, Bulgarian & Croatian citizens); 

As a citizen from Switzerland, Norway (EEA), Iceland (EEA) or Liechtenstein (EEA), you can also live, work and study in Germany without any visa or permit restriction. 

If you are a citizen from a third-party country, the below guide isn't for you. Read these 10 steps to sorting your German paperwork

Important: we recommend you check this visa requirements before you take any further steps; 

More details about visas for Germany

What's next?

March 31, 2014

How to get married in Germany?

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Getting married in Germany?

Last update: October 2014
Getting Married in Germany

Here is a Marriage Guide written by an expat couple (American-Italian) living in Berlin 

My name is Emma, a US citizen from Kansas City, MO. I came here in Berlin in Winter 2010/11 and got engaged to Gianni the following Winter. We started the necessary bureaucratic processes in February 2012, and the first step was taken by having a look at the US Embassy website. This, in fact, already lists the documents to be presented to the German authorities, even though the list may change for different cases and for each of the 16 different German states.

First of all, one needs to go to the local Standesamt (registrar’s office) to see what documents they require you to submit. In Berlin, we were told that all non-German couples need to go to the Standesamt Mitte (Klosterstrasse U2). There, among hundreds of cheesy wedding magazines (showing jewels, dresses, new homes, etc.), each couple is called one by one. In our experience, we always waited for quite some time.