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  1. A follow-on from the recently closed (Dec 2016) topic on "Brexit: UK referendum on leaving the EU. How it affects British expats"... Let's see where this snow ball eventually ends up.
  2. Hi folks, I am writing a report about a possible Brexit and how it could affect british expats. What do you think about this? Did any of you ever consider applying for German citizenship? Susanne
  3. Hello everyone,   I've asked on here before regarding S1 health insurance forms and eventually I was able to get mine sorted. However now that everything is up and running I expect the walls to come tumbling down again.   Firstly does anyone know if I am required to resubmit the S1 form annually? When I received the S1 certificate it did indeed have an expiry date for a year later, however I don't know if this is just an expiry to use the S1 form to sort out your insurance or if the subsequent insurance that you acquire will also expire on that date. For example I had an S1 certificate from the UK that expired at the beginning of April 2019. However I took that certificate to AOK and was issued with my AOK insurance card last year. The insurance card itself has no expiry date on it and instead has xxxxxx in the place where the expiry date would be (which to me implies no expiry). I was hoping someone here would know so I wouldn't have to go into AOK and ask or worse still find out I am not insured next time I am at the dentist.   The second part of my question relates to being a UK citizen living here in Germany and if anyone else is in a similar situation and knows the potential outcomes. I am married to a German citizen and have a freshly born German citizen son here. I've been here for just over four years and married for about one and a half. My work is still UK based (I am a sailor in the North Sea) and all my taxes are paid in the UK as I actually spend more time there per year than I do here. I have made absolutely no preparations, enquiries or precautions regarding Brexit whatsoever so was wondering if anyone had any knowledge on the following;   - What will happen to people like me with S1 health insurance after Brexit? - Is it possible that even with a wife and child here I could be deported? - Would I be eligible for German citizenship and what would that entail, could I get dual citizenship? - Is there anything I should be doing etc. in preparation for Brexit? - I fly in and out of the country on a monthly basis to the UK for work. Will I likely suddenly have visa issues?   Any help, advice or thoughts will be much appreciated! 
  4. Some states and cities in Germany are now activating their brexit plans, updating their web pages, and sending out letters to those affected.   It doesn't make sense to make 1 thread per state. Nor does it make sense to mix this thread with the other brexit topics. So I started this thread to collect info on which states/cities are doing what - most info is pulled via  https://britishingermany.org and social media.   Berlin - website updated with info and FAQs. https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/freizuegigkeit-eu-ewr-schweiz/artikel.779578.en.php   Munich - website updated with info  https://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/Stadtverwaltung/Kreisverwaltungsreferat/Auslaenderwesen/Brexit.html#aktueller-status-des-aufenthaltsrechts-von-britisc_1   Saxony - Landesamt sending out short questionnaire letters to brit residents. Website updated with info: https://www.europa.sachsen.de/brexit-4886.html   Feel free to update and I'll add to the list.
  5. In case this information is useful to others, here I share my experiences at the Ausländerbehörde last week, applying for permanent residency due to brexit. I was stressed by the lack of information before I went, and didn't find much information here. So maybe this will help those who haven't yet had their appointment.    it didn't take me long to find the right waiting room, although there are many in the building. I would allow approximately 10 minutes once at the building to climb the stairs and locate the room. It's also important to get off at the correct underground exit, assuming you arrived that way. The building is not obviously official, though it does have a plaque on the gate with the correct name.  it's opposite a beautiful garden with fountains, which is a nice place to go once you've finish there.    I think that at the at the moment they're only seeing people who have lived in Germany more than 5 years. I'm in that category. Everybody else in the waiting room with me at the Ausländerbehörde was too, and some of them had already been granted permanent residency, and were coming back for their children.    I prepared a lot of paperwork, including a letter signed by my employer which confirmed my employment, also previous tax returns, Anmeldungs,  health insurance certificate, bank statement, employment contracts past and present, and more. I had actually got new private health insurance, and finally settled old self-employed income taxes in preparation as well.    However none of this appeared to be necessary once at the Ausländerbehörde.  during my appointment last week the only thing which was requested was the completed residency application form, and my passport. I was called into the room twice within the space of about 15 minutes, and spent no more than 90 seconds in the room itself. First time in, my documents were requested. Second time in, I got my passport back with the permanent residency included. No questions asked. I had taken a native German friend to act as a translator, but this turned out to be unnecessary. The person I dealt with spoke English to me and had no problem or resistance doing so, though only a few words in total were ever exchanged. I suppose other workers there may not offer English, hard to say.   I do not know how much of the information and documents that I brought with me had already been checked online or with other relevant agencies before I arrived at the appointment. It's possible that the work I did with my taxes and new insurance plan had an influence, and that my residency and income had also been pre-checked. It's also possible that all the paperwork I brought was irrelevant, and that they would have given me permanent residency whether I had Anmeldung, insurance, etc or not.  I just can't say.  Maybe they just waved me through because I was the second appointment of the day and they were keen to avoid delays. My friend and I wore suits and were deliberately polite, which theoretically could also have had an influence. I just don't know.    overall the experience was Swift and efficient. The process went very well, there were no Surprises, and I was delighted to get my residency. There was no evidence of stress or chaos on the part of the authority, as has been suggested in the local Media. The impression I got was that this process was mostly a formality. There was no suggestion of an interview, and if you read the email or letter you got carefully, it refers to an invitation rather than any kind of examination.     I hope this account helps somebody, and wish anyone who is anxiously awaiting their appointment good luck.
  6. Question about driving licenses

    Hi all,   Long time reader but first-time poster here. Now, I've looked on the relevant German and British websites, but I cannot find an answer.   So, I am a Brit with permanent EU/German residency, and this year in May I shall apply for my German passport (Got my LiD Zertifikat, B2 German certificate, integrated by having training with the THW). Anyway, I am cognisant to the suggestion that Brits should exchange their driving licenses during the transition period, but if I exchange my UK license for a German one will that be valid to use in the UK? I don't drive now because I live in a city-centre (only when I visit the UK) but I may decide to drive here (particularly if a job requires me to do so). I am obviously a licensed driver on the DVLA system, so technically there shouldn't be a problem, but peradventure were I to be stopped by the police in the UK and show them my German driving license, I may end up getting nicked. Heretofore it would be no problem using my UK license here.   I think I have my paper copy of my license somewhere in my parents' house in the UK, but I can't be sure of where it would be. Of course, I don't want to have to take a test after Brexit just to get a German license.   I did have a way to have both licenses, but it was a bit shady (not illegal per se). I won't mention it so as to not run the risk of breaching the T&C's.   Thanks for any help. If you have sources as well, that would be good; particularly from government departments.    
  7. Will Brits residing in EU countries still be able to swap their UK driver license during the transition period or must it be done by tomorrow? The relevant link for Cyprus doesn't work: https://europa.ereu/youreurope/citizens/vehicles/driving-licence/driving-licence-renewal-exchange/cyprus/index_en.htm and my UK neighbour has been a bit lackadaisical about it. Exchanging her license by tomorrow would be a  challenge though due to health issues.
  8. After extensive searching through "German themes", it seems that the majority of postings related to Brexit and German citizenship focus on the procedure and timing of the application process--I have not found any postings that reveal how successful applicants feel after they have been granted German citizenship. With this in mind, I have created a thread to address this topic (apologies if one exists already--please move this there). To explain something about myself, I was born, raised and educated in the UK and worked there for a number of years before moving to the continent where I have since worked in seven EU member states over a period spanning more than two decades. Along the way, I married (a German) and started a family (outside of Germany). As the holder of a British EU passport, I felt quite European and the thought of applying for citizenship in those seven EU countries never crossed my mind. This all changed with Brexit when I recognized the advantages of German citizenship over permanent residency and thus completed the application process, successfully. Having recently received my Staatsangehörigkeitsurkunde should I feel that is somehow more than the result of having successfully completed a necessary formality?