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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 all,    I have received a letter from my UK bank advising that if I am not a UK resident they will close my UK bank account. They sent the letter to Germany as I had updated my accounts ages ago with my German address. Having googled the matter, it appears that there is confusion on this topic and some banks are being more lenient than others. I was just wondering if Toytowners had any advice for me, perhaps there is a way around this?
  3. Hi guys,   I am in a bit of a predicament and would welcome your thoughts and opinions on the matter.   I am in the post Brexit process of transferring my license (class B) from a UK license to German. I moved to Germany the summer after finishing my Bachelors. While living in the UK, I fulfilled the prerequisites and only lacking the practical exam, went onto booking a test appointment. Naturally, the test backlog spanned months. NBD, I would come back and take the test when one was free. 7 years later, it turns out that this is in fact a "big deal".   In the absence of a specific agreement post Brexit, UK licenses are for now still being treated as EEA for the purpose of conversion, as in they convert with a form + new photo, nothing else required. I called when making the appointment at the Zulassungsstelle and was assured this is correct (makes sense as it still has the flag in the corner and same vehicle classes).   So, my qualifications are acknowledged as valid for driving in class B. Under an EEA license, I have been able to drive class B up until end of the transition period. However, I am blocked from converting to a German license as I should have started a new license process from scratch as soon as I moved to Germany long-term, according to their interpretation of Par. 31.   According to the Zulassungsstelle, my options are take a full class B license from scratch or not drive.   Now, I wasn't required to have even obtained my Aufenthaltstitel prior to the appointment but being the eager beaver I am, had already filed for it and presented it (silly me). Possibly, someone took the time to check all of the dates. However, it is more likely that this was flagged by an automated system. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, they would happily convert it provided a muddled enough legal basis. The best I can do is proof of obtaining provisional and theory certification prior to the move.   So, what's your prognosis? Will the logic that I am able to drive and have been doing so with no problem using an acknowledged and accredited qualification prevail or am I doomed to pay upwards of 2000 Euro for 40+ hours of babysitting in traffic while being taught what I already know?   Many thanks, A   Note: It caught my attention that there is a delay between my test completion date and the date of issue on my license. Under this reading of Par. 31, you could have completed all of the necessary steps of the license process before your move and still essentially be at the mercy of the processing speed of the DVLA, as to whether your legal completion of an accredited and acknowledged license program meets the criteria for transfer in Germany, where your address apparently has a significant influence on your physical capacity to drive a car.
  4. Hello Toytown Germany,   Do you have a recommendation for a good Brexit immigration lawyer and English-speaking insurance agent who can advise about health insurance for UK self-employed in Germany? I have spent more than 40-hours researching this topic on the internet, only to find contradictory information. And today I discovered that my health insurance may be legally insufficient for post-brexit residency requirements.   I would appreciate advice on the following:  1. As self-employed (gewerblich), is it required to have long-term care insurance (pflegeversicherung) in addition to health insurance?  2. Regarding health insurance, to maintain new residency requirements as per the Withdrawal Agreement, must I have full private or statutory health insurance, or can I choose expat insurance from a German provider like Hanse Merkur? I understand that 2021 onwards, UK nationals must be 'living in Germany' to be protected under Withdrawal Agreement law, which is defined as having 'Wohnsitz' or habitual residence in Germany and not being abroad for more than 6-months each year. While I intend to be tax resident in Germany going forward, I will also be spending a lot of time back in UK and overseas. Therefore expat insurance is better for my lifestyle, however since by definition it is a travel insurance product for foreign nationals on temporary stay in Germany, I am concerned that it may be legally insufficient to meet residency requirements.  3. Would long stays of more than 6-months at a hotel or a friends' place be compliant with residency requirements? Since I will be spending few months each year out of Germany, I would like to avoid paying for a full-year lease if possible. German law on this point states that owning or leasing a property is not the main criteria to establish residence and that one could be staying at a friend's place, but my friends' point out that I would need to re-register and de-register each time I leave and enter Germany or else they could be fined. Is this how its done? And how would it work with booking long stays at a hotel or serviced apartment?   Thank you so much for your insights.    Best wishes  Newmunchnerin    
  5. Congratulations to members of British in Europe on their Queens Birthday Honours OBEs for fighting for citizens rights of Britons resident across Europe.
  6. Reverse Charge Supply VAT and Brexit

    I currently work as an IT freelancer based in Germany. My primary client is a UK company who I have been invoicing with under VAT reverse charge supply for the last 8 months or so. From what I have read - even if there is a no-deal Brexit - this would still apply. However, I wondered if anyone could confirm that.   Cheers