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Residence permits dropped for EU expats

Published on March 12, 2004

 12 March 2004

BRUSSELS – From 2006 onwards expats from European Union countries will no longer have to apply for a residence permit to live and work in Germany and other EU states, thanks to a new law approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week.

The new EU directive will enter into force in 2006 and will mean EU expats living in Germany will no longer have to spend considerable time and effort applying for a so-called “Aufenthaltsgenehmigung” or “Aufenthaltserlaubnis” (residence permit).

Instead they will simply have to register with the local authorities when they move to Germany and prove they have the means to support themselves while living here.

As the new law is an EU directive, it will be valid across the entire European Union, which in 2006 will be made up of 25 countries.

On 1 May, ten largely Central European states are due to formally join the EU.

Member states have a two-year period to phase in the new directive.

The rules will not apply to non-EU expats, for example US citizens.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: German news