UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) project
IOM Germany is providing additional support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete all their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in Germany now that the United Kingdom has left the EU. Through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), IOM seeks to assist those living in Germany in settling their residence status by offering various forms of support for 12 of Germany’s Federal States.
Guidance on residence requirements for at-risk nationals
The project is aimed at UK nationals who may be particularly at risk or facing specific challenges, such as people living with disabilities, those grappling with chronic illness, language and literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology. IOM addresses UK Nationals' different needs from awareness raising to practical guidance on application procedures. Within the framework of the project, IOM can support people in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
Residence rights support & information
If you are a UK national who was living in Germany before the end of 2020 you should report your residence to your local foreigners’ authority if you have not already done so in order to receive your new residence document (Aufenthaltsdokument-GB). See the German Interior Ministry’s FAQs: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/constitution/brexit/faqs-brexit.html and the UK Government’s guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/germany-residency/residence-documentation-for-uk-nationals-in-germany.
Please be aware that we are no longer able to take on new cases at this stage. For more information on your residence rights please see our UKNSF FAQ and Info Sheets http://germany.iom.int/sites/default/files/UKNSF_FAQs_3.pdf relating to any questions you may have regarding the process to obtain the residence document.
For general information about living in Germany, please take a look at the UK Government’s Living in Germany guide: www.gov.uk/livingingermany.
For all residence rights related matters, we recommend you reach out to your local foreigners’ authority which can be found here https://bamf-navi.bamf.de/de/Themen/Behoerden/
If you are in need of urgent assistance as a UK national living in Germany, please contact the consular support by the British Embassy here https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-berlin
The project is conducted in close coordination with the British embassy in Berlin.
Information for UK Nationals returning to Germany after the 31 December 2020
If you have already lawfully been living in Germany before the end of 2020 and were abroad over the end of the transition period, we advise you to carry proof of your residence with you when returning home from 1 January 2021. For example, an official certificate of application (“Fiktionsbescheinigung”) from your local foreigners’ authority or alternatively proof of notification to your authority or if not available proof of the registration of your address (“Meldebescheinigung”).
Please refer to the travel advice by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office if you have any other concerns as well as for COVID-19 updates.
After the end of the transition period (on the 31 December 2020) UK nationals not resident in Germany will still be able to enter or travel to Schengen countries visa free for short visits (90 in 180 days). UK nationals will need to have at least 6 months left on their passports to travel to countries in the European Union from 1 January 2021.
Are you a UK National in Germany and need assistance with your residence document now that the UK has left the EU? IOM supports you:
- By mail: UKNationalsDE@iom.int
- Through the official Facebook group: UK National Support Fund (UKNSF) in Germany
- Through our virtual drop-in sessions: You can now reserve a 15-minute slot for a virtual counselling session on Wednesdays and Fridays to address detailed and personal concerns. Simply message us via UKNationalsDE@iom.int.
Further information on the project
- Living in Germany Guide by the United Kingdom Government
- Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
- UKNSF Flyer
- BMI's Application Notes for the Withdrawal Agreement
Regarding the support IOM offers as part of the UKNSF in other EU member states please visit IOM UK.
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UK Nationals Status in Germany
As stated by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, following the entry into force of the UK Withdrawal Agreement on 1 February 2020, nothing will change for UK Nationals until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
Have a look at the Ministry's explanatory notes here (in German).
IOM Germany continues to provide UK Nationals with up-to-date guidance and support regarding the administrative procedures currently in place.