Germany – Enforcement of Local Registration and De-registration Procedures

What has changed

Effective November 1, 2015, the Federal Registration Act will be enforced and will substitute for individual federal states registration legislation, as currently followed. There will be a stricter enforcement of existing local town hall registration and de-registration procedures. Several new documents will also be required.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All inbound and outbound clients, with no exception of nationality

Upon entering/leaving the country, one must register/deregister within the time-frame set by the law (this may possibly change from seven (7) to fourteen (14) days after arriving (for registration)). Failure to do so could result in monetary fines.

Please note, although this change goes into effect November 1, 2015, it may take some time for implementation to be complete.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Clients will need to submit further documentation for Town Hall Registration/Deregistration. New forms are being published and will differ for every city/town/village that has a Town Hall
  • Please prepare to inform your Emigra Worldwide representative of exact date of entry and final departure into and out of Germany.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.