Right of Residence

Since the 1st of January 2005, Germany has regulated the residence of foreigners through the German Residence Act (AufenthG) and, for citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), through the EU’s Freedom of Movement Agreement (FreizügG/EU). The German Residence Act is specific to citizens of non-EU countries with no connection to Europe.

The Act governs the travel to Germany, acquisition of residence permits, gaining of employment, family reunification, revocation of residence permits, refusal and/or rejection of residence, deportation, and criminal acts. An additional piece of German legislation (Ausländerverordnung) regulates the concrete implementation of the Residence Act. For example, it outlines procedures regarding passport requirements, necessary administrative fees and statutory offences, to name a few.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the Residence Act or German immigration law more generally, or if you are in need of competent legal representation. Our firm specialises in all areas of immigration law.