Citizens of the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland

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You come from another European country and wish to live in Germany on a longer term basis? This section will provide you with information on the conditions that apply.

Entry, residence and access to the labour market

As a citizen of a Member State of the European Union (EU) you have freedom of movement and can enter Germany and reside here without a visa or residence permit. All that is required for entry is a valid passport or national identity card. There are no limits to your access to employment and self-employment in Germany. Your spouse and your children can likewise live and work in Germany without restrictions. The same applies to citizens of Switzerland and the European economic area (EEA), i.e. from Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland.

In Germany you are required to register with the authorities at your place of residence. When you move into a residence, you should register with the registration authority (Einwohnermeldeamt) in the city in which you live. Please note that the deadlines for registration are different in each federal state.