Moving to Germany from UK: Checklist

Moving to Germany from UK: Checklist

Over the past few years, Germany has been the most popular destination for British citizens wanting to relocate to mainland Europe. Each year, thousands of young British professionals move to Germany for work. Germany, being the leading industrial economy on the continent, offers unlimited prospects for people who are looking for new opportunities.

But, when you decide to finally move to Germany, how do you even go about that? For most people, the prospect of moving is quite daunting. Where to begin? How to prepare? How avoid making costly mistakes?

If you're planning to move to Germany, you've likely asked yourself these questions over and over again -- it is understandable. This is doubly true if you're moving to a country where you don't speak the native language. Most people make mistakes, some of which can be really costly.

That's why, in this article, we've tried to simplify the process as much as possible. We'll lay out the details of an ideal move, and how a prospective mover can create a checklist so s/he doesn't overlook anything. Read on and you'll be able to avoid the most common mistakes and pitfalls that plague people moving from the United Kingdom to Germany.

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#1 Finding a Place to Live

Whether you're moving to Germany for study, work, retirement, or anything else, the first thing you want to do is find a place of residence in the country.

Although this might sound easier in theory than it is in practice: the housing market, although not as bad as the UK, is still bad. Housing is expensive, and there are shortages in some places.

Here are the things you need to take into account when deciding where to move:

By taking all of these aspects into account, you can choose a suitable place of residence that can accommodate you for years. This should be the first on the checklist, and it requires the most amount of research. You might even need to travel temporarily to Germany to check the place yourself before you make your final move if you are really particular about the place of your residence. Otherwise, you can do all of it online.

#2 Sorting Out the Paperwork Involved

Now that you finally have decided on a place to stay, it is time to make sure you sort out all the paperwork involved, and this can be quite considerable if you're not careful.

For short stays, holidays, etc., people from the United Kingdom don't have to fill out any paperwork to move to and live in Germany, but if you want to make a permanent move, you have far more work to do.

British citizens can stay up to 90 days continuously in Germany without needing a residency permit. This is ample time for you to look for a job, apply to a university, etc. but, ideally, you have a valid job/study offer ready before you make your move. There is always a choice between a visa or residence permit, but the latter is almost always the right choice, especially if you're going to stay in the country long-term.

The first thing you have to do is try to get a long-term residency in the country. You'll likely either need a job offer, a study opportunity, or something along those lines for the authorities to give you residency.

But, be careful, you don't automatically have the right to work in the country without the correct residency permit. So, if you have a time-sensitive employment contract, you need to make sure you go to the Foreigners Authority "Ausländerbehörde"'s website and jot down all the paperwork you need.

This might sound complex, and it can be a lot of work, but it is a one-time process that you don't need to repeat once you settle in Germany, so take some solace in that. Depending on the job offer you've received, the company might be able to help you take care of everything. And in that case, you should definitely rely on them for support. Since if they're headquartered in Germany, and they are offering to help you relocate, they are familiar with the legal migration system, and they've helped other employees migrate as well.

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#3 Preparing to Move

Now that you have your paperwork in order, it is time to take concrete steps to prepare to move. You have to take extra steps to be careful during this process because a single misstep can cause you a lot of headaches. Here are the concrete steps you can take to adequately prepare to move:

After taking these steps, you should be able to avoid the common pitfalls that people often face when preparing for a move. You'll be ready to move on to the next step.

#4 Dealing with a Relocation Company

After you've prepared properly, it is time to contact a relocation company to help you make the move to Germany. The relocation company will be responsible for transporting your luggage, equipment, furniture, etc. to your new home across borders, and if you choose the wrong service, you might end up with something unreliable, expensive, and potentially destructive.

To avoid that, here's what you should be looking for in a good relocation company:

By scoring relocation companies on these four qualities, you can find a high-quality one that can truly and reliably take care of your international removals' needs.

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#5 Unpacking and Taking Root: Health Insurance, Commute, Bank Access

After the relocation company helps you move all your items to Germany, it is finally time to take root in your new home. There are some steps here that you absolutely need to take to make life comfortable for you (and your family) going forward:

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