I am an EU citizen - British - married to an American. Since we have both lived in and visited Germany often, it feels more like home to us than either the UK or the USA and we have planned for years to retire in Germany. I have searched the web to find out where we stand, immigration-wise, and precisely what we need to do when we get there. We understand that we have to register our address within a week of finding permanent accommodation, but that's where every website I have read gives conflicting information. I know that I have the right to reside in Germany, provided I have means to support myself and adequate health insurance, and I have read that my American spouse also enjoys the same right as me. However, some are saying that he needs to apply as a non-EU citizen. We are now only weeks from our planned move, and still can't get a straight answer as to what we have to do. Can you help?
Searching the web.
Dear customer, as a non EU citizen, your husband has to apply for a residence permit at the authorities.
I thought that as an EU citizen, I have the right to reside in Germany (subject to being able to prove adequate finances and health insurance) and that my non-EU spouse has the same rights as I do.
Dear customer, no, as a non EU citizen it is much more easier for him to reside and stay in the EU as he is married to an EU Citizen. But he has to apply though.Thank you for accepting, good luck and kind regardsDirk Bettingerattorney at law
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