Are you planning to move to Germany? Or did you arrive recently, intending to stay here permanently? Certainly you will have many questions. This brochure will provide the answers.
For the entry and stay in Germany, you need a valid visa or a residence permit.
When you move to Germany from abroad, you can import your personal items free of customs duty.
Citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland enjoy freedom of movement and have the right to enter and stay in Germany.
Are you a national of a state that does not belong to the EU or the EEA? Click here to learn more about entry and residence regulations applicable in Germany.
In Germany there is the obligation to register the place of residence.
In Hamburg, the Central Office for Residents (Einwohner-Zentralamt) is responsible for all inquiries regarding naturalisation and citizenship.
There are several immigration authorities in Hamburg. Here you can inform yourself about the institution in charge of your concern.
If you are a citizen from a country outside the European Union wishing to migrate to a country inside the European Union, then also visit the EU Immigration Portal.
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