Staying in Germany as a UK citizen
For UK citizens, the date of their arrival in Germany determines what rights they enjoy and which rules apply to them:
- Those who arrived in Germany before the end of 2020 have certain residence entitlements based on the EU Withdrawal Agreement. However, they must secure their rights by the end of June 2021 by applying for a Aufenthaltsdokuments-GB. In addition. UK students can obtain a British EHIC card for the duration of their studies in Germany.
- Those who arrived in Germany from 2021 onwards are covered by the same rules and processes as all other international citizens whose home country / nationality is neither an EU nor an EEA member state.
For detailed advice, see the website of the UK government: www.gov.uk/living-in-germany
Students from the UK do not require a visa to enter Germany to study here. However, they need to obtain a document securing their legal entitlement to stay for more than 90 days from the Ausländeramt (Foreign citizen's office) in their new German home town. This document either takes the form of an Aufenthaltserlaubnis-GB or that of a residence permit, depending on when they arrived in Germany.