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Was wondering what the German equivalent for the EEA FP is (for the non-EU spouse of a UKC intending to move to Germany to live/work)?

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Was wondering what the German equivalent for the EEA FP is (for the non-EU spouse of a UKC intending to move to Germany to live/work)?

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Initially you´d just apply for a short term visa (free for EEA family members). The validity varies, mostly I heard that it coincides with the validity of the mandatory health insurance you need to buy for the visa application.

Once in Germany, you go to the local Ausländerbehörde and fill in the 'Aufenthaltsanzeige für EU-Bürger und deren Familienangehörige' (notice of residence for EU citizens and their family members) after about a month you´ll get the biometric 'Aufenthaltskarte' valid for 5 years. After the five years you can apply for an indefinite permit (you need to meet additional requirements for that) or you can extend your EEA family permit.

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Initially you´d just apply for a short term visa (free for EEA family members). The validity varies, mostly I heard that it coincides with the validity of the mandatory health insurance you need to buy for the visa application.

Once in Germany, you go to the local Ausländerbehörde and fill in the 'Aufenthaltsanzeige für EU-Bürger und deren Familienangehörige' (notice of residence for EU citizens and their family members) after about a month you´ll get the biometric 'Aufenthaltskarte' valid for 5 years. After the five years you can apply for an indefinite permit (you need to meet additional requirements for that) or you can extend your EEA family permit.
Thanks ALKB - certainly sounds straightforward enough. I had gone through the website of the 'Auswärtiges Amt', but couldn't find anything pertaining to non-EEA spouses of EU citizens.

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Thanks ALKB - certainly sounds straightforward enough. I had gone through the website of the 'Auswärtiges Amt', but couldn't find anything pertaining to non-EEA spouses of EU citizens.

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It is rather hidden; I saw 'In case of a family member of an EEA national...' all the way down in the guidance for visa applications on German Embassy web sites.

The EEA family member goes for a short term visa/entry clearance first, it´s the Ausländerbehörde that has jurisdiction over the actual permit.

Just like with most European countries, the EEA family permit is relatively easy to obtain and the process more or less painless unlike if one of the couple is German

The only problems I heard about relate to clueless staff at the Ausländerbehörde, especially in smaller towns and areas where not many expats live or rather, not many EEA expats.

A friend of mine had tremendous problems (not regarding an EEA family permit, though) because her Ausländerbehörde was only used to dealing with asylum seekers and Russian Germans, who were basically just planted in their district. We ended up talking to the head of department three times.

I am sure that quite a lot of case workers in the more provincial parts of Germany never had to deal with an EEA application to date.

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Hi All, thanks for the useful info above. Just an additional question:
My boyfriend of three years (we've lived together for two in the UK, U.S., and Ukraine) is moving to Berlin to work. He is a UK citizen and I'm a US citizen. Must we marry to qualify for the EEA family permit or is there some kind of domestic partnership requirement we can fulfill? Thanks!
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Hi All, thanks for the useful info above. Just an additional question:
My boyfriend of three years (we've lived together for two in the UK, U.S., and Ukraine) is moving to Berlin to work. He is a UK citizen and I'm a US citizen. Must we marry to qualify for the EEA family permit or is there some kind of domestic partnership requirement we can fulfill? Thanks!
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I am afraid that Germany does not recognise 'durable relationships' like the UK does.

To qualify for an EEA family permit in Germany, you have to be married or in a registered life partnership in case of same sex couples.

As a rule of thumb: if you can part ways without going through something like a divorce, it does not qualify you for a visa.

If you don't want to marry for visa purposes, maybe you could qualify for a visa in your own right? Maybe as a student?

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Thanks so much for clearing that up! Really too bad since we can't even qualify for an unmarried partner visa in the UK even though we've lived together for 2+ years because of the new income requirement (my boyfriend is a phd student). I would rather not marry. Perhaps since I am Jewish and originally from the former Soviet Union (I have dual citizenship with Russia), I can qualify for some sort of legal status in Germany? Will have to research this further.

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Thanks so much for clearing that up! Really too bad since we can't even qualify for an unmarried partner visa in the UK even though we've lived together for 2+ years because of the new income requirement (my boyfriend is a phd student). I would rather not marry. Perhaps since I am Jewish and originally from the former Soviet Union (I have dual citizenship with Russia), I can qualify for some sort of legal status in Germany? Will have to research this further.
There at least used to be a possibility. I'll have to look up whether that is still current legislation.

Does it say 'Jewish' in your Russian passport? I think I remember that that was one of the requirements.

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The validity varies, mostly I heard that it coincides with the validity of the mandatory health insurance you need to buy for the visa application.
i'm sorry i don't agree with the above,my husband applied for the short stay visa and was not asked for the medical health insurance.

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when u apply as a spouse of an eu citizen then u are not supposed to hold any travel insurance/health insurance when u apply for the visa,u are supposed to be exempted from that requirement,knowing that under eu laws u are expected to have a passport,the ue passport,the marriage certificate for the spouse or birth certificate for the dependant child and maybe proof that u are going to travel to that member state.
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