Münster is international! The city warmly welcomes all nationals from European Union member states.
Nationals from EU member states have the so-called right to freedom of movement. As a result, you may enter Germany without a visa and stay in the country for three months. To continue your stay, you must then fulfil one of the conditions for freedom of movement. These are explained below.
Conditions for freedom of movement
In order to have a right to reside in Germany, you must meet one of the following requirements as an EU citizen.
In order to meet this requirement, you must be employed for at least 12 hours per week. If you receive supplementary benefits from the Job Centre or other public benefits, this is not a problem. The examination of whether an employee status exists is always a case-by-case examination.
You are deemed an employee if you are undergoing vocational training.
- Seeking employment
If you lose your job, you will be given up to six months to look for work. During this time, you should write applications and seek new employment.
- Provision of services
If you provide a commercial, business or manual service or perform a freelance activity and do not wish to settle permanently in Germany, you nonetheless have a right to reside here. This means that you have established your trade in another EU member state but you provide your services in Germany.
- Receipt of services
If you wish to take advantage of commercial, business, manual or freelance services, you may travel to another EU member state for this purpose and conduct your business there in your capacity as an EU citizen.
- Sufficient resources
If you are not in paid employment, you may also reside in Germany if you are able to support yourself on the basis of your own financial resources. This means that you are able to manage without public benefits, e.g. as a result of your savings or because you are financed by other individuals (e.g. your parents).
If you no longer meet the requirements, you may lose your right of entry to and residence in Germany.
Permanent right to reside
If you have been legally resident in Germany for five years and have fulfilled at least one of the above-mentioned requirements during this period, you have acquired a right of permanent residence in Germany. In this case, you no longer have to meet the aforementioned requirements.
Your family members (children up to the age of 21 and spouses) are also entitled to freedom of movement if they meet one of the aforementioned requirements. If your family members do not come from the European Union, they will receive an EU residence card from us.
Entitled to freedom of movement, what next?
If you meet one of the requirements, you are allowed to stay in Germany. You do not need a certificate for this, as your residence is permitted by law. If you have acquired the right of permanent residence, you can request a corresponding certificate.
However, family members who do not come from the European Union require an EU residence card. This can be applied for at our office. To apply, it is necessary to prove the family relationship (e.g. by means of a marriage certificate / birth certificate of the children), as well as proving that the requirement is met (e.g. employment of the EU citizen). Please send us an appointment request. You will then be informed exactly which documents are required.