Stadt Münster: Ausländerbehörde im Rechts- und Ausländeramt - EU freedom of movement


EU freedom of movement

Living in Germany

Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) have freedom of movement within the EU. They may enter and stay in the territory of Germany and other member states for up to three months without being subject to any conditions or formalities (other than the requirement to hold a valid identity card or passport). After three months they are obliged to fulfill one of the freedom of movement requirements.

This means…
… if you would like to live in Germany, you do not require a certificate of residential status. Since 2013 a „Freedom of Movement Certificate“ will no longer be issued by German Foreigners’ Offices.

Freedom of movement – for whom?

As a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, you have the right to freedom of movement (and therefore the right of residence) if you remain in Germany

  • as an employee
  • in order to complete professional training
  • as a self-employed individual
  • as a service provider or recipient (e.g. student)

or simply in order to live here (in this case, you will have to provide evidence of sufficient financial means and health insurance coverage).

Family members

Family members (spouses and children up to the age of 21) also have the right to freedom of movement. In the event that the family members are not EU/EEA citizens (so called third-country nationals), they will be issued with an EU residence card.

Permanent residence

Following legal residence of five years, citizens of EU/EAA member states have the right to permanent residence; a corresponding certificate can be issued by the foreign nationals’ office. Third-country-nationals can be issued with a so called EC-long-term residence permit. 


Adresse, Anfahrt, Öffnungszeiten


Foreigners' Registration Office
Rechts- und Ausländeramt

Stadthaus 2
Ludgeriplatz 4
48151 Münster

Postal address:
48127 Münster

Tel. 02 51/4 92-36 36
Fax 02 51/4 92-79 71

Opening times information desk:
currently closed

Emergency office hours:
currently closed

Opening times for appointments:

Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm

Thursdays: 1.30 pm - 6 pm

Hotline +49(0)251/4 92-36 36:

Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm

8 am - 12.30 pm
3 pm – 6 pm