- EU Nationals No Longer Need Confirmation of Free Movement as of January 22
- February 11, 2013
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
EU nationals who wish to reside in Germany no longer need to obtain Confirmation of Free Movement documents from their local immigration offices. Legislation that discontinued the issuance of this confirmation took effect January 22, 2013.
Previously, EU nationals living in Germany had to complete two separate procedures: one to register their residential address in Germany, and one to collect a Confirmation of Free Movement. The confirmation served to facilitate certain processes in Germany, such as opening bank accounts and enrolling children in school, during which EU nationals may be asked for written confirmation of their legal status. However, German organizations were not permitted to require the document and the German government was not permitted to charge fees or collect any revenue for producing the document. Thus, the Federal Parliament voted to stop providing the confirmation document in order to reduce costs, despite the fact that it had some benefit for EU nationals.
Most EU nationals have full rights of free movement within EU countries, which allow them to enter, work and reside in these countries without restriction, although national governments typically require that EU nationals complete some form of registration. The abolition of the Confirmation of Free Movement is expected to reduce bureaucracy at local town halls in Germany. It will have no effect on the rights that EU nationals enjoy in Germany.