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Old May 22nd 2017, 4:32 pm   #1
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Question Moving to Germany with my Son

Hi there,

My friend recommended joining here for some advice. My names Beth and I'm a mum of a 2-year-old boy, and I'm also divorced. My ex and I share custody for our boy, and we have a pretty amicable set up.

I'm here because my dream is to move to Germany, as I have some family and a couple of friends there and I can speak the language moderately well. I obviously want to bring my son with me, but I'm worried about what my rights are surrounding this?

And will I even be able to once the Brexit negotiations have taken place? I'd rather do it sooner than later, I really don't want to wait till after Brexit when it will be potentially harder and my son will be at pre-school

Does anyone have any advice on the matter at all? Do I need an EEA family permit? I've had a look on a few immigration advice sites, but I really just want to speak to a normal person who has gone through this. I would like to do it with my husband without seeking legal help, but I don't feel he'll be very willing...

Thanks in advance x
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Providing you and your son have a British passport then you can move to Germany without any additional immigration paperwork. You will need the father's explicit permission to remove your son from the UK however. You'll also need to register with your local town hall within 14 days of arrival but this standard for all persons including German citizens. Until the Brexit negotiations are concluded no-one will be able to give you a definitive answer on your right to stay in Germany long term but it's a reasonable assumption that if you are already resident and exercising your Treaty rights (e.g. working) in Germany before the negotiations start this summer then you will be permitted to stay after April 2019.
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Old May 23rd 2017, 7:31 am   #3
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Hi there,

My friend recommended joining here for some advice. My names Beth and I'm a mum of a 2-year-old boy, and I'm also divorced. My ex and I share custody for our boy, and we have a pretty amicable set up.

I'm here because my dream is to move to Germany, as I have some family and a couple of friends there and I can speak the language moderately well. I obviously want to bring my son with me, but I'm worried about what my rights are surrounding this?

And will I even be able to once the Brexit negotiations have taken place? I'd rather do it sooner than later, I really don't want to wait till after Brexit when it will be potentially harder and my son will be at pre-school

Does anyone have any advice on the matter at all? Do I need an EEA family permit? I've had a look on a few immigration advice sites, but I really just want to speak to a normal person who has gone through this. I would like to do it with my husband without seeking legal help, but I don't feel he'll be very willing...

Thanks in advance x
The best site for this would be here: BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge - Children and the family


As EU Citizen you have freedom of movement, so it's no different than going to another part of the UK. You will have to register at townhall etc. but you will obviously need approval from your ex before moving abroad
https://www.gov.uk/permission-take-child-abroad
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