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EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland (EFTA states) have a right of free movement for Germany. Therefore, you do not need an application or permit for entry and residence.

In principle, you can prove your right to freedom of movement with your national passport from your country of origin or your identity card. Since 2013, proof of the right to freedom of movement is no longer issued. An application or a visit to the Migration Office Bremen is therefore no longer necessary, but also no longer possible.
However, if you not only want to visit Germany/Bremen but also want to live here, you must work, study or complete a training course in Bremen or you must be a relative of someone who is entitled to freedom of movement.

In this case it is sufficient for your legal residence that you register your residence at the Citizens' Office.

Family members of EU or EFTA citizens who are not themselves nationals of these countries require a residence card if they wish to live in Germany/Bremen.

As soon as you have been working, studying or training in Germany/Bremen for five years, you and your relatives can apply for a permanent residence certificate or permanent residence card at the Migration Office. This does not apply to Swiss nationals. You can apply for a settlement permit.

  • Gesetz über die allgemeine Freizügigkeit von Unionsbürgern (Freizügigkeitsgesetz/EU-FreizügG/EU) vom 30.07.2004
  • Richtlinie 2004/38/EG des Europäischen Parlamentes und des Rates vom 29.04.2004
  • Rentenversicherungsverlauf

Residence card:
If you wish to apply for a residence card for family members who are third-country nationals, please send us the following documents by post

  • An informal written application with a short description of your current situation
  • As spouse: copy of the marriage certificate of the EU or EFTA citizen
  • For children: birth certificate
  • A copy of your national passport
  • A copy of the national passport/identity card of the EU or EFTA citizen
  • A registration confirmation from you and your family member
  • Proof of the right to free movement of your family member EEA citizen (e.g. current employment contract, proof of salary, proof of other gainful employment, pension insurance history, permanent residence certificate, proof of sufficient means of subsistence and health insurance)

If we need further documents, we will write to you. If we can issue you the residence card, we will send you an appointment.

Permanent right of residence:
If you would like to apply for a certificate of permanent residence, please send us a copy of the following documents by post:

  • A written informal application with a short description of your current situation
  • Your current employment contract
  • A current pension insurance history (you will find more information under "i Where can I find out more?")
  • Your last pay slip

If we need further documents, we will write to you. If we can issue you the residence card, we will send you an appointment.
If you have any questions, please send an email to mailto:ref20@migrationsamt.bremen.de with your question and your phone number and when we can reach you best.

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