#2 WHO MUST REGISTER IN BERLIN?
If you are in Germany on holiday, obviously you don’t need to register your residence. However, you are obliged to register,
〉 If you intend to stay and live in Germany for longer than three months
〉 If you work or study in Germany
〉 If you want to sign any contract in Germany i.e. open a bank account
#3 WHEN MUST I REGISTER IN BERLIN?
Officially you have 2 weeks to register in Berlin. Of course, sometimes finding a flat can take a bit longer. It is sufficient to make an appointment within 2 weeks of arriving. Everyone knows that the Berlin registration offices are extremely busy. So it’s normally no problem if you register a little late.
However, you must not forget to register. Without registration, you cannot work or study in Germany. You cannot sign any contracts either.
#4 I CAN’T FIND A PLACE – WHAT DO I DO?
Don’t worry. As long as you haven’t officially moved into a place with a sublet or rental contract, you don’t have to register. If you live at a hostel or in a hotel, you are not required to register.
You can only register if you have a proper tenancy agreement. The landlord must sign a form when you move to a new place. Without this landlord confirmation you cannot register. As such, you cannot ‘just’ register at a friend’s place.
Lots of foreigners in Berlin have a hard time finding a permanent place to stay. This is particularly difficult, if they have not got a job yet. Vice versa you cannot start working if you are not registered. So it’s a bit of a vicious cycle. It’s always good to start by living in a hostel first. Once you’ve got a job contract you should be able to find something relatively quickly.
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#5 WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR REGISTRATION?
In order to register in Germany (anmelden), you must bring the following documents with you:
- Registration Form (Anmeldeformular)
- Landlord confirmation form (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
- Visa (in case you have one)
- Tenancy agreement / rental contract
- Marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates, if your partner and children live with you in Germany.
- Don’t forget to take our free German Language Guide “At the Registration Office”.
Without these documents your registration cannot be processed. You must take these documents to any registration office (Bürgeramt) in Berlin. An official will make sure that you have provided all the necessary documents for your registration (Anmeldung).
Tip: You don’t want to pay German Church tax? Then leave the ‘confession’ field in the registration form blank. If you choose a confession 8% of your income tax rate is automatically deducted and goes to church activities.
#6 HOW CAN I FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM (ANMELDUNG) IN ENGLISH?
On our website you can fill out the registration form in English.
Once you fill out the registration form on our website, it is automatically translated into German. After a few minutes you will receive an email with a PDF. This PDF is the German registration form with your data on it. We also send you the landlord confirmation form in this email. This form must be signed by your landlord or rental agency. Without the landlord confirmation you cannot register.
Do ‘Anmeldung’ online :
You have just arrived in Berlin? Well, then first of all a warm welcome to the city of singles, contradictions and exciting people! In spite of its very unique character, Berlin isn’t exempted from the German bureaucratic web. Once arrived the first thing you have to do is find a place. As soon as you have moved in, you need to register at a registration office.
In this blog you learn everything you need to know about registration. We tell you which documents you need and what you must pay attention to when you fill out the forms to avoid fees! To register you simply have to fill out the registration form. The registration form is in German but you can fill out in English on our website.