BREXIT – Our services for you!

BREXIT – Our services for you!

Since 31 January 2020, Great Britain has officially left the European Union. At the end of 2020 the transition period has ended, during which the UK has been treated as an EU member State.

The UK no longer participates in the single market and customs union. Businesses have to adapt to major changes in trade between the EU and the UK. The future relations between the EU and Great Britain are regulated in the contract dated December 24th, 2020. The legal framework for the further stay of British citizens from January 1, 2021 in Germany is largely regulated in the Withdrawal Agreement.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior has compiled information for those affected in a brochure, and there is also a list of FAQs.

In principle, the exit agreement fully protects the rights of British people living in the EU; they can continue to live, work and study in the EU. The immigration authorities will start issuing new residence cards for British citizens from 1 January 2021. If they have not already done so, those concerned, who are resident in Düsseldorf, should register on the following website:

You can register for a residence card here.

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has compiled information and a list of FAQs (German only) on issues relating to employment and social security for British nationals from 1 January 2021.

The Düsseldorf Office of Economic Development will support you in all questions relating to Brexit and, in coordination with other offices, will handle all necessary administrative enquiries as quickly and smoothly as possible.

In particular, we are the first point of contact for companies that have their headquarters in Great Britain and wish to establish a branch office in Düsseldorf, for example. But of course we also advise British citizens who would like to set up their own business in Düsseldorf. We can also provide initial information to companies who want to find out about the residence status of their employees.

Please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Monika Bosbach
    Phone +49 211 - 8998895

  • Elisabeth Inhester
    Phone +49 211 - 8995721