Moving To Germany Guide - How To Move

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Moving To Germany Guide - How To Move
Moving To Germany Guide - How To Move

Germany is an interesting place to live in, as it offers plenty of amazing opportunities both in terms of employment, housing, and social life.

Whether you want to enjoy the vibrant lifestyle of Berlin or want to relocate to the quiet life of a small Dorf, check out this moving to Germany guide!

1. Figure out If You Need a Visa

If you are a citizen of an EU-member state or Switzerland, then it’s good news! You only need your ID to enter and work in Germany. Non-EU citizens will have to apply for a visa if they want to work in Germany and stay more than 90 days, but the good news is that the process is a lot more relaxed than in other states.

For instance, certain citizens like those coming from the US, Australia, or Canada can come to the country first and then apply for a visa while on German soil.

2. Finding Employment and an Apartment

In some cases, you may need a binding job offer to get a working visa if you’re not a citizen of the EU. The government has a site where you can see what are the employment requirements for a visa based on where you are coming from.

Additionally, you should consider finding a convenient accommodation before you move. You can find affordable hostels where you can stay longer as well, but it can still run pretty expensive. 

3. Ship Your Belongings and Vehicle

If you are relocating to Germany, you may also consider shipping some household items and your vehicle. This can be easily done through a professional international moving company who can:

  • Help you navigate the German customs process. Even if you’re an EU citizen and don’t need to pay tax on imports, there are still some requirements you must meet to bring your belongings into the country;
  • Arrange the most efficient route and the best means of transportation;
  • Properly handle and secure your belongings, to reduce any potential risks mid transport;
  • Provide guidance and assistance with your shipping, helping you choose the best solutions.

4. Register ASAP

Once you move to your new home, it’s essential to register with the local government officials as soon as you have permanent residence. If you only plan on staying for a while this isn’t necessary, but don’t delay this process too much if the move is permanent. Germans take this sort of thing very seriously, and it’s, unfortunately, a step that many new residents forget!

A1 Auto Transport Is Here To Assist You

We may not be able to find you a job or an apartment, but when it comes to shipping your household items and vehicle to Germany, we’ve got you covered!

Contact our international shipping department to find out about our services, and get a free quote based on the specifics of your relocation.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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