The British Embassy in Berlin led an hour-long Facebook live Q&A on August 6th 2019, in an attempt to directly address the questions and concerns of British citizens living in Germany in the run up to Brexit.
Over 200 questions were answered, and the Embassy has subsequently produced a summary of the event, which documents all of the questions and answers posed during the Q&A session. All questions posed within the hour-long time frame received a response from the Embassy over the following 24 hours.
The Embassy’s document has been organised into eight categories determined by the questions posed:
- Residency (103 questions)
- Work, qualifications, pensions, and benefits (36 questions)
- Travel (15 questions)
- Healthcare (24 questions)
- Passport and nationality (18 questions)
- Miscellaneous (16 questions)
- Returning to the UK (5 questions)
- Education (1 question)
Residency was therefore by far the most recurrent theme, with particular concerns about registration for residency permits being raised. The Embassy reiterates that anyone previously exercising free movement rights in Germany may be granted a residency permit, with permanent permits only being granted automatically to those who have been in Germany five years or longer. The Embassy also confirms that the residency permit is not tied to any German language requirements, nor to employment status.
Other recurring themes included questions about the future status of health insurance policies for UK citizens in Germany (S1), queries about dual citizenship and the position of family members of different nationalities, and about potential issues in travelling into Germany and returning to the UK.
The FB live event created on the whole very positive feedback from BiG members and the Embassy committed a significant amount of manpower and resources to the event. We hope this will set the precedent for further FB live events in Germany and across Europe as British citizens living in the EU face increasing uncertainty and anxiety about their lives and livelihoods living in Europe.
You can also access the full Embassy document with all of the questions and responses.