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Right to return to UK with your non-UK partner a step closer

Update: Further to the success in the House of Lords, the bill will now return to the Commons where there will be further votes. Please see the article on the British in Europe Website on how you can lobby your UK MP on this important issue.

British in Europe have helped achieve a major breakthrough as the House of Lords backs their amendment to allow UK Nationals currently living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland to return to the UK with their non-UK partners after the end of the Transition Period.

As the British in Europe Statement says:

British in Europe is delighted that members of the House of Lords voted this afternoon in support of amendment 11 to the Immigration Bill. Hundreds of UK citizens living in the European Economic Area and Switzerland wrote to them over recent weeks to explain what it would mean to us and our families if we are unable to return to live in the UK with our non-UK partners after March 2022. Elderly parents will not have carers, siblings will not have support and non-British parents will be separated from their British children. Peers heard our voices, took notice of our concerns, and voted to keep families together, and we are immensely thankful to them for doing so.

We now call on the Government to accept this amendment to the Immigration Bill when it returns to the House of Commons.

You can read the full statement on the British in Europe Website.

 

Berlin Stammtisch on 26th September

The second Berlin meeting since the Lockdown will be taking place

in
Brewdog, Ackerstraße 29, 10115 Berlin, Germany 

on 26th September from 2pm onward

Due to the forecast of rain, this event will now take place indoors at Beerdog and not in Volkspark Friedrichshein. 

We will be taking the names of attendees that will be kept for a month and request all attendees to inform us if they have been exposed to corona or tested positive – this is to keep everyone safe and to to keep track of people in the event that we are asked by the Gesundheitsamt.

You can register your interest for the event on our Facebook page.

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Q&A: What does Brexit mean for my rights as a Brit living in Germany?

The Local in Germany, an english language news website, has interviewed Sir Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to Germany and Axel Dittmann, head of the Brexit Taskforce for the Germany Federal Government, about the impact of Brexit for UK Nationals living in the country.

The article can be accessed free for a limited amount of time on their website.

Areas covered include:

  • Rights for Brits in Germany
  • Residence permits
  • Healthcare
  • Professional and academic qualifications
  • General

There is also a useful set of links to sources of further information at the end of the piece.

A future article will cover Brit who plan to move to Germany after the end of the Transition Period.

Images (c) Sara Gordon, 2019

Report on the Leipzig Stammtisch 9th July

We had, I feel, a really successful first gathering. 11 people showed up, and perhaps a couple more would have been there, but they had trouble finding us.

We discussed the usual Brexit matters, but after a while we got some really good things on how people are feeling, what concerns them, and we even had some time to offer support to someone who is able to apply for permanent residency. A Migrationberater also attended and was helpful in offering advice and help both at the meeting and afterwards.

Some of the matters discussed were:

  • The various and different registrations required to both live in Germany and to get your Withdrawal Agreement rights before the end of June 2021. How this affects those with dual-nationality. The process for gaining permanent residency for those here after 31 December 2020;
  • Statuses as “Neubriten” vs. “Altbriten”. Do those with dual need to apply for this?
  • Family rights, leaving the country to care for relatives;
  • Scope of British in Germany;
  • Advocacy and raising issues at German/EU/UK level;Referring members to the British Embassy/Consulate for relevant matters;

and

  • Referring members to BME as Immigrationsberater for employment issues, duration of contracts, losing a job and subsequently applying for social security payments.

As an introduction it was good, and we are now voting on when to have our next one, potentially mid-August at the moment. Several people who couldn’t make it to the event this month have shown interest in coming to the next event.

I have some more plans to get the word out to more British people in the Leipzig area, such as speaking to the local English language newspaper, and I will be able to have a clearer view on that once the date for the next Stammtisch is set.

Nick, organiser of the Leipzig event.

British in Europe explains the Withdrawal Agreement

Our colleagues at British in Europe have been busy looking at the details of the Withdrawal Agreement and providing the detail for you in a readable format.

The first in a series of explanatory articles covering what is it, what does it do and who does it cover is available on their website.

The second covers Residence Rights and Procedures and is now available on their website.

The third covers Health, Pensions and Social Security and is now available on their website.

The fourth covers Working Rights, Professional Qualifications
and Future Family Reunification and is now available on their website.

The fifth covers What is Not Covered and is now available on their website.

And the final one in the series, the sixth, provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions and is now available on their website.

Please also consider a donation to British in Europe to help them in their valuable work.

All Welcome this Friday night – BiG Berlin Stammtisch Brexit Day

A table has been booked for an event to mark Brexit day.

The theme is a Table for Europe.  You are invited to bring a dish from an EU27 country so that we can celebrate our diversity and European-ness. We will always be European.  Then we may head over to the BB Gate for midnight to hear the Embassy Singers sing the European National Anthem.

Please pass this onto all friends/contacts/colleagues you have in Berlin.

All nationalities welcome, the more the merrier. 

Be great if you could let us know via the Facebook registration page if you are thinking of attending to give us a rough idea of numbers for the venue. If you can bring some food to share please bring a list of ingredients for any attendees that may have allergies.

Time: 20:15 – 00:15

Place: The Castle
Frankfurter Tor 7, 10243 Berlin, Germany

***AGAIN, PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE FB PAGE TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF NUMBERS AND HOW MUCH SPACE WE SHOULD RESERVE AT THE VENUE.

Details and sign up here: Facebook Event

 

CANCELLED! BiG Leipzig group – Launch of the Leipzig Stammtisch

This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The new Leipzig Stammtisch will take place

at The Moritzbastei, Kurt-Masur-Platz 1, 04109 Leipzig
on 16 March 2020 at 7pm

Well, it’s finally happened: the Withdrawal Agreement has been ratified; we are in the transition period; but don’t feel alone.  Leipzig now has its own official Stammtisch and you are all invited to come along. A relaxed, informal evening to meet others, chat, ask questions and find support, all nationalities are welcome.  There will be information about the Withdrawal Agreement and what it means for Brits in Germany now and after the transition period ends.  If you’d rather speak about anything else other than Brexit, then that would be welcome too!

You can register through the Facebook event page.