A checklist to moving out of Germany for good

So this is it, isn’it? That long dreaded moment. That next stage in your life. That hard-to-make decision. This relief. No matter how you are approaching this event, you know you will be soon leaving Germany for good.

Alongside the emotional roller-coasters of leaving job, studies, friends or family behind, you also need to prepare for all the practical and administrative steps ahead. Think about how Germany made it difficult to move here; do you really think they are going to make it easy for you when leaving? 😉

moving out of Germany checklist

It doesn’t matter if you have been in Germany 6 months or 6 years, it’s important to have everything in order and not leave any loose end behind. I have assembled this moving out of Germany checklist to that effect. Hope this helps you to deregistration from Germany.

Unregistration from Germany; the easy way.

My moving out of Germany checklist

5-months before departure

  • Accomodation/Flat: Let your landlord know that you will be leaving the country and hand-out a notice. Most contracts require this 3 months in advance. Plan any renovation works that might have been included in the contract too. If you live in a WG, check with your flatmates how it impacts the contracts and how they share the rent. Some landlords will allow a sub-rental situation to replace you in the WG. You can use this termination notice template for that.
  • Electricity/Gas contracts: Get in touch with your electricity and gas suppliers to terminate the contract as well. You can use this termination template for that.
  • Phone/Internet: Get in touch with your phone or internet providers to let them know that you would like to end the contract.  Exception for the minimum duration is the case of moving abroad. Subject to the TKG-Novelle §46 VIII, customers who move abroad and who are not able to reach the service of their previous provider there, can cancel their contract with a three months period of notice even if the minimum duration of their contract is not over yet. You can use this termination notice letter template for internet providers and this template for mobile phone contracts.
  • Job: Take to your current employer if you have one and let them know if good enough time that you will be leaving the company. Make sure to to plan ahead where your last salary will be transferred, if you close your bank account before the end. If you need a termination notice template in German, here is one.
  • Insurances: This might be a good time to get in touch with your insurance company/broker to either terminate your policies, or continue paying them from abroad or if possible transfer the contract to a local branch.
  • University: If you are a student, you might want to check with your university if you need to unroll from it or other requirements.
  • Furniture: Start planning what stuff you are going to keep and what you are going to sell.
  • Healthcare: talk to both your new health insurance and the old to determine if there are any ways to transfer hard-earned rights for your pension. You may also want to simply let the German system hold it for you.
  • Children: If you have any kids, let the school or kita know that you will be moving out.
  • Unemployment benefits: If you haven’t found a job in the new country but you can claim unemployment benefits in Germany, check if it’s possible to transfer those benefits to the new country’s system. This is often doable, especially within the E.U.
  • Taxes – Finanzamt: Check your situation as a tax-payer. If you leave Germany for good and don’t come back later to live here more than 183 days a year, it’s likely that you won’t be taxable in Germany anymore. However, if you have property or assets generating income in Germany, or if you spend more than 183 days a year here, it is likely you will still need to pay taxes.

Moving out of Germany checklist: 2 months before departure

  • TV tax: Get in touch with the GEZ people and let them know that you will be leaving the country. It’s good enough reason for you to stop paying the Rundfunkbeitrag. You can use this termination notice letter template for that.
  • Bank accounts: Let your bank know about your departure so you can book an appointment with your bank counselor if needed and cash-out any remaining money you have in your accounts. You can also terminate most contracts with a simple from, indicating the bank account to transfer it all to.
  • Moving your stuff: Book a moving company to send the stuff you want to keep back home. You may want to look at services like Eco Parcel for only a few boxes or Move24/Movinga for a whole house/flat.
  • Flat/Accommodation: Talk with your landlord to determine when and how you will get your deposit back. There is unfortunately no maximum legal timeline for the landlord to return the money although 4 weeks after is considered reasonable.
  • Tax return: Check with your Steuerberater for any tax related questions. You will be able to submit a tax return after leaving Germany.
  • Pension contributions refund: If you are not an EU citizen and worked with Germany for less than 5 years, you are eligible to a refund on your pension contributions during that time. It can be a few thousand euros sometimes! More info about pension refund here.

Moving out of Germany checklist: 1-3 weeks before departure

  • Flat/Accommodation: Do the last repairs in your flat/home if your tenancy contract planned for this. When you leave your home, make a picture of all the utilities meters (electricity, gas, water). It will be useful to prove your consumption to your suppliers or/and landlord.
  • Flat/Accommodation: Inspect the place with the landlord and return the key. Your landlord should sign a paper during the handover certifying that the place is in order and that all key copies were returned.
  • Letters – Post: Set-up a post forwarding contact with the DeutschePost (Nachsendeantrag) , just to make sure you don’t miss any importance letters or documents after leaving the country. You can do that online here.
  • Goodbyes: Go party and enjoy the Berlin scene one last time.
  • Bürgeramt registration: Fill-up an “Abmeldung” form (this form here for Berlin) to unregister at the Bürgeramt. This can be done via post too. It must be done until maximum 2 weeks after moving out of the place.
  • Finanzamt registration (for self-employed people): Make sure to let the Finanzamt know that you are leaving the country as well (this form here for Berlin).
I hope this little moving out of Germany checklist was helpful. Don’t hesitate to add points in the comments that might be useful for other people.

(Source: giphy.com)

Tip: it’s best practice to send all your notices in paper form by registered post (Einschreiben) to be able to prove you were early enough in the process.
Tip 2: If any of your internet/insurance/insurance providers are making issues to cancel your contract before hand, even though it’s your right. You can use the deregistration confirmation from the Bürgeramt as proof that you are indeed moving away from Germany.
Sources: 1, 2, 3
Background picture: Photo by Matan Segev


  • Reply Challa 28/09/2020 at 17:23

    Wow that’s a great Article. Any idea about luggage ? Do you know about shipping luggage? I guess everyone will have so much stuff when leaving the country. Obviously cheaper

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 29/09/2020 at 13:49

      Hey Challa. It depends on the volume i suppose.

  • Reply Kate 16/09/2020 at 12:01

    Hi Bastian,
    Do you maybe know how to cancel a Blau Karte when moving out of Germany?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 21/09/2020 at 09:31

      Hey Kate. Your blue card loses its validity after 12 months out of Germany. Source.

  • Reply Cosmo 08/08/2020 at 21:00

    Hi Bastian,
    Very informative post. Thanks! I have a small question reg. de-registration as I will be moving out of Germany during early October.

    I have not booked my flights yet because I would have to catch a repatriation flight and its bookings are yet to open.
    Besides, it will all depend on availability. Hence, I do not have an exact date yet.

    Can I mention a tentative date of departure? For e.g. I mention 10th October and depart on 5th or vice versa. (The month remains the same).
    Would appreciate your prudent inputs. Thnx.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 11/08/2020 at 20:36

      Hey Cosmo. I’m not sure i understand right… You still have time until you enter the Abmeldung time window. Why the fuss?

      • Reply Abraham 13/08/2020 at 17:38

        As a student who is leaving and my anmeldung is at a friends house, besides that and the uni form i filled is there anything else i need to do?

        • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/08/2020 at 14:06

          Hey Abraham. Can’t possibly tell you. Depends on services you used, whether your worked, etc.

  • Reply Natalie 03/08/2020 at 19:54

    Hey Bastien, thanks for amazing article. I have one more question: i am non EU citizen married to a EU citizen and having the Afenthaltskarte till December 2023. But we are moving out to the other European country and I dont really get, after terminating all the contracts, insurances, tax number and Abmeldung do I still need to contact the Ausländerbehörde about my moving out? as far as I understood from Wikipedia (according to § 5 Abs. 4 Satz 1 FreizügG/EU in der seit 29. Januar 2013) i don’t need to annul it. Or am i mistaken? in case we´ll decided to come back to Germany one day, I would not like to get surprises
    Thanks in advance

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 04/08/2020 at 11:03

      Hey Natalie. I can’t really comment on individual visa situations i’m afraid. Too many parameters. If you have a spouse visa of some sort, you’d need check the conditions for termination of that visa. See if your visa expires if you live the country longer than a certain time, 6 months for example.

  • Reply Anna 29/07/2020 at 13:51

    Hey! This is so helpful, thank you so much!
    I have one question though. I got my anmeldung at a friends house and she told me to just leave it there if I wanted to come back to work there for a month or two. Will that have some consequences later, for either her or me?


    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 01/08/2020 at 21:58

      Hey Anna. I suppose it is possible. I’d advice against this to avoid any potential complications with Germany or wherever you move to next. For example, you might still be liable for income tax in Germany if you were to remain a resident here.

  • Reply Jan Wyss 28/07/2020 at 13:42

    thanks so much for this post! Im just confused about one thing, it seems to cancel any of the contracts in the 5 month before moving checklist one needs an Abmeldebescheinigung from the Bürgeramt. Is is possible to tell the Bürgeramt that you are moving out at a set date in the future a few months ahead of time? Furthermore can one request the Abmeldebescheinigung when turning in the Abmeldeformular via Post?
    Thank you for any info on this.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 01/08/2020 at 21:56

      Hey Jan. You can only do the Abmeldung maximum 7 days in advance, before moving out. If this or that provider does not want to let you go ahead of time because they request the Bescheinigung, you can still end the contract early (=before the current end of contract) since you are moving out abroad.

  • Reply Tony 20/07/2020 at 16:22

    Hey Bastien,

    Thanks for the helpful post. How long do I have till I have to leave Germany after I de-register? I work in Berlin and my last day in Berlin will be 30.8.2020 however I intend to spend 3 weeks in Munich after that. I am not an EU citizen and ordinarily I need a visa to enter Germany. I am currently on a temporary residence permit. Am I required to leave on the effective date of my de-registration?



    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 24/07/2020 at 20:54

      Hey Tony, i can’t really comment on residence permits for individual cases as it depends on nationalities. Does your country qualify for tourist visa?

  • Reply Ali Mubaydin 13/07/2020 at 18:56

    Thanks for the useful post, I was a student who lived in germany for a year and a half, I was doing a paid internship before leaving in sep 2019 for 6 months. I did the abmelden and continued freelancing for the company for 2 months from abroad. in this case, am I required to pay taxes for germany for the couple of months i freelanced out of germany or not? Thanks a lot 😀

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 16/07/2020 at 10:10

      Hey Ali. Check your local taxation laws but i will assume your registered as a freelancer there, thus became liable in that country, and not in Germany anymore, right?

  • Reply Anna 10/07/2020 at 10:27

    Wow this post is so helpful! Thank you so much! I was wondering if perhaps you could advice me on my situation right now. I have just been layed off due to Corona budget cuts at my German employer. Even though I had to stop working immidately I will still get paid a monthly salary for the next 3 months as part of my notice period. I am Swedish and I returned home to Sweden at the beginning of Corona to be close to my family. Now that I have been layed off I do not plan on returning to Berlin again. Now to my question – I would like to de-register in Berlin but is this possible when I still get paid a salary in Germany? So I am not physically in the country but as I still need to pay taxes I am not sure if I can de-register now or if I have to wait until I have received my last salary. Are there any pros or cons to de-registering early? I would really appreciate your help or if you could advice me on who I can talk to about this.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 12/07/2020 at 09:40

      Hey Anna. I would tend to agree with you: in order to simplify tax declarations & admin steps in both countries, i’d officially unregister after the end of the notice period. In my humble opinion.

  • Reply Stephen 09/07/2020 at 11:54

    Hi Bastin, I have been looking for information on the proper way to do taxes here i Germany. After many hours of confusing and go nowhere info i landed on sette-in-berlin! The effort and work you have put in to this is amazing. I work with many ex-pats who are also looking for answers to tax issues and the correct way to get things done here in Germany. I will definitely be passing your website on to them. Thank you for all you are doing to make the transition and life here better. Thanks and God bless.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 12/07/2020 at 09:42


  • Reply Deb 29/06/2020 at 16:34

    Very helpful post !!

    Could you please also suggest if I can do abmelden 2 months in advance before my date of leaving Germany. My internet service provider is asking for abmelden proof with 2 months notice. My last date in Germany is 30.09.2020. So can I already ask for abmelden?

    Many thanks in advance.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/07/2020 at 09:55

      Hey Deb. You can only deregister at the Bürgeramt one week prior to leaving your place, at least in Berlin. Rules may vary in other places.

  • Reply SR 28/06/2020 at 13:45

    Thanks Bastien as always for your informative posts. A question- is it legally OK to continue my freelance job that I am currently doing in Berlin, remotely from another EU country that I will be registered in from August onwards? I am an non EU citizen married to an EU citizen and we are both leaving Berlin. Thanks for the help! Be well.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/07/2020 at 09:50

      Hey SR. Yes, you will just need to sort it out in the new country, registering as a freelancer there, and billing from there too, switching in time.

  • Reply Keenan 13/04/2020 at 15:38

    Hi all. I was in Berlin for on a 10 month research visa but was forced to return to the US in the wake of Covid. It was all very sudden and I left only a few days after the receiving information that I would need to return. Long story short, I mailed my Abmeldung a few days after returning to the US (I was able to break my rental contract the day I left due to the circumstances). I know that it arrived at the respective Burgeramt but do not know if it was all processed as I have not received a confirmation. I mailed the form outlined on the Burgeramt website but I also had a family member mail it because I was in post-travel isolation. This was close to a month ago. Anyone have any insight into how long it takes to receive a confirmation? Not sure if the current situation will delay it. I have also read that sometimes the confirmation does not reach the sender in their new country. Any information would be great. Thanks.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 16/04/2020 at 13:57

      Hey Keenan. Your information is as good as mine i’m afraid. sorry i can’t give you any insights here. 🙁

  • Reply Florence 17/02/2020 at 12:18

    I am a language student currently finishing a 6 month internship in Baden-Wurttemberg for my year abroad, so I currently do not pay taxes but I do have an ID number and living in a ‘Zwischenmiete’ situation so I don’t know how much this question will apply to the post but after I de-register, how much time would I have afterwards to move out (2 weeks?). Also, once I de-register, will that automatically cancel the Rundfunkbeitrag or will I have to still go through the process online? I will not be coming back to Germany.

  • Reply Catarina 10/02/2020 at 00:03

    Hello Bastien,

    I’m a Portuguese citizen and I lived & worked for 3 years in Berlin. The last 3 years I’ve been travelling and working as a freelancer.

    I’m now trying to figure out where I should pay tax. It’s a bit confusing as I usually don’t spend any more than 3 months in a country but I’m not sure if according to the law I still live here as I didn’t unregistered at the Bürgeramt when I left (3 years ago).
    What’s your opinion about this?
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 12/02/2020 at 09:40

      Hey Catarina. Great question. I’d ask a Steuerberater about this.

  • Reply Matti 06/02/2020 at 14:07

    Hi, Very helpful list. Is there any issues of moving out from Germany let’s say 1st of March, but still continue as employee of the German compnay the 1-2 following months, so work remotely from other country? Can I do abmeldung and cancel the health insurance, and company can still pay me the salary and social security in Germany the 1-2 months? I will stay in EU countries.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/02/2020 at 09:42

      Hey Matti. That is an interesting case. I don’t think this would be possible. You still need to be a German resident to be covered in Germany through your job. I’d rather do the Abmeldung after your contract is over.

  • Reply Joe 23/01/2020 at 16:53

    Thanks for another great post, Bastien. I am leaving Germany, but still own a property in Berlin, which I will visit sometimes, and rent out on short term leases otherwise. I am a freelancer. I know that I will still pay rental income tax in germany, but that otherwise I will be tax resident in the new country I will go to. I still will pay all the bills at my property that I own, and keep my name on the door etc. Do I still need to do the abmeldung do you know? Either way I guess I should still deregister my freelance activity using the form on the link you share above…Thank you!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/01/2020 at 17:42

      Hey Joe. It’d best to ask a Steuerberater about this but in my opinion, you need to do the Abmeldung yes, because you won’t be a German resident anymore.

  • Reply Goran 07/01/2020 at 15:53

    Indeed a very helpful post. Realy thanks for this information. My situation is that I am leaving Germany because of a job but my wife stays in Germany for at least 6 more months. And my question is about my car (the car is registered on me). After I unregister at the Bürgeramt is it possible that the car stays in Germany and my wife drives the car (registered on me) with the same license plates for this remaining time until she moves too.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/01/2020 at 17:15

      Hey Goran. This is my opinion: the car should be registered to a German resident so there is a risk that it won’t fly. It depends how much leeway the KFZ Registration Amt would give you here. Maybe simply ask them?

  • Reply Helen 17/11/2019 at 10:26

    Super helpful post, thanks!
    Do you happen to know how long it takes to get the abmeldung confirmation letter? Would love to get it myself before I leave Germany just so I have it in person and can start cancelling contracts but am wondering if I should leave a friend’s address in case so it doesn’t get lost in the mail.. thanks!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/11/2019 at 12:20

      Hey Helen. I don’t know specifically but you can get it right away if you go in person.

  • Reply Ali Allomani 09/11/2019 at 13:02


    Do i have to pay the whole minimum rental contract period if i’m moving to another city before its end ?


    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/11/2019 at 15:25

      Hey Ali. Depends what the contract says.

  • Reply Jakub Hort 04/11/2019 at 14:50

    Hello Bastien,

    do you have any information how do we cancel BVG card? I believe I have 1 year ticket with monthly payment and I would like to cancel sooner than the 1 year period is over? Is that even possible?

    Thank you!


  • Reply Daniel 28/09/2019 at 11:11

    Hey Bastien, many thanks for the very helpful post.
    Could you please explain in more in detail the options for the unnemployment benefits, or let me know where I can find more information?
    I lived and worked in Germany for about 3 years, and now I’m moving to Spain for studying for a year.
    Do you think unnemployment benefits might apply and who should I contact?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 29/09/2019 at 22:56

      Hey Daniel, have you seen this post? ALG1 are meant for people searching for a job, so in my opinion, you won’t be able to use them for that purpose.

  • Reply Monica Okuma Matsuno 23/09/2019 at 14:54

    Hi! Excellent article, super useful to have a smooth move when leaving the country!
    Regarding the residence permit card (Aufenthaltskarte), do you know if it is necessary to send the plastic card back when you leave Germany?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/09/2019 at 16:32

      Hey Monica. I don’t believe so.

  • Reply Alex Wenner 08/09/2019 at 19:48

    Hello Bastien,

    Thanks for the great post. I’m a Blue Card holder and been living in Berlin with my wife for a year now. I have to go back to my home country and probably stay there for a couple of years due to personal issues. We want to come back and live in Germany again in the future.

    A couple of questions:

    1- What would be the steps to do to make sure we have a smooth return in the future?
    2- I don’t want to get refunded on my pension as I want to be back and settle permanently. Is that an option?
    3- Is there a way to ask German Foreign Office to NOT void the Blue Card and hold it for 2-3 years?
    4- Upon my return, can I use this one year living in Germany accounted for the 33 months requirement for settlement permit or when you leave the counter resets?

    Thank you a lot in advance.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 10/09/2019 at 20:53

      Hey Alex. I don’t want to comment on your situation as it might have specifics that i might not know off. It’s maybe best to an immigrant lawyer, or alternatively, call the official hotline here.

  • Reply nishant 02/09/2019 at 12:31

    Hello, I’ working as full time employee. Right now Me, my wife and my kid living together, however, my wife and kind moving back to India. for few months. and I’m also changing my apartment.
    so do I have to de-register her ? and what about my tax class .. is it also change.. or kinder geld also change?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/09/2019 at 15:49

      Hey Nishant. If your wife won’t be a german resident anymore, she would need to deregister indeed. Since you will become single again, as far the German side is concerned, your tax class and any family related financial support would also change.

    • Reply Srinivas 11/09/2019 at 19:28

      Hey Nishanth!
      Can you please email me at [email protected]

  • Reply Raju 27/08/2019 at 21:43

    Hello, what if I stay in Germany for 8 years and then want to go back to India and no plans to come back? Can I still get my pension refund? Or should I wait till I retire in some other job in India after so long?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 30/08/2019 at 09:39

      Hey Raju, there is a dedicated post about the pension refund this way.

  • Reply Kapil Sharma 15/07/2019 at 13:57

    More people should know about this page. Wonderful way of sharing knowledge and helping other people. My query is with regards to movement within Europe. I am a Greek national and currently living and working in Germany as a nurse in a government hospital. I am planning to move to Austria in October 2019, only for 6 to 12 months, therefore I wanted to know if I need to to Abmuldeng in Germany before moving to Austria? OR we can leave without Abmuldeng so that when we come back to Germany we do not have to do Anmuldeng again. Also, my wife, an Indian national will be moving with me to Austria from Germany. We will move back to Germany after 6 to 12 months. Thanks & Best of Luck.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 16/07/2019 at 09:53

      Hey Kapil. Yes, you would need to unregister when leaving Germany.

  • Reply Saumitra 18/05/2019 at 11:50

    Hello Bastion,
    Thanks for this helpful post. I am planning to leave Germany and I had swapped my driving license as described here: https://settle-in-berlin.com/german-drivers-license-test-driving-school-berlin/
    Can you also help us understand how to get our old licenses back?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 22/05/2019 at 09:22

      Hey Saumitra. Good question. Is it not that you should ask for a swap in your home country when you are back home again. Depends on the rules for your country i guess?

  • Reply Sanjay 14/05/2019 at 12:04

    Hi, Thanks for such nice information in one place. My question is for pension contribution refund and I have already gone thru your separate section for this topic, but couldn’t get much information particularly on my case.
    Next month I am about to leave Germany for good for now and have no plans to come back at least for next a year. I worked for almost 3 years here on deputation on a project from my company and my company was submitting tax for me and filling tax return for me every year and getting it back. This tax return does not come to me. I was not getting any salary in Germany, instead, I was getting various living allowances + salary from my home country. I have a SSN number and TIN in Germany. My company was responsible for my German tax, medical insurance and other such benefits. Now please tell me, am I eligible for pension contribution refund? If yes, I would really appreciate if you could explain the process and documentation required for this.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/05/2019 at 14:26

      Hey Sanjay. This edge case is beyond my humble knowledge sorry. My opinion is that you did not in fact, contribute to your pension in Germany, but everything stayed in India rahter. Why don’t you ask your company directly? I’m sure they are used to deal with those cases.

      • Reply Sanjay 03/06/2019 at 18:34

        Hey, Thanks for your answer. I’ll check on it at my end.

  • Reply Flora 06/04/2019 at 14:38

    Hi! Thanks for this. I left Germany to restart my studies in September 2018, did my Abmeldung but I did not deregister at my Finanzamt as I knew I would still need to file my tax return for the tax year 2018-2019. I am now looking to do that and am a bit stuck – should I fill it out as normal (even though I no longer have a German address)? And when should I send the tax deregistration form? One further complication… I am intending to move back to Germany later this year after finishing my studies – I am not sure how this would affect my position.

    I’d be very grateful for any advice!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 09/04/2019 at 10:00

      Hey Flora. You can submit your tax return as you would do normally for 2018 to your Finanzamt at the time, with your current address (source). If you were just an employee, there is no need to manually deregister from the Finanzamt, this is only for freelancers. What you intend to do in the future has no impact on this.

  • Reply Bheemanayaka 13/01/2019 at 11:44

    If I spend 87days in Germany and I am getting cross salary 6000EUR per month do I need to pay tax for 87 days ,if so how much approximately. Some rough figure is enough,?

  • Reply Ima 01/08/2018 at 09:21

    Hi, I would like to ask about Abmeldung and my visa. I have two years visa to do my studienkolleg. After one year live in Germany, I finally enrolled in Studienkolleg. I have finished my first semester and waiting the result, . So thinking that I might not passed the semester 1 ( I got the laparaskopy and should bedrest that make me missed some exam, and if i should retake semester 1 I will not finished my studienkolleg in two years), while in my home country the registration and test for uni entrance nearly close, I choose to back home to do the test. I will coming back if I actually passed the smt 1 to continue the semester 2, but if I am not I will leave Germany for good. So I did the abmelden already in order to terminate the home, phone and internet contract. But I keep my insurance and bank account open until I get the final decision. My question is, does this abmeldung terminate my visa to study (which due 7 months later )?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/08/2018 at 22:15

      Hi Ima. I’m not sure because i am no visa expert but i think this means you can’t renew it, but it’s still valid until the expiration date. Just an opinion though.

  • Reply George 24/07/2018 at 16:50

    This is very helpful, thank you! I have a question not covered: if you are registered as a freelancer, how do you de-register? I haven’t been able to find any information on this other than the advice to write an old fashioned letter to the Finanzamt advising them that I’m leaving the country and no longer working as a freelancer. Any idea whether this is sufficient, or is there a form similar to the one you fill in to register in the first place? Any advice gratefully received – thank you 🙂

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 27/07/2018 at 22:55

      Hey George. Good question. So if you are closing down your Gewerbe, there is a form and a process for that. I don’t know where you live but if you google “Gewerbe abmelden [name of city]”, that should sort you out. Same for freiberuflich.

      • Reply Alan 12/10/2018 at 14:56

        Hey there! I left almost a year ago – obviously did the abmeldung but someone told me that was enough. I’ve just found the relevant tax deregistration form here: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/325405/

        Do you think it’s likely there will be any repercussions for me not having done it immediately?

        • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 15/10/2018 at 11:10

          Hey Alan. In my opinion, if you have paid all your taxes in due time, there should not be any problem. I will append the post accordingly.

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