The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on the 31st of January 2020 was decided as an orderly and negotiated "Brexit".
This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available on the following topics:
- residence rights of British citizens and their family members,
- naturalisation of British citizens contingent on political developments
- political development in general
The Britisch embassy provides information for all Britisch citizens on its website.
Those affected can also find information through the online guidance "Living in Germany".
For more information, you are requested to contact the Britisch Consulate General in Dusseldorf via the contact form.
The corresponding links are below:
Questions regarding the residency procedure
On the 31st of January 2020 the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union with an Withdrawal Agreement.
Under this agreement, British citizens in Germany will continue to be subject to EU law, and will thus retain the right to freedom of movement, for a transition period until the 31st of December 2020.
From the 1st of January 2021 the free movement rights will apply permanently to British citizens and their familiy members who established their residence and centre of life in Germany not later than the 31st of December 2020
All British citizens, registered in Cologne will receive a letter of invitation via mail in the upcoming weeks. The appointments will be taken place in April 2021.
In the letter of invitation you will find more information on the appointment, for example which documents you have to bring.
Please note: If the 7-day-incidence in Cologne on the day of your appointment is over 100, your appointment will automatically be cancelled. In this case you will recieve a new letter of invitation via mail.
If the 7-day-incidence in Cologne on the day of your apppointment is under 100, your appoinment will take place. Please be aware:
Since the 12 April 2021 you have to have a certificate about a negative Corona test (maximum 24 hours old) from a test center when entering the Offices of the City of Cologne.
Negative self-tests are not recognized by the City of Cologne.
Children until the school entrance age, do not need a certificate of a negativ Corona test.
We ask for your understanding that without a certificate of a negativ Corona test you can not enter the Offices of the City of Cologne for your appointment.
Please check the current incidence before your appointment on our Corona website regarding the number of Corona cases.
Answers to frequently asked questions concerning residency, employement and travel can be found at
If you have more questions please contact the Immigration Office via the following email address
Questions regarding the naturalisation procedure
The Brexit Transitional Act allows British applicants for naturalisation to retain their British citizenship, provided they submit their application for naturalisation by 31st December 2020, even if their naturalisation status will not be decided until after 31st December 2020.
This is subject to the condition that all other requirements have been met at the time of application and the applicant is still in compliance at the time of naturalisation.
Generally, naturalisation while retaining British citizenship is only possible for applicants who
- have been in Germany for at least 8 years,
- are able to provide for their own and their family’s livelihood,
- have sufficient knowledge of the German language, legal and social order, and
- have not been convicted of any crimes.
Only in exceptional cases can the minimum requirement for residency be reduced.
Simplified application for naturalisation
British citizens living in Cologne who wish to apply for naturalisation may use the simplified application form.
You will be invited to a personal interview.
Please note the following Information:
- The form is to be used by British citizens and their family members registered in Cologne. If you do not live in Cologne, please contact your local naturalisation authority for more information.
- Please note that for families living together at the same address and whose members all want to apply for naturalisation, only one adult family member is required to fill out the form. Spouses and/or children up to the age of 16 are requested to enter their information in the appropriate section provided.
- Children over the age of 16 who are still living with their parents are requested to fill out a separate application form.
Once you have completed and signed the form, please send it to:
Dillenburger Straße 56-66
Information for school classes regarding school trips to Great Britain
Students of third countries, who have a German residency, can continue to enter Great Britain until the 30th of September 2021 with a school trip using a "student collective list" (Schülersammelliste)
Up until this date, no visa or travel document is needed. Students are in need of a photo identification passport or need to add a current photo to the "student collective list" (Schülersammelliste)
The "student collective list" (Schülersammelliste) must be authenticated by the immigration office. The legitimated residence and the right of re-entry are thereby verified.
From the 1st of october 2021 students of third countries need a passport and a visa when going on a school trip to Great Britain.
For the authentication of the "student collective list" (Schülersammelliste) please contact the district immigration office, which is responsible for the school's address via email, mail, fax or via the secure online form.
You can find districts and postal codes under