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Bureaucratic procedures exist in every country covering arrival of expats and setting up residency in the new location. Expats relocating to the Ruhr Metropolis will find that Germany is no exception to the rule. Legislation is in alignment with EU regulations. On the whole they appear very clear, yet can also be somewhat complicated to comprehend due to administrative styles of formulation. Thus not always so easy to follow.

In general, anyone who plans to remain here for more than three months will need to register with their local authority, ideally within the first week after arrival. The whole process depends much on country of birth and nationality. It is important to remember to register every new home too. The process of de-registering and re-registering is very smooth.

One great achievement of the EU and its institutions is that most of its 500 million inhabitants can relocate across borders relatively easily. The Residence Act, Aufenthaltsrecht, is a complex paper, which reveals most answers for all global nationalities.

The process of registration in the Ruhr is straightforward, requiring a trip to a local citizens registration office, Einwohnermeldeamt. or neighbourhood citizen’s offices, Bürgeramt. Documents required include a completed registration form with necessary details on proof of residency from landlord etcetera plus a valid passport or official ID suffices.

Proof of a source of income becomes necessary too, perhaps in a different office when completing application for one of the variants of a residency permit, Aufenthaltstitel. Contact details are exemplary. Search foreigners office, Ausländeramt, plus your location.

By Vincent Green, Jul 9 2021

Stadt Mülheim an der Ruhr

Leineweberstrasse 18-20
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

+49 208 455 0

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Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

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The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.




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