Move to Germany From the UK

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Move to Germany From the UK

Are You Planning a Move to Germany From the UK?

Over the past 50 years Germany has actively encouraged immigration, with the result that it is now the second most popular migration destination in the world, after the US. There are currently around 120,000 UK citizens living and working in Germany. The Federal Statistics Office reported in 2018 that UK applications for German passports have risen by 162% with a record 7,493 applications received in 2017.

Changes to immigration laws have made finding work as an unskilled labourer pretty much impossible in Germany, but there are great opportunities for skilled professionals and scientists. Once you have a job, it’s a country that really respects the rights of workers. You’ll work fewer hours per week and the minimum annual vacation you can expect is 30 days. Maternity leave is also more generous than the UK with 14 weeks leave at 100% pay.

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Germany.

Looking for Work in Germany

The Job Seeker Visa allows you to spend 6 months in the country actively looking for work. Once you find work you will then need to immediately convert your visa into a residence permit. In order to apply for a visa you’ll need to have a university degree, be able to demonstrate experience of working in your chosen field, and have the money to support yourself whilst you search for work.

If you already have work in Germany, and you’re a EU citizen, you will need to register with the German authorities within 3 months of your arrival.

Healthcare in Germany

When you arrive in Germany your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will cover you for any emergency medical treatment you may need in the first 3 months. Thereafter you’ll become subject the statutory health insurance. If you earn a high salary, you can opt out of the public health insurance, and opt in to a private health scheme.

Education in Germany

As you would expect, the standard of primary and secondary education in Germany is high. If you’re moving to Germany for the long-term, enrolling your children in a local school, where they’ll be taught in German, is the best option. However, the curriculum is significantly different to UK schools, so for older children, or for short-term stays, a private bilingual school, or an international school would be preferable.

Finding a Professional Removals Partner for Your Move to Germany

Schepens has been moving families to Germany for over a century now, and we continue to run regular removals to and from all the major German cities and towns. As a consequence, we know the country well and we’re able to offer flexible scheduling for your move, dedicated or part load options, and removals teams with detailed local knowledge of your destination.

Every move to Germany from the UK is different, which is why we provide tailored removals services. The minute you make your enquiry, you’ll be allocated a dedicated Move Co-ordinator who’ll manage your detailed quote, and then work with on on a detailed service schedule as you work together toward your move.

Schepens offers a range of professional services to support you European move, including:

Packing – our professional packing team are trained to BAR standards and they can pack up your house, and create a detailed inventory.

Insurance – your goods in transit are covered, but should you wish to have additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability cover, we can arrange these.

Storage – if you need to store any items of furniture, or goods in the UK, Schepens has local fully managed storage facilities, and a door-to-door service to facilitate your storage needs.

Non-Standard Goods – for valuable antiques, art works, or musical instruments, Schepens can arrange bespoke insurances, removals and packaging.

Removals Fleet – Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

A Second-to-None Customer Service Culture at Schepens

We’re incredibly proud of the level of customer service we consistently achieve at Schepens, and we continue to invest in the training of all our employees in order to maintain it. You’ll find that we’re friendly, knowledgeable, committed to reducing your anxiety throughout the process, and always ready to go the extra mile on your behalf. Feedback tells us we constantly deliver beyond expectation – that’s how we want it to continue!


Schepens perform removals to and from all major towns, cities and areas of Germany including: BerlinHamburgMunichCologneFrankfurtStuttgartDusseldorfDortmundEssenBremenDresdenLeipzig and Hanover.


If you are planning a move to Germany, call our removals team on 01794 323558 for advice, or to arrange a free no obligation quote.