Moving to Germany
from Australia

If you are moving to Germany, OSS World Wide Movers provide a complete moving and relocation service. We are the experts in international moving and have been for over 50 years!

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German Map

Germany’s, central location provides easy access to the UK and the rest of Europe. It’s a popular and exciting destination for Australians.

Moving and living in Germany

Moving and Living in Germany Frankfurt Town

Moving to Germany to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are common occurrences.

Germany is an incredibly diverse nation; with its incredible natural beauty from the mountainous south to the rolling plains of the north. Amazing rivers are lined with medieval castles and the villages are just stunning.

The pulsating cities of Berlin, Hamburg & Munich have so much experience and adventure to offer. Germany is an exciting and popular destination for Australians who love to travel, being central to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Moving to Germany from Australia with OSS

At OSS World Wide Movers, our network of FIDI / FAIM accredited partners cover the whole of Germany.

Our partners in Germany are well versed in all aspects of the requirements for importation of personal and household goods.

This guarantees you a seamless, tailor made move to Germany, right through to your new home not only your personal effects and vehicles, but also for your much loved pets as well.

Germany’s central location provides easy access to the UK and the rest of Europe. It’s a popular and exciting destination for Australians.

Moving to Germany with furniture and household goods

Visa and Immigration Information for Moving to Germany

In 2005, the German government admitted that its immigration system was opaque and overly complex and omitted all previous variations. Now, you get an Aufenthaltserlaubnis that will clearly instruct whether or not you are allowed to work. A residence permit is limited in years and forbids you from working unless it expressly says so.

Depending on the line of work you intend to do in Germany, you might be able to obtain permission from the labour office, which is known as the Bundesagentur für Arbeit. However, highly qualified workers (such as academics, IT specialists with an annual salary above EUR 66,000) can gain a Niederlassungserlaubnis from the start.

The situation is similar for self-employed entrepreneurs. The German government grants privileges to someone who invests EUR 250,000 and creates five new jobs. Those who do so get permanent residency immediately and do not need any integration course. If you lack the funds, it isn’t the end of your venture, you will simply only be granted a temporary permit to start with.

Citizens of EU countries are spared the hassle of acquiring any type of residency permit because European law grants the freedom of movement inside the EU. When they register their residential address with the Bürgeramt their status will be documented ‘ex officio’. However, when the family member is from outside the EU, these persons still have to obey visa regulations.

Citizens of the US, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland can enter without a visa but must apply for their residency permit within three months – before their ‘visa waiver’ expires.

Passport Information for Moving to Germany

A new passport law has been in effect since 1 November 2007. Under this new law, fingerprints also must be stored on a chip contained in German biometric passports. This affects all passport applicants six years and older:

Moving To Germany Visa And Immigration Information

General Information when Moving to Germany

If you’re looking for some general information about the country of Germany, you should have a look at this:

German Consulate

Do you need a visa for Germany or a new passport or you want to renew your current one ? If you are looking for information on German citizenship or numerous other consular matters, view the items below.

Visa Information for Moving to Germany

Important information for Australian citizens – You should generally apply for a residence permit after entering Germany at the local immigration authority, without applying for a visa beforehand:

All about Germany – Moving to a new lifestyle

Germany is one of Europe’s largest countries and is situated between Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia & Poland.

The spiritual heart of the country is the incredible central city of Berlin, which has risen from the ashes of World War 2 and now after being reunited with Eastern Berlin is the capital of a reunified Germany. The world-famous Rhine River flows from Switzerland towards the English Chanel. Along the Rhine’s banks other the other major rivers in Germany, such as Neckar, Main, Moselle, and Ruhr stand hundreds of medieval castles, churches, beautiful villages & towns, and centres of learning and culture, such as Heidelberg.

Being the site of one of Europe’s oldest universities being founded in 1386, and Mainz is historically one of Europe’s most important publishing centres. Oh, we forgot to mention the world Famous Beer festival of Oktoberfest which is held annually in Munich every October. These are all the centre of Germany’s amazing tourist economy, which every year brings millions of visitors to the country, drawn by this natural beauty, history, culture, and cuisine (including its renowned wines and world-famous beers).

Germany is an exciting, diverse and constantly surprising country where there is always something new to discover, even for people who have visited many times or lived there for years. From sports and history to language, music, food, culture and technology, there’s so much to do, see and find out about Germany.

Germany has a population of 81 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and is a member of the European Union. Being the 7th largest largest country in Europe, Germany covers an area of 137,847 square miles with over 2,100 castles and a third of the country is filled by a picturesque landscape of lots of forests and lakes.

Germany is compromised of sixteen states, with each state having their own constitution and operating autonomously in regards to its internal organisation. At the municipal level, the country is divided into 403 districts (Kreise), of which 301 are rural districts and 102 are urban districts with Bavaria being the largest state.

The country shares borders with nine other countries, those being; Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Berlin is the capital city, but the following cities have all at one time or another been capitals; Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar, Bonn (and East Berlin), with Berlin implemented again in 1990.

German is the most widely taught third language across the world and remains the language with the most native speakers in Europe. Asides Germany, German is the official language in Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

It has 35 dialects within the language with ‘Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft’ being the longest word to be published at 79 letters long.

Infamously, when US President JFK visited Berlin he said “Ich bin ein Berliner”, which translates also to “I am a jelly doughnut”.

After the Irish, the Germans are those who consume the most beer, making Germany the second-largest consumer of Beer with over 1,500 different kinds of beer on offer. The biggest Beer Festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole litre! To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger means that you want 2 beers: one with the thumb, and one with the finger. Smoking is banned in public places but drinking alcohol is still legal and beer is considered a food in Bavaria officially.

There are over 300 different kinds of bread and over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.

There are more soccer fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world. Germany has once lost a penalty shootout in a major football competition. It was in 1976 when the then West Germany lost a shootout 5-3 in the European Championships against Czechoslovakia. On the four other occasions the Germans
have been involved in one, they won.

Germany is a leader in climate and energy policies – it made a decision in 2011 to decommission all nuclear power stations (then producing around 18 percent of electricity consumed) by 2022 and to replace them with renewable energies and new storage for green electricity.

Germany is the EU’s largest economy. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.73 trillion USD,  it’s ranked in fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan.

Of all the highways (Autobahns) in Germany, 65% don’t have a set speed limit.

University is free for everyone (even non-Germans).

Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers. Selling 5.9 million cars in 2011. VW’s Golf is one of the best selling cars of all time: in 2012 it year it sold more than 430,000 Golfs around Europe (125,000 ahead of its nearest rival). In 2013, the top-selling car brands in Germany were Volkswagen, Mercedes. Audi and BMW.

The first printed book was in German and Germany is one of the world’s leading book nations, publishing around 94,000 titles every year. The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.

Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time – DST, also known as summer time. This occured in 1916, in the midst of WWI.

The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.

Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.

The world’s narrowest street is in Reutlingen. It is called Spreuerhofstrasse and is 31 cm (one foot) wide at its narrowest point.

The Chancellor’s office in Berlin is known locally as as the “washing machine”.

In Germany there’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.

When you are moving to Germany from Australia, you know you can trust OSS to efficiently move your entire home contents with minimum fuss as we have over 50 years specialist international moving experience.

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