Moving from Dubai to Germany

Regardless of which part of the country you are from, Germany seems to be a lucrative country to start a new life over.

If you’re from Dubai, you’d be glad to know that the country offers great career opportunities for highly-skilled workers. Though citizens of the United Arab Emirates are not part of those exempted from applying for a German visa, the work permit application is quite straightforward.

Plus, later in this article, you’ll find out that you can still be exempted from the German visa application if you’re from Dubai, but you have a passport from selected countries. Nevertheless, if you wish to move to Germany, apart from seeking a visa and work permit, you also have to equip yourself with the necessary information that can help you transition smoothly from Dubai to Germany.

Germany is a dream destination to nationals of other countries like you because of its great employment opportunities, better social service, excellent education system, and more opportunities for leisure. Plus, the rental cost, property rates, and cost of living are far cheaper compared to other first-world countries. So, if you wish to enjoy life in a first world country, but also enjoy an affordable cost of living, then might as well plan your move to Germany.

Moving from Dubai to Germany - Relocating

Moving to Germany - Family with brown Labrador

Months before your actual moving in date, you need to take care of your visa, permits, and pertinent documents to bring to the country. You also have to make sure that you are aware of the customs regulations for the items you wish to bring with you to the country. The longer you prepare, the better your chances at having a seamless and less stressful transition.

If you wish to bring personal things and household items from Dubai to Germany, you have to make sure that those items will only be used for personal purposes. You can also bring your car or other types of vehicles, provided that these items will be used personally. Once the Customs officers find out that you have the intention of selling these vehicles, you will surely get yourself in trouble. So, as early as now, you have to sort this issue out. If you have an aircraft to bring in the country, you can freely do so, provided that you can show proof that the said aircraft was registered in your name. If you need to bring things that you need for work or trade, the same can be brought to the country for free, provided that you will be using it for profitable causes. Otherwise, it will be denied entry to the country.

Aside from these items, you also need to prepare your birth certificate, bank statements, medical records, proof of healthcare, and proof of graduation before you fly to Germany. These documents are very important to be granted entry and for other essential business purposes while in the country. 

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Visas and work permits

Moving to Germany - Work permit application

As previously mentioned, citizens from the UAE are not exempt from getting a German working visa. However, if you only intend to stay in the country for a short time and you’re from Dubai, you don’t need to apply for a short-stay visa. However, if you belong in any of these categories, a short-stay visa is still mandatory, even if you live in the UAE. 

  • UAE national that has been previously prohibited from entering Germany visa-free; or
  • National of a country that is under the Germany visa regime.

If you want to stay longer in Germany and you’re residing in Dubai, you will be exempted to apply for a long-stay visa if you’re a bona fide passport holder of any of these countries: 

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • EFTA/EEA/EU countries
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of South Korea
  • United States of America
If you don’t belong in any of these categories, chances are, you will be required to apply for a German visa, alongside a residence permit to work in the country.
The duration of the latter license will solely depend on the length of your contract. So, if your employment contract is supposed to be for two years only, your residence permit to work will only be valid for the same period.

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Moving to Germany

One of the most important things you need to know about the housing scenario in Germany is the fact that most people in the country opt for rental properties. Meaning to say, the demand for the same is very high.

It is highly likely that you will have a hard time finding a house or apartment if you don’t look into this matter as soon as you can.

You have to make sure that before you fly to Germany, you already have a house to live in when you arrive. Though there is no restriction on foreigners buying a property in the country, if you intend to stay for the duration of your contract, it’s better to rent first.

If you will be granted a permanent residence permit, then that’s the right time for you to buy a property.

The same principle applies with regards to property rental rates. Houses and apartments in the city center tend to be more expensive compared to homes and apartments in the suburbs and rural areas. More information on German housing

A single-room house in the city may cost 700 EUR per month, while the same property will only cost 560 EUR per month outside the city center.

Now is the time to plan your move to Germany. Don’t wait for the last minute before you make your moving-in timeline, research the country, and prepare your documents.

You don’t have to do the planning alone. There are people who are more than glad to help you out. These people are experts in everything related to ex-pat living in a foreign country like Germany. They have been through the same experience, so they know exactly how to help you out.

Sit down with us, and we’ll plan this dream of yours properly. We will be there every step of the way so that you can look forward to a less stressful and more exciting move to Germany.