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Bureaucratic procedures exist in every country covering arrival and setting up residency in a new location. Expats relocating to Neuss will find that Germany is no exception. The rules here are mostly in alignment with EU regulations. On the whole they very clear, yet can also be somewhat complicated to comprehend due to administrative styles of formulation and thus not so easy to follow.

In general, anyone who plans to remain here for more than three months will need to register with the local authorities, ideally within the first week after arrival. Everything then depends much on country of birth and nationality. It is utterly important to remember to register every new home to. 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 service-oriented Neuss is straightforward. A short trip to citizen’s office, Bürgeramt, in city hall with a completed registration form with necessary details on employment and residence etcetera plus a valid passport or official ID suffices.

By Vincent Green, Feb 11 2020

Bürger- und Ordnungsamt Neuss

Markt 2
41460 Neuss

+49 2132 903 232


Trams run through the centre of Neuss, connecting to the overground and underground system. Modern and clean local buses run across a widespread network.


Recycling starts in the home. Aiming to save important resources, the Germans are famous for having one of the most logical and efficient recycling systems in the world. Various coloured bins are available at home and in the streets.

Head to the movies

English language movies are fortunately to be found in Neuss. Expats can view films from time to time in two cinemas. Screenings are occasionally in OV, original version or original with subtitles, OmU.

Movie theatre