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Germany: Possibility of residency in Germany for a Cuban married to a German citizen

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 March 1991
Citation / Document Symbol DEU8042
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Germany: Possibility of residency in Germany for a Cuban married to a German citizen, 1 March 1991, DEU8042, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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The following information is based on a telephone interview conducted with an official at the Embassy of Germany in Ottawa on March 4, 1991.

A person married to a German citizen may reside in Germany if the individual lives with the German spouse. The individual must go through the normal visa and residency application processes, but basically he/she is guaranteed residence and work permits. The nationality of the individual is not a factor in determining eligibility as a permanent resident; an individual cannot be denied a permit because he/she is a national of a particular country, unless perhaps the individual is associated with a terrorist group. There is no difference in the law with regard to a German citizen from the former German Democratic Republic. The rights and obligations of an immigrant in Germany are generally the same as for a German citizen, with the exception that they cannot vote and may be ineligible for certain types of employment such as the civil service.

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Embassy of Germany. 4 March 1991. Telephone interview with official.

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