Leaving Germany

Planning for Leaving Germany

You are required to leave Germany due to completion of assignment or study or whatever reasons, there are few formalities needs to be completed so that it is hassle free and you don't land into any trouble later on.
 
This is almost reverse of processes you did while entering into Germany.
  1. Give a notice to your landlord that you plan to leave, the notice period will be as per your contract.
  2. Cancel your remaining tickets of local travel in case you have annual ticket or give them to you friends.
  3. Plan to sell-off you household items which you don't plan to carry with you. Use bulletin board here or other forums
  4. Inform your gas/electricity agency. Your landlord will help you here to note down the meter readings on the day of leaving apartment. The final settlement will be done after the actual bill is given by agency. There may be additional payment required.
  5. Keep following documents safe with you To claim social security refund after 2 years.
    • de-register from Germany (Abmeldung ) at local Rathaus
    • social security card 
    • German salary slips
  6. Keep your documents for Income tax return filing purpose
  7. Cancel your Health Insurance. This can be done one/two weeks in advance.
  8. Transfer money to India (The balance, if you plan to close account)
  9. Visit your bank to understand Bank account closing formalities. We suggest that you should close bank account later on after you have got your following payments. Bank account can be closed from India by sending cancellation application by post (snail-mail). Keeping bank account is beneficial because
    • You can use it for income tax refunds
    • To get final settlement payment from your employer. Sometimes, in the absence of German bank account, employer will make payment in India, but deduct 30% tax, which is not refundable.
  10. Redirect your posts to another address to ensure receiving letters from employer, tax department etc. This is called NachsendeAuftrag in German
  11. Plan to send your expensive, important, heavy household stuff to India through Cargo or postal service, which can't be accomodated with flight baggage limit.
 Additional things if applicable
  1. Cancel KinderGeld (if you had applied)
  2. Cancel for ElternGeld (if you had applied and you are still getting it)
  3. Give notice (Kündigung) to your telephone agency to that you are leaving Germany, so that you can break the contract without paying charges for it. You may need Abmeldung and letter from your company for the same.
  4. If you are paying GEZ (for TV and radio usage), make sure to inform them that you are vacating Germany. If possible, fax them a copy of your Abmeldung and revoke the permission you issued for GEZ to debit money from your bank a/c.
  5. NOC from Car insurance company
Please let us know for any addition/deletion. Share your experience with us.
 
 

After Leaving Germany

Even after you have left Germany and settled down in India or any other part of the world, there are still few things remaining (for the better :)
  1. Filing of Income tax return
    • Since you leave Germany in middle of the year, you need to file tax return in next calander year after January. You can get some money as refund. The more details are here.
  2. Applying for refund of Social security Pension money after two years. Details here
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