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Deregister despite the pandemic

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The pandemic and German bureaucracy

The Corona pandemic proves to be a great difficulty for the German bureaucracy. The so-called “living organ” (that’s how Germans refer to their bureaucratic system), which can also be challenging for native citizens, is now bound to create even more difficulties. These are especially hard to overcome for people who don’t speak German. We can do little to change the course of the pandemic, but some insecurities can be appeased and problems occurring solved. If you need to deregister now, during the Corona pandemic, and are, due to deadlines, even obligated to do so during the hard lockdown, you probably have many questions.

We try to focus on the good in the bad and have gathered information on how you can tackle at least one problem during these trying times.

How the pandemic is affecting German bureaucracy

Are citizen’s offices open despite the Corona-pandemic?

During the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, we’ve made the experience that not all citizen’s offices were open. As in any company, the civil service departments also try to have their employees work with as little exposure to other people as possible.

It limits the number of appointments handed out in the first place. Social distancing rules must be kept in place, so the waiting times increase unpredictably. On top of limited appointments, often, citizens’ offices reduced the opening hours.

One silver lining is that written applications for deregistration are indeed processed. Postal requests do not create difficulties with social distancing rules and are not tied to the opening hours of the respective citizen’s office. It is summer 2022, and the citizens’ offices and we have learned to deal with the pandemic. On warm days, the numbers of infections and restrictions decrease. But what has remained: You can safely deregister from home!

Safely deregister from home

If you still don’t want to expose yourself to the pandemic risk, you can use our service to deregister from Germany at any time from home. Without an appointment, without long waiting times, and risk of infection.

Infections may spike again in winter. There is no denying the greater risk of waiting in a queue for an appointment and handing in the application in person. If you want to avoid this risk or don’t have the time to do it in person, you can still deregister from home with our service.

All of our deregistrations during the pandemic were successfully processed, and we’ve even received feedback that the citizen’s offices appreciate the elimination of in-person appointments because it takes some of the pressure off them as well.

Here you can take a closer look at our deregistration service.

Deregister without needing to book an appointment with SympatMe

Deregister without needing to book an appointment

With by, you can take care of the whole process wherever you are. You don’t need to book an appointment, and you don’t need to queue in line at the citizen’s office if you didn’t manage to get an appointment booked ahead of time.

With our help deregistering your address is one thing you can tick off your list. You can conveniently click through our services and either take care of it yourself with the help of our leaving Germany guide or you can book our services where we take care of this for you.

You can avoid the cold winter weather and unpredictability of German bureaucracy struggling with a pandemic and avoid your appointment being canceled at the last minute. You get it done. When you choose, it’s time to get it done. Here you will find an overview of all our deregistration services.

How to deregister online – 5 Steps

  1. Fill out form: First, you need to fill out the deregistration form. You can do this right here on our website. It takes you 2 minutes. No need to speak German. Click here to book the Deregistration Service!
  2. Detailed instructions: We give you detailed instructions on how to deregister from Germany, or we do everything for you if you choose one of our service plans.
  3. Receive translated forms: When you’ve filled out your form, we translate it for you and send you the translated form with your input via email in split seconds.
  4. Finish your deregistration: If you choose a managed package, we do everything for you. Otherwise, follow our instructions.
  5. Recevice your deregistration confirmation: Receivce your deregistration confirmation from the citizen’s office.

Please keep in mind that we do our best to provide credible and up-to-date information, but we are not an official advisor (in the sense of the Legal Services Act, RDG) for taxes, legal matters, and the like. Our service does not replace an individual consultation with legal assistance, and we provide digital tools and automated workflows to assist with the residence deregistration and related necessary steps.


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