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My wife is German, and I'm American. We have been living in Germany for a few years now, and my residency card has expired. We have been afraid to try to renew it because we noticed it was expired after it happened. It is a little over a year overdue. What are our options? I am self employed and it doesn't matter where we live, we just want to live together in the EU. Is it still possible to renew my residency card, or will I get deported if I try?

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    A deportation will be extremely unlikely unless they suspect your marriage of being a sham. I would be much more concerned about the tax status of your self-employed business. Did you file taxes? If so, your presence is on record anyway. – o.m. Mar 4 at 16:30
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    @John, You're more likely to get a stern talking to rather than anything even remotely leading to deportation. Just get it done and move on. – ouflak Mar 5 at 11:14

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