I have got Blue card (residence permit) in Germany. I came from India in March and now wants to leave Germany back to my home country because of all these covid situations.

First I will leave my apartment in Germany (do I need to deregister it ?)

Will work from India for 3-4 months for the same organisation for which I was working in Germany. And then will leave the German organisation. Can I do so after leaving Germany from India?

  • Are you asking if you can de-register from Germany? Or if you can continue to work for your German employer from India? Or both?
    – Traveller
    Jun 25, 2020 at 18:33
  • @Traveller- I am asking that currently, I have an address in Germany, I will leave this address and will go to India. I am asking can I work (for some time) from India if I don't have any german address but have Valid Blue card
    – Vipul Jain
    Jun 25, 2020 at 19:32
  • Could you please tell what exactly happened afterwards. As I am also having similar kind of situation at present. Your experience can help me. I have to go to India and work for the same company for around 6 months and i do not want to pay for the apartment so i wish to vacate and deregister myself but afterwards i will come back and look for new apartment later. Is this fine to have no address in Germany while you are not here? Thank you in advance.
    – Sonam
    May 4, 2021 at 14:43
  • @Sonam- I went to India, but didn't vacant the apartment, as per my best source it was not legally possible to deregister and work from home. I did work from home from India and paid the rent in Germany.
    – Vipul Jain
    May 5, 2021 at 16:02

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If you no longer reside in your apartment (i.e. you are giving it up), then you must deregister it within a 2 week period after leaving (earliest: one week before leaving).

Please note that when you permanently leave Germany your residence permit expires, since you have terminated your residence.

This will have no effect on your continuing employment while working from India, since you don't need a german work permit when working from outside of Germany. That is solely a matter between you and your employer.

  • Sir, so it means I can get German salary, health insurance and social security even if I don't have a house or apartment in Germany?
    – Vipul Jain
    Jun 26, 2020 at 22:17
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    @VipulJain No, not necessarily. The laws of the country you are working in would apply primarily. The salary would be based on what you agree to with the employer. Taxes, pensions and health insurance your local laws would apply. Jun 27, 2020 at 6:26
  • Okay, great Sir, I thought I can work for Germany if I have blue-card until 1 year even If I am staying in some other country
    – Vipul Jain
    Jun 27, 2020 at 7:22
  • There is a tax treaty between India and Germany. It should prevent double taxation, and also help with determining where the worker is resident for tax purposes. Jul 26, 2020 at 18:27
  • (+1) By definition, a residence permit can only “expire” because of the passage of time and the end of its period of validity. I think “becomes invalid” would be a better translation for "erlöschen” in this context.
    – Relaxed
    Mar 23, 2021 at 10:19

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