I'm a US citizen married to a German national. I am about to move to Germany and to start the application process to obtain a residence/work permit via my German spouse with a local German Ausländeramt as directed by the consulate general in New York. For US citizens, the process may be started, as a special case, after entering Germany.
The set of rules to follow to obtain the permit (per the consulate) is here: http://www.germany.info/contentblob/4574158/Daten/5678142/MoveGermanyGermanSpouse.pdf
At the bottom there is a section:
Work will be automatically permitted on approval of the residence permit.
My question is: What kind of residence/work permit will be granted? Is it valid for Germany or anywhere in the EU (including or excluding Switzerland?), and does it have a time limit? I cannot find any details about what sort of permit will be granted.