In the Zusatzblatt of my Blue Card, it is written:

Beschäftigung nicht gestattet mit Ausnahme der Tätigkeit als Software Engineer bei ABC GmbH, Ort

Selbstständige Tätigkeit gestattet

Nach 2Jähr. Versicherungspfl. Beschäftig. ist Beschäftig. jeder Art gestattet

Now, there is a chance to help out on a university research project as Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft in my spare time, e.g. 40 hours per month.

However, to do that, apparently the university would want me to sign a HiWi contract, as usual.

My understanding is that, I can only work as a freelancer (Freiberufler), but not as an employee of any other organization. Therefore, I'd need to invoice the university for the services that I perform, instead of being able to sign a normal HiWi contract. I'll also need to register myself at the Finanzamt and get a separate Steuernummer.

Is my understanding correct?

The situation is annoying, since universities here are quite rigid, and it's quite possible that the department wouldn't be able to establish a freelancing working relationship with me due to all the bureaucracy, meaning that I'd miss out on this chance.

  • I tried to contact the Ausländerbehörde but apparently they don't have any email or phone, meaning I'd have to go in person to make an inquiry.
    – xji
    Aug 14 '19 at 19:20
  • Your understanding is correct and contacting the Ausländerbehörde could help a lot. But I doubt they don't have phone or email. You haven't found the contact data yet.
    – Janka
    Aug 15 '19 at 23:12
  • @Janka I don't think it helps to say things in such certain terms. Why don't you take a look at Berlin ABH's website and tell me where the contact data are, if you're so certain that I "haven't found them"? berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin, berlin.de/labo/wir-ueber-uns/artikel.286363.php
    – xji
    Aug 17 '19 at 8:13
  • @Janka Apparently they only want to you talk to them over Termine or face-to-face Beratung, since they're overwhelmed or something.
    – xji
    Aug 17 '19 at 8:13
  • Well, yes, Berlin. Our failed state.
    – Janka
    Aug 17 '19 at 11:34

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