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Questions regarding emigrating from, immigrating to and living in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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In which languages can I take the theory exam for driving license in Germany?

As far as I know it's possible to take the theory exam for your driving license in a foreign language, but I don't know in which languages. Does it cost more than the exam in German?
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Tax refund after leaving Germany

I am Italian and last year I worked 6 months in Germany. Therefore I paid the taxes in Germany. I have heard that if you stay in Germany less than one year you may reclaim the tax refund. Is it true? ...
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What to do after a small car incident in Germany?

I got into a small fender-bender yesterday and did not really know what to do. I want to know the proper actions one should take when dealing with such situations. I'll first describe in short my ...
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I am a freelance web developer with all clients in UK but looking to move with family to Germany

I am a freelance web developer with all clients in UK but looking to move with family to Germany. So would I need to register as a freelancer in Germany and how soon, if I travel back to England a ...
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What do I need to do when moving out of Germany as a non-EU citizen?

After working in Germany as a non-EU citizen for 3 years I am moving to another EU country. I already did the following: got de-registered from city-office cancelled my apartment contract Is it ...
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“Reverse” remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

I am in the weird situation of being kind of a reverse expat. I used to work in Japan for quite a while, but have moved back to my home country of Germany. I continue to work for Japanese clients ...
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Kindergarten or other preschool care within EU

How do kindergarten or preschool care work for a EU citizen living in a different EU country than his home country? I am interested namely in Germany and Austria. What are the options for a working ...
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Self-employed in Germany - private vs. regular insurance [closed]

I'm a thirty-something freelance programmer starting a business and paid work will be scarce at the beginning (I will for the next 6 months be living from savings), so money for other expenses is ...
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Period of notice to quit job in Germany [closed]

I have a friend who is interested in quitting his full-time job in Germany. He has been working for a little over 1 year at 40 hours per week. How much notice must he give to his boss when he quits? ...
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Moving to Germany, working remotely for company in US. What sort of visa do I need to stay?

Shortly after I am getting married (I am in my mid-twenties), toward the end of this year, we are both planning on moving to Germany. She is a US/EU dual citizen and I am a US citizen. I plan on ...
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Bringing pets to Germany

We live in Misiones, Argentina and have 2 cats. Sooner or later we will go back to Germany (we are Germans) and want to bring our cats. What do we need to bring our cats with us to Germany in the ...
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How can I renew my Polish ID while abroad?

I am a Polish citizen but currently live and work in Germany. After moving to a new flat, where I intend to stay for a while, I thought I could renew my ID so there will be my German address instead ...
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What insurances are common to have in Germany?

Are there any insurances in Germany that are considered important in Germany but which are not required to have as for example a health insurance?
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Choosing between private and regular health insurance when moving to Germany

It seems that health insurance is mandatory in Germany and employees with a salary above a certain threshold can choose between private insurance and the regular statutory system (gesetzliche ...
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German tax refund after moving abroad

The German tax office usually collects more taxes than needed and refunds the surplus by bank transfer in the following year, once tax returns have been filed. I'm now working in Germany, and I'm ...
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Can I get a translation of a Japanese driver's license while in Germany?

I received a Japanese driver's license while living in Japan (conversion of my US license) but my US license has since expired. I would like to drive some while traveling in the future. I am now ...
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Net income in Germany [closed]

How can I calculate my net income in Germany? Given a salary of 40kEUR, how can I know how much I'll take home?
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If I'm from another EU country, what do I need to do to permanently live and freelance in Germany?

I'm from Croatia and have been studying Computer Science for the past 5 years in Germany so now that I'm finished I'd like to stay a bit longer and make my living freelancing legally (open a small ...
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Is it possible to become a policeman in Germany as a non-citizen?

Are non-citizens allowed to become police officers in Germany? Are there any restrictions? Are there any advantages for EU-citizens?
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Is it possible to find buckwheat in Germany?

Buckwheat isn't as basic food in Poland as potatoes or bread, but nevertheless very popular. I was quite surprised that I can't find it anywhere in Germany (Nuremberg, Bavaria) in shops like Aldi, ...
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Is it possible to find an apartment for rent in Germany before coming there and looking for a job/contract?

When I first went to Germany for work, I was shocked by the problems I encountered with finding an apartment. My company found me a temporary accommodation before I arrived (a single room in a cellar, ...
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“Minus hours” in Germany labour law

I was employed by a German company. They told me not to go to Germany on the first day of the contract, because they need time to find a project for me (they are selling developers to other companies)....
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Can I lose my EU driving license in Germany?

I'm living in Germany and I have a Bulgarian driving license. Can I get the so called Points in Flensburg for driving offences if I don't have a German driving license?
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Avoiding pitfalls when transfering money between banks within the EU (Germany ⟶ Poland)

Theoretically, we now have the SEPA system, which should allow low-cost money transfers between bank accounts within the EU. About a year ago, I asked my German bank (Postbank) about the costs of ...
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Do I sacrifice benefits if leave the country when on maternity/paternity leave?

My wife (Polish citizen) and I (German citizen) are in family planning now. We are both employed in Germany. We would like to spend a year or two living and working in India, and we thought that it ...
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Is EHIC card enough for Erasmus students in Germany?

A friend of mine is going on exchange under the Erasmus programme in Germany. She is a EU-citizen and has EHIC card. Does she need another health insurance or is the EHIC card enough for her stay?
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Where can I be tax resident when I don't stay in any EU-country longer that 6 months a year?

I'm a Polish citizen. I've become a German resident because I'm working there, and as fair as I have learned, I'm treated as resident if I'm in given country (Germany) more than 180 days a year. This ...
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On which elections in Germany can I vote?

I know that as a EU citizen I am allowed to vote for European Parliamentary candidates. But are there any other elections in Germany on which I can vote too?
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Can I renew my Bulgarian driving license if I'm living in Germany?

I'm Bulgarian citizen living in Germany and I have a Bulgarian driving license expiring in 2 years. Can I renew it or I have to exchange it for a German one? I know that I can get a German driving ...
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If I obtain a driver's licence in Germany as a non-German EU-citizen, would I have to revalidate it after leaving Germany?

I'm temporarily living and working in Germany. I'm an EU-citizen (Poland). If I get my driving licence in Germany, would I have to revalidate it in Poland after leaving Germany? As far as I know, ...
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How to register as unemployed (for health insurance) in case of leaving Germany?

I'm a citizen of Poland, and resident of Germany, working there. My working contract obligates me to register as unemployed in Germany as soon as my working contract expires. Am I obligated to ...
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Buying car in Germany as an EU-citizen

I'm an EU citizen (Poland) and resident of Germany. I'm planning to buy a car, but obligatory insurance in Germany is much more expensive than in Poland. Am I obliged to insure a newly bought car in ...

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