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

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How to answer the question “Have you been refused entry into the Federal Republic of Germany?”

Please suggest regarding national visa application field no. "26. Have you been expelled or deported from Germany, had an application for a residence permit rejected, or been refused entry into the ...
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As a UK citizen, can I just turn up in Germany with my Colombian wife, get a job, then get residency for us both?

I am a UK citizen currently in Colombia, and will soon be married to a Colombian. After getting married, we want to move to Germany. I seem to be reading a lot of conflicting information online about ...
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Can a UK resident (not citizen) work in Germany without a German visa?

I am a Singapore citizen currently living and working in the UK under a UK spouse visa but my wife's company plans to relocate her to Germany. Would I have to apply for a German visa to be able to ...
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Germany: Extending residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) after becoming self-employed

I have lived in Germany with job specific Aufenthaltstitel for more than 3 years. I have worked in two companies in this time, and when I got hired for the second job I went to Ausländerbehörde and ...
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ZAB comparability statement for german EU blue card visa

I am a software engineer from Lahore, Pakistan with a job offer from a Munich based German company. I full-fill the requirements of an EU Blue-card which requires an initial work visa from my country ...
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What U.S. agencies should I inform on leaving the U.S. to live abroad?

I left the U.S. to live and work in Berlin, Germany. I arrived 5 days ago. On the German side, everything is well organized, and moving along. However until now, I hadn't reflected on which U.S. ...
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Moving to Germany with my EU girlfriend

I am non EU citizen. I have a tourist visa for 3 months. I am now in Germany. My girlfriend is Swedish and we were living together for 1 year in UAE. She got an offer in Germany and she is moving to ...
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Who to inform (in UK) following a divorce abroad?

I am a Brit living in Germany. I just received confimation of my divorce from the German court. (I was married in Germany to a German national and we have never lived in the UK during the marriage.) ...
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Non-EU citizen moving to Germany to live with German girlfriend

I am Brazilian and my girlfriend is German. Some weeks ago she had to go back and we thought about the possibility of me going to Germany so we could live together. For that, our initial plan was me ...
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Invoice from Germany to USA?

Just moved to Germany and registered as a freelancer - now I'm supposed send my first invoice to a client from USA and am getting conflicting info from Google (my German is still a work in progress ...
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Is it possible to change from spouse residence permit to a work permit visa in Germany?

At the moment, I am on a research visa and my husband joined me at the beginning of the year on a family dependent visa. He found a job very soon (he is in the IT sector) as he is entitled to work ...
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Turkish ex-national currently living in Germany without citizenship anywhere [closed]

To explain the title: due to former political activity opposing the Erdogan administration, my Turkish citizenship has now been withdrawn. I was aware of the looming danger of this happening, for ...
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How to convert two different driving licenses into a single German license? [closed]

It's a bit of an odd one, but I'm just checking so I don't get into too much trouble. I had two driving licenses: Israeli + UK (took tests in both countries). In the UK I also took the automatic bike ...
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US Citizen with EU Spouse who doesn't yet have a job

My husband is an EU (Irish) Citizen and I am a US Citizen, we're currently living in the US. I have received a job offer from an academic institution to do research in Germany and he has not yet found ...
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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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Is there a type of French visa to bridge the gap between two visas?

My wife (Chinese, currently staying in France on a student visa, titre de séjour) and I (German, living in Germany), after applying for a German visa for family reunification to live together in ...
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How to obtain a German work permit for a software engineer without educational background

I'm a web developer at an intermediate level (some experience but not senior) and I'm about to receive a job offer from an employer in Berlin. For this purpose, I would require a work permit. However,...
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Does my wife qualify for German pre- and post-natal care?

Here is our situation: I am a dual US and EU (non-German) citizen My wife is a US citizen and we married in the US We relocated here for my wife's work. She works for an American company and has a ...
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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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Does a Verpflichtungserklärung expire?

My uncle gave me a Verpflichtungserklärung (declaration of commitment) for my student visa application. It was issued to him on 7th July 2018 with validity starting from 1st September 2018. I didn't ...
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EU citizens in Germany: is any registration required beyond Anmeldung?

I have moved to Germany as an EU (British) citizen, and completed the standard Anmeldung upon arrival. I work remotely for an Italian employer. Are there any further bureaucratic processes to go ...
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Not having to surrender a German drivers license when getting a US license

From what I learned, I can get a Pennsylvania driver’s license without further tests (besides) vision, given that I have a German license, due to a reciprocal agreement between Pennsylvania and ...
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Voting in German elections not having lived in Germany (for a long time)

So, I found this website explaining how a German citizen can apply to vote while living outside of Germany: https://www.bundeswahlleiter.de/en/bundestagswahlen/2017/informationen-waehler/deutsche-im-...
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Why is it difficult to rent an apartment in Germany [closed]

Why is it difficult to rent an apartment in Germany. You say the country you come from, to the Land Lord, and suddenly they say to you by email: "Sorry, the apartment was reserved" It is also ...
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How do I apply for EU Blue Card after receiving job offer from Germany?

I have received a job offer from Germany and currently in the process of applying for visa. My employer has asked me to apply for visa to obtain a residence permit under act 18 (which is for ...
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What documents are needed for an EU permanent resident to work in Germany?

Assuming one is a permanent resident of an EU state other than Germany (e.g. Czech Republic), what documents are needed for them to work in Germany? The German Federal Office for Migration mentions ...
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Is a residence permit (but not working permit) still valid after being laid off in Germany (US citizen)?

A friend of mine (US citizen) in Berlin was just laid off after 9 days on the job. It was not performance-related, as the company is quite obviously struggling and let go of many people on the same ...
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Obtaining an EU Blue Card with No Degree (Opening a current US Company)

From reading online it looks like i need the following: Usually the employee must have a university degree or comparable qualification. For some positions there are special requirements. I don't ...
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Can I obtain German citizenship and retain my Australian citizenship?

Is it possible for an Australian citizen to acquire German citizenship and keep their Australian citizenship? (All the links I've been able to find are going the other way—about Germans retaining ...
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Living without registration of address in Germany?

I am a non-EU-citizen studying in Amsterdam who did an exchange semester in Germany. Since I am not a EU citizen, I had to get a National Visa (D) for my exchange Semester in Germany. I remember ...
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Hostility in Germany [closed]

I am an open-minded Indian student and I will be going to Germany to join the University of Bonn for my masters in Computer Science. I have a few queries that are plaguing me right now. Here they are: ...
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Apply for a German working visa without Invitation

I had an interview earlier this morning with a German company; however they told me they don't send any invitation letter (to apply for a working visa). As an Iranian student with a residence permit ...
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Applying for residence permit in Germany with type D visa

I am an exchange student in Germany, with a type D visa for the length of the semester (around 5 months), however, I was offered an internship as well as I am applying for an intensive Germany course ...
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What are customs requirements when transferring goods through Germany?

We are planning to move away from Switzerland and we would like to ship most of our belongings from Germany. We will have about 25 boxes to be shipped and I was wondering how to approach customs on ...
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Working in Luxemburg for non-EU citizen with valid work permit in Germany

Is it allowed to work as student (intern) in Luxemburg given that I hold a valid residence permit and a valid working permit in Germany? Is it also allowed for those who have Blue-Card issued from ...
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Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating “command of the language” when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

In the German Residence Act (Gesetz über den Aufenthalt, die Erwerbstätigkeit und die Integration von Ausländern im Bundesgebiet), it is stated in Section 9 that to obtain a permanent settlement ...
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Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

In this question I asked about new conditions or changes for the blue card: Are there new conditions for Getting the EU Blue Card in Germany? Now I want to know, if I don't have the blue card, and I ...
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Long-term visits to other Schengen countries for US residents

I'm an American working in Finland. This Fall, I'll be in Germany from Sept.–Jan. for work. Since it's longer than 3 months, I know that I need to register my local address. Do I also need to do ...
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Blue card in Germany for a gay couple married in Denmark

I got a job offer from a German company who are ready to sponsor my blue card/work permit for Germany. I am gay and I want to take my partner (husband) with me. We got married in Denmark which allows ...
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Travelling for work and refused entry to Germany

I need some help urgently. I am from Mauritius and I have a permanent job confirmed in Dusseldorf, Germany. I have contract and confirmation letter from the company and some other documents from them....
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

While looking for flats to rent I saw that someone aks for a SCHUFA. What do I need to do in that case?
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Who (not EU citizen) can apply for residence permit/visa from within Germany?

If my citizenship allows me to enter the Schengen Area for 90 days without a visa, can I apply for a residence permit/visa being inside the country (ex. Germany) I ask because as a Colombian, I know ...
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German Tax Refund declaring foreign source income

I moved to Germany on the 1st of July 2016 and started working immediately. Recently I did Steuererklärung and today I got a mail from Finanzamt that I need to declare my income for the period of 0.1....
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German embassy asking for ZAB degree evaluation certificate

I am currently residing in Pakistan. I applied for a long term visa at German embassy on 21st of October and got a call today from the embassy to get my degree verified from ZAB. Although my degree is ...
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Permanent immigration with academics - is this possible?

I just completed my undergraduate BSc degree in Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in my home country (South Africa). I am continuing my studies next year and starting my postgraduate studies (...
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'Localized' services when leaving Germany?

Are there any regulations that protect the consumer in case of leaving Germany, when the services that he have purchased can't be served outside Germany? For example, if an emigrant has an Internet ...
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Do I need a visa to study in Germany as a holder of Netherlands residence permit?

I came to Netherlands one year ago for my studies in Hospitality Management (Euro BA). There is one year in Netherlands, a second year in Germany and a 3rd year in UK. I have a Netherlands residence ...
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Does the 21 months of period is calculated from the start of the Blue card application date or issued date for Niederlassungserlaubnis?

After completion of my masters in Germany, I got a job in June 2018. I applied for a blue card but it took six months for ABH to issue it, so the date on the blue card is from December 2018. But, for ...
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Health insurance questioning my finances again

I moved to Munich in November and after months of trying I eventually managed to get a state policy with Mobil Oil. I saw a doctor and was referred to hospital for an operation. Before I arrived home ...
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What penalty would I incur if I violate the resignation notice period?

I want to resign after 6 years employment in Germany, in order to move back to my homeland. However, I cannot comply with the 3-months notice period. My contract states that: In case of ...