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How important is knowing German in Germany?

It is correct that you can get by just fine with English, but if you are looking to build relationships with people, you need to work on conversing in their native language. With English, you will be ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

As a foreigner having lived in Germany for about 20 years, I would imagine it to be very difficult to cope in everyday life without knowing the German language. For a short visit as a tourist, you can ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

I depends where you go. Even my half-remembered high-school German was very useful, possibly even essential when visiting a small town in the former East on business. The engineers spoke fluent ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

Slightly different angle than the accepted answer: For a shot or medium visit: don't bother. German is actually a pretty difficult language to learn. This only makes sense if you think you can get to ...
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51k Euros annually for a family of 4 in Berlin: Is it enough?

Yes. You will probably have a relatively small flat relatively far from the city center, but there are plenty of families getting by on much less. You will pay very approximately 5k € in taxes and ...
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In Germany, is lunch included in an 8 hour shift?

In Germany, is lunch included in an 8 hour shift? No. A lunch break is mandatory (30 minutes minimum in an 8 hour day) but unpaid. If you come in at 8:00 and have to work 8 hours, 16:30 is the ...
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Changing jobs after 6 months as a Blue Card holder

It is possible, but you will need permission. You can freely change jobs on a Blue Card if you have already been in the country for two years. Prior to this two year period, you will need to gain ...
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How to answer the question "Have you been refused entry into the Federal Republic of Germany?"

If you're not certain whether to mention something, you should mention it. It's not like they don't know about it; they will have it in their records. If you don't mention it, you will appear ...
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Germany Employment Visa - "Have you lived in Germany before?" What is considered as living?

The form is asking if you have ever been in Germany on a settlement track. This would include spouse visas, family permits, work permits, asylum claims, study visas, and the like. Therefore, in ...
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Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

If one wants to have a residence permit for the purpose of employment (if this is your main purpose of getting the residence permit) in Germany, it could be issued based on 2 paragraphs of the "...
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Is it true that you don't need a degree to work as an "IT specialist" in Germany? What exactly classifies as "IT specialist" in this context?

UPDATE: YES, from 01.03.2020 one does not need a degree to work as an IT specialist in Germany. Please see the following information (in German) for details: Details on the new law: "Eine ...
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51k Euros annually for a family of 4 in Berlin: Is it enough?

51k Euros is enough to live, but not enough to save (OK, it depends on your habits and life expectations). Germany has complex taxation system. I hope this HowToGermany page helps to get an overview. ...
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What does (m/w) mean on German job adverts?

m stands for männlich (= male), w stands for weiblich (= female). Exceptions aside, job advertisements have to be formulated in a ‎gender-neutral way. There are three common ways how to do this: Use ...
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Can't use my Dutch bank account in Germany. Is SEPA a total lie?

What you have found here regarding direct debit is called IBAN discrimination and is against the law. Specifically, against article 9 of EU Regulation 260/2012: A payer making a credit transfer ...
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Deutsche Bank rejected Amazon's bill on my account, and now I must pay Amazon EUR 3.00 more for "Rücklastschriftentgelts"?

Some details: Amazon charged you 189€. Your bank refused that for reasons they did not share with Amazon. If that happens (somebody trying to charge you and your bank refusing for whatever reason) ...
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Would I need a visa to enter Germany if I have a permanent residence?

You would not need to apply for a visa. You would enter the country -- or any Schengen-area country -- with your foreign passport and German residence permit.
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What are the permit implications of voluntarily leaving a job as a US citizen Blue Card-holder in Germany?

OK, I wasn't able to find an answer to my question through my own research, so I sought out 2 different lawyers and paid each of them about 100 EUR for a consultation (which amounted to an hour in an ...
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Does moving to a second EU country with a permanent residence from the another country, grant permanent residence permit for second country as well?

You may want to look at https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/legal-migration/long-term-residents as well; this is the page describing long term residency for the general public rather ...
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Status in Spain while holding a German residence permit

Ask a lawyer in Spain. From what you are writing, you had a permit which allowed you to live and work in Germany, and also to visit other Schengen countries for 90 days out of 180. Going to Spain to ...
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I'm being charged with the Kirchensteuer after 4 month of apply the Kirchenaustritt

It is supposed to work like this: You leaving the church is automatically reported to the tax office (Finanzamt), which will update your entry in the ELStAM database. The next time your employer ...
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Status in Spain while holding a German residence permit

Since you don't mention any EU family members, I assume you had an Aufenthaltserlaubnis, a residence permit, rather than an Aufenthaltskarte, a residence card. Your 90/180 counter started when you ...
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Moving for a new job in England from Germany during Corona

You can book a hotel room for two weeks, self-isolate there, and only start looking for apartments after that. Extraordinary circumstances may call for extraordinary measures and, in some cases, ...
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Non EU-citizen spouse working rights

A non-EU family member of an EU citizen enjoys freedom of movement only when accompanying or joining the EU citizen. You would not have a right to move to Germany or to work there unless your wife ...
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Does my wife qualify for German pre- and post-natal care?

Any maternity related costs are usually covered by your Krankenkasse, your health insurance. Typically one requirement for holding a long-term visa is the enrolment in a healthcare plan; you either ...
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Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

After 5 years, you will become a “long-term resident” under EU law but it does not make all that much of a difference. After 5 years, you can also apply for a Niederlassungserlaubnis but there are a ...
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Dublin Regulation - is there a way we can stay in Germany?

You really need a lawyer to deal with this. The best solution to know about your options and find a lawyer is to approach a refugee support group like the ones mentioned by Zach. As far as your ...
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US citizen in Germany - need visa?

A residence permit is a card you get from an Ausländerbehörde within Germany, a visa is a sticker you get from a consulate before entering Germany. In general, you are not allowed to apply for a ...
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