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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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Residence permit longer than visa duration?

would I have to renew the visa too? No. The residence permit replaces your visa. With a valid residence permit, you have no need for a visa.
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Work in remotely for Germany, while living in Portugal, how would health insurance work?

Employers almost universally frown upon that, potential liability for tax withholding, mandatory insurances, and just engaging some body of law that you don't fully understand is too great. Health ...
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What are advantages of German public health insurance over private one?

After actually switching to PKV, I've found some critical drawbacks: You can't switch back easily. In some cases, you can't switch back at all. If you are married, and your spouse doesn't work, they ...
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German Aufenhaltserlaubnis in expired US passport

Go to the Immigration Office, with your passports, and apply for an "electronic residence title" (eAT). You will need a biometric photo. Sources: Applying for a residence title. | ...
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Proving Divorced Status

Apply for a new copy of the divorce certificate at the competent district or family court that issued the original divorce certificate. Depending on which family court is responsible, it may be ...
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Applying for student visa from a country which I am not a citizen of and staying there on tourist visa

According to the German text at the relevant page of the homepage of the German foreign office (emphasis mine) Ausländer müssen grundsätzlich vor der Einreise nach Deutschland bei der zuständigen ...
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Can you legally work in Germany with an expired residence permit after travel?

The general rule presently is, where appointments are hard to get and leads to a made appointment that is after a deadline, the date that the (online) appointment was made is considered to be the date ...
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German Citizenship Application for Spouse

This is often a discretionary decision (Ermessungsentscheidung) of the official accepting the application – the first step of which is a consultation appointment. Based on the fact that the Berlin ...
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Sending non-perishable foodstuffs from Germany to USA

Can packaged, long-shelf-life foods enter the US via courier service? Yes. There is probably millions of packages like that around christmas time each year, and it's perfectly normal and legal, all ...
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Does time spent in Germany as a child count towards naturalization or the long-term german EU residency?

In general, the requirement should be understood as having been a resident in the last X years, not merely having been a resident for X years over your lifetime. For the residence permit, there are ...
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What German consulate should I apply to for national visa? (India)

Germany has assigned the front-end part of visa processing to VFS Global, a corporation which provides processing services to many governments. See this German Consulate in India page for more ...
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Sending laptop from Pakistan to Germany

Shipping Lithium-Ion Batteries (for example in a modern Laptop) with DHL overseas as a private person is a nightmare. For some reason those batteries are deemed hazardous on a plane. I tried the very ...
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Why do Airbnb hosts often refuse to provide Anmeldung?

If the Airbnb is considered a Beherbergungsbetrieb (commercial accommodation) and the renting period is less than 3 months then a simplified registration is only required. §§29, 30 Bundesmeldegesetz (...
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Why is AUSWEISERSATZ written on my Niederlassungserlaubnis card?

An Ausweisersatz should only be issued (simplified) when: you don't have and cannot get a passport from your own country your passport is not available for a certain period of time It serves as a ...
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Is employment required for a Thai national applying for a Schengen visa in Germany?

No, but ... To get a visitor visa, she has to convince the visa officials that she is genuinely a visitor, i.e. that she plans to leave again. A job is not absolutely necessary for that, but having no ...
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Do I meet the requirements of German work visa and how exactly should I apply?

I will provide you some suggestions, but you should keep in mind, that I'm not a lawyer and do not guarantee anything. This is a generic advice for generic cases similar to yours: Please see my ...
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Works council approval Germany

The worker council can object to any new hire (so it's not you specifically) under certain circumstances. The law in question is BetrVG §99 (3) Verweigert der Betriebsrat seine Zustimmung, so hat er ...
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commitment declaration: total House space

The Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift zum Aufenthaltsgesetz (Universal administrative fiat concerning the Residence Act) states: 2.4.2 Ausreichender Wohnraum ist […] stets vorhanden, wenn […] jede[m] ...
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Anmeldung when moving apartments

[…] would I have to abmeldung my original anmeldung and then anmeldung again, or can I anmeldung directly in the second place? § 17 (2) BMG pretty clearly states: ¹Anyone abandoning their dwelling ...
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Would I need to do anmeldung and get aufenthaltstitel if I come to Germany on a student visa, but leave quite early on?

§ 17 (1) BMG obligates everyone to register with the registration office within two weeks after moving in into an apartment (§ 20 BMG). The registration obligation is suspended for the first sixth ...
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Validity of Naturalisation Test (Einbürgerungstest)

The naturalization test itself is not associated with a validity. Passing a naturalization test is sufficient proof of knowledge of the FRG’s legal system, society and living conditions, § 10 Ⅴ 1 ...
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Only 8 months remaining in Blue card expiry, am I still eligible to go to Germany?

Independent of the remaining period on your Blue Card: If you left Germany in 2020 and haven't been there since, your Blue Card has expired and is no longer valid. All German residence permits will ...
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Do I need a local German bank account, if I have an account in another eurozone country?

In theory no, in practice yes. My employer in 2024 still requires a German bank account for paying the salary.
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Would I need a visa to enter Germany if I have a permanent residence?

I had that and they even let me get into the EU queue at the airport. No problem. Permanent residence means exactly what it says, you can come and go as you wish.
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Validity of 90-day tourist Schengen visa after Blue Card or resident permit expiration

Would this mean that I would have 90 days, provided that the rest of my stay in the Schengen area was thanks to my permit? Yes. The Schengen Borders Code provides that periods of stay authorized ...
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I'm an American currently working remotely for a German company. Can I visit Germany and continue working for them?

A tourist visa/no visa allows you to meet your work colleagues, have meetings, lunches, to basically "do business" with them. It does not allow you to "work". Imagine your job were ...
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How does one get back the money from a blocked account?

The escrow account you have is usually blocked by some authority, e.g. Ausländerbehörde. For example, you usually get a paper from them and bank creates escrow account for you and locks it in the name ...
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Do you need health insurance if you do a short stay under a national visa in Germany and already have a travel insurance?

As with all employees, you must be insured at the latest on the first day of work. For students, this is the first day of the semester. Until then you should be covered by a normal travel insurance as ...
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Freelancing for a US Company from Germany: Tax and LLC Considerations

To streamline my work with the US company, I've established an LLC in the US. My ultimate ambition is to move to the US LLC will not help you in any of this in any way. In fact, it may complicate ...
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