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Is EU Blue Card visa actually a residence permit, and compatible with my work contract?

The other answers get lost in the details at the risk of confusing the issue further when it's actually quite simple. What this clause does is simply making the start date contingent on having ...
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Is EU Blue Card visa actually a residence permit, and compatible with my work contract?

Is it true that the visa I have been issued is an EU Blue Card, and hence also works as a residence permit? Yes. Aufenthaltstitel is a generic term for any kind/type of residence permit (of which a ...
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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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German Male, Filipina Female, 2 years of wasted life on German Bureaucracy

The idea is to get something like this in one of the other European countries and then use it as a basis for her to live and work here without any further visa troubles. This won't work just like ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Does my Family Reunion Visa in Germany (non-EU citizen) permit me to work for a Luxembourg-based company while residing in Germany?

Yes. You are authorized to work in Germany, so if your potential employer is prepared to hire you as a resident of Germany, there is nothing to worry about as far as immigration law or employment ...
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Earning from social media while on a blue card

I am assumming that a "Nebentätigkeit" is not allowed on your Blue Card in general, otherwise you would not be asking. Germany defines working as, well... working. So if you generate passive ...
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My spouse has been asked to submit his rental agreement for document verification of my spouse visa, but he lives in a small flat

He lives in a flat of 21 sqm. I think the minimum requirement is 26 sqm for two people This will depend on which state your husband lives in. It is either 24 or 18 sqm for 2 adults, whereby it can be ...
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Is EU Blue Card visa actually a residence permit, and compatible with my work contract?

Is it true that the visa I have been issued is an EU Blue Card, and hence also works as a residence permit? In Germany, it seems not to be an EU Blue Card out right (national (D) visas and residence ...
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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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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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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 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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Work remotely in Germany for non-EU company for only two months

De jure there are dozens of complex laws and regulations regarding remote employment, under which you may or may not need a special visa in order to work in a given country. Tax laws are an additional ...
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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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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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Can we tell Deutschpost to keep our mail for some time?

If you happen to have a valid new street adress, but aren't physically able to get letters there (lets assume a company is in the process of demolishing the front yard including the mailbox, or you ...
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Is a police clearance certificate a relevant document for foreigners coming to Germany?

No, a police certificate is not relevant nor required for Anmeldung, application for a Residence permit, or Enrollment at University. Source: I lived in Germany for > 5 years, as student and worker....
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Advantages of Blue Card vs. Permanent Residency

if eligible for the permanent residency If you are eligible for Permanent Residency, you should really apply for it Permanent residency means that your residency doesn't hinge on you being employed, ...
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What are advantages of German public health insurance over private one?

The gesetzliche Krankenversicherung (GKV) is supposed to be sort-of-universal, and it acts very much as part of the welfare system. Insurance premiums are based on a percentage of the income, which is ...
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Do I need Impressum for a website while freelancing in Germany?

Yes, you’ll need to indicate all details as per § 5 DDG. Your site is a (vital) component in generating income, hence the nature of your site is businesslike (geschäftsmäßig). Merely posting your ...
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Does obtaining a long-term visa in one EU country cancel residence permit in another EU country?

She wants to stay in Germany for 5 months in a row, but keep Cyprus residency and return back afterwards. Does it affect Cyprus residency in any way? If you have a Temporary Residence Permit: yes. A ...
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Long-stay German nurse visa from the Philippines

My agency told me that the German embassy sent my papers to the wrong personnel and that only 3 weeks ago they have sent it to the right one. This would depend on which city/state was given on the ...
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