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5 posts, 02:31 hrs
"Parken" means to stay for more than 3 minutes or to leave the car. So as LeonG pointed out this is not the case here. The zig-zag lines alone do nothing, only for showing how far an otherwise shown…
7 posts, 01:14 hrs
It's the "letter of the law" but laws and rules are frequently not applied. That in turn often creates precedent others can point to. (I know it has in the UK on this subject, one thing Mrs May…
2 posts, 00:58 hrs
That letter might well come within 10 days. It's an automatic process. I had to get a new one recently and it did not take long (a week max). You should certainly have the calculations ready. When my…
2 posts, 00:43 hrs
Yes, that's correct. In my case at least, that was done in the couple of weeks of sending my application and having my appointment (which is how it works where I did it). That list may give the…
19 posts, 00:20 hrs
Thank you, this is very helpful answer . At least there is some way to keep a control on the costs . Can you explain how the Gebühr is calculated to the Streitwert ? For example for a salary of…
1,724 posts, 00:00 hrs
OK, that is just silly. Reported by whom? In order to conduct espionage, you have to willfully hand the documents over to a foreign power. Who in your opinion, did she hand documents over to?…
34 posts, 23:24 yesterday
I think you are totally blocking out the cultural differences here. You have a contract which states you have to pay your rent on time which you did not do. Just because you don’t think it is so…
146 posts, 22:37 yesterday
As I pointed out in an earlier post you can't make the application before Brexit day because as a Brit you are still a EU citizen until then and EU citizens don't need an aufenthaltstitel: bewer...
16 posts, 22:35 yesterday
First you have to have wrtitten confirmation from your Dr or specialist that you are illness is so severe that you could be classed as disabled. Then you have to go to the Versorgsamt and they…
29 posts, 22:32 yesterday
If you are planning to start a family here, then childcare costs are something to consider regarding the location of your house. There can be a very large difference in kita costs between the…
17 posts, 19:37 yesterday
Update: So I ended up buying a solid wood (beech wood) double bed with drawers on both sides from Möbelum in Munich. Went to their showroom in Munich and ordered the bed at the store. It costs…
18 posts, 18:44 yesterday
It’s not only Germans - one day I’ll dig out the pages long email from an educated Italian who thought I was totally unable to write in English. His apparent authority was his vaguely remembered EFL…
71 posts, 18:01 yesterday
Friday 13th July 2018, 21:30 Silberfisch Oranienburger Str. 37, 10117 Berlin, Germany goo.gl/maps/g3c2czank1s2... Tables in the back on the left as you pass the bar. Look for the Meetup…
5 posts, 17:46 yesterday
Looks to me like 2 bored lawyers that have a Friend who is a Tax-advisor, A friend who is an imigration lawyer and an insurance broker too. I bet the owners of the site havent taken any money…
1 posts, 17:40 yesterday
Hello people A year ago I was caught by police for buying weed(20 euros) in Berlin.I remember the police saying that I might have to come to court to testify against the person who sold me weed…
253 posts, 17:04 yesterday
Wow, what a summer so far!! I drink lots of water since I had some blood circulation problems in May which was hot as well. At least it's cooling down after midnight. Tomorrow, they expect the…
13 posts, 16:40 yesterday
I wonder about that too. They are asking for the bank account details and the address, presumably to take the money from the account by direct debit, but that is not irreversible. The OP can…
294 posts, 16:40 yesterday
Thanks - yes, my reaction is clealy the process not what's in it. It's the first time since I've been here that it's been suggested but, as I alluded to in another post, there also seems to be more…
10 posts, 15:54 yesterday
@trr Yeah, seems like this Friday is not good for a lot of people. @cannstattconductor and @Tincablinca both can't make it either. What does everyone think about an alternate date? Either…
6 posts, 15:24 yesterday
I didn't get alerts for this! I'm still in the 'expecting mom' group too  I'm only 15 weeks today but I've already been looking around to find out about groups in the area to get to know more…
107 posts, 14:43 yesterday
All X-Rays can be harmful, nothing is 100% which is why a lot of the time an ultrasound is also performed afterwards. After my mammogram the doctor then performed an ultrasound scan afterwards.
1 posts, 14:40 yesterday
We're out of the country next year and would like to sublet our fully furnished, three-room flat for the entire year (01/01/2019–31/12/2019... The flat was renovated in 2017 and has a bathroom (two…
7 posts, 14:33 yesterday
Hey i am interested to create jam songs or cover songs from interesting rock songs. Am open for any kind of music. 1) youtube.com/watch?v=... 2) youtube.com/watch?v=... 3) youtube.com/watch?v=...
17 posts, 14:33 yesterday
Americans can legally visit Cuba as part of an organized charity group, religious group, or when invited for cultural/artistic purposes. If you go "illegally" and the US government finds out, you get…
1,480 posts, 12:21 yesterday
WORLD CUP REFEREES. Always carry a box of "My Little Pony" first aid plasters with you. Then when a player falls to the ground screaming in agony, put a plaster on his injury and kiss it better.
34 posts, 12:03 yesterday
"desu" means roughly "to be" and "ka" is what you put at the end of every Japanese question to turn it into a question. My Japanese is very, very basic, but this is a very basic sentence, a…
15 posts, 11:45 yesterday
Well, I must say that I don't see that it really matters how or under what circumstances your father got his D visa, fact is, he got it. More importantly perhaps, it looks like the answer to your…
39 posts, 11:31 yesterday
It depends. His Berater should calculate, based on his ALG I, what the maximum distance he should be paying for when travelling to interviews is. When he needs to travel to interviews further away,…
10 posts, 11:13 yesterday
Even considering normal sizes between 168 and 174 cm is a jump from 44 to 48. Just from the height and weight it's hard to say what the problem is though. Why doesn't a normal 44 fit the OP?
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