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4 posts, 20:06 hrs
It's quite simple: It's illegal. The employer cannot prescribe unpaid leave. He can apply to the Federal Employment Agency for short-time work ("Kurzarbeit"), but then short-time compensation is…
34 posts, 11:24 yesterday
So maybe I shouldn't be too quick to turn my nose down at Postdamer Platz...we will go and see the apartments and spend some time there to get a good impression. Again - thanks for the help!
38 posts, 16 February
Because a normal agreement with legal consequences requires a written consent from someone competent to understand what they are entering into. A third party record of water being splashed in the…
23 posts, 16 February
It is possible that the stopcock is near the water meter. But the water meter is in a sealed cupboard that only the meter men can access. So can I get a key for this cupboard? It is not a normal…
1 posts, 14 February
Quatsch Comedy Club will be doubling their English shows this year. The first shows of the year will be Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, starting at 8 p.m. both evenings. From their…
4 posts, 14 February
@DanielGraff, no when I was dual tax resident (which was until this year), I didn't pay significantly more tax at all (the dual tax treaty does work), but I did spent several thousands of both pounds…
16 posts, 13 February
When I first came to Germany and went to register as a job seeker, I was actually given an appointment with some lady at arbeitsamt who suggested jobs I could do and gave me a list of temp agencies.
1 posts, 13 February
Led by Madhvi Ramani, writer and editor (New York times, Penguin Random House), and Mary Kelly, playwright and actor (Nick Hern Books, Stinging-Fly Press). This is not a traditional creative…
1 posts, 13 February
I being in Berlin, for nearly 44 months with Blue card, and I'm planning to apply for 'Niederlassungserlaubnis... before my blue card renewal. The only document I'm missing is Deutsch A1…
3 posts, 12 February
Ask these people what their residence permits say and what they have registered with the tax office. Minijobs are employment, your visa does't allow employment, sorry.
8 posts, 12 February
Yes, it is the same in the context of freedom of movement for workers - but both conditions must be fulfilled: eight years and freedom of movement (for EU) or eight years and unlimited right of…
55 posts, 10 February
The best haircut I had in a long time was done by a Vidal Sassoon trained lady who really took her time and did the whole cut using a razor blade. It held for months afterwards. Sadly as soon as I…
10 posts, 9 February
I think the bigger a building-at least in Berlin-, the longer it takes to get to know people. It took me almost two years to get to know the lady below me and that was only in a 3-apartment building.
14 posts, 7 February
Even if the withdrawal agreement is passed, you will still have to apply for a new status (albeit with a greater set of rights than other third country residence permits). This form counts for that…
9 posts, 7 February
If they are as bad as you say and they want you out they might just start writing you up for any reason and once you have three write ups they can let you go. If they are interested in giving you…
6 posts, 5 February
Hi, Good point with the inspection, I need to account for that too, thanks! Regarding the notice on our current place I am indeed just waiting for the contract to arrive and sign, after which I…
1 posts, 3 February
Could someone recommend me an affordable dentist who has some aesthetic sense. I need some minor treatments. I have a great dentist here in Berlin but he is not at all comfortable doing any cosmetic…
252 posts, 2 February
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 19th February, 7:30pm, at Grand Bar (Oranienburger Str. 34). We will discuss "A Time of Gifts" by Patrick Leigh Fermor. I look forward to seeing you all then!
8 posts, 1 February
If you are using a Windows 10 computer you have a "printer" named "Microsoft Print to PDF". It does just what it says on the tin: Use it as the printer for any document you need in pdf form. I can't…
113 posts, 1 February
There are so very many ways that Germany is more difficult than it needs to be, but in my experience the Ausländeramt in Stuttgart has been a great exception. The whole process for me was pretty…
16 posts, 31 January
Best of luck. A bit more info for you. You can either go to the bürgeramt or the Fahrerlaubnisbehörde. In either case, your dossier will reach the latter. Since Berlin only has…
32 posts, 31 January
by the way, despite the Pankow Bürgeramt not displaying any Beamter's email address, and only offering ONE central email, a little bit of googling + her last name got me to the PDF Brochure from 2014…
2 posts, 31 January
We cannot know if you have paid taxes (which you may get back). How did you earn the 1500? Do you have any pay slips? Was that a minijob or what other form of employment? And what amount do you…
9 posts, 30 January
All the better if you don't have to rely on any favours from your ex! Were you deregistered during your time in Amman, though? Anything over 5 months and I believe you start again from 0 when it…
1 posts, 30 January
My son, who will turn four soon, could use some English speaking friends. He goes to a German only kita. He is bilingual (my wife is German and I am American), but English is what he is more…
2 posts, 30 January
This year old comment on Reddit indicates a daily 6 am opportunity: [–]naalnish 3 points 1 year ago For anybody who is trying to get an appointment on relatively short notice but is…
3 posts, 30 January
Hey there! Looking for somebody with a drill at hand! I was wondering if any of you beautiful beings would be willing and able to come help me drill in some curtain rails for my room in…
439 posts, 28 January
Bitchiz… So ten years ago last week, we wrote (more or less) this: "Newly started in January 2009, a group of English-speaking gays living in Berlin gets together to chew the fat and set the world to…
25 posts, 28 January
Thank you SO much for posting the resolution to your long search and especially for the name of the practice in Frankfurt. I have just filled out their form to request an appointment. My experience…
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