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  2. Our mobile phone. At the old apartment we had a mobile/phone/DSL package. They canceled the home phone/internet part but kept our mobile. Now we are canceling the mobile too.  
  3. Interesting spam e-mails received

    Over the last few minutes two E-Mails "<my T-Online account> Ihre Telekom Festnetz-Rechnun..." arrived. Both appeared to come from a t-online account but in each case a (different) surname. Clearly bogus.   A Kundennummer is included in the mail but its not mine...   There is also a "button" inviting one to go to a hidden dubious URL.   BEWARE.
  4. Cutting tree roots from neighbours tree?

    There isn't really a best time to prune roots, except perhaps in late fall to the dead of winter.  In late winter, they are already actively growing, preparing the tree for flushing out in the spring.   Shaving a root doesn't cut off all of the feeder roots further out, just some of them.  However, root wounds are susceptible to fungus invasion, much more so than above ground wounds, for a number of reasons.  Rot will almost certainly set in, and begin its long trip to the centre of the stem, reducing the stability and vitality of the tree as it works its way along.  However that process can take decades.   Also, a tree will attempt to close the wound by growing callus from both sides.  This callus also expands, and can push up pavers laid above, so you'll still have the same problem down the road.   Best bet is to see just what you're up against.  The best time to prune a branch or a root is in the past, when it was small.  The root or branch will only get bigger, and so too the problems associated with pruning it.  Young trees are better able overcome damage and outgrow rot.  
  5. Hi everyone,   My girlfriend is American and applied for a freelance visa ( in January in NRW) when she was here on a tourism visa. Subsequently she received a fiktionsbescheinigung that allows her to stay in the country whilst the application is being processed (limited tourism visa) . We were told applications can take 6-12 months to be processed and no updates would be given during that time.    My gf is a wedding photographer and has a few jobs lined up in the states. On top of that, a family relative is in palliative care who she would like to see one more last time.   The problem: we were told she is not allowed to leave the country. This would stop her tourism visa immediately and cancel her freelance visa application. The "Bearbeiter" at the time of the meeting was saying that there might be options but told us to email her when this would be the case.   I was hoping somebody could enlighten us on the legal situation and the options we have. I speak german and can read the law text but CANT find any information on this.   Do they not have to use some types of guidelines?    We are both emotionally distressed on the situation, contemplating getting prof. advise but we're hoping that maybe somebody here knows more.   thanks  luke        
  6.   I'm a bit surprised that Telekom couldn't provide the service. I got a new apt. in Munich back in 2005, and the previous owner never shut off his phone. I don't know whether they wound up cancelling his or not, but I had a new connection within a few days.   It really is a shitty situation and I hope you get it resolved quickly.
  7. Thanks so much for the feedback!   I forgot to mention that this is our second and I have a medical background, so for these reasons I would feel fairly confident and comfortable with forgoing such a service. ;)   But actually, the main reason for my question is, that we have been unable to find a suitable Hebamme who is available and willing to take us. The Hebamme we had for our first-born is available, but she was beyond incompetent and caused us a lot of stress and I'd rather not have a Hebamme at all, than go with her.   I guess, I'm just trying to find out, that if all else fails and we are really unable to find a Hebamme for this next child, will this be a huge problem (legally or otherwise) or just a possible inconvenience for us?   p.s. Hope what I'm writing makes sense. Pregnancy brain has taken over lately! lol    
  8. Ordinarily resident question

    I just went through the exact same thing.  US citizen married German citizen in the US and then we moved to Germany.  Basically you register with the local office in the town you are setting up residence.  Then make an appointment at the immigration office in your district.  You will be given a residence permit that allows you to work, it lasts 3 years.  You need A1 language proficiency to get the permit unless you have a college degree and then you are exempt.  You'll need B1 after 3 years to get a permanent permit.  Be sure your passport is good at least 3 years after you arrive ( I made that costly and time wasting mistake).  There are lots of ins and outs with drivers licenses etc.  pm me if you have any questions.
  9. Master Thesis Income and Annual Tax Refund?

    Hello all, Despite the fact this question is relatively old, I am currently facing absolutely the same issue regarding my income tax declaration for the year of 2017. Which action should be taken? How could I possibly declare my master Thesis income in a way which doesnt impair my tax return for the other part of the year in which I have worked in full-time Job? Thank You,  
  10. Passive-aggressive notes

    When I see somebody having a broken brake light, I'll tell them. Usually, people are quite happy 'bout that, because me informing them is for free, being informed by the police about the broken light tends to come with a "information-fee".   Fell free to consider that being a busybody... It appears that neighbourhood in D works a little bit differently than where you come from.   
  11.   How is a Ukrainian student freelancing in Germany? Did he receive special permission to be self-employed?
  12. 'Letter of Entitlement' for converting German licence

    Not only did they keep the ß, they added the  ẞ !   
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  14. Hello everyone, We are looking for some clarifications regarding the post-marriage procedure for an EU/Non-EU couple working in two different cities... Reading through discussions here and there [1, 2, 3, etc.],  skimming law texts, calling Finanzamts, etc. ; we got overwhelmed by all the different and sometimes contradictory suggestions and procedures mentioned ; so we hope someone could help us see clearer. Context   SHE:     - Belgian     - working at a company in Munich HE:     - Ukrainian     - has been in Germany for ~4 years with a student visa     - currently finishing his studies in Hannover while working freelance there (earning less than HER so happy to switch to Steuerklasse III)     - is in really good terms with his landlord who may agree to add HER to the renting contract      We've been happily together for almost 3 years, visiting each other 2-3 weeks per month either in Munich or Hannover ; and we got married last month in Denmark (love + we-think-it-may-be-beneficial-tax-&-visa-wise kind of marriage). We didn't forget to get an apostille on the marriage certificate. We are now contemplating taking advantage of the earthly benefits of our union, i.e. getting some taxes back from her salary + getting a more permanent visa for him. Questions   About Marriage Recognition 1. We often saw people writing we should go to the Standesamt to have our marriage legalized. However, the Ukrainian consulate told us that our Danish marriage was de-facto recognized in Germany. What is the deal here?   About Visa Procedure for Him 2. The paragraphs of the German law we read don't mention any necessity for us to declare a common residence, for him to apply for a more permanent visa. We still read about how the officials may get suspicious (scam marriage). Is a background-check interview the only things we risk by not declaring a common residence? About Tax Benefits 3. Once again, we understand different things from what we commonly read here and what the people at the Finanzamt told us by phone (we'd go for trusting the latter, but maybe we didn't explain our situation clearly enough or something)... We read that unless we declare a common primary residence, we couldn't enjoy the tax benefits of being married. This would imply choosing Hannover as primary place, with lots of procedure for HER to make the change. We also read that we need first to have the marriage registered at a Standesamt (implying again to choose a primary city where to register it?), which would notify the Finanzamt to switch us to IV / IV Steuerklasse by default, before we can change to III / IV. On the other hand, people at the Finanzamt told us we could (directly?) switch for III / V classes by filling the "Antrag auf Steuerklassenwechsel bei Ehegatten" (with the only inconvenience SHE would then be registered to the Finanzamt in Hannover -- as it is either for a employee to do the change than freelancer -- a really minor inconvenience in comparison to the procedure we read). So, should we follow the Finanzamt's suggestion, or are we missing something?   4. If we do not have to register a common residence, would we just lose on the possible tax deduction for her "visits to the Familienwohnsitz" [1], or is there more? Sorry for all those questions, and thanks a lot for any clarifications! [1] [2] [3]
  15. Fish market in Karlsruhe

    Let me know please, @sweeteanncho, if you find it 
  16. Passive-aggressive notes

    I once wrote to Deutsche Lufthansa enquiring about their ab initio pilot training courses. The lovely lady who wrote back made it a point to stress that the course costs 79,900 euros and that they do not offer scholarships to non-eu citizens. Not once, not twice but 3 times in the same email. Just in case I might fail to see any of the 3 mentions, she highlihted them all in yellow. I do not know if that was passive aggressive or just the German way of stating facts.
  17. I agree with Jay.  We paid a lot of money to have a Hebamme when our daughter was born in the US and she was really helpful and useful to us.  She was worth every penny.  I cannot imagine turning down the offer of a free service.  Can you tell us why you would not want them to come?    Congrats on the baby, BTW!  
  18. Given that the previous contract expires at the end of May and you have so far waited 3 months then I think you will just have to wait another month.  But then, if I was you I would not go with Vodafone but another supplier.   If you want to stay with Vodafone the I I was you I would write a letter directly to the CEO of Vodafone Germany, Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, and explain the situation.   In your letter; Stick to the facts Only include what is relevant and pertinent (the fact that the previous tenant has two accounts is not) Tell him what you expect as a resolution. Do not rant, be polite     Then you could also make a complaint to the Bundesnetzagentur.    
  19. Why are you happy today?

    Correct, I didn't read that post.
  20. Hello,   The easiest way to do this is to post the complaint I made on the Vodafone Forum. But here is the tl;dr: Vodafone made a mistake transferring the previous tenant, we have been without internet for 3 months in our new apartment, they refuse to provide a solution, and hung up on us when my German girlfriend called customer service. They are granting the previous tenant more rights to the phoneline/DSL than the current tenant.   The complaint I left on the forum: "We are current mobile phone customers and former Internet customers. We would like to remain internet customers, but Vodafone has been incompetent and unable to provide any answers.   We moved apartments in Hamburg in February 2018. In January 2018, we contacted Vodafone to tell them we were moving. We gave them the new address. Vodafone confirmed they could move our service to the new address. The day after we moverd, Vodafone cancelled our contract and told us they could not service our new address.   We tried multiple service providers (1&1, Telekom, etc.). None could service us. We discovered that the previous renter still had a contract with Vodafone on the line in our apartment. In March, we contacted Vodafone again, and they confirmed that the previous renter still has the line, but that they could switch it to us.   1 month later, Vodafone has not switched the line and refuses to tell us why they cannot switch the line. And further, have told us we cannot get internet at the new apartment until May 24, when the contract of the previous renter expires. In addition, we have learned from the previous renter that when he attempted to transfer his service to his new apartment, Vodafone created a new account for him with a different name (i.e. including his middle name). Now he has two accounts, and one is at the apartment he no longer rents.   When my girlfriend called the Vodafone service/sales line, they put her on hold for many minutes, then told her there was nothing they could do. When she said she was not satisfied and discovered that the representative had not actually contacted the technical team like he said he would, they hung up on her.   She left a horrible review for the caller and she has faxed Vodafone to let them know she is cancelling our phone contract and we are taking our business elsewhere.    We have been without internet for 3 months. Vodafone has been completely unhelpful. They are allowing a previous renter to block our phoneline even though he has not lived in the home since February. Every phone representative we have spoken with has given zero answers. My colleagues have no explanation for me and my family in USA is shocked that a company could display such disregard for their own customers.   I hope to get this resolved at some point. But I have zero faith in Vodafone's ability to simply communicate in good faith with a paying customer, let alone provide satisfactory customer service."       Vodafone service contacted me on twitter and gave me this reply: "Hi, the management only becomes free when the contract of the previous tenant ends. However, we cannot make a firm commitment in that case either. You can order the connection again in the middle of May. Regards Thomas ^trk"
  21. Does the buergeramt care if people share a room?

    Ofcourse I'm aware of the permission of the landlord! That's not the issue. The apt is 93m2. 3 bedrooms and 1 living room, there is already a person living in the wohnzimmer. All are registered afaik. I don't need a residence permit atm, I have a visa for a few more months. *I'm registering only myself, not the friend- he already lives there. Thanks
  22. Why are you happy today?

      I am happy for Jaycool that he thinks he has a snowballs chance in hell of looking for a weeny on my bod, nice try, no coconut dear panty collector 
  23. Does the buergeramt care if people share a room?

      His friend needs the permission of her/his landlord.
  24. Passive-aggressive notes

    Actually, I would say that it is not a Bavarian thing to do.  That is just my personal impression and how my Bavarian friends react.  That is why I suspect my neighbor who is not Bavarian.  I also think that the reason behind this 5 page thread is because people think that being passive aggressive, while common, is not normal behavior.  Otherwise we wouldn't be discussing it or laughing about it.
  25. Long Term Stay in Germany - Feedback

    I find Bavarians to be very friendly and perhaps the most laid back of the various German tribes.  However, you will never become one of them.  The culture is just too unique and insular.  I don't have a problem with that.  As long as I am accepted or at least tolerated I am good with that.       The description that people use for Germans vs Americans (and others) is the coconut vs the peach.  Germans are coconuts.  Americans are peaches.  The Germans have a hard shell, but once you have made a friend, they are friends for life.  Americans are quick to call you "friend" but it is hard to keep them as friends for life.  As with any generalization, this is only partly true and not true for everyone.  With Bavarians, they are a different mix.  Kind of a coconut with a softer shell but with a pit like a peach ...--- OK the metaphor doesn't work anymore.  They are a bit quicker to call you friend, but you will always be a "Zugaroaster" friend.  
  26. Passive-aggressive notes

      Not in germany, thats what this whole 5 page thread is about.  As has been discussed, many germans feel that a nice note simply stating the facts is politer than showing up and someones door and confronting them face to face.  Its just a cultural difference.
  27. I don't believe that it is mandatory to have a midwife but you will still need some aftercare and check-ups for you and the baby, so without this you will have to go to your local doctor more often. Which means Frauenartz for you and Kinderartz for the child.   Personally, I think you would be crazy to pass on such a service! if this is your first child then the service is especially useful.  As they can check on your health and the baby's health to ensure that everything is going as expected.  For example:  the baby will lose weight after the birth, and they will measure this and tell you if it is within an acceptance range or not.  You will have a thousand questions which you don't even know yet, and they can tell you what is normal, what to look out for, when to take further action, and when not to worry.  They will show you have to care for special things such as the navel, and how to bath them properly and a thousand other things in between.  These are things that a doctor cannot often help you with, and don't have time for.   They are also more available than a doctor is, and they can often answer simple questions over the phone and if there are doubts tell you what to do or come visit you an extra time.   After my wife gave birth the midwife was able to diagnose a problem which my wife was not aware of, and she had to go back into hospital for a small procedure.  Without this then who knows when the problem would have been recognised, and it could have been deadly if undetected and not treated in time!  
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