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  1. Past Hour
  2. With tears in my eyes, I have to cancel for this evening.  I have completely lost my voice!  Super annoying. Enjoy and hope to see you all soon! Ashley
  3. Three-word story

    Vulcan butt cheeks
  4. Why are you happy today?

      - apparently not!!! Well spotted Wulfrun, but the point remains that Clive could still do his own ironing!
  5. Cutting tree roots from neighbours tree?

    Getting the law implemented is such fun... it excludes common sense pragmatic solutions. I am sure that cutting a few roots from one side of a ruddy great tree will not kill it. I am not a tree surgeon however. Would anyone notice the OP doing the necessary? Would they film him in flagrante and report him? To whom? FF is of course right but I have a sneaky feeling we know where that will lead and how fast. Wishing the OP luck with this one. Who does not have a tree story in Germany?
  6. Help with enrolling kids in Kindergarten

      Thank you for the suggestion!
  7. Elternzeit general questions

    Yes, submit Elternzeit request to employer no later than 7 weeks before the estimated due date. My company asked me to provide a letter from my wife's doctor confirming the estimated due date. Your Elternzeit will actually start on whatever day the baby is born. Employers and the Bürgeramt Elterngeldstelle know to take this into consideration.   Yes, you can definitely split 1st birth month, go back to work, and then take a subsequent birth month. For example, if your kid is born July 15th 2018, you can take 1 month July 15th to Aug. 15th, and then another month, say Dec. 15th to Jan 15th 2019 and get Elterngeld for 2 months. I did it. Your employer would need to approve. You and the mother can take up to 14 months combined with Elterngeld, until 1 calendar year after the date of birth. Note, you need to take at least 2 months to be eligible for Elterngeld. Elterngeld 2 is more flexible, and can be taken for a longer period (less money).   To apply, fill in the form from your local Bürgeramt Elterngeldstelle and attach all relevant info (baby birth certificate, 12 prior months pay stubs, passport, Anmeldebescheinigung, Health Insurance card copy, Social Insurance info, whatever else they list in the form).   Talk to your city's Elterngeldstelle directly, don't count on your boss or company's HR department knowing anything.
  8. I did SO much research on this, though my predicament is different than yours. My mother is a bit younger, but I'm an only child and trying to plan ahead. What I found is more or less what Engelchen has written: visas in Germany are only issued for specific categories (freelancer, language learner, medical professional, and so forth) and there is none for "retired person with family in the country," basically. That's the first biggest obstacle. And as far as I could glean, the hardship exemption is extremely rare to come by, or nigh on impossible. If you have siblings in the US, for example, in all likelihood the foreigners' office will see no reason the elderly parents can't live with them. And family reunification, where it is permitted, goes in the other direction -- reuniting spouses, or minors with parents.   The next issue, of course, even if we can get our parents here legally, is the prohibitive cost of health insurance, which will have to be private. Coming from the US, though, that might be six-in-one, half dozen to the other... Anyway, I feel for you. It's really hard and I haven't been able to come up with anything. If you do, please post it here!
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  10. Joining the Bundeswehr

      I dont know about that, I guess the occupied countries would be thrown out of the EU. 
  11. What irritated you today?

    Stray cat that feeds at nextdoor's restaurant for ferile felines has just vomited on my garden wall.
  12. Tax return for non-Kleinunternehmer self-employed

    Yes you can enter the health insurance cost. I don't have the form in front of me so I can't tell you which field. If you are getting an error then you might be entering it into the wrong place.
  13. Passive-aggressive notes

    But you do seem to have retreated to passive aggressive land in response to aggressive onslaught. I would hope for better from you.    Without question the dialogue is disrespectful towards you. I hope you can step back and keep your balance and a clear mind. The oscillation of the elderly between behaving like a child and acting like a adult is wearing for all parties and often unrelenting.    I think that that we (i.e. humanity) are not living longer but taking longer to die. I don't think that society has a handel on this and the individuals involved do not have the orientation points that traditionally provided comfort and reassurance over generations for all sides. Who has what role and at what point is quite often unclear. It is not all necessarily good. Good luck!
  14. Returning to Germany

    Congrats on the flat and the S1!   Glad you can fully concentrate on your eye surgery now.
  15. To provide administration support in Darmstadt to our team at our Support Office and also to provide ad-hoc specialised cover for one of our Customer sites (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites), we are currently looking for a User Services Assistant (f/m).  Main Responsibilities Support Office: Support to Contract Management in the areas of documentation and reporting activities; Pre- and post-meeting/conference support (ensuring facilities are booked; preparing, writing up and distribution of minutes); General administration ad-hoc tasks. Main Responsibilities Customer Site: Provide administrative support to the User Services Helpdesk Team (Administrators) by following predefined procedures. The tasks will include, but not be limited to: Administrative tasks related to registrations and to the licensing process Modification of services in user accounts Provision of brochures and promotional items Provide operational support to the Data Centre Support Team (Operators) by following predefined procedures. The tasks will include, but not be limited to: Generation of PR / VIP and customer hardcopy prints and posters. Setting up user rights and send mails to customers related to the user rights. The Ideal Candidate The successful applicant should have a proven background in similar tasks. He/she should bring: Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010/2016 (Word, Excel, and Outlook); Familiarity with Windows 10 and/or 7; Experience working with a ticketing system; Experience with Active Directory; Strong interpersonal skills; Proven ability to follow procedures; Fluent English; Attention to detail; Ability to pick up new skills quickly. Basic Photoshop skills (or any similar image manipulation software) would be an advantage, but training will be provided to the successful candidate. Application If you consider yourself suitable for this role, and are interested to apply, please send us your updated CV at before 06/05/2018, and we’ll come back to you shortly. NOTE: All applicants must hold a current valid work permit for Germany or be EU / EEA nationals. This position is primarily located within the Darmstadt Support Office.  Please note that only applicants with no family affiliation within the Company will be considered.
  16. Long Term Stay in Germany - Feedback

    I'm curremtly doing an Ausbildung, I have B2 German and although I'm doing OK on the course, my level of concentration and amount of work I have to do just to understand the subjects in German, let alone do written assignments and tests, means I find it very time consuming and tiring. It's not a particularly high level of Ausbildung, entrance requirement is Realschule level education but having to learn the technical terms in German, describe in German how things function, understand the abstract theory in German and then to write down answers in a coherent and understandable way is not easy. I think you'll need more than just B1 for a University course.
  17.   I know the ICAO rules, what I'm saying is that they don't make sense.
  18. Nuances of subletting contract

    Thanks so much!  Always enlightening.  
  19. Politics Gen XYZ

  20. Delaying anmeldung for a couple of months

      @paulwork Yeah, yeah. I didn't take your advice as not registering at all (i am already registered at my present address), but as you correctly mentioned about temporary registration, I am not really sure (and rather confused) which one is better for me in this situation, letting my previous registration stay as it is or get registered with my colleagues' address (both of where I am not staying).   Is there any link or documentation which deals with a situation like this?    Just to add more information - I am paying ARD fees regularly and I am not a defaulter at that end as well.
  21. Brexit: The fallout

    Goferit next year, HM. Take Herself out for a nice dinner.
  22. The existing ones are useless in my opinion, because they are not a valid ID and then for purposes of immigration you need your passport AND the card.  That's the reason I've managed to stick to just the sticker in the passport instead of the card.   I think they even stopped giving them in Berlin but I am not sure.
  23. Only in America...

    They're going to need it after many of their biggest sponsors have dropped them. The latest - Yeti. Yeti is the ultimate in beer coolers and insulated cups etc. in the U.S.
  24. He is holding something that from a distance looks a gun. I am surprised the police officer who arrested him didn't shot him. He must have been scared shitless. I wonder if, as he approached the perp, the officer realized that he wasn't holding a gun, because he becomes very confident in the final stages of approaching him. At any rate: nerves of steel!
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