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  2. Driving license theory exam fees

      You might try that but it wouldn't really save you any money or time nor get your license converted.   It appears that you and whoever you have been speaking to at your driving school may have misunderstood one another when you asked them to book an exam appointment date.   The driving license you have from the 'my country' you refer to is not from one of those countries 'listed countries' which appear in Annexe 11 of the FeV therefore, although you are not required to attend practical training lessons at a driving school, you must take both the theory and the practical exams.   It is only possible to take the practical test if the candidate is accompanied by a driving school instructor.   The costs your driving school have invoiced you for appear to include both the combined TüV-Nord fees for the practical (91,75 €) and theory (22,49 €) = 114,24 € plus a 60€ charge for their instructors attendance time at your test.   There'd be yet higher fees if you were planning to convert your license to any higher classes than A1 and B or to have the restriction to 'automatic transmission only' lifted (61,17 €).   I suggest you discuss the question of your preparedness to take the practical exam on the same day as the theory exam with your instructor and that you review the topic thread on 'Tips on passing the practical driving test' in the Life in Germany sub-forum.   Good luck with your exams!   2B
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  4.   The issue wrt not earning more from a secondary occupation than from the primary one is one which comes up regularly in the TT Finance subforum.   To a degree it also applies to permanent residents and German citizens since, (as I understand it - and my understanding may be flawed or incomplete!), it has more to do with the regulations of the SGB or German Social Code than the AufenthG or Residence Act albeit to qualify for certain visa/permit conditions under the latter one must be in compliance with a lot of cross-referenced sections of the former.   The legal bases under which public health insurers are required to calculate premium payment rates rely on formulae which depend on the type classification of the main source of the insured parties income. Therefore for health insurance calculation purposes as regulated under the SGB and, as it happens, for income taxation calculation purposes it is very important to be aware of the issue for your own economic good.   Personally I would surmise that the beamte at the ABH took the trouble to point this out to jdbb's friend simply as a public service announcement rather than as a stipulation.   AFAIK it's down to the individual to learn how much of their extra income they might have to handover to their health insurer or the taxman if they should choose to ignore such PSAs.   =================================0ffTopic Whilst I do understand how frustrating it may feel having your posts nit-pickingly critiqued, that seems to be a standard risk of posting on public open forums.   There are very effective ways of avoiding such conflicts which don't require withdrawal from, or use of, this or any other adult forum though.   Some examples...   If someone takes the time to reply to anyones questions and provides valid information the fact that that info was not what the question-setter was seeking is no justification to respond in a self-defensive irritated manner. That only ups the ante and has a generally negative effect on the TT community spirit.   Saying, "thanks for taking the time, but that didn't quite cover the points I was thinking of. Perhaps you could explain how xyz detail works in practice?" might be more effective than posting a resumé of your past research of the forum/German law (which could've been mentioned in your first question so as to avoid the responder wasting their own time!).    Avoid getting into 3-way off-topic discussions about how much the atmosphere in Toytown stinks on every thread - such OT discussions are often the source of the bulk of the stink anyway.   Being a little less critical of the efforts of TTers who bother to contribute their free time to keeping the flow of useful help and tips going.    Investing a little of your own time and help (providing accurate info or links to reliable sources) would do a helluva lot more to improve the TT welcome spirit for the next generation of newbies who land here. ===================================/OT   Hope you all are able to get the permit conditions that suit your needs best.   2B
  5. What are you listening to right now?

      shake it baby!  shake what your mama gave you!  
  6. Random pointless comments

    oh well      
  7. What are you cooking today?

    I'm craving a celibate monk fish sauteed in extra virgin olive oil..
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  9. Why are you unhappy today?

    yes, FB, whatsapp, same email address since late 90's ,
  10. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

     I read back till page 45, spring 2017, and the quote I replied to is the only thing I saw similar to my situation.   Why did the miss me, and why the see me now? It does not seem that the are trying to charge me for the last 2 years: why not?  My only guess ist that I live in the same house as the landorl, even though I live in a separate floor, with independant internet and electricity (but common water and heating), and they aren't sure whether I live in the same houshold as the landlord. My anmeldung does not say that I live in floor X, but just the address of the house.
  11. How to use the ignore function

    How many dupe accounts does dessamation have?
  12. Odd news

    Wouldn't mind betting his girlfriend (probably hasn't got one) is called Nina.  
  13. Illogical stuff of the German language

    There is a sign in the toilet at LHT that says 'keine abfälle' in the shitter... is there more than one? it also mentions the standards: tampon, paper towels, food, bath towels, engine parts, works council reports,...etc...
  14. Getting my goose cooked

      Metro? I have a Metro card and use it about once a year just to be nosey. If you want 5 gallons of Ketchup, 5 kilos of Potato Salad, 50 packets of Puff Rice(my son use to always buy that when he was young) or 96 ready baked Vol au vent cases then Metro is the place to go, apart from that it's very expensive and not really convenient.   After all the effort you're going through, I'm sure you can make your own stock. It can be made weeks if not months in advance and tastes a thousand times better.   On top of that, the best part is you get to spend the day with your family and in-laws () and not just in the kitchen over a stove.
  15. Movie recommendations

    The preview of that looked interesting, I presumed it had long since been filmed, or is it perhaps a spinoff.     "Juliet, Naked" is a terrific book, I don't always go for Hornby's writing, or more exactly his characters, but that one had me doing that annoying laughing-like-a-drain-while-sitting-next-to-you-on-a-train as I ate it up.   I also thought Bohemian Rhapsody was very good but then it seems most people did.  A must-see.   Aside from the obvious narrative(s), I felt it very strong on matters like friendship and loyalty (which critics rarely mentioned) and it really scores on memorable scenes and moments, and a raft of one-liners that people are still quoting weeks later.     Queen were pretty ubiquitous for many Britons of my age and of course so was is their biggest hit but I've found myself listening to it with fresh ears, really appreciating it again.  I learned things I did not know and also that I misunderstood some things, as well.   I have some time to dip into cinema.   I also saw a Star is Born which seems to have divided people and it left me a bit cold.   Werk ohne Autor as well,  which had the Donnersmark hallmarks like the absolutely immaculate staging that you just keep staring at, and an absolutely vile lead who made us gasp at his awfulness at times.     For the kids, Incredibles 2 was very enjoyable, some neat and fun ideas in that .      
  16. Regarding self-employment tax, is a great summary of how US self employment tax is handled for freelancers in Germany. It's a bit of an odd situation. In the US, everyone has to pay social security (and freelancers have to pay both halves), but in Germany this is different as freelancers are not required to pay into the pension fund. For US citizens living abroad, the US simply requires that everyone either pay social security in the US or be in compliance with the social security system of the country they live in (possibly limited to certain countries they have tax/social security agreements with, but in any case Germany is one of them). But, freelancers are in compliance with the German social security requirements without paying anything, as they aren't required to pay into a pension fund under the German system. So nothing needs to be paid to the US either There are more details on the forms needed to prove this if asked in the thread above. I've found that many accountants don't understand the details of this situation, so it is worth reading up on it (my US accountant initially advised me to pay social security in the US while living in Germany, but then told me that he was incorrect and I didn't need to after I sent him the relevant laws linked to in that thread).   However, this legal situation may be about to change. The new Koalitionsvertrag states that freelancers need to pay into a pension fund of some sort. But last I checked the specific details of this change had not been worked out yet, so the above applies until they are. More info here:   And yes, you need to report all your income to both the US and Germany, though with what you stated you would only pay tax in Germany (on earned income either employed or freelance at least, capital gains and other forms of income could result in US tax, but that wasn't what you were asking about).
  17.   I did this a few years ago via Berlin. Sure copies are fine. I ordered online from the Irish birth / death register (about 9 Euros per cert I think). And nothing needs to be certified as it's coming from an Irish agency and being sent to an Irish agency. But speak to the embassy if you need to, they're very helpful in my experience.   As for the passport. As you thought - you'll get on the foreign birth register and get a lovely certificate. This is what you need for a passport. Once you get that through you can also get a passport card which fits in your wallet and offers some helpful ID in Germany.       
  18. Tips on renting an apartment in Berlin

    The market is moving fast but there's still certainly choice with that, although also likely competition, at least in the hot areas.    You might want to find some typical agents who do connect to the foreigner market but you do have to self-report your existing agreements etc often now.   Some of the bigger managing agents as well, possibly.   This issue of how long you want to stay is important like others say.   There will be upfront costs to sink and so on.    As the market hots up, it is increasingly normal to lock tenants into minimum terms.  (Staffel its called).      I doubt many of us have a very wide view of the market in a very large city.   I think my tip might be to find a  small central place, or a bigger place with good transit connections in order to bed in.
  19.   Thanks engelchen!   I asked a few friends who were in the same situation when I left Germany about this.  And they were also told then at the immigration that we could stay out of EU for 2 years, and within EU for 5 years.  And, more I thought about this, I remember now, that when I got my new DA-EG card about a year and half ago (to go with my new passport), the guy who handed me the new card told me the same, 2 years out of EU, 5 years within EU.  The lady who was sitting nearby, who seemed to be his supervisor confirmed this also.   I did not get it in writing though.  I can not go back to Germany until next year to sort this out...  Calling the immigration probably would not bring anything, I wonder if I should get a lawyer to deal with this...  Anyone khow how much it would cost to get a lawyer for a case like this?
  20. Shipping boxes of books from Germany to USA

    Hi I'm wondering if there is any updated answer to this question? I would like to ship about 20 boxes of books back to the states -- does the M-bag still exist for non-commercial shipping? This is a silly question, but do you really just put the books in a bag? I will go to the post office tomorrow, but would appreciate if anyone has any recent personal experience doing this or using any of the shipping services mentioned here. Thnk you! - m
  21. Jokes

    I saw my aged neighbours who I hadn't seen for a while so I said "Long time no see".  My neighbour replied "We've been away on holiday". I asked him politely "Anywhere nice?" He looked puzzled and fell silent for a couple of minutes with his face in his hands. "What's that plant that climbs up the wall of your house?" he asked me. "Ivy" I answered.  He said "Thanks"  then shouted out "Ivy, where did we go on holiday?"
  22. Brexit: The fallout

    What members of May's cabinet will be getting for Christmas this year.
  23. NGO Exposed Teaching Migrants How to Trick ‘Stupid’ EU Border Guards   A few paragraphs from the article   I'm sure the audio was faked.   Disclaimer:  The Epoch Times is an anticommunist newspaper.    
  24. Why are you happy today?

    Beautiful, HEM!!!!! 
  25. I remember learning of the disgraceful behavior of Harding's cabinet members, in high school history class.  It really shocked me. But 65 years of living has hardened me, and it's not shock I feel these days, but absolute disgust and abhorrence.  How can we Americans continue to blindfold ourselves against Trump and his immoral cronies?
  26. uninsured in E.U. country of origin and moving to Berlin

    Finally got this done! Partly inspired by someonesdaughter and PandaMunich and the usual culprits! I sometimes need a kick up the backside...ageing gracelessly...
  27. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I hit the 8 years in January next year. I went last April to ask them about the process and they said it was fine to submit but that it couldn't be approved until I hit the 8 years. I've submitted and now it's a waiting game.
  28. English-speaking dentists in Munich

    can anyone say if Dr. Selmair does cosmetic work in addition to functional dentistry?   gotta touch up my front teeth - started grinding again      
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