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  2. Question for Contractors Overseas:  I'm ETSing on 9 Oct in Germany and have a contractor job lined up to start once TESA is cleared.  At what point do/can you get the letter of Logistical Support? Is it provided after the DOCPER approves it? If I can get it a few weeks before my effective terminal leave start date October 1 (even it it states its not effective until then) I can out-process /in-process and keep my logistical support going.     The sticking point is vehicle registration...gotta out-process them in order to ETS, can't stop driving the vehicles (US Spec), planning on driving with temporary transport plate to Italy and re-register there.  So, is it "normal" or unheard of to get the Letter of Logistical Support before you actually start work?  Any info/advice is greatly appreciated! — looking for recommendations.  
  3. IKEA EKTORP Footstool, White

    Item is sold.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    I like your knowledge!👍🏼 And your insights. I would just like to add- too right that Spain reopened the border with Gibraltar. Partly because of the application to join the EEC and partly to join NATO. Why do I say “ too right?”. Closing the border was Franco’s doing and I won’t side with fascists like him. 
  5. Today
  6. Yes, that works! What counts is where someone was previously insured in the last 12 months. ( But only if in Europe and publicly insured.)   It is all very curious! An American freelancer moving to Germany from the US, for example, can’t   get German public insurance but if the same American has been publicly insured in Spain, the UK -or wherever - for at least 12 months and moves to Germany- then he or she CAN get voluntary membership of German public insurance!
  7. What made you laugh today?

    Something I certainly don't miss...  
  8. The laws about employees and Kurzarbeit

    I’m not sure if I understand this correctly regarding the percentage paid of the Kurzarbeit shortfall...60% with no children, 67% with children. My husband asked his HR department why his shortfall addition is only 60%.  He was told that’s because my daughter (his stepdaughter, Freibetrag on his Lohnsteuerkarte) is now over 18.     Shouldn’t he receive the 67% as she was still at school when Kurzarbeit started and will start university in October? Does it make a difference that she won’t still be living at home from October and will receive her Kindergeld directly?  Is there an issue because school finished in July and she is still home and not working until October when uni starts?   Any advice very much appreciated. 
  9. Hi ladies,   Happy Oktoberfest Season!   Next meetup will be on Thursday October 1, 6:45pm at Paulaner am Nockherberg. Dirndl's are optional!   
  10. Coronavirus

      You can compare the cases versus deaths and decide if the second wave of infections is accompanied by a lagging second wave of deaths.    I don't see it (yet).    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/
  11. Road construction next door

    @GoBike Thank you, this plan is as old as 50 years. The council will meet one week before the road construction, whats our options ? found some new Details here https://sessionnet.krz.de/verbandsgemeindeweissenthurm/bi/vo0050.asp?__kvonr=22408
  12. Yesterday
  13. Funny or shocking job interview stories

    Got another three "Thank you for your application and your interest in our company, however.... blah! blah! blah!
  14. How and where do they do their foilprinting?
  15. How to access BBC iPlayer from Germany

    Same here, maybe with the new DG we can hope for a change!
  16. Next Badminton is 22.09.2020 19:30-21:30:      The closing time for reservations is Midnight on SATURDAY. Booking: Please sign up below. Please note that all names down at the deadline are committed bookings! Please ALWAYS specify the times you wish to play e.g. 19:30-20:30 Important: Please do check back here on the Monday evening after 23:00 for updates before turning up! We may have to adjust your preferred times if too many sign up for the courts we have available! Please copy this post and add your booking.   1. Colin 20:00-21:30
  17. Permanent residence permit (Blue Card)

      Actually, the AB would be more than happy to renew your Blue Card rather then granting you a NE. When applying for NE the AB would prefer you to speak German during the appointment, if you can not speak a word in German they can say that you do not qualify for NE as you miss the ground language knowledge. I've heard some rumors that from March 2020, even the Blue Card holders should have B1 certificate for applying for NE, but I think the experience depends on the person that will handle your application. 
  18. The English Teacher's Corner

    When you teach German speakers the Present Perfect v the Simple Past ,  Acton , they mostly react as if it were something new! “ Wow, I didn’t know that.” Yes, you DO!! For the thousandth time!🙈🙈🙈     And spook them out with U2!😂 Present Perfect for an unfinished action? And a healthy dose of the Present Continuous to boot!       https://youtu.be/5vye_tNZYL8
  19. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

    Yes, you can start the process, I would say it is better to apply on advance (4-5 month earlier). For NE the AB would prefer to have German knowledge to at least A1 level, a certificate might help but you should be able to handle a simple conversation in German.
  20. They could reject business because they legally have to (e.g., because of a conflict of interest, or they don't have the right skills for the client's needs). Or they might choose to focus on large companies and reject individuals and smaller enterprises because they can make more money that way.
  21. Betriebskosten issue

    Thank you very much for the help. I now understand how they calculate it. For the Grundkosten they use the gradtagstabelle and i am to pay 39% of yearly costs with the grundkosten being  30% of total costs. Because I moved in during winter this cost is going to be higher than the annual average. The flat was renovated before i moved in, so probably empty for several months. I am not sure when the last tenant left.   The verbrauchskosten is still an issue. It was calculated with the values in page 2 and there it says "estimated according to average consumption of property". The estimation is too high compared to my real consumption.  They never come to read the meters after i moved in. Can I arrange a date over the phone for them to do it or alternatively give them the reading over the phone or online? is this something you can do in Germany?  
  22. President Donald J. Trump

    It's about time.        the rest
  23. What made you smile today?

    Or Fawlty Towers? Basil! Basil!😂
  24. What are you cooking today?

    Tortellini soup- onions, chili pepper, goulash meat, Rosemary, Bay leaves, S&P, Paprika, Tomato paste,   Red wine, Beef stock, can kidney beans and can small white beans, plus  dried tortellini. Chop and sauté  onions, chili, meat, add   rest of ingredient, except Tortellini and beans.  Simmer for 1/1/2 hours, or less if using Instant pot!   Then add pasta and strained beans and cook a further 20 minutes. Check for seasoning,  stir in a spoon of sour  cream, and serve with baguette.
  25. Jokes

    [marketing meeting] Me: shamcum Board: no Me: shampiss Board: no Me: shamblood *an hour later* Me: shampoo Board: ok yes fine
  26. Violence in Köln (falsly claimed on migrants)?

      Yeah, no.  This is how "fake news" gets spread.  There have been way too many instances where people who claimed to have been there started rumors that refugees committed crimes, when it was actually a German who did it.  
  27. Fucking squatters

    No one getting any work done today?😂
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