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  1.   Update: I got a reply from a real person the next day, 23 July, saying that they've received my application. Same info as the automatic one, really: the application is here, we'll work on it, it's gonna take a while, please don't ask us any follow-up questions - we will contact you!   If it took them 11 days just to confirm the application has arrived, I imagine I'll be in for the standard 3-4 month processing time - and hopefully not longer.
  2. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      Totally agree with this. The Ämter are unlikely to be proactive and get in touch; better to submit too much than too little. I find if one presents the info well - e.g. combining relevant PDFs into one file instead of attach 500 different single-page PDFs - that even a lot of information can be easily digested and even appreciated, as it makes their job easier. That's all this is really about - make their job easy, and you're likely to get a quick(er) response.   Update for my application: I got an actual reply by email on the 23.7 - it basically said the same thing as the automatic reply (we've received the application; it's gonna take a while; we'll contact you, don't pester us), but at least it was an actual person acknowledging that my application has been received. Seeing as it took them 11 days just to do that much, I can't imagine the actual processing of my application will be very quick. But once one accepts that it can't be helped, it's a bit easier to be patient
  3. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

    @MadManEarle congrats on getting your NE! And nice idea, I'm also going to share my experience here - and a link I found that could be helpful.   I applied by email to the Ausländerbehörde in Berlin on 12 July (think I'll have a while to wait yet ). I got the automatic reply saying that my email has arrived and that they will get in touch/please don't bother them until then XD. As my application is pretty watertight I'm hoping it'll be quick and painless, but let's see...   This link is where I found the email address relevant for me (different depending on your nationality): https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.1041742.php - I suppose only relevant for people in Berlin.   Also specific to Berlin was this webpage: https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/service/beratung/artikel.939879.php - Beratungsservice der Landesamt für Einwanderung. They were able to answer my question by email quite quickly. Don't know if that exists in other areas - but seeing as this page was not so obvious (had to click through a couple menus), it might also be hidden on the website of your city/state if you're not in Berlin.
  4. @Santitas thanks for your updates! Glad that worked out for you, congrats   I'll also share my experience so far for others who are also going through the process.   I applied by email to the Ausländerbehörde on 12 July, so less than two weeks ago (think I'll have a while to wait yet ). I got the automatic reply saying that my email has arrived and that they will get in touch/please don't bother them until then XD. As my application is pretty watertight I'm hoping it'll be quick and painless, but let's see...   This link is where I found the email address relevant for me (different depending on your nationality): https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.1041742.php   Some advice: I found this very non-obvious page that was actually quite helpful: https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/service/beratung/artikel.939879.php - Beratungsservice der Landesamt für Einwanderung. Their phone lines were always busy, but they replied to my email query either the next day or the day after, and were able to answer my question. It seems like that link should be on the homepage of their website...   @OMO4life was there an update on the progress of your application?! Hope it went well...
  5. Yeah, that was kind of my thinking - if email doesn't work, then I can just send it by post. But I may be lucky. Thanks @engelchen   @razorsandroses I saw your post in another thread about an absolute horror story of getting the Niederlassungserlaubnis. I too have had a horrific time getting something approved, but thankfully my other experiences have so far been positive. One never knows...
  6. Hey @Santitas sounds like an absolute dream... glad that worked out for you may I ask how far in the future the appointment is? Second question, did you use one of the email addresses from this page (link below) relating to your nationality, or did you simply email the general email contact for the whole Ausländerbehörde? Thanks! https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.1041742.php
  7. Yeah, that was my thought - that registered mail is slow but usually best, as emails generally don't count here. But I have read some anecdotal stuff about how people have tried the email route and SOME (not all) have gotten fairly quick replies.   Considering the office "losing" applications, wouldn't an email be best? Well I suppose the difference between throwing away a paper application and deleting an email is not so big...
  8. Hello everyone,   I understand there are a lot of threads about the whole NE application process. However, this is less about the waiting time or the application itself, but simply how to submit the application: post, fax, or email? I have seen some replies in other threads saying that email worked just fine, which surprised me, because lol German bureaucracy.   Seeing as the Ausländerbehörde page is very non-specific and simply mentions "schriftlicher Antrag", I'd love to hear some anecdotal stories on how people applied and what method worked best (or perhaps didn't work). Note: I will have everything for the application ready to go and will submit every single thing on that damn list in one go to try and help the process along as quickly as possible.   My situation: by the end of next month I will finally be able to apply for a NE - all requirements filled. With the pandemic being crazy as balls and everything so unpredictable, I'd obviously like to get it sorted sooner rather than later. Hope dies last... Thanks everyone!   PS: this page seems helpful with direct contact emails depending on nationality. Did anyone try those emails and get a reply? https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.1041742.php