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About kaffeemitmilch

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality USA
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1983
  1. Father and kid playdates in Frankfurt?

    Damn that's a long way to drive for a kid! Hehe.   No, sure let's try one of these weekends. I'll PM you.
  2. Hi y'all, I have a three year old daughter and wondered if any dads (moms too, actually) would like to hang out sometimes. My partner has her playdate moms but they're not necessarily my type. I want my own hehe.    Would be fun and help fill days, eh?
  3. Leaving Germany while waiting for aufhentstitel card

    Do you have the document proving your card was approved? That should suffice, and maybe your old card.
  4. Cycle commuters / cyclists: help choosing a mount :)

    If you're spending the money, definitely get gears, maybe even a 7 speed hub system to minimize wear from the elements and dings in public. I would also definitely get fenders! There are lightweight options, and for me, going to work and keeping mud off my things is a huge deal. Hub lights are also really convenient, but not a must. You might even want a removable basket. It helps a lot. But, I now also have a kid, so storage is really important.   If you ever want to attach a child seat, check to see that there' no cabling on the seat tube, and that there's enough clearance for a seat clamp. And then, also make sure you can attach a double stand at the bottom of the seat tube, which would make getting the child in and out of the seat much easier.   I don't really have any specific recommendations, but I'd aim for 13-16 kg, maybe even used. We have a Kettler that's a bit heavy, but robust.
  5. Holy crap, this thread took off!   I am way too lazy to remember how different greetings go. Three kisses for women in Holland always really slowed things down, and then two kisses here, sometimes one. WTF.   I just tend to say hello/hi, and maybe wave or raise my hand (in a non-Nazi way... most of the time). I don't do names either, even if I know them. I guess I just got used to it.
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      10-11 months for an EU colleague who just got her citizenship last week.
  7. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    I know someone who applied in April last year and just got hers last week. About 10-11 months.
  8. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    At this point, it is fairly easy for a US citizen to bring a spouse to the US as long as the US citizen has enough assets/expected US income. If she doesn't/won't at the time of immigrating, someone else like a family member in the US can be the financial guarantor. The domicile issue mainly means that the US citizen will also have to move to the US, and the non-US citizen cannot move without the US citizen. Finally, I also say at this point, because laws change. However, I would like to say I am fairly certain that at least this immediate relative category will still remain an easy one, unlike bringing other relatives like parents or siblings, which, as we can see at the moment, is precarious.
  9. Arbeitslosgeld 1 (ALG 1) and German Citizenship

    I think TELC is supposed to be easier :)
  10. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Decent. Have in interview in a couple of weeks, but might have a project before then (that would pay too much...) hehe.   What about the job offer letter. Shouldn't they consider that? There's contact information on it in case they want to clarify how secure that offer is. And, that's linked to me getting citizenship.   Do you think they're doing this because of my dual citizenship request? Darko_in_Berlin thinks this is them trying to intimidate me into withdrawing, and/or running out the clock on my ALG I in case I can't find work.   You'd think they'd want someone to be able to get of ALG I and accept a job offer. Sheesh.   BTW I just emailed my Arbeitsvermittlerin asking if she would write me a letter of support. She has seen my offer letter, and could maybe also indicate that she expects someone with my qualifications to be able to get work soon.
  11. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Yeah, but don't you find it seriously weird that they basically glanced at all the documents they have from me and didn't put 2 and 2 together?   My partner spoke to a couple of colleagues at the Bundesagentur who have dealt with naturalization law, and they said they seriously doubt this person's competence due to the laws she has quoted, and the lack of understanding she has shown based on the documents I have sent. They'll help me formulate a letter, with which I will send in all proof of income and employment, and ALG I, again. I will also send in the offer letter from the EU institution, again, as she has added in the letter that they could only approve my application if they see me as capable of supporting my family.   My partner makes 1600 ish, plus Kindergeld, and my ALG I is 1300 ish, so that's more than sufficient for the about 1100 in warm rent we are paying, right?
  12. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    So, I got a weird pseudo rejection letter today (https://photos.app.goo.gl/pxuzz4xUJhczmGVn1). I say pseudo because they are claiming they will reject it if I don't withdraw my application. And, I say weird because the information in it regarding my case is wrong.   They claim I have no income or unemployment money, and that my partner is unemployed. In reality, my partner is employed, and earns about EUR1600, and not the EUR1300 they are claiming. I have sent them proof of this, both via email and post. I sent them proof of my unemployment money, which is around EUR1300.   So, I am quite confused. The letter is also not from the person initially processing this application, but another woman. Anyway, I have until 15 March to withdraw I think. I intend to write them again and send the documentation refuting their claim. Can I do this directly, or do I already need to make it an appeal? If so, should I then get a lawyer?   Thanks for your help.
  13. Arbeitslosgeld 1 (ALG 1) and German Citizenship

    By the way, I am currently on ALG I and waiting for a decision on my naturalization application. I was employed, but was terminated suddenly in December. I had an indefinite contract, so we will see very soon how they choose to deal with such situations.
  14. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I applied in Frankfurt and didn't need any of those documents. So, since we're in the same part of Hessen and your application will likely also be processed in Darmstadt, you might have similar requirements to mine.   Yeah I don't know why the Germans are so cagey with these bloody requirements and forms, but given their archaic approach to citizenship (e.g. multiple citizenship), it doesn't surprise me.
  15. Arbeitslosgeld 1 (ALG 1) and German Citizenship

    I recommend that you check with a lawyer specifically about any agricultural land you might inherit before you go through with naturalization in order to be sure that there are no technicalities that could trip you up, but the general guidelines indicate that that you will be fine.