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About kaffeemitmilch

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
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  • Year of birth 1983
  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Arbeitslosgeld 1 (ALG 1) and German Citizenship

    Yes, you can inherit the land. You just cannot purchase it.
  8. Arbeitslosgeld 1 (ALG 1) and German Citizenship

    You would of course lose Indian citizenship. If you'd be happy with Indian permanent residence (OCI), then I recommend you apply for German citizenship. Unless you plan on getting involved in Indian politics, or want your kids to study there, or even want to buy farmland, you don't need Indian citizenship, and becoming German would be quite liberating, practically speaking.
  9. Pros and cons of German citizenship

    OCI costs the same for everyone. You can look it up. Citizenship is 255, plus costs for documents, translation/certification of documents, postage, etc.   You think if you leave Germany after becoming a citizen that you will lose your citizenship? That's not how citizenship generally works in democratic states.
  10.   I never really thought about it. I've been sending scans all over the internet. But, this is via Email, and I think both our sides are encrypted.
  11. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    You think the EU argument would be the best? I hope so. I have informed them, and shown them proof of the offer. So, I do hope you're right. But, of course, the whole dual citizenship thing is another kettle of fish, so they could ask me to renounce or lose out. However, I then hope they look at the political situation in the US, and my wish to maintain access to my family (which I have given as one of the reasons to remain American). One other thing, however, is that working for the EU doesn't necessarily mean working for the German state (though Germany is heavily invested in the EU), and would also mean I wouldn't be paying German taxes...
  12. They encourage you to establish proof of citizenship for a child that derives citizenship because the parents' documents might get hard to collect later in life. That's all. Of course, they also want all US persons, regardless of location, to pay Uncle Scam so this falls under that too - if you're not in the system, the state could be losing out depending on how much money the undocumented citizen makes in future.   I've heard of US citizens entering the US with foreign passports, but they also had expired US passports and had to explain why they couldn't get valid ones. Don't forget Boris Johnson had never exercised his US citizenship in spite of being born in NY, and had to settle a huge tax bill once he was caught out trying to transit the US without a US passport.
  13. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Hah, I want to remain American because I have important ties to the US, i.e. my family. I want to maintain unrestricted access to them, and that is only guaranteed when you're a US citizen. I don't want some shit at the border having the power to deny me entry when my brother is on life support, for example (he isn't - just a hypothetical).   I want to be German because I can (theoretically). It is also an advantage, in that I can work for EU institutions (why I need it urgently) and also move to other EU countries without having to depend on my partner exercising her treaty rights first. It's also just good to have.   So, in the end, I am basically not sentimental about it all. I mean, I share a lot with the US culturally, and have a stake in Germany as well (partner, daughter, future children), so I would like those ties cemented. But, at the end of the day, it's practicality.   Anyway, my partner thinks I should just update them with her salary and my unemployment (I still have to apply for ALG though). We'll just have to see how it goes. Who knows, maybe they just need this as a formality to close the case and approve it, as I showed them proof that I have a job lined up that I can only take as a German national? Haha. Wishful thinking, but I am trying to have bouts of giddy positivity.   I noticed something interesting in the letter, though. It is signed by the woman who has been my case worker in Darmstadt, but the contact person is another woman. I don't know what that means or indicates.
  14. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Hmm, sounds like you think my persistence is futile... hehe. Do you?
  15. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Got a letter today from the EBB asking for updated proof of income. It's here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3qS2fFTmfYPLCGuI2   I don't know what it means, but I will have to send in proof of my partner's income, and my unemployment, unless maybe I should wait until I get a job and then update them since there's no deadline?