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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality USA
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  • Year of birth 1983
  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Because the Home Office have always been shit in comparison with German legal immigration. Honestly, even the Dutch were comparatively easy. The developed Anglo countries tend to be especially pain-in-the-assy with their red tape and transparency. OF COURSE the Home Office are being shit about this. They didn't have much further to go from where they have generally been, even with respect to EU citizens and their family members.
  2. I've decided to become German

    I second the inability to work for an EU institution. Any thoughts on the dual citizenship front after the upcoming election ? Because with populists gaining some ground, it seems that this would be very difficult.
  3. So weird that they don't just issue the card everywhere! What happened to the claim of security???
  4. Pronunciation of A.S.A.P.

    You can say it both ways - A S A P, or AY-SAP, but I prefer the first.
  5. German residency permit renewal

    Niederlassungserlaubnis.   But wait - you only need A1? Maybe you can talk your way out of that, then, with your A2 German? Give it a shot. Tell them you're employed, especially if you've been continuously employed  (maybe take your contract with you - would help if it's permanent). It's weird that they're also asking your husband to go (I went alone).   Actually, just looked at the email with the requirements they gave me: application, passport, photo, residence permit, payslips, proof of permanent employment and contract, rental contract, proof I'm getting Kindergeld and cash. But, I think they didn't actually take the work and rental contracts.
  6. German residency permit renewal

    Hmm, I thought you don't need the pension statements if you're the spouse of a Germ. I didn't need them. Just a document stating I was employed, and my passport/residence permit. It's crazy how different the requirements are for federal benefits.
  7. It's always DS82, wherever you live. You can use the form filler here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/forms.html   I don't know the rest of the details for renewing in Germany.
  8. German residency permit renewal

    She's not American, I think it's highly likely she will stay out of such trouble...
  9. Potential for loss of dual citizenship

    You can renounce just yours, but remember once you do, it is definitely permanent. There is no provision in US law for someone like you to be fast-tracked for US permanent residence or citizenship in future, though your son could move there and sponsor you when he is old enough. You might consider trying for dual citizenship if you have an option.
  10. Which bank to open account in Hamburg

    I think with DKB, other banks can charge you fees abroad that you then need to request DKB reimburse.   I have Consorsbank (BNP Paribas) and they're not bad. I get 10% cashback when I use the visa card too. Also all online.
  11. holiday pay for employee paid hourly

    Is this agency in Germany, because your location is listed as the UK. I also had a contract for 35 hours a week, though the client requested 40, and I ended up working even more. The extra hours first went into a 'time account' until it reached 35 hours, after which all overage was paid directly to me as the account was full. I could use this account for paid days off, but as my contract was for 35 hours (7 hours/day), I got 7 hours per day off using the hours banked in this account. Make sense?   My regular days off were actually paid by taking the average of the hours worked in the weeks prior, or something, so I ended up getting proper hours for actual holidays to which I was entitled. I forget what they did for sick days, though.   A weird system, but helped me take more days off than holidays I had, as the client was very flexible.
  12. Which bank to open account in Hamburg

    Hah, saw the title and thought you were going to open a bank! A bit disappointed after reading the contents, as I have a few ideas...
  13. resultless job hunt

    I've had a hard time too, and am also in non-profit. But, your qualifications seem more relevant than mine, so keep at it. Also, contact all the temp/placement agencies. If you want references to a couple, PM me and I'll give you my contact details so you can send me your CV.   Also, do include info in your CV like gender, marital status, date of birth, nationality, right to work in Germany, etc. And, do you have a photo for your CV? Yes, welcome to 1960.
  14. German residency permit renewal

    Did you talk to the clerk entirely in English that first time? I spoke broken German/Dutch, and was deemed to speak enough to not warrant the subsidy, though I was also not asked to take the integration course/language test (I actually really wanted the subsidy!). After 3 years, I was given permanent residence, still with no test/course, but my German is now at least B1. So, if you spoke basically no German at the beginning, it could be why you were expected to take the course or test. But, if you don't you will not be kicked out. You might just be kept on 1-year temporary resident permits until you pass the test, after which you will get permanent residence.   Don't worry.   I've actually registered for the tests next month so that I can have them for when I try to naturalize.
  15. renewing a long expired German passport

    Yeah the word citizenship can be cloudy, so national is indeed better - nationality is what is stated in most passports, under which one writes their country of nationality. Funnily enough, Brits have the words British Citizen in that field to differentiate the different types of British nationality. Also, one can be a US national without being a US citizen. Go figure.