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About kaffeemitmilch

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

    Hah, really? You must be an elf or something else magical!
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Woo! Got my telc B1 certificate today - 93% baby. Now for the other stupid test.
  3. Ask the ABH if they'll issue you a residence card: https://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=703665&_ffmpar%5B_id_inhalt%5D=177205   I don't think you can already claim residence through your spouse, but I doubt there is any need to do so for now anyway.
  4. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

    No idea, because I took in my documents in Frankfurt and it was approved there and then. I got a letter serving as temporary proof of my permanent residence, and this was even before my eligibility date by at least three weeks.
  5. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    OK so I finally went to the Einbürgerungsbehörde this morning at around 7:45 (they open at 7:30). NOBODY was there. I was called into a room and a neither friendly nor unfriendly woman was at her desk. I said I wanted information on naturalizing. She asked for my passport and how long I'd been living in Germany. I said four years, which didn't make her too happy, though she then asked if I was married to a German, to which I responded YES. Then she asked a bunch of other questions on income, job situation, etc., while checking relevant boxes on a checklist. She said I'd have to give up my US citizenship, to which I responded that I knew, but that there are exceptions. I mentioned it's really expensive to renounce. She asked how much I make, and I said, well, less. She said that they'd calculate it in Darmstadt anyway, which is where they process these it seems. She seemed to try to intimidate me slightly, but not too overtly.   Anyway, the requirements in the checklist: - picture - birth certificate - marriage certificate - passport and residence permit - proof of German language ability - proof of having taken the integration test - job contract and one pay stub (Gehaltsabrechnung? Is that what it means?) - proof of having paid retirement insurance for the last three years - declaration of spouse's German nationality - loyalty declaration! - declaration to honor the constitution and shun extremism in all forms!   So, more requirements than other places it seems? The form says everything needs to be translated by a legal translator here. It's going to cost a pretty penny.   What worries me is that they only want one pay stub. How are they going to calculate my average salary over six months or whatever so that I am below the USD2,350/month? I think I'll just submit several pay stubs.   Anyway, I'm a little nervous/disheartened after this. I will have to write a cover letter for my application, I think, to try and tug at the heartstrings of whomever will be processing it.
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Don't know, but the US also has physical presence rules for the parent(s) for citizenship by descent. I spent at least five years in the US, two of which were after the age of fourteen, so my child born anywhere is automatically a US citizen since I can document this physical presence. Otherwise, nope, unless the child would be rendered stateless. This is the rule for one US citizen parent, and the parents are married. For two married US citizens, it's a lot easier. Then, there are rules for unmarried moms, and dads. All different. Really annoying.   But, if not a citizen by birth, the child can become a citizen through expedited naturalization, but that involves travel to the US and other stuff.
  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Well, according to this website, one has to actively register the child within one year of birth if born abroad, and the parents are born abroad: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/05__Legal/02__Directory__Services/02__Citizenship/Birth__Citizenship.html. So, essentially it can be passed on, but only with the parent's willful action of registering the child. If one does not know about this, for example, I suppose the child will not become German (like by birth in the Americas), unless it would otherwise be stateless, like birth everywhere else in most cases.
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I think both countries limit transmitting citizenship from kids born abroad whose offspring are also born abroad, but at least for the Germans, there are ways to continue transmitting. Have a look specifically. Wikipedia is fairly comprehensive, but you can also check the relevant ministry/embassy websites. But, if the kids are entitled to the both nationalities individually at birth, they will get to keep both (the UK doesn't mind dual citizenship anyway, so this applied mainly to current German law).
  9. Travelling to Berlin alone... Any advice?

    You're going ALONE? To BERLIN?? YIKES!!!   I hope you're staying at a hostel, and not a hotel. Your chance of meeting people to do things with there are much, much higher, and in the evenings, some hostel bars are a great place. I don't know where one would meet locals in Berlin, but someone could chime in about that.   History is something Berlin has a ton of, for obvious reasons. A day trip to Dresden might be pushing it, but something like Sachsenhausen or Frankfurt (Oder) or Potsdam would be more like it. You'll have enough there, especially if you're going to be fitting museums in.   I found this: http://www.curso24.de/images/berlin_colour_teaser.pdf. Maybe it'll help?
  10. Decathlon has cheaper bikes too.
  11. Why are German smartphone plans such a ripoff?

    The dual-SIM version will be available in Europe too. Amazon has them (https://www.amazon.de/Lenovo-Moto-Smartphone-Android-schwarz/dp/B01FLZC9Y8), and if not, eBay. I think these are just the 16GB versions, though, but of course expandable via128GB microSD card. The OnePlus phones are also available.
  12. Why are German smartphone plans such a ripoff?

    When i say prepaid, I mean pay-as-you-go, BTW. No monthly renewing thing. Just buy credit when necessary. Have spent maybe in 4 years, which is a lot come to think of it, but if I go on holiday for a month, I'm not paying unless I use the phone there.   I am always looking for the best dual-SIM phones, though. A Moto G4 Plus at the moment. Got it in India for about 200 euro. What do you have, MikeMelga? I'm thinking about the G5 Plus coming out soon, though I don't know how much it will cost. Thought about the OnePlus 3T, but i want close to stock Android that gets updated as often as possible, and since Google doesn't make a dual-SIM and expandable memory 5X or 6P, Motorola seems to be the best bet.
  13. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    The Scottish passport would probably look like this, though not the 'Kingdom of' bit, I don't think:  
  14. sos-the-rope: if you have a non-UK EU spouse post-Brexit, you can always claim the right to live here with that spouse. It has nothing to do with how the deal with the UK goes down, as your spouse will have nothing to do with the UK. Germany will and cannot deny you your rights just because they might be angry at the UKs actions. You will have derived them from your spouse directly from the Lisbon treaty. Now, if that country is one that might vote to leave the Union too, different story entirely, but one that would need to be visited much later