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About kaffeemitmilch

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality USA
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1983
  1. Do married couples in Germany have to have a joint bank account?

    My partner and I had separate accounts for the first ten years of our relationship, the last four of which have been in Germany as a legally married couple. We finally opened an account this year in her name, but for which I have full rights and a card in my name (I guess this is a German joint account?), and we transfer an equal percentage of our salary into it every month for shared expenses, but not for shoes and lattes  Seems to be working well.
  2. Parental authorization for travel with a minor

    Haven't done this yet with my almost two-year old, but when I inevitably take her to the US or India when the lady can't be bothered to come, I intend to get a simple letter with contact details from here, unnotarized, with copies of several documents. My daughter is extremely pale with gray eyes, and I'm darker-skinned with brown, so it's possible, even likely, that I will get questioned, but I'll take my chances. I would feel weird jumping through hoops just to take my daughter on a trip. We share the same last name, but I guess that's not enough...   I found this from ADAC in several languages: https://www.adac.de/_mmm/pdf/Reisevollmacht-mit-nur-einem-Elternteil-reisende-Kinder_269339.pdf   By the way, how much does a simple notarization of a few lines cost in Germany?
  3. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Great! I'm jealous, but happy for you.   Just went to the Rentenversicherungsbehörde today and had to explain my life from the age of 17, which I don't understand - I just need the last 36-ish months of social security documented! I now have to get my partner's signature to agree on sharing the 'Kindererziehung' times, which I don't really understand, but whatever, and then show proof of my school and university dates, and times in other countries. WTF. I want this thing NOW!   Still waiting for a letter from a friend in my country of birth stating that I cannot get a birth certificate from there, at least not easily - he tried. Then need to get stuff translated and then just apply. At this point I just want to submit things, and if it works, then great. If not, then fuck it.
  4. Experience flying with United Airlines

    Just booked with United/Lufthansa. Just can't be avoided, and all airlines are dicks. They fly direct to San Francisco/San Jose, and that's what we need :(
  5. Parking Ticket Advice Needed

    They take a photo too??? This is new to me.
  6. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Did you apply, too, or only enquire?
  7. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    I guess it depends on where you apply. It seems in Schleswig-Holstein it's easier. I will have to see what happens with my application here in Hessen. It's a shot in the dark. I'll just have to cross my fingers   For me, even my monthly gross salary is too high, and with this stupid exchange rate, the net is sometimes higher, sometimes lower. The average gross of the last six months is also sometimes higher or lower, depending on the day, but the average net is WAY lower. Of course, this is just my personal income. If they decide to ask about my bank account, or count my partner's income and decide based on that, I am out of luck, but I really don't know what they will do. I will just appeal to them in a letter as best I can to get the point across that paying a month's net salary to give up citizenship is a really high cost, in the sense that this is to be seen as a whole month's net salary, and not specifically what amount it is. Practically speaking, if I make a couple of hundred euro over the limit, it doesn't mean it's still not an insane proportion of my net salary, i.e. practically ALL of it.
  8. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

    Well, I've finally got a Vollstreckung. Like Smaug's. I guess as I'm in Frankfurt too, my Schufa rating might also be ok, but the Ger-lady doesn't want to risk it as we would like to buy property sometime in the next couple of years - I don't blame her. It looks like the resistance is dying? It was fun while it lasted, and I think there are fines tacked on, so we're out for MORE money than if we had originally paid. Aaaargh!   Smaug, did you go to Berlin for the protest? I would have come had I not had a two-year-old.   So, where is Editor Bob? What's the news with the constitutional court cases?
  9. Brexit and Aufenthaltstitel (Residents permit)

    Well, Langenau lad can apply for naturalisation IF he has lived here for 6-8 years, but we don't know his circumstances - all he has said is that he has lived here for over five.
  10. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Yah that's a good way of looking at it.   At this point I'm not getting a lawyer. I'll give it a go, and maybe I'll get lucky. Who knows. I haven't heard any anecdotal evidence from anyone who's applied in Frankfurt/Darmstadt, so its an open book right now.   i wonder if I can use number 5 and say that once I give up US citizenship, Donald Trump's government might give me a hard time as I was born in a Muslim country. Will try to throw that in, too, if I can word it properly.
  11. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Ok great, so the renunciation fee would be  StAG §12 Absatz 1 Satz 2 Nr. 3. I just remember from another post somewhere that some people said it would be Nr. 5, so I wanted to clarify (https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/367417-reason-for-not-giving-up-existing-citizenship-in-einb%C3%BCrgerungsantrag/#comment-3540465).
  12. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    So, passed the Einbürgerungstest. Now, time to get documents together and submit!   I'm still trying to get a new birth certificate from a country where red tape surrounds all official buildings, and only the toughest scissors can get through them. I don't know how touch my scissors are, but a friend is trying to get it for me.   I explained to the woman at the Einbürgerungsbehörde (EB) that I have no connection to my country of birth or former citizenship (two different countries, mind you), and it might be hard getting a new birth certificate, especially since I can't really go all the way there just for this. And, the original on I have, which is from the embassy of my country of former citizenship, is laminated! I have never had the one from my birth country (my actual birth certificate). The woman seemed understanding, and said if I can't get anything new I can just submit what I have and they will make do. I don't know if she meant it, or if she was just saying it. I hope it's the latter, because there is really no guarantee I can get a fresh copy.   Anyway, I will write a cover letter explaining this situation, plus the reasons for requesting dual citizenship. I just have a couple of questions?: - I'm applying as the spouse of a German citizen. Is this the StAG §9? - I'm asking for an exception to giving up my current nationality on the grounds that it is too expensive. This is StAG §12 Absatz 1 Satz 2 Nr. 3, or is it actually Nr. 5? Isn't the Unzumutbare Bedingung that refers to the high renunciation fee? Or, is it the Erhebliche Nachteile we are talking about here? If I were also to request an exception based on the fact that my career prospects/salary level would suffer greatly without my US citizenship, would that be Nr. 5?   Thanks. I think I also have questions about the application form, but I will post those when I have more time.    
  13. Correct - Mattdaddy is an Ozzie according to his profile.
  14. According to the foreign office, what the guy is saying is bullshit: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/FAQ/ArbeitenLebenDeutschland/06-WorkingHoliday.html?nn=479790   In German here: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Infoservice/FAQ/ArbeitenLebenDeutschland/06-WorkingHoliday.html?nn=350374 Maybe print it out and take it to him. I hate idiots like this.
  15. Aufenthaltskarte vs. Daueraufenthaltskarte

    I think it's just permanent residence via the EU national route, akin to a Niederlassungserlaubnis for people with other permits. Just like permanent residence for EU nationals in the UK is akin to ILR, though ILR costs a buttload more!