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About mako1

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  • Location Haidhausen, Munich
  • Nationality USA
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1968
  1. Public vs. private health insurance

      This is actually a good reason to stay public. If you have a low official retirement Rente (who doesn't)  and plan on living for a long time, then you have very low costs for health insurance when you are retired. They also have some flexibility with regards to where you are insured. This is not anything to bank on, but I have been told if you are in another public system comparable to the GKV (German public system) they might count that to help you get to the 90% (say you were in another Euro land with similar conditions for a year or so). Best always to check with the Deutsche Rentenversicherung to get it from the source. But the rule itself is classic German, as complicated as possible. 90% of the second half of your working life... Sentences like these make German worth learning.  
  2.   Look there for the werkstatt nearby with the tools/machines you require.   We have a local one here in Munich/Bavaria (where everything is better) that has all the standard large tools of a carpentry shop. You pay per minute but it is much more of a club/verein. Surprisingly, most people still have their fingers. They might ask you to do a training for any given piece of machinery. Worth it, bunch of 68ers need the support and friends.
  3. How do you find Austrian German?

    I was in Tirol over the weekend.   There is no word in Austrian German for 'mask'. And 'Abstand' must mean something different once you cross the border from Bavaria.
  4. If you find hospitals in your area, then you will likely have helicopter flights. US, Germany, etc If you are in an accident (autobahn, alps, etc) you probably will appreciate that they take you to a hospital rather quickly. Maybe they don't get time to file a flight plan, since accidents are mostly unplanned. Christoph is the name given to all ADAC rescue helicopters. If it is loud, that means they are landing. That is the point of delivering a patient. Quicker than lowering someone in a basket while hovering. Avoid the problem by living away from a hospital. I live ~ 1km from Rechts der Isar. We can hear them, but not much of an issue. At most a couple times a day. In, out, done. Complain about emergency flights? They're not doing this for fun. You can't rent or own next to a known potential issue and them come back and complain. Scenic flights, if they are a thing in Munich, should be banned.  
  5. @FrauFruit   I started by clicking for a new eAT and then told them I had no old one. They took a week or so to respond but then are quite hot and bothered to fingerprint us.   Strangely enough, there is also a link to getting a NE online... Which has some online functionality for an eAT.
  6. @fraufruit - they make appointments quite quickly in München. I have already declined two in the last two weeks. I wanted to get more info.   According to the rules, the end of the acceptance for any non electronic Aufenthaltstitel (including an unbefristete NE in an expired passport or any non electronic NE) is the end of August 2021. It sounds like we are required to have one even if we have the unbefristete status. They actually say the acceptance of the old NE passport was a mistake made my some beamte, according to i4a.     §105b AufenthG: "Aufenthaltstitel ...[Aufzählung, beinhaltet Deine unbefr. AE], ... sind ..., spätestens aber bis zum Ablauf des 31. August 2021 als eigenständige Dokumente mit elektronischem Speicher- und Verarbeitungsmedium nach § 78 auszustellen."   But I guess you are like me, been in sausage land for years and/or married to one of 'em since someone else was Chancellor/in. The advantage there is we should qualify for the same looser travel restrictions as someone with a Daueraufenthalt-EU:  (more accurate, the DauerEU has the same rights as the NE).   Die Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt-EU erlischt nach § 51 Abs. 9 AufenthG nur, wenn ..(list of things that are not relevant)   Analog zur Niederlassungserlaubnis erlischt die Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt-EU nicht bei einem längerfristigen Aufenthalt außerhalb der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, wenn sich der Ausländer länger als 15 Jahre rechtmäßig in Deutschland aufgehalten hat, sein Lebensunterhalt gesichert ist und kein Ausweisungsinteresse besteht (§ 51 Abs. 9 Satz 2 AufenthG).[4] Bei mit Deutschen verheirateten Ausländern erlischt sie unabhängig von einer Mindestaufenthaltsdauer nicht.[5]   I don't remember ever having to pay for the stickers. And having to renew something that doesn't expire also seems a bit silly. The dumbest part is they couldn't make it as functional as a Deutsche Ausweis. That I would sign up for, even if it had a big red A on it for Auslander.
  7. Fired while on sick leave (terminated)

    If you know the firing is not conforming to the rules, you can start a Klage at the local Arbeitsgericht. You need to understand the rules and speak German, but they can start the Klage/negotiation. The Arbeitsgericht is there to settle disputes between employees and employers. Must be done immediately/very shortly after you are notified. Bring your own lawyer and/or know the rules. A lawyer will not be provided and technically is not required. 
  8. Great, so I get to pay an extra 67€ or so for a card that is not a legal ID? Since no one is obligated to accept it as ID and, has been made abundantly clear, one is not required to carry it or any ID, it is just a way to get my information. I guess that is fine but I would appreciate a ID similar in function to the German's Ausweis. I have a unbefristete Niederlassungserlaubnis (uNE) and didn't bother getting one since my last US passport had my Niederlassungerlaubnis. Nor did any Amt inform me of the requirement to get an eAT (Germany, Rule No 1, you have to know all the rules). and due on 31 August 2021. My question is: does anyone know of any penalty for not getting your card? They made it clear earlier old uNE were to be respected (bring along the old passport). Or does anyone know a reason to get the card if you have in your old passport the uNE. (It is pretty rare if not unheard of to have to show the NE, so I don't see it as an issue. Since I don't have to carry ID (ad nauseum) when the police bring me home for me to get my ID, all my old passports are there.)