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About solomongrundy

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  • Location Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
  • Nationality Canada
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  1. Hi   I graduated with my Ph.D. this year, and am above 45. I asked an immigration counselor about my chances to stay on if I find a job that corresponds to my qualifications and he says that I must get a salary of nearly 4,000 euros to stay because of pension contributions.  I work at the university and only a professor gets so much money.   1. Is this true? If it is can I take additional private pension insurance to make up the shortfall if I am offered a contract at the university at a lower salary? 2. He said that this was for para 18. If true, is there any other permit, for example, 21, freelancer, with which I can apply for permanent residence?   I have spent about a decade in Germany as a student. As part of various jobs, I have already paid about 42 months in the statutory pension scheme,.   I d be very grateful for advice on the matter.
  2. Hello,   I have had great experiences with the Mietverehin and so please join ASAP. About your specific case, AFAIK you have to find him three tenants who are willing to take the place. If he is not happy with those three your obligation is over. One way of doing this is to advertise on and you should get a lot of interested applicants, certainly more than three. Then you take the offers and send them to the real estate agency., At the same time, join the Mietverehin and they ll send a letter. Usually, the problem will be resolved.      
  3. Credit card fraudlently charged

    Thanks. I think Shaw Academy is in fear of this since they have scammed many people and there is even a petition to the Irish government (they are based in Dublin) to ban the company and charge it for fraud.
  4. Credit card fraudlently charged

    Just to update. I contacted them, showed them evidence that I had cancelled well in time, but they kept on offering concessions and a life time membership! I refused. Never agree to anything. I threatened to report them for fraud and to claim a chargeback. They first returned the April money. Then after more threatening letters they returned the money in full!    Main points 1. Insist that you will demand a chargeback. 2. Don t agree to any of their offers. 3. DONT CLICK ON ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIAL THEY OFFER YOU. It s a scam. If you click then they will take money and say that you bought the material.
  5. hi,   I have spent more than a decade in Germany on a 16 student permit and graduated with a Ph.D. this year. I also have a German master's. However, I have not been able to secure a job yet, but have freelance offers. Is there any way that I can get permanent residence in Germany? I know that I have  18 months to secure a job that is in line with my qualifications, but I have only been able to get freelance offers to teach English, edit academic texts etc.
  6. Student visa -- Restrictions in the EU

    Hi, Saw this only now, so the late reply. I was in a similar situation during my PhD. I got an exchange at one of the most prestigious universities in France, and my German permit was enough to study there. Don't dereigster and don t take a break of more than six months. In my case my German student permit was enough to study in France. I kept my German residence and visited occasionally. If you just want to go and write your Masters thesis in Spain that s fine. You are allowed free movement in the Schengen zone.
  7. DHL sent my package back

    It was. DHL delivered another packet on the same day! Could it then send it back for a customs check or something? In that case, why would it say Out for Delivery?
  8. DHL sent my package back

    No, I called them later with a friend who speaks German and the customer service woman said it will be send back as it is too difficult to do  a second delivery for a letter! No slip note in my box.
  9. DHL sent my package back

    Hi,   I had a letter coming to me from outside the EU, from India.  The tracking app said "Out For Delivery" two days ago but now says "Returned to Warehouse" IPZ Niederaula, Germany. I called them  but they are very unhelpful as I don t speak German very well. What does it mean?  
  10. Credit card fraudlently charged

    Hi,   I signed up for a free trail to Shaw Academy and they have charged my credit card even though I cancelled well before the free trail ended. The charges are in November, December, January and April, and it is only now that I noticed.  Can I reverse these charges. I have all the evidence that I cancelled the trail and that the payment was unauthorized. My card is a Deutsche Bank Visa Card.   I tried searching online but I get different answers.
  11. Hi   I saw an advertisment for a teacher in the area that I studied in and took a PhD in. It is a multi disciplinary social science subject.  They are looking for teachers in a social science subject that is interdisciplinary but I do not have a teaching qualification. I have a PhD and two Masters Is there anyway I can apply for the job? Is the PhD and teaching experience considered equal?