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  1. On 8/9/2018, 2:37:05, someonesdaughter said:

     

    I suggest your friend talks to the Indian embassy again to find out if there is anything like an emergency passport and how to get it ...

     

     

    Hi Just to update. The new passport was delayed but when he went to the immigration office it was not a problem. They gave him more time without any problems.

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  2. I have the same problem but in  a different way.

    They send me bills for June and July but I have never signed up to their service.

    When I went to the site and logged in with my e mail address it said account does not exist.  I took screen shots.

    I searched my e mail and there was a confirmation mail they had send me which said that if I did not actively confirm the link would expire in 24 hours. I had never done that.

    This e mail is not my regular one, but one that I use for newsletters etc.

    I send the screenshots, a refusal to confirm my e mail address, my express refusal of their services, and a demand that they deactivate my account (which customer service helpfully activated WITHOUT MY PERMISSION).

    Do I have to do anything else?

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  3. 2 hours ago, someonesdaughter said:

     

    Then why did you ask about it?

     

     

    Yes, it's possible to ask.

    I am sorry,  I did not know if they did. He went there and inquired. The dilemma he is facing is whether to ask for a postponement of the interview (his residence is valid until end September) or to go there without it. I d be very grateful for some insight, and am sorry if the original question came across as rude

    I am Canadian and we don t face such problems, thankfully! 

    2 hours ago, someonesdaughter said:

     

     

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  4. Hi 

     

    This is for an Indian friend of mine. His resident permit expires in late September but he has been invited for an interview to renew his permit in early September. His passport has expired. He has applied for a new passport at the Berlin Embassy and though the normal processing time is two weeks, he is worried that it won t come before the interview. Is there anything that he can do? Get an emergency passport? Go to the interview without it seems daunting.

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  5. My room mate, who is an hippie, left out some fruits and vegetables in front of our building with a board that said "Come and gather!". He is not registered in the apartment. I knew it when he told me later.

    Earlier in the morning the Ordungsamt had knocked on my door and asked me if it were mine and I denied it. I was sleeping. Could they say I lied to them? The apartment is a building site. There is one more occupied apartment but they are German.

    Could they send me a fine? How long before I know? There was nothing in my mailbox. I later cleared away the fruits.

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  6. Thank you Engelchen. I don t have much of a future if I go back. I don t want to go back to unemployment. I am in my late 40s now...I worked as a journalist for years decades ago before I chose academics.

    I could try North America for a post doc but I have heard that they prefer US or Canadian PhDs,  and that it is not easy to find a job. Is that true?

     My skills are in writing and teaching and I don t know where I ll be a good fit. I also know French and Spanish.

    I was foolish to fall for my professor's spiel regarding the PhD but he does not want to help me stay on.

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  7. So does this mean I cannot get a job? I am looking at the East. Saxony and Saxon Anhalt to be precise.

    My German colleague told me that they are desperately looking for teachers. And if there are any other jobs that I could look at please let me know. 

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  8. 7 hours ago, franklan said:

    Ok, so a native German kid writes this...

     

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he appreciated that it would take three hours."

     

    ... and you have to explain what/where the mistake is.

     

    How do you do that?

    7 hours ago, franklan said:

    Ok, so a native German kid writes this...

     

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he appreciated that it would take three hours."

     

    ... and you have to explain what/where the mistake is.

     

    How do you do that?

     

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    7 hours ago, swimmer said:

    I can only speak anecdotally but, yes, it seems to be a fairly common path, at least round my way, of course employment prospects are often very localised.  My impression would be that there are a range.  Some people I know who taught English go on into secondary schools, others are right at the start with the little kids.   Not sure if the routes would be the same, or of equivalent formality / quaifications etc.   

     

    But when I say "common path", I am not talking about people with PhDs, of course.  I doubt they'd do that.  Of course you potentially have far more professional options to academia than school teaching.  

    Can you enlighten me on that? I am so depressed that I am seeing a psychiatrist now. And the answer is, "

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he appreciated that it would take three hours."

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he said that it would take (around) three hours."

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  9. 7 hours ago, franklan said:

    Ok, so a native German kid writes this...

     

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he appreciated that it would take three hours."

     

    ... and you have to explain what/where the mistake is.

     

    How do you do that?

    7 hours ago, franklan said:

    Ok, so a native German kid writes this...

     

    "I asked my father how long it would take and he appreciated that it would take three hours."

     

    ... and you have to explain what/where the mistake is.

     

    How do you do that?

     

    Quote

    7 hours ago, swimmer said:

    I can only speak anecdotally but, yes, it seems to be a fairly common path, at least round my way, of course employment prospects are often very localised.  My impression would be that there are a range.  Some people I know who taught English go on into secondary schools, others are right at the start with the little kids.   Not sure if the routes would be the same, or of equivalent formality / quaifications etc.   

     

    But when I say "common path", I am not talking about people with PhDs, of course.  I doubt they'd do that.  Of course you potentially have far more professional options to academia than school teaching.  

    Can you enlighten me on that? I am so depressed that I am seeing a psychiatrist now.

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  10. 7 hours ago, swimmer said:

    I can only speak anecdotally but, yes, it seems to be a fairly common path, at least round my way, of course employment prospects are often very localised.  My impression would be that there are a range.  Some people I know who taught English go on into secondary schools, others are right at the start with the little kids.   Not sure if the routes would be the same, or of equivalent formality / quaifications etc.   

     

    But when I say "common path", I am not talking about people with PhDs, of course.  I doubt they'd do that.  Of course you potentially have far more professional options to academia than school teaching.  

    Can you enlighten me on that? I am so depressed that I am seeing a psychiatrist now.

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  11. I will graduate with a PhD in Global Studies this year, and have a Masters in Global Studies, both from a German university Given the difficulty of finding a permanent position in German academia, I was advised to look at teaching English at the school level.

     

    I have B2 German and can work on it, but is this a feasible option? My experience is teaching at the University level and also  teaching private classes in English and in private schools.

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  12. Ok here is what I found out

     

    1. I can switch. I have to give two months notice. However, it s not easy to come back to TKK.

    2. I could have switched two weeks after I was laid off.  Take private insurance then go back to public when I find a job.

    3. There is no restriction if you are within the five year framework. So you can, for example, as I did as an university student who had AOK as part of my salary switch to Mawista, then again to AOK, (part of a job) then back to Mawista. However, after five years you have to have something that is equivalent to TKK.

    4. CIGMA offered me 100 euros per month but with a condition that I have to pay some money on my own. Is that a good option.

     

    Right now I am desperately looking for a job.

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  13. The Care Concept offer is until 74 years of age and I can apply online.

    At one point of time I was insured with AOK and switched to Mawista for around four years.

    Can I not do the same again? Specifically my question is this---can I cancel the contract with TKK with two months notice and take the CareConcept, the same I did with Mawista, by applying online, given my status as a PhD student with no income right now?

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  14. Just now, engelchen said:

     

    You can only cancel the contract with TK if you provide proof that you have joined another COMPREHENSIVE health insurance. Care Concept is NOT sufficient.

    6 minutes ago, solomongrundy said:

    Hi

     

    Care Concept is offering a cheap insurance for around 60 euros per month. 
    Right now I am unemployed and therefore TKK switched me to voluntary insurance, but at around 180 a month, which is impossible for me to afford.

    I understand that since I am voluntarily insured the usual 18 mth rule  does not apply to me. ( was insured from June 2017 when I began working at the call center.

    Can I cancel the contract with TKK?

     

    thank you Engelchen. What does comprehensive mean? This is the health insurance that I am considering

    http://www.care-concept.de/expatriates_eng.php?navilang=eng

     

    And if I give them the proof am I bound by this 18 month period. TKK told me that since I was insured from June 2017 I am bound till Dec 2018 as I did not cancel it within two weeks after my job ended. However, from the post I quote I understand that public health insurance companies try to keep you in. Further, as a PhD student, there are limitations on the kinds of jobs I can take.

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  15. Hi

    Care Concept is offering a cheap insurance for around 60 euros per month. 
    Right now I am unemployed and therefore TKK switched me to voluntary insurance, but at around 180 a month, which is impossible for me to afford.

    I understand that since I am voluntarily insured the usual 18 mth rule  does not apply to me. ( was insured from June 2017 when I began working at the call center. I quote another post on TT

    https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/333670-only-4-more-days-to-cancel-your-insurance/

     

    3.1. if you are voluntarily insured (i.e. with an income over the legal threshold or as self-employed) you can give notice at any time with two-month. The 18-month rule described above does not apply to you. This is often misinterpreted by German public insurances. 

    Can I cancel the contract with TKK?

     

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  16. Thanks John!

    I talked to TK. They said that after my insurance ends (i was given two weeks notice), I have two more weeks to switch to private insurance and can go back to them if I got another job. That s what they told me in their office. However, I don t know about any alternative (Mawista already said that since I had been with them for five years, I cannot be insured with them any longer). That s why I am searching for anything that is substantially cheaper. 

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