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in Life in Munich
Posted 23 August
Posted 24 June
I am a US citizen that lived in Munich from 2005-2007 and was a frequent user of TT. At the time, I was single, arrived in Munich and registered for residence and work permit on my own, no problems.
This time, I am moving from China with my wife (UK citizen) and two kids (US/UK dual citizens). As a single person, dealing with uncertainty upon arrival was no problem. With a family, I'd like to nail down as much of the immigration issues as possible ahead of arrival.
To that end, can anyone provide recommendations of a competent immigration law firm (or individual lawyer) preferably located in or around Munich? I searched TT a bit, but could not find what I was looking for.
Thanks in advance!
Ryan (aka Anwalt)
in World travel
Posted 25 Apr 2007
From what DrivinWest told me last night, sounds like you will really be in Lansing and not so much in Detroit. Lansing is a good 70 miles away from Detroit.
My advice is to do a bar night in East Lansing, the home of Michigan State University. The main strip of bars is on Grand River. I think that you, being a US virgin and all, will find the MSU college girls to be a worthwhile experience in itself.
Depending on the time you have, you can drive over to Lake Michigan or Lake Huron, but they are both quite a drive, about 50 miles or so.
Having grown up in Detroit, its not so bad, but the weak are definitely killed and eaten there.
Posted 23 Apr 2007
I've been self-employed in Germany for the last two years. The only taxes that you are required to pay are Einkommensteuer and Solidaritätszuschlag. The amount of money you make plays no role (i.e., even if you made under €80k as a self-employed person, you are only required to pay these two taxes).
As far as health insurance goes, you most likely would have to go private, which, IMO is way better than the public Krankenkasse. I have premium coverage through DKV and it only costs €145 per month. The insurance covers everything and DKV has been great over the last few years with reimbursing me for all medical expenses, no questions asked.
in Life in Germany
Posted 12 Apr 2007
Yes, Coldplay played in Munich in July of 2005.
Posted 19 Mar 2007
Plus you only pay Einkommensteuer and Solidaritätszuschlag and don't have to deal with all the rest of the taxes.
I have to go with Mike on that one.
As a freelancer too, I was never asked for any type of letters both when I first received my work permit and when I renewed it.
Posted 8 Mar 2007
If you are working in Germany for longer than six months, your residency for tax purposes becomes Germany. This means that you are obligated to pay German taxes, whether you receive the money in Germany or they wire it to a bank account in NZ. If NZ has a double-tax agreement with Germany, any taxes you might have owed in NZ will be offset by what you paid in Germany.
Of course, you can always try to fly under the radar, but most people that are going to be paying you will want your German tax ID number for their accounting and tax purposes.
Posted 1 Mar 2007
Physics makes us solids' bitches.
- Of Montreal
Posted 28 Feb 2007
How do you go about reading the redacted stuff?
You guys do realize this was published in "The Onion", which is complete satire?
Just wanted to make sure that was straight before this builds up to a 1000 page debate.
Edit: DMcinDE beat me to it.
Posted 19 Feb 2007
I'll be around until at least the end of May.
Heinrich: is there another get together planned for the first Thursday of March?
in Events in Munich
I think you have to already be a fan of / know their music. I have to say that it was a great show, especially how interactive the band was with the crowd.
@GreenTea: If you had stayed a little longer you could have participated in the singing battle between the two-sides of the venue.
Posted 29 Jan 2007
I closed my girlfriend's account at Hypovereinsbank. They closed it that day with no charge.
Posted 20 Jan 2007
Unlike Obama, there are simply too many reasons for her not to run and to few for a run. She is plan and simply too polarizing and America just doesn't need that right now.
Oh my god, I totally agree with eurovol on this one. I'll blame it on the wacky weather.
Posted 16 Jan 2007
When you get back to Kansas, just go get a new Kansas license. Tell them you lost it or it was stolen. That's how I got my US license back after giving it up to get my German one.
Anyway, when I am driving in the US, and if I were to get stopped, I would give my German license and my passport and tell the cop I live in Germany now. They'll either let you go because they can't be bothered with the hassle (depending on how severe your traffic violation is), or simply make you pay the fine without points on your license.
in Telecoms & TV
Posted 12 Jan 2007
@Chris W: the TV isn't the issue. The problem is that if I buy a game in the US, I can't play it on my European bought Xbox 360. The games themselves are region coded and the Xbox won't play games from outside its region.
Posted 11 Jan 2007
I was guessing Australian because the company filing the design patent is Australian. I've used jiggers before but never knew that they were called jiggers.
Yep, that's what it is. Thanks for all of the input.
Okay, it isn't a small glass.
I am looking at a picture entitled "jigger". It looks like it could be a shot glass, but it is open at both ends so it wouldn't work very well holding a liquid. Almost looks like a lampshade.
The drawing is for a design patent applied for by an Australian company.
What is a "jigger". From what I have found, it could be a small glass. Is this correct?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 8 Jan 2007
Matt Millen = douche
I think it is the console that you have to make region-free. I'm still searching for a way too and will post if/when I find one.
Posted 5 Jan 2007
The Flash thing worked. You rock.
This is a bit stupid, but I am bored at work. Anyway, I'm trying to create an avatar for my Yahoo IM. When I get to the "create an avatar" page and click on apparel, appearance, etc. Nothing happens. The preview window stays blank and I can't add/change anything.