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  1. Greetings all.  I'm planning on retiring from the US Military in the near future and we are exploring employment options post-military in Germany.  I have been told that if one applies for a German Visa and obtains permanent residency status they would be ineligible to apply for NAF and Government Civilian positions (GS) because of permanent resident and SOFA status.  Can anyone verify if this true?   I understand that someone could apply for a GS or NAF job, following the mandatory waiting period post-retirement, but we are looking into full immigration into German residency because the German Finanzamt's tendency to back tack SOFA protected DoD personnel, especially in the Rheinland-Pfalz area.  To avoid the unnecessary tax trouble, we wanted to pursue residency.  However, my job options would be limited to either German only positions or contractor jobs.   Just looking to see if anyone can verify or provide more information on this.
  2. Obtaining Post-Military Employment in Germany

    Thanks again for the help JG.  I'll send you a PM to discuss further.
  3. Thanks JG.  In the end, I don't think its worth the hassle.  I think it might be better to just sell the vehicle and get a German Spec vehicle.  I appreciate the help.
  4. Quick question about this process.  Does it matter if the vehicle is US Spec or German Spec?  Were you deregistering a German Spec vehicle and then switching to the German registration system?  I wasn't sure if this would work with US spec vehicles.  I have a US spec BMW and the dealership refused to do a TUV inspection because they said it wouldn't pass the inspection.  They said I could get the vehicle to German Spec, but it would require a trip to Hamburg and about 4k euros to complete the process.  Additionally, any time a new factory part would be installed, the vehicle would revert to US spec and require the process to be done all over again in Hamburg.  I haven't tried taking it to a private German TUV yet, so maybe the dealership is just wrong.  Any thoughts/ideas on this?