Well, I’ve encountered my nightmare scenario:
My residence permit expires on 17 April (I sent my paperwork in last month, but I’ve not even received a Fiktionsbescheinigung yet) and my ALGII benefits expired on 31 March.
Quite apart from the fact that I’m not getting money this month, I’m faced with a real chicken-and-egg situation: on the one hand, the Jobcenter won’t extend my ALGII benefits without a renewed permit and, on the other, I’m likely not going to receive a Fiktionsbescheinigung if I don’t demonstrate I’m receiving money to live on every month.
Needless to say, I am at a complete loss what to do to solve this problem. All I know is, I want to stay here in Munich, and find another job (been looking for the 15 months).
Any advice on how to solve this problem, such that I don’t have to leave Germany? Thanks!!!
(PS: I’m single and live alone, so a ‘green card marriage’ is not a viable solution.)
(PPS: If it matters any, I’m Canadian, so unfortunately I don’t get the benefits of EU citizens, and I still haven’t made enough payments to the pension system to qualify for a Niederlassungserlaubnis, despite living in Germany since Jan 2012.)