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About warsteiner70

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  • Location Cologne
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  1. Getting salary from current and previous employer

      This means that if want to start a new job prior to when they stop paying you in September then you will need to give your old employer 7 calendar days notice in writing.
  2. Question about Zertifikat for Integrationskurs

      The Einbürgerungstest
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      As well as a min of B2 a lot of times you will also have to show additional integration into the community i.e. volunteering, etc. in order to be able to apply for residency after  years, which will be what the following paragraph on the website you have linked to is talking about:   " Zusätzlich zu den nachgewiesenen besonderen Integrationsleistungen sind Nachweise dafür erforderlich, dass die Eingliederung in die deutschen Lebensverhältnisse weit fortgeschritten ist (z.B. im Betriebsrat, in der Jugendarbeit, der Schülervertretung usw.). "
  4. unemployment benefit

    ^^^ This.   @annieb8822 You don't have to justify your past actions to anyone on this board and it won't help your current situation. Concentrate on getting things sorted with the Arbeitsamt, looking for a new job and selling the house. It's a worrying time for anyone in a situation like yours and it's obvious from your comments that this isn't something you have had to deal with before so it makes it all the more worrying if you are over 60 and in a foreign country.
  5. Question about Zertifikat for Integrationskurs

      You should check with your local Amt. Google 'Einbürgerung' and your location and it should take you to the page of your Amt. A lot of times you need to have an appointment to check exactly what you need to provide in order to apply for Citizenship and this can vary a lot between locations.   In Cologne you only needed to do the Integration Course if you had been in Germany for less than 6 or maybe 7 years. When I rang the VHS to book the test they told me I needed to do the Course but when I mentioned that because I had been in Germany longer than 7 years I didn't, they just let me  take the test. If I hadn't have found this out then it would have meant taking a week off work to do the Course before I could do the test.
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Yeah, you should book the appointment as soon as possible to get your docs in before Brexit eventually happens. You can always mention you are waiting for your B1 results and if you don't get the results before your appointment, some places allow you to hand the other docs in and then the B1 results when you receive them.   I don't know where exactly you are in Bavaria but in Cologne in 2017 it took 7 months to get an appointment to hand my docs in and after submitting them in Feb 2018 I haven't heard anything other than a letter confirming my application.
  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      The 'Aufenthalt' will be classed as where you are living or working. I spent 5 months working in a Swiss ski resort many years ago so put this on the form but if it was a 1 month holiday then I wouldn't bother. You could always check this when you either hand in your form or have your initial chat where you are told, which documentation you need to provide.   For questions where you don't have enough space you can attach use a blank piece of paper and write the question number on it and continue the answer there. I had to do this for the "Aufenthalte seit Geburt" question as well as I have moved around a lot.
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Thanks, I didn't realise there were different levels of German needed if you applied earlier than the 'normal' 8 year period.
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      B1 Certificate is what's needed so B2 is fine. You will probably need to pass the Integration exam and for 6 years normally voluntary activities are needed to show you are contributing to the community but as pappnase has mentioned, just go to the place where you need to apply for citizenship and see what they say, Some areas seem to be more stricter than others so asking doesn't do any harm.
  10. Converting a UK driver's licence into a German one

      Yes, Class B is the car/van driving class. If you have a licence from the 70's then chances are it also allows you to drive 7.5t trucks, buses, etc. This was the case with my licence from the late 80's, which I swapped in a couple of weeks ago. I was told that if I wanted to be able to drive the large vehicles then I would need a health certificate from a Dr but as I am only interested in driving a car/van, I didn't bother with it. My DE driving licence arrived and I have Class A (moped), B (car/van), BE (car with trailer) and L (tractor!?!?!).   They didn't bother taking my UK licence off me either as it's still valid until 2023 and has the additional driving classes on it and I was told not to keep both licences in my wallet as this could cause problems with the Police but I could use my UK licence in the UK if I needed to drive one of the additional classes that isn't on my DE licence but needed to use my DE licence in mainland Europe.  
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      I haven't heard of anyone having interviews as most states seem to be waiting until Brexit actually happens before doing thing but I suppose with the amount of Brits in Berlin then they need to be pro-active. Can you update the thread at https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/382412-germany-all-laender-brexit-advice-for-resident-brits/ with the details of the interview once you have had it to let others know what happened?   Try not to worry too much as there's not really much you can do about it. It's not like a job interview where you can research the company background and think of possible questions they may ask and the answers you will give. Presumably it will just be about your circumstances i.e. how long you have lived in Germany, whether you have a job, amount you earn, etc.
  12. Easter gift

    There are some people that are a bit touchy about these things. My Mother (lives in the UK) complained a few years ago when the birthday card for my stepfather arrived 2 days before his birthday as she thinks it should arrive on the day even though there is no way you can guarantee when it arrives with the post. The ironic thing is she sends out Xmas cards every year on the 1st December and doesn't see a problem with this.
  13. Taking time off work in Germany

    I think it depends on the size of the company and the smaller the company the fewer people can be off at one time. The IT company I work for don't have a problem with taking time off at relatively short notice and I think the normal rule is 2 weeks notice although there does need to be someone available to cover your work. Having said that, there are some people in the company that do book all of the time off on the 2nd Jan for the year including Xmas.
  14. Taking time off work in Germany

      35 days off a year and being able to have a 6 month sabbatical - any jobs going at your company Luke?