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  1. 21 months social security proof

    Yes. Versicherungsverlauf from the Deutscherentenversicherung.
  2. A colleague of mine from Russia has been going to business trips in Germany & Europe by rented cars with his Russian driving licence. He has been registered in Germany for about 6 years, and the validity of his driving licence after the first 6 months is over.    Company has an agreement with a car rental company, and the booking is carried out through an internal system. During the handover of the car, he shows his Russian driving licence.   We wonder, in the case of an accident, apart from his personal responsibility, will the rental company, and our company be held responsible?  If yes, how?    Could it legally effect his line manager, because he (theoretically) let him drive with an invalid driving licence?
  3.   That is so strange. By law, it is not possible (§ 10 StAG).    Edit: It seems to be possible, based on the input from @pappnase below.   (3) Weist ein Ausländer durch die Bescheinigung des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge die erfolgreiche Teilnahme an einem Integrationskurs nach, wird die Frist nach Absatz 1 auf sieben Jahre verkürzt. Bei Vorliegen besonderer Integrationsleistungen, insbesondere beim Nachweis von Sprachkenntnissen, die die Voraussetzungen des Absatzes 1 Satz 1 Nr. 6 übersteigen, kann sie auf sechs Jahre verkürzt werden.   For the definition of application after 6 year residence, please see Page 30, top left paragraph in this document --> Link
  4. Hi Honigbiene,   Citizenship application after 6 years of residence is something, i am also targeting. Though i have still 2 years and 11 months until then, i started my preparations. I took the B2 language certificate, and will be taking the Einbürgerungstest in a week.   This is the thread where citizenship after 6 years is discussed --> German citizenship after 6 years However, the answer to your question regarding the processing time is under this thread --> Processing time   Have you been involved in any kind of voluntary service? I am asking, because that was advised to me to support my future application in my info4alien topic--> Einbürgerung nach § 10 Abs. 3 Satz 2 StAG (6 Jahre)
  5.   He says that, he will deregister (Abmeldung). The information you gave is for those who are registered in Germany, but traveled outside for longer periods. Deregistration kills the abode.
  6. N26 Card, Credit or Debit?

    Hello,   I only have one bank account in Germany which is a checking account in Degussa bank, and they offer account and Debit card (a maestro card) for free. So far so good, but they charge a 50 €/year fee on having the credit (VISA) card, which i do not want to pay. So i want to cancel the credit card only and keep the rest (account&EC Card) as i don't want to go into the hassle of changing everything (salary, monthly bills linked to the account etc.).    I am now in search of an online only bank which provide a free credit card. After reading many threads and googleing, DKB seems to be the most advised among those, then comes ING Diba, N26, Comdirect. I am currently A1 in german language and i don't believe i will be able to speak enough german to talk banking on the phone in less than a year when the support is needed, so i decided not to go for DKB and ING Diba for that reason.    N26 looks to be a very good option for my case, only, it isn't clear for me whether the card the provide (MasterCard) is a credit card or a Debit (EC) card?    If it is not a credit card, but a debit card, can it be used for online shopping (mainly Amazon, flight ticket purchase, booking hotels), and shopping abroad?   Thanks.
  7. I got myself registered for the Einbürgerungstest last week in VHS, and will take the test on 10.02.  I see that there are many apps in the appstore in order to prepare for this test. Is there any broadly used "favorite" app for this purpose?   I know there are many websites (e.g.  https://www.einbuergerungstest-online.eu/, http://oet.bamf.de/pls/oetut/f?p=514:1:4728971578507::::: etc. ) and also a PDF on the page of Bamf for the complete list of questions, but i would like to study from my phone while i commute.
  8. German citizenship after 6 years

      In this case, is the requested language certificate from the spouse also B2? (Same criteria as the main applicant)   Or a B1 result would suffice, which is the minimum for application, but after 7 or 8 years?
  9. German citizenship after 6 years

    Does the spouse of the person, who makes the application to be naturalised under 6 years rule, also need a language certificate and citizenship test result to be naturalised together?    I know that the required time is less for spouses.    
  10.   That is valid for the Blue Card holder himself/herself. The spouses must wait until completing 5 years of residence.
  11. Filing a tax return - help on how to file

    My wife has gone to a driving school this year, and we have paid an amount, which can't be considered as a small expense for her driving hours. Can we partially claim these costs in the tax return of next year?
  12. Future of Germany

    An article with the headline of Germany's Fragile Future, which kind of matches with my observations and views, was published in the Businessweek this week.   Germany is still a manufacturing based economy, mainly standing on the auto industry, and although the concepts of digitalization, industry 4.0, etc. are always topics of discussion, the transformation, if there is one, while the manufacturing, and a great deal of engineering work slides to Asian countries,  doesn't seem to be happening fast enough. At least that is how i see it.   What are your thoughts?
  13.   You don't have to do that. You can use the NFC function of your mobile phone. Watch these videos.   And this topic
  14.   According to this article, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was developed between 1989 and 1996, and recommended by the European Coouncil to assess language ability since November 2001.    So, what you used should be something else.
  15. Permanent residence permit (Blue Card)

      When the PR is applied for after having a Blue Card, the priviledges of the Blue Card are retained. But as i said above, your wife can't have a Blue Card without a job and must wait for 5 years for the PR.
  16. I sent an e-mail to the VHS about this topic, and received the reply below, which implies that, there are 2 different tests. I plan to go there when i have the time, but a clarification from experiences would also be nice.   Sehr geehrter Herr xxx,   wir bieten sowohl den Einbürgerungstest als auch den Test Leben in Deutschland an. Bitte kommen Sie für eine Beratung und Anmeldung zu unseren Öffnungszeiten ins Zentrum Deutsch als Fremdsprache:
  17. Did B2 for citizenship - worth doing C1 or C2 now?

    I am in the same boat now. I took the telc B2 exam in October, and received the results yesterday. The plan is to make a citizenship application after living 6 years in the country, that is about 3 years from now.   My original plan with the language development was, to stop studying for the exams at this point, and focus more on conversations and colloquial speech, because further certificates will be of no use for me (C1 is required for university admission, and by the doctors AFAIK). On top of this, studying for a language exam is getting boring, and time consuming, when done together with a full time job at a relatively later age. There are also other things requiring my attention in life.   What would you do? Go for C1 or not? through a language course or self study (if possible). Or natural progress further with tandempartners, TV, Newspaper etc. ?
  18. EU Blue Card - Unemployment

      To be eligible to receive an unemployment benefit (ALG1), you should have worked at least 12 months. You say that you have been working with a Blue Card for the past 8 months, did you work with another permit before that?
  19. It is possible. A friend of mine has done it. He couldn't have found a job before his language school visa expired, and towards the end of his duration, he applied for a job seeker visa and received it. The only thing to consider is that, he wasn't allowed to apply for this visa in Germany, and was told, he could only apply it from his home country, which he then did.    As you are American, it could perhaps be possible to file the application without leaving, but needs to be confirmed.
  20. Dual citizen US and DE moving family to Germany

      This should be B1 or higher.
  21. I see that there are many TTers, who themselves work in the IT field, and i thought, as somebody who wants to get into the software world from scratch, i could get some insights from you.   When i say "getting into the software world from scratch", i don't mean to become a software developer/engineer, as i am too old to start a new career (38), but combining some software skills with my experience in my field (mechanical engineer), because i see big risk for myself in the future without those, when i see the trends in the world.   So, what kind of a path would you advise me to follow? My own research shows that, somebody without any previous software experience, should start with learning "Python", and reading books like "Coding for dummies :)".    Feel free to ask any question for better guidance.
  22.   Sorry, i don't get it. What kind of difference does it make to be in Germany, or elsewhere, when a retiree is sick or can't care for himself/herself? 
  23.   seems there is no better alternative :).
  24. So, the plan is, when possible, retire in Germany, and then go and live in a country, which is cheap to live and offer better living conditions like warmer weather, more daylight, etc., right?