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  1. Seeking info on Rechtsschutzversicherung

    Is it better to have a legal insurance with the coverage of Job related matters, or being a paying member to the labor union (i was told that, the lawyer fees and judicial costs are covered by the labor union, when you are a member, and when you go to the court against the employer (in the case of job loss etc.)?
  2. Bank no longer accepting my iTan numbers

      I called a number in Netherlands (+31..), and it consumed my 10€ deposit. I think this package allows unlimited calls only within Germany.
  3. 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?
  4. Permanent residence permit (Blue Card)

      Hi SBKUMAR,   I contacted with the Office of Student Affairs of my university by phone, explained them the situation, and requested them to send me a scanned image of a signed, stamped letter in English or German, in which the duration of the program is mentioned. They sent it in an hour, and i forwarded it to the officer dealing with my case.
  5. E-car tips

      Is it an Avantgarde package? This is the car i am planning to buy in a few months. How long have you driven it? How has been your experiences with it?
  6. Future of Germany

      Thank you for sharing your view. Could you also share why you think so?
  7.   They will most likely give you 6 months to find another job, so you can stay and take the B1, but that itself does not suffice to apply for permenant residency. One of the requirements is to provide an "Aktuelle Arbeitsbestätigung", that is the confirmation of employment. You should be employed at the time of the application.   Whether you can work freelance or not depends on what is written on the green sheet (Zusatzblatt) given to you together with the blue card. Does this term "Erwerbstätigkeit gestattet" exist?    Even if you could work as a freelancer, i have never heard anybody with a blue card, who made an application for the permenant residency while on a freelancer status.    One of the names below will likely provide you the information with certainty.   @engelchen @someonesdaughter @ilyann
  8. Future of Germany

      Most of these are relatively easy to manufacture parts, which can be (some already) manufactured in the low cost countries, aren't they?
  9. Auto Insurance - Transferring SF-Rabatte

      Thanks, that's amazing.
  10. Auto Insurance - Transferring SF-Rabatte

      If i sell my car, and wait several months until buying a new one, do i lose my SF Klasse? How much time do i have before losing the actual SF?
  11. Permanent residence permit (Blue Card)

      If you have the A1 certificate, and have been holding the Blue Card for 33 months, then you have no obligation to communicate in German. There is neither a further language test nor an interview. Just an application. If you are concerned that you can not communicate during the application, you can take a German speaker with you.    I don't know the situtation in Berlin, but at the Welcome Center in Hamburg (Hambutg-Mitte), all the officers speak English. That is probably why they are called "Welcome Center". They are there to welcome newcomers. Maybe there is somewhere with a similar setup in Berlin.
  12. Permanent residence permit (Blue Card)

    Hi gk24,   My answers are below, hopefully they'll be helpful;     Previous stays are counted. You could use this reference (link). BUT, AFAIK, if you made an Abmeldung after your previous stays, the time spent is reset. Then you need to make a fresh start from day 1 with the next Anmeldung.
  13. Raising children quadrilingually

      Thank you very much for sharing your experiences as a teacher. I really appreciate.   My daughter was born in Turkey and lived there until she was 3.5 years old. She is now 5.5, and only immersed to German in the last 1.5 years in Kita. Arabic, she hears from my wife, and time to time from her grandparents (on a live call). As for reading&writing, my wife met with an Arabic school teacher, who immigrated to Germany in the recent years, and says can teach reading&writing in Arabic to our daughter. That was the origin of my question regarding, whether it will have a negative effect in the school life.
  14. Blue card and education

    If i were you, I would start in August next year. By then you will have already completed 2 years as a blue card holder, and if you apply just after completing your 21 months, you will likely have received your permanent residence. Then you can do whatever you want.
  15. Raising children quadrilingually

      The languages are Turkish & Arabic. Turkish is also phonetic and have similarities with German like the Umlaute & Kasus, but Arabic is a totally different language from every aspect. 
  16. Raising children quadrilingually

    Thank you very much for all the replies.   Then we have to teach her reading&writing in languages other than German, which she will learn at school. In this case, could there be a drawback if she learns reading&writing first in one of the languages spoken at home? Does that negatively effect her progress in German, and/or other lessons in the primary school, whose teaching language will be German?
  17. Raising children quadrilingually

    Another question on the subject. Experiences are also appreciated.   For the languages that are only used at home, should reading and writing be seperately taught to the child, or as long as both languages use the same alphabet (latin), reading/writing skills come along automatically?   And what if one of the languages have a different alphabet than latin, like chinese, arabic, korean etc. ? In this case i guess, reading should definitely be taught seperately, and then the question of teaching reading in which of the languages should come first arises? Does it matter?
  18. I believe (also witnessed first hand) that day to day living standards in Germany is very much exaggerated in the eyes of the citizens of third world countries. Germany as a state is super super rich, but the living standards of the ordinary people on the street does not reflect that. We can perhaps say that the poorest of Germany does much much better than the poorest of the third world countries, but as a top earner in a third world country, coming to Germany and living an average person's life can dissapoint you.    If you are okay with living abroad several years, i would advise living in Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Cyprus and a number of Eastern European countries, which allow applying for citizenship after 5 years, and then go back once you got the citizenship. Then yourself and your kids can also have better future prospects while living in a high standard in the home country.