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  • Location Stuttgart
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  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    @DerekYes, the passport renewal form had box for declaring any additional citzenships. I sent a fotocopy of  my UK passport to the Passport Agency, but they were not satisfied with it and asked for another "better"  copy, including all (blank) pages and both covers. My application was approved only after I sent that in.    @pappnaseI went to Russia with a friend, who (at the time) only had a UK passport. He hat to pay three  times as much for the visa fees as I did with my German passport. 
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Just for the record: I have renewed both passports since I was granted dual citizenship back in 2005. I was  given a "Merkblatt für Doppelstaatler" when I picked up my certificate of citzenship. Earlier this year I  renewed my UK passport and the Passport Agency wanted a colour fotocopy of my entire German  passort, including the front and back covers. When I renewed my German passport a couple of years  ago the Germans didn't seem to be bothered by the fact that I also still have a UK passport.  
  3. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    This has been an ongoing thing since I've been in Germany, 36 years now.  I think a lot has changed over the years. Germans are not as rude as  they were back in the 80s. Shopkeepers have found that a bit of helpful kindness to customers sells more goods. I have changed too, now I speak fluent German and am more self confident. If need be, I can dish it out  back to them when they are rude to me - in no uncertain terms.  I've probably also become more tolerant of behaviour and words that a  newcomer from the UK or US would find rude. Somehow it's part of the  culture in Germany to be "up front" and viciously honest.  There have been countless discussions with friends and acquaintances  from the UK on this topic over the years and I can only say: try  not to take it personally - but also stand your ground and command  respect!  
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I had one of those too, exactly as in the picture. I had to give it back when they gave  me the certificate of citizenship (Einbürgerungsurkunde).  I've been in Germany  since 1983 and had the "unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis" since about 1989.