Himmelszelt

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  1. Car rental on a German license newer than 1 year

    I posted this in a similar thread, but in case someone else only sees this one in their search, I'll post it here, too. Similar thread: https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/138791-new-german-drivers-license-and-renting-a-car/   I just called Enterprise. They confirmed that I'll be okay to rent a car (Transporter, one-way, 500 km) with my German license even though it's only a few weeks old since I was able to keep my Texas license which I will bring as reference. I imagine a photocopy of my Texas license would have worked, too.   Details:   ** I was allowed to keep my Texas license (yay!) even though the rep initially thought that she was supposed to send it to the Texas DMV. At some point, she went to check with her manager about something (probably the agreement described below) and she was also told that I could keep my Texas license because it had already been 6 months since I arrived in Germany. I just had to sign a form stating that I understood that my Texas license could no longer be used to drive in Germany even though I was allowed to keep it. So if you are in a similar situation and the clerk wants to keep your license, maybe it helps if you reference the (long) form name: Protokoll zur Belehrung über das Verbot, als Inhaber einer ausländischen Fahrerlaubnis Kraftfahrzeuge auf dem Gebiet der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zu führen   My German license lists my Texas license number, but not the TX issue date of the license I have nor the issue date of my first license.   Since my TX license had been issued too soon before my entry into Germany, I had to bring my status record to prove that I had my license for longer (since 2010). I wonder if that had something to do with it: they printed my license on the condition that I come back with my status record. I ended up emailing it in weeks later to check that it was what was needed (status record is a bit cheaper than driving record, and the Führerscheinstelle in Dresden didn't request a translation). They replied the next day to confirm that it was good enough and that my license was ready to pickup (which tells me it was already printed before I sent the statuse record).   Based on my phone conversation, it seems that if you have the recently-traded-for German license and the old license which has been issued for longer than the minimum required by the car company, and it is in English or you have an English translation of it, then you are good to go! (Or German translation, probably...)
  2. New German driver's license and renting a car

    I just called Enterprise. They confirmed that I'll be okay to rent a car (Transporter, one-way, 500 km) with my German license even though it's only a few weeks old since I was able to keep my Texas license which I will bring as reference. I imagine a photocopy of my Texas license would have worked, too.   Details:   ** I was allowed to keep my Texas license (yay!) even though the rep initially thought that she was supposed to send it to the Texas DMV. At some point, she went to check with her manager about something (probably the agreement described below) and she was also told that I could keep my Texas license because it had already been 6 months since I arrived in Germany. I just had to sign a form stating that I understood that my Texas license could no longer be used to drive in Germany even though I was allowed to keep it. So if you are in a similar situation and the clerk wants to keep your license, maybe it helps if you reference the (long) form name: Protokoll zur Belehrung über das Verbot, als Inhaber einer ausländischen Fahrerlaubnis Kraftfahrzeuge auf dem Gebiet der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zu führen   My German license lists my Texas license number, but not the TX issue date of the license I have nor the issue date of my first license.   Since my TX license had been issued too soon before my entry into Germany, I had to bring my status record to prove that I had my license for longer (since 2010). I wonder if that had something to do with it: they printed my license on the condition that I come back with my status record. I ended up emailing it in weeks later to check that it was what was needed (status record is a bit cheaper than driving record, and the Führerscheinstelle in Dresden didn't request a translation). They replied the next day to confirm that it was good enough and that my license was ready to pickup (which tells me it was already printed before I sent the statuse record).   Based on my phone conversation, it seems that if you have the recently-traded-for German license and the old license which has been issued for longer than the minimum required by the car company, and it is in English or you have an English translation of it, then you are good to go! (Or German translation, probably...)
  3. Six month "Looking for Work" visa.

      Update:   In January, I was told that I was ineligible to apply for a Visa for searching for work ("VFA", and also ineligible for a German-language course visa) since I had already worked in Germany.   Instead, the ABH started an application for a work visa even though I didn't have anything close to a contract and gave me a Fiktionsbescheinigung (FB) which gave me time to find another job. I submitted the fee (83? in Dresden) and all the documents I had (no contract, no Stellenbeschreibung, etc.).   I believe it is worth mentioning that I practically got 5 months to look for work, which is close to the 6 month maximum of a VFA (unless one just finished studying in Germany; in which case, I believe 1 can get 18 months): My appointment with the ABH was at the end of January (1 full month without work).  At the appointment, I made a good impression and I got lucky to be paired with a relatively friendly ABH worker. My German was rather good by then, and I discussed my clear plans to work in engineering acoustics, which I had already worked in for 2 years in the USA. The ABH worker said she would give me an extra month since it was the post-holiday/winter season (fewer job offers, slow hiring, etc.). So I had 4 months from the time of the appointment - aka end of May. From what I understand, 3 months is supposed to be the maximum for an FB. Again, that was 5 months which I was unemployed and able to look for work while staying in Germany.   I ended up finding a job at the end of April and only had to submit the contract, Stellenbeschreibung, and another document that seems to be optional, depending on the ABH. The rest of the process was similar to other cases on Toytown regarding work visas - in other words, it took until mid-July for it to be approved. (I'm trying to limit my info to what's relevant to a VFA .)    Other potentially relevant notes:   While unemployed, I wanted to stay with my German public health insurance which I had while working. To do so, I had to pay the full minimum payment myself: 190e-ish euros. I'm not sure if I had to stay with my public health insurance, or if I could have switched to private such as Mawista during the period I wasn't working. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the former.   I was supposed to notify the ABH within 4 weeks after I no longer had a job in order to schedule an appointment for me to submit a new visa application. The deadline and process was previously unknown to me (on my recently obtained work visa, the required 4-week notice period is written on the FB and the Dresden ABH explained it to me clearly). Due to the timing of me being let go being close to when my work visa would expire (early March, 2ish months later), they contacted me before I was unemployed to schedule an appointment anyway.
  4. Thank you for your quick and helpful answer, Lavender!   From what I understand, the lease isn't a close-ended lease. The 2-year minimum lease period is from 2018.12.15 to 2020.12.15. Then it is unlimited ("lauft auf unbestimmte Zeit"). According to the lease, I can cancel it under ordinary circumstances on 2021.03.31 or later with a 3-month notice period (relevant excerpt below for reference).   I did not send a formal termination of contract notice. The closest thing to it is my original email which was only meant to check which options I had for ending my lease earlier than the 2-year minimum lease period.   I'm not a member of the Mieterverein, but will definitely join this weekend and schedule the next available appointment. I recently contacted them and was told the next appointment available was on Thursday, and that they keep appointments open for urgent cases. I'll see if mine counts. Ideally, I will move out between Thursday and Saturday. I want to be in Rostock by August 1, so I was on the fence about fitting an appointment in before I leave. Your opinion helps to check my hesitation and thoughts.   Before signing up, I saw some horror-story reviews for the Mieterverein Dresden which caused me to hesitate and question whether I should join the Mieterverein or get Rechtschutzversicherung separately with the option for consultation. After reading your opinion, reviewing more cases on Toytown in which the Mieterverein was helpful, and considering that most of the Mieterverein Dresden reviews are positive, my hesitation is dispelled.   REFERENCE From lease regarding cancellation   Das Mietverhaltnis beginnt am 15.12.2018 und lauft auf unbestimmte Zeit; zu seiner Beendigung bedarf es der Kündigung. Die Kündigung ist für Mieter und Vermieter jedoch erstmals zum 31.03.2021 zulassig. Die Mietparteien verzichten wechselseitig bis zum 15.12.2020 auf ihr Recht zur ordentlichen Kündigung dieses Mietvertrages. Eine ordentliche Kündigung ist erstmalig nach Ablauf dieser Zeit mit der gesetzlichen Frist zulassig. Das Recht zur fristlosen und zur außerordentlichen Kündigung mit gesetzlicher Frist bleibt unberührt.
  5. Hello Toytown,   At the end of April I accepted a job which would lead me to move from Dresden to Rostock. In early June, I asked my landlord what my options are to end my 2-year minimum apartment lease early, including that it was due to a job and that I was still waiting to be approved for my visa, so I wasn't sure if I would move. I was offered (only one) offer: to end the lease on August 31, 2019, and pay 2 months cold rent plus taxes (702 euros total) as damages for ending the lease early (bolded in the email chain below). I was approved for my work visa on July 15 and now plan to move out by the end of July.   Do you believe my landlord is offering me a reasonable offer and are there other options that I should be being offered (such as finding a Nachmieter)?   After looking through topics on similar situations, I think the offer is relatively reasonable. I would still appreciate your opinion and confirmation that I'm not overlooking or unaware of something which might entitle me to a better offer. In case it is relevant, I was let go on good terms from my previous job at the end of 2018 and the Rostock job is the only one I found which is relevant to my previous work experience.   Thank you for reading this far and for your help!   ..   EMAIL CHAIN FOR REFERENCE:   ANSWER:   Nach Rücksprache mit dem Eigentümer können wir Ihnen folgendes vorschlagen:   gegen Zahlung von 2 Kaltmieten, zzgl. MwSt., können Sie mit einer 3-monatigen Kündigungsfrist zum 31.08.2019 aus dem Mietvertrag entlassen werden   Wenn Sie mit diesem Vorschlag einverstanden sind, kann ich Ihnen ein entsprechendes Dokument per Email zum Unterschreiben und Ausdrucken zukommen lassen.   ..   MY ORIGINAL EMAIL:   ich habe kürzlich ein Stellenangebot in Rostock angenommen. Da meine Staatsbürgerschaft die USA ist, muss ich auf die Ausländerbehörde warten, um zu bestätigen, ob ich ein Visum für den Job erhalten kann.   Da mein Visumantrag noch in Bearbeitung ist, weiß ich noch nicht, ob ich ausziehen werde. Wenn mein Visumantrag abgelehnt wird, dann erwarte ich, dass ich in meiner Wohnung bleiben würde. Mein Auszugsdatum hängt davon ab, ob und wann mein Visumantrag genehmigt wird. Wenn mein Visum bald genehmigt wird, dann erwarte ich, dass ich bis zum 15. Juli aus meiner Wohnung in Dresden ausziehe.   Auch wenn ich noch nicht weiß, ob ich ausziehen werde, würde ich gerne wissen, was meine Möglichkeiten sind, meinen Mietvertrag vorzeitig zu beenden. Sind Sie bereit, einen Nachmieter zu akzeptieren? Gibt es noch andere relevante Optionen?