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  • Location Nuremberg
  • Nationality Australian
  1. Australian to German driver's licence conversion

    Unfortunately the process is a joke and you're experience will depend almost entirely on which bureaucrat you meet on the day. When I transferred mine they wanted the date of issue of my first ever Australian licence. The reason given was that if you were registered as living in Germany at the time you were granted your licence it would not be recognized. My experience was that every appointment they would request a different document or ask me to meet another requirement; it can be a long road to accomplish a minor bureaucratic task. 
  2. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    It seems to be a global trope of the IT industry that all the jobs are going to be off-shored to India or Eastern Europe. I'd be curious to see if there is any evidence that the absolute number of IT has decreased during all of these supposed outsourcing periods. As far as I can see there has been a pretty steady growth in the industry and generally work has always been available in at least the same proportion as for other professionals (that is, taking into account recessions, etc).
  3. The process for you to enter and work in Germany is straight-forward as an Australian, it is complicated because you are looking to migrate and you have a preexisting medical condition. Australia is very easy to migrate to if you are young, healthy, English-speaking and well educated. If you aren't those things it really isn't straight forward, or even at times possible.    If you are serious about this the simplest way is to get married. Do it in Australia as the paperwork at both ends of the marriage (should it come to that) will be simpler. If you don't want to go that route the options others have laid out are what you need to do. The Vorrangsprinzip doesn't seem to be a massive barrier (based on reported success stories here), particularly if you can get a creative position through your partners family. Surely they want to acquire a business in Australia and as part of their due diligence want to employ an Australian accountant who is based in Germany? 
  4. Cologne Brexit Meeting - Wed 13th Feb

    How many Germans do you suppose live in the UK without B1-Level English? Just about everyone would finish school at that level or higher.    I don't imagine there is much faith on the Continent that UK immigration policy won't start becoming as onerous for EU citizens as it is for third-country nationals.   As a hypothetical, who doesn't think that learning the local language is a reasonable requirement for long-term visas?
  5. Cologne Brexit Meeting - Wed 13th Feb

    Just putting it out there that Germany has been very public in their wishes for the UK not to leave the EU, but at the same time warning that the benefits of EU membership will not be extended to non-members. The UK has created this situation, the EU is simply responding. Compared to what non-EU citizens need to go through in order to migrate to the UK, Germany has to be seen as a cakewalk. 
  6. There are very few places in Germany that are unsafe, so regardless of where you end up in and around BW you're going to be fine! I was surprised when I moved here that Maklers (real estate agents) invariably warned me about certain areas of the city as 'dangerous', despite the fact that I'm a foreigner too. What they meant was multi-cultural. When you get here take some time to walk around different areas, you can quickly see which areas don't appeal and which do.  
  7. Air Berlin and now Germania and now WOW

    The price of the ticket is set by the airline, and the taxes which apply are the same taxes which apply to other businesses. There are a large number of other fees and charges, but these apply to all airlines operating in the market. They may act to reduce overall demand, but they do not discriminate. If we consider which airlines are going under at the moment it is the budget airlines that had thin margins padded by discretionary expenditure. There is a problem with the business model, not with tax policy. It's also worth considering what those taxes and charges on the ticket are. Someone has to pay for the construction, operation and maintenance of airports, air traffic control, security, etc. 
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    And all this time the negotiating teams just lacked an appropriate infographic to explain to them how simple it all is...
  9. You have to be careful of what you are comparing here (income from wages, all sources, scaled for family size, etc), and without providing a source it's difficult to tell. BW is indeed very high on the scale (around ~3600 brutto ) but it's hard to believe 4k net is the average of all families. 
  10. Rent to Rent

    Why would you say that it's immoral? I have previously had colleagues who were extremely well paid but chose to rent a bed in a shared room in a shared flat because they were travelling with work for 200+ days per year, and when they were 'home' only wanted a place to sleep and leave some things. I agree that there are good arguments to be made that strict controls on subletting reduce the risk of exploitation (I personally support Germany's relatively restrictive stance on property usage and zoning), there are people who want those arrangements for a variety of reasons. 
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Well that's a bold prediction! My crystal ball came in at 53.21924% in favour of Germany, but it's admittedly hard to predict so far in advance. 
  12. That's a very good salary for Germany, and you can live comfortably on that. According to Die Zeit's 'middle class' calculator, that income puts you in the top fifth of all households in Germany after taking into account family size. The notional 25-30% cost of accommodation limit applies less as you move up the income ladder.   
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    There is a lot of confusion about what a custom union is (including in the media and seemingly the HoC). A customs union (CU) exists where a group of custom zones (political entities that have the right to levy tariffs) agree to set a common tariff schedule that applies to all members of the CU. For those that are interested, the GATT outlines what a CU is. When goods enter the CU a tariff is paid at the point of entry and then there are no further checks necessary within the CU.   To see why a CU must have an enforceable border consider an analogy. There is a medieval city surrounded by a wall with 5 gates, and each gate 'controls' a zone of the city. All goods coming into the town must pass through on of the five gates, and the same tariff schedule applies to each; a standard customs zone. Because the city is congested, goods pass through the gate closest to where they are used in the city. One gate however, decides to charge a different schedule than the others  in the hope that more factories and shops will open up near it. The gate operator assures the rest of the town that they will perform checks to ensure that products passing through the gate are only intended for use in that gate's zone. Importers will assess whether it is better to import through the cheaper gate and transport across the city, rather than going through the nearest gate with the higher tariff. The other four zones assume that this presents an unfair advantage to the gate with the lower tariff.    This is why the UK has a choice to be in a CU with the EU and be bound by EU negotiated trade agreements, or go out on their own and have goods inspected at a border. That border could be either the land border in Ireland or in the Irish Sea (keeping NI in the CU). If there is no border between the UK and the EU, and the UK goes ahead and strikes deals with different third countries, the EU tariffs will be circumvented.    The UK can leave the EU, end free movement, and avoid a hard border with Ireland. The trade-off will be to give up the right to strike their own trade deals; which may be a blessing in disguise.   
  14. German house insulation vs US?

    Someone needs to write a book on how to care for a German spouse in Australia. Some topics could include insulation, bread, denominating distance as time, skiing on frozen mud, etc
  15. Do people at the "Ausländerbehörde" speak English?

    I have some friends in the various government (Bund) agencies that claim their lack of professional level English is a disadvantage for them career-wise. None of those people are client facing, and as far as I can tell, seems to be more about professional development opportunities.