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  1. birth control in germany?

    Hello   I have a few questions about BC in germany... 1, I understand BC isn't covered by insurance in germany, so I'm curious how much people have to pay for whichever methods they use. I'm curious what's the most cost effective. 2, Do you need an OBGYN to prescribe BC, or can you get a primary doctor to prescribe it too? 3, are "mini-pills" (aka progestin only) also available in germany? I know fewer options are available here than the US 4, to get a BC prescription, are there any more hoops or obstacles you need to fill? or do you more or less just ask a doctor for a prescription, and you're on your way? (in some parts of the US there are weird things you need to prove before they give you anything)   Thanks!
  2. Work permit

    Hey all   Sorry if I'm putting this in the wrong thread...   I currently have a work contract expiring November 16. I'm American, and working in berlin now for 2 years. My work permit expires next year, September 2019. My permit says my company name, but it also says that I can work anywhere after 2 years.    My question is, if I do not renew my contract in November, am I still entitled to stay here/find another job (without going through the Auslanderbehorde, since it says "beschäftigt ist beschäftigt jeder art gestattet" after 2 years, which it will now be...)   Thank you!
  3. How long until ALG1 is received?

    Hey all   I'm in a weird situation.   I lost my job 4 months ago (last pay check 3 months ago), went immediately (same day) to the arbeitsamt. However, the arbeitsamt was confused and sent me twice to the auslanderbehorde for a visa change, until I finally had someone from the auslanderbehorde write a letter to the arbeitsamt explaining I'm eligible to receive benefits. Sorting that whole process took almost 2 months alone, because each time I had to go in I also needed to secure a translator. I also had to go in *often* (about 8x in 3 months to arbeitsamt, 2x to the auslandebehorde). However, because the process at the arbeitsamt moves so slowly, it's now been 4 months since I first registered and they only asked me for my Arbeitsbescheinigung last week, which I uploaded today and will send tomorrow.   Because I haven't received a paycheck in 3 months, I'm now rather broke. How long will it take me to receive my first ALG1 payment after giving them my  Arbeitsbescheinigung?   Thank you!