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About Narjiz

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
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  1. Telc B1 exam experience(Horrible)

    Don't be too hard on yourself. I remember last year I was convinced I failed after leaving the exam only to find after 6 weeks that I actually did pretty well on it. You took the plunge and did the exam. That in itself is progress. I hope you did well!
  2. making a facebook group signage

     whoopsie. Der, Die, Das... I swear when will it get drilled in my head. Thank you.
  3. Don't panic! Test of national catastrophe alarm

    I remember when I was still back in Canada a couple years ago I got this emergency notification on my phone. It was not through an app and made the weirdest sound. Scared the shit out of me to be honest. I wonder if their Datenschutz laws have something preventing them from sending a message and the only way around it is an app such as HessenWarn.  
  4. We are thinking of moving to Mannheim. Mannheim would fall under Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe, if my googling is right. Does anyone know the waiting time for Einbürgerung there, especially with COVID-19? Darmstadt is now taking 2-3 years. 
  5. making a facebook group signage

      Thank you! Never noticed the ich being large.  Never thought about the QR code to be honest. Will look into it. I do not see the neighbours at all . I was hoping this could serve as a start. If it fails oh well at least I tried. I grew up in eastern Canada so striking up a conversation with any random person young or old has never been an issue for me. People seem to keep to themselves here more. I never heard of Thank you so much for sharing. 
  6. making a facebook group signage

    I know not everyone is on Facebook but I really couldn’t think of anything else as a start. Whatsapp/ Telegram didn’t seem appropriate. I live in a building in Frankfurt consisting of mostly young professionals and families. Not a whole lot from the older generation. In terms of the wording in German, how does it sound?
  7. Don't panic! Test of national catastrophe alarm

      hahahahhhahaa. To be fair, I only read about it via Facebook on one of the news articles posted. Not sure if it was in one of the newspapers or not. 
  8. Unfortunately I do not think you will get a concrete answer. As with all things with the Ausländerbehörde, the answer always depends on the worker you see. 
  9. Don't panic! Test of national catastrophe alarm

    Nothing here either. 
  10. I want to create a facebook group for the tenants in my building to get to know people and such and stick it on the elevator downstairs. I want to write the following in German:  "Dear Neighbours, I created a Facebook Group in order for us to get to know each other, sell items, share important information, discuss what is occurring in the building and surrounding area and so on. The name of the Group is..."   I wrote it as the following:  "Liebe Nachbar*innen Ich habe einen Facebook-Gruppe gegründet, damit wir uns kennenlernen, Gegenstände verkaufen, wichtige Informationen austauschen, diskutieren können, was im Gebäude und in der Umgebung passiert und so weiter. Der Name der Gruppe ist..."     How does it sound? Any suggestions on the grammar. My German writing skills are not the best. 
  11. I do not have kids but I know a person who sends her child to Phorms and loves it. The child speaks fluently in German and English. Her parents are Indian and speak their mother-language at home, hence her child is trilingual. I hope you find more information.
  12. Can anyone help me understand the below excerpt from the tax treaty between Canada and Germany. English is my native language but boy do I feel like a complete idiot reading this.    If I am a resident of Germany and Canadian but considered non resident for tax purposes and I for example have the following situation for 2020: 1. Resident in Germany with non-Canadian Spouse (he has income here).  2. I had minijob for 4 months in Germany, 4 months not working, and now looking for a new minijob for the rest of the year Oct-Dec) 3. Worked in Canada (physically for 6 weeks as an healthcare employee to maintain license) and earned income. Employer deducted normal income tax( roughly 24-25%)/EI/etc.  4. My expenses are high (licensing fees, liability insurance, plane ticket) so that I end up in the end with about 1000 Canadian dollars.   If I understood the below correctly, taxes were only due in Canada? Sorry for being real dumb about this. I am really confused and get terrified when it comes to screwing up taxes.   "Article 14 Independent Personal Services 1. Income derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of professional services or other activities of an independent character shall be taxable only in that State unless he has a fixed base regularly available to him in the other Contracting State for the purpose of performing his activities. If he has such a fixed base, the income may be taxed in the other State but only so much of it as is attributable to that fixed base. 2. The term "professional services" includes especially independent scientific, literary, artistic, educational or teaching activities as well as the independent activities of physicians, lawyers, engineers, architects, dentists and accountants.   Article 15 Dependent Personal Services 1. Subject to the provisions of Articles 16, 18 and 19, salaries, wages and other similar remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment shall be taxable only in that State unless the employment is exercised in the other Contracting State. If the employment is so exercised, such remuneration as is derived therefrom may be taxed in that other State. 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment exercised in the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in the first-mentioned State if:  a) the recipient is present in the other State for a period or periods not exceeding in the aggregate 183 days in the fiscal year concerned and  the remuneration is paid by, or on behalf of, an employer who is not a resident of the other State, and  c) the remuneration is not borne by a permanent establishment or a fixed base which the employer has in the other State.  3. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article, remuneration derived in respect of an employment exercised aboard a ship or aircraft operated in international traffic may be taxed in the Contracting State in which the place of effective management of the enterprise is situated." 
  13. Vertretung side job

    Thanks for the reply. No I am already a pflichtmitglieder with the landesapothekerkammer and versorgungswerk. Otherwise I need no other memberships. With vertretung, the hours are not stable. I could decide to work 1 day one month and 20 the next, hence my confusion. I read that I’d end up having to pay a large sum to the krankenkasse each month if I decide to do this regardless if I work a lot or a little. It might just be easier to use increase work hours. 
  14. Vertretung side job

    I am a licensed pharmacist here in Germany. I found a minijob as a pharmacist and would like to do extra hours on the side as a Vertretungs Apothekerin with different pharmacies. I like the idea of Vertretung because it lets me see different work environments and have a lot more flexibility in my work hours. Of course this would not be regular and some months ّI plan on doing none and some more on top of my minijob. I am confused about taxes and Krankenversicherung.   My situation: I am Steuerklasse 5. My husband is 3. So I am Familienversichert (Gesetzlichversichert). Because I am a pharmacist if I work more than a minijob I need to pay into the Versorgungswerk instead the normal Renteversicherung. I am confused as this side job would be considered selbstständig and do not know the steps to pay taxes and Kasse fees properly.    1. How do I register with the Finanzamt? Would I need to inform them before each Vertretung? Can I register online?  2. How do I deal with the Krankenkasse? The amount I earn would be different each month this is why I am confused.    I am trying to understand all this and see if it is actually worth it in terms of fees/taxes and so forth.    Any links or explanations would be appreciated (German or English).     
  15. Dog on the leash or not?

    I don't hate dogs but I am terrified of dogs due to a really bad experience in childhood. The fear reaction is automatic, but I really try hard to hide it. Most dog owners do not use leashes in public spaces here in Frankfurt and it gets on my nerves so bad but there is nothing I can do about it. I am not talking about a park but the normal sidewalks on the streets. Thankfully dogs here tend to be well trained and mind their own business, which makes it easier.