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About BethAnnBitt

  • Birthday June 04

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  • Location Konstanz
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown New Orleans
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth
  • Interests Walking, Hiking, Dogs, Quilting, Knitting, Speech Therapy, Travel, Germany
  1. Getting to specialist doctor's appointment

    I agree on all these points and I appreciate the confirmation.  I actaully started out by going to a Haus Arzt, but she was CRAZY.  It was a very disappointing experience.  So I decided not to go back.  Among other things she started talking about politics during the interview.  My German friends here were appalled.   And then I realized that I can go straight to the specialist anyway.  I come from a health care background myself and I am very used to advocating for myself.  
  2. Getting to specialist doctor's appointment

    I have been told that I can ask to have that report given directly to me for my files. I don't yet have a Haus Arzt and I have already made an appt with an orthopedist.
  3. What has disappointed you lately?

    Oh John - This must be difficult for you and Nicole as you are both such animal lovers.  Having just moved to Konstanz 3 months ago from the US I am so thankful that I brought my dog here with me.  (I fretted over whether or not it might work out, but it has.)   I absolutely LOVE the way that dogs are integrated into the culture here.  And, as a bonus, it's been very helpful for connecting to people.  Every morning I meet an 85 year old woman in our neighborhood (she has a chihuahua) and we walk our dogs along the Rhein for their morning duties. She enjoys the company, talks my ear off, and has exponentially improved my comprehension of German (and dialekt!).  It's been win-win.   I have a Pom Mix, which is to say a "Zwerg Spitz Mischung."  It took me about 3 days of practice with my German husband before I could fluently belt that out!  
  4. What has disappointed you lately?

    Well. I started reading more on this subject and there’s quite a lot out there about Greeks poisoning animals and treating them cruelly.  As a result others are starting organizations to try and curb these behaviors.  Seems to be a very complicated cultural issue.   i regularly visit Yerevan, Armenia, another place with many, many street dogs.  But the Armenians are all friendly to the street dogs.  They even stop the car when a dog is crossing the street.  
  5. What has disappointed you lately?

    It's interesting. I haven't been to Greece yet. But this mindest was a story line in Durrells in Corfu.  It's quite a different cultural perspective than some of us are used to.
  6. Can you convert a spouse visa because your splitting up

    I would concur.  I just applied for my residency visa secondary to my husband already having his. I had to sign a paper pledging that we live together at the same address and are a couple.  That was after showing other items, such as proof that I had signed our rental lease and proof that I had Familienversicherung insurance.  The pledge was clearly intended to deter people from doing what has been proposed.
  7. We have had the same experience and highly recommend Paul.
  8. Why are you unhappy today?

    You showed him true love by putting his needs first instead of yours. That doesn't make it easy but it was defintely the compassionate thing to do. Kudos to you.
  9. Proof of Language Proficiency Exception

    I am so throughly confused. My husband, a former German citizen who is fluent in German and is retired, received his Aufenthalterlaubnis with permission to work and no request for a language test. I followed him. I am being issued an Aufenthaltserlaubnis with permission to work as well.  My German is passable for communication (I feel I need to take B1/B2). I asked whether I need to do that and was told "I'm not sure. We will need to research that and get back to you."  I assime that up through C level will be needed when we apply for NE eventually?  Are these rules the same from place to place?  We are in Konstanz in B-W.
  10. Language Requirement for Wife's Visa?

    Is there an online exam?
  11. Proof of Language Proficiency Exception

    I just received my Fiktionsbescheinigung as my 90 days expired about a week ago and my appt was few days after the 90 day expiration date. Right now I am expecting my Aufenthaltserlaubnis in about 3 weeks (paperwork will be sent to Berlin). While at the appt I asked whether or not I need to take an integration language course in order to receive my renewal in March of 2020 (I followed my husband here and have been put on the same renewal cycle as he has - that's logical). The beamter did not know! He said he would have to investigate it. Interesting and perplexing. And I am wondering whether one can take courses online.
  12. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

    I am amazed at these differences. We moved to Konstanz 6 months ago, living off of savings, and no SCHUFA.  The rental market here is very tight and quite expensive, but they just took a cursory look at US bank balances and projected retirement income that we start collecting in another 2 years. Was pleasantly surprised. 
  13. Retiring soon. What to do about health insurance?

    Can you cite a few specifics? And you are comparing US private insurance to German private insurance? And since your wife is public ally insured how does she find the comparison to the US private market?
  14. Health insurance for unemployed/returnees

    Well, here we are one year later.  And he got back in on public health insurance. The rules are complicated.  Turns out that being a former German citizen was worth A LOT.  It helped him get a visa for more than a year, and that was initially using insurance for a short term stay.  
  15. Health insurance for unemployed/returnees

    I arrived on 6/4/2019 and have not yet registered. I see that on 6/14 my previous employer deposited $77.57 in my account that is income earned for services performed prior to my arrival in Germany on 6/4.   Question #1: is the 28+ day waiting period effective from arrival on 6/4 or from when I register (I plan to do so this week).   Question #2: will the $77.57 cause a problem?  If so, then I will have to leave and come back?