MakingGravy

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  1. Former Doggies fan myself but became completely disillusioned with the advent of Superleague (something else to thank Murdoch for), my 10 year old self couldn't believe it was all about money! Haven't watched a game since. 
  2. Hi all. Looking for any Australian citizens in Heidelberg or nearby to witness my postal vote for the upcoming election on May 18. Of course, I would be happy to witness yours too if you're voting. Drop me a line. Cheers, Rosco 
  3. Is your handle a Balmain reference?   Thanks Wes but yeah, already sent it with a declaration.     
  4. This topic is now redundant so it's completely irrelevant what its title is or which forum it was posted in. Something to do though I suppose. 
  5. Any Aussie expats out there?

    I gave up and have sent it off with a copy of my passport and a declaration. You could do the same. Would have been a nice opportunity to meet a fellow expat but all good.     
  6. Any Aussie expats out there?

    Hi all. Posted this in the general section but might be more suitable to this one.   I'm looking for any Australian citizens in Heidelberg or nearby to witness my postal vote for the upcoming election on May 18. Of course, I would be happy to witness yours too if you're voting. Drop me a line. Cheers, Rosco   
  7. Any Aussie expats out there?

    I lived in London for a while and the way the antipodean culture was celebrated there by some made me wonder why they'd ever left home. I for one didn't travel half way across the globe just to hang out with my compatriots! But perhaps Aussie bars in Germany are not full of yobbos and I should reserve my judgement. 
  8. Any Aussie expats out there?

    Mercifully there are no bars like that in Heidelberg (cringe)! 
  9. Any Aussie expats out there?

    I think I could enclose copy of my passport too but I thought it'd be more fun to do it this way. 
  10. Any Aussie expats out there?

    I'm registered as a postal voter and my forms are on the way. A witness is always required, I've done this many times. And unless I'm not planning to return to Australia, I can stay on the electoral roll. I do intend to, just not sure when!    So no doctors or civil servants from a Commonwealth country about? 
  11. Any Aussie expats out there?

    Alternatively, is there anyone about who falls into any of the follwing categories and would be willing to witness?   an officer of the Defence Force or of the naval, military or air forces of a Commonwealth country a member of the civil or public service of a State or Territory or of a Commonwealth country a Justice of the Peace for a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country a minister of religion or medical practitioner resident in a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country   Strange requirements aren't they? Thanks!
  12. german/Australian family moving to Germany

    Hey Ozonthemove,    I did the same thing in reverse back in 2015, temporarily relocating to Australia with my German wife and my German-born daughter. I had already applied for and had granted Australian citizenship by descent for my daughter. According to the Auswärtiges Amt, children born to a German parent after the 1/1/2000 are eligible for German citizenship and you need to get in touch with the Bürgeramt/Bürgerbüro in the area you're moving to to apply. Here's the page. You might need hubby's help if your German is limited:   https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/newsroom/buergerservice-faq-kontakt/faq/-/606800?openAccordionId=item-606230-0-panel   Without knowing the specific requirements, you'll definitely need NAATI accredited translations of the Australian birth certs along with certified (beglaubigt) copies of your husband's passport etc. I can put you in touch with a translation service on Sydney who I know personally. Can't guarantee mates rates but they're good and certainly reasonably priced. It can all be done via email. Let me know.    Re language requirements, as far has I know and according to how I understand the info from BAMF, you only need to demonstrate language proficiency (and then only B1) if you wish to apply for a Niederlassungserlaubnis (permanent residence, also referred to as settlement permit) which you'll only be eligible after having an Aufenthaltserlaubnis (residence permit) for 5 years. I'm currently applying for PR myself. Here's the info (in English):   http://www.bamf.de/EN/Willkommen/Aufenthalt/WichtigeInformationen/wichtigeinformationen.html   So although it's always a good idea to improve your language skills for anywhere you intend going, don't be too concerned about that at this stage. By the time you can apply for PR, you'll be able to pass the B1 test in a canter.    On the basis of your marital status (defacto doesn't count in Germany) you should be eligible for Aufenthalt "aus familiären Gründen (residence for family reasons) and a (again NAATI accredited) translation of your marriage certificate is the main documentation required.    So where are you intending on settling, any idea?    *edit Also, regarding the one-way tickets, why not just buy a return flight (at least for yourself) and book the return for the furtherst possible date in the future (usually 12 months)? They're only marginally more expensive than one-way tickets anyway. That way you can avoid any problems on arrival and don't you think you'll feel like a trip home in a year's time? Just a thought.