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  1.   Yes I know that now, but I didn't have to do anything. My company took care of everything. I just had to hand in the document and get my visa. It's a lot less stress if the company knows what they are doing and do their part.
  2. Why are you unhappy today?

    My collegue has decided to come into the office sick today. We are together in one room and the coughing and nose blowing has not stopped. I am trying so hard to stay healthy so I can keep up my workout plan and I hate the way it looks when I am sick too often.
  3.   I applied for a job, went for an interview and signed a contract. The company I got a job at went to the "Bundesagentur für Arbeit" with the applicable documents and forms filled out. The "Bundesagentur für Arbeit" gave them a document that allows me to work in Germany for three years.   I took this document with me to the German Embassy in South Africa, along with signed work contract, proof of accommodation etc. and applied for a working VISA.   Once I got to Germany I had to make an appointment at the Ausländerbehörde where I applied for an Aufenthaltstitel which corresponds with the document my new job got from the "Bundesagentur für Arbeit".   I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without my company's help with aquiring the correct documentation.
  4.   Isn't that the way it always happen. You get a job, and then apply for the work permit based on the job? That's how it worked for me.
  5. Why are you happy today?

      The sequel to Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines has been announced!
  6. Legal question about employment

     That makes sense. I am in IT. Big difference.
  7. Legal question about employment

      That's just me then. I am also not a fan of letting a company know that I am leaving and them giving me a counter offer, then the new offer giving me a new offer and then going back to my current company and looking for even more money.   The stress of the "ticking time bomb" would be too much for me. I would know they don't want me there, what would stop them from finding another reason to fire me down the line?   Then again, I've never had a problem finding a job, so it probably depends which industry the person is in and the exact situation.
  8. Legal question about employment

      Why would you want your job back? They fired you, imagine how strange the vibe int he office will be if you came back, knowing they wanted to get rid of you and are now forced to keep you. I would not want that.
  9. Flat Share Woes - Split With My Girlfriend

    I can only offer advice for "who gets to keep the flat": If the split is mutual and not too ugly, you could sit together and make a list of reasons why she should get the flat, and a list of why you should get the flat. Maybe she gives you the money for the deposit, and you can use that for a new place. You'll have to find the best solution for both of you. If it's not civil enough to do this, then this could get tricky. I wish you all the luck!
  10. Alternative titles of threads

    Flat Shoe Woes - Split With My Girlfriend
  11. Why are you happy today?

    I have officially been declared a non-resident of South Africa. This means that next year, when the tax rules for expats change, that I am safe as I am no longer considered a tax-resident. It took some time, and so much paperwork, but it's one less stress for me.
  12. Why are you happy today?

    My mom and my stepdad are learning German, so they can better communicate with my German boyfriend when we visit them later this year. 
  13. What made you smile today?

  14. Apartment problems/Landlord

      I had the same thing with my previous landlord. We were all very happy when the Nachmieter signed and we never had to deal with him again. Maybe something to consider. A new start and a new apartment.
  15. Guten Morgen, Abend, Hallo

    I've found that people are really keen on greeting strangers here. When I first moved here, it was one of my favourite things to go for a walk in the park and be greeted / greet all the people meandering about.  I would keep greeting though, stay who you are, don't change. You could be pleasantly surprised, and if not, you were expecting exactly that, so no harm no foul.
  16. What made you laugh today?

  17. What made you laugh today?

      When I hear "shared a Prawn Cocktail" I imagine it Lady and the Tramp style, nuzled together at a small table. 
  18. Why are you unhappy today?

    That is much easier said than done. It was just a sad feeling for missing out on something. I know that immigration now-a-days is much easier, but there are still going to be harder days, regardless of this fact. But I'm sure everyone on this forum knows this feeling. :)
  19. Why are you unhappy today?

    I have only been in Germany for 10 months, but I have absolute no doubt that this is where I want to live. I have never felt this at-home in South Africa, and I feel like I have found my place in the world.   But. My dad's birthday was last week, my sister has her birthday this Saturday, the next Friday my brother has his 30th birthday, then the next week it's my best friends' birthday and the week after that it is my birthday.   For as long as i can remember I've spent my birthday between my sister and my two best friends (twins, who hate one another) This is the first year without that, and I'm feeling a little sad about missing it. I know I will have an amazing birthday, but with so many birthdays packed together, I am feeling it.   I don't want to go back to South Africa... and it might sound silly, but I've been feeling a bit sad for the last couple of days.
  20. What are you listening to right now?

    Panic at the Disco. Going to see them live in Berlin in April, so need to prepare myself :D
  21. Identifikationsnummer never arrived

    I was able to go to the same place I did my Anmeldung and asked them for this number, and they printed it out for me and stamped it. The letter arrived a day later in the post, but I needed it for my salary before a certain date. They refused to give me this over the phone though. Hope this helps.
  22. What are you currently reading?

    Bird Box by Josh Malerman. But in German. My boyfriend bought me it as a pre-Christmas gift. We decided to give each other books on the 23rd of December. It's going slower than expected. Sometimes there's just not enough time in a day. :\
  23. Thank you for the replies!  I am still a long way from getting my German citizenship, but I am that weird person who is overly organized, overly prepared, overly informed and has all the documentation to prove it!  Germany definitelly is the place for someone like me! 
  24. Good day,   Are there any South Africans who have gained German citizenship? I've been scouring the forum for months now, looking for some specific information:   In the requirements to get German citizenship, it clearly states that the applicant needs to prove that they have renounced their citizenship (if possible) In the requirements to renounce South African citizenship, it clearly states that the applicant needs to prove that they already have a new citizenship before being able to formally renounce their SA citizenship. (Not allowed to be stateless)   Seems like a bit of a chicken or the egg situation.   South Africans do automatically lose citizenship if no application was made to keep citizenship, but if Germany requires this proof before new citizenship can be given, then I am a little lost.   If there's any South Africans there who have solved this riddle, or anyone who have a similiar process to renounce citizenship, assistance (or fancy guesswork) would be greatly appreciated.   Have a nice day! Marilee