Tikrak

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  1. German citizenship after 6 years

      Apparently only registered members can view the forums now, which I don't think was the case earlier.   Do you mind writing out the gist of the answer you got? I'm planning to take B2 or C1 later this year (in the US) and I haven't even moved to Germany yet. It would be great if I could get a C1 now and use it for a future NE/citizenship application when the time comes.
  2.   If I was sure that I could go to Germany and expect to walk into work, I wouldn't have made this post. What level of German did these people speak, if you don't mind me asking? I would've thought B2-C1 range would be classified as more than just "a bit of German".
  3. Hi everyone ,   First of all, apologies if this is in the wrong section or not tagged appropriately.   I would appreciate it if anyone can give me some honest feedback or pointers regarding my goals and questions :   I currently work in the US in the financial services industry. I'm not a US citizen and am on a shitty work visa which expires in 2 years. Independent of that, I've been considering making the move to Germany for personal reasons for a while now (>5 years). So I figure with the visa expiring anyway, I may as well make the move. I am targeting a move date of February 2021.   My background : I work in fixed income technology for a big bank - ie pricing derivatives, risk analysis with an engineering/mathematics background (Master's degree). My skills include things like probability, statistics, option pricing theory & stochastic calculus. I also know a small amount of Python, SQL and Excel/VBA, which I aim to get more practical exposure to in the next 1-2 years. I have around 5 years of experience.   I speak decent German, fully self-taught. I estimate it to be around B2 but I will get it confirmed from a Goethe Institut here by maybe taking a test. I can put in some hard work over the next 6 months to a year and maybe even get a C1 certificate, if it makes any difference from B2 in terms of job prospects.   My questions : 1) What is the likelihood of me getting even interviews or call-backs when I apply remotely to quantitative finance/analyst jobs in Frankfurt from the US? Basically will recruiters in general show any interest at all in my profile, when I'm applying cold?  2) What about the odds of me getting a job & blue card just from here, ie purely through Skype interviews? It might be hard for me to visit Germany at the drop of a hat because I need a visa to even visit (passport from a 3rd world dump) 3) If both 1 and 2 don't sound like likely propositions, my only option would be to get a job seeker visa and actually move there first. I would not prefer to do this, but I imagine my job prospects would go up drastically when I am actually in Germany? 4) Any other suggestions or tips, especially from people on this forum with a finance/fintech background, would help me a lot.   Thanks!