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About Billybulldog

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality English
  • Hometown West Byfleet, Surrey
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1962

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  1. Ausländer deciding on football club support

    When I first lived in Frankfurt in the 80s I went quite regularly to watch Eintracht in the Waldstadion. Even managed to see some European games including Tottenham. In those days you never had live games on TV so it was the only way to get a good dose of footie...When I came back again in the 90s started going again and eventually got offered a season ticket by some guys I got to know there. Had some rough times, getting relegated for the the first time in 1996 and the club ending up on the verge of bankruptcy. That was actually a reason I took the step of becoming a club member, to help out the local team. Haven’t looked back since. My apartment I bought in 1998 is twenty minutes walk to the Stadium. Soon going to get the silver pin for 25 years membership, have always had a season ticket (at a price that makes my friends in London drool) and a great group of friends who I would never have got to know outside of the Stadium. There is a real sense of comradeship and you always bump into the same people at away games. Everyone is proud of their local team and are real supporters (side swipe at Bayern Munich spectators) who take the ups with the downs. @Finn, I think you are doing the right thing, check out both teams and see which group of fans fits you best. Bear in mind the rivalry between the two fan groups is pretty fierce. If I had (god forbid) decided to become an Offenbach supporter I wouldn’t have any friends and probably still be single.... If I was you though I would probably pick Hertha... Whichever one you pick though drop us a line if you come to Frankfurt and we can go for a beer 👍 before the game. Not an offer I would make to anyone wearing a Bayern shirt! 😉
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    @dj_jay_smith I know what you mean about the German football team, crossed my mind too...
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    @Berlinexpatnine Frankfurt am Main, Hessen. 5 months from Document handover to acceptance. 3 weeks later official Einbuergerung.
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Yes. Here in Frankfurt my lady wrote:   Sehr geehrter ... Wir bestaetigen Ihnen, dass Sie in den letzten sechs Monate Einkuenfte in Hoehe von rd TEUR ****** erzielt haben. Die Einkuenfte haben wir auf Basis der Jahreseinkuenfte von 2017 geschaetzt, da es auf Grund der von uns vorliegenden Information keine wesentlichen Veraenderungen bei der laufenden Einkuenfte gibt. Die Einkommensteuererklaerung fuer 2017 wuerde von uns erstellt. Der Einkommensteuerbescheid liegt noch nicht vor. Die von uns ermittelten Einkuenfte betragen  gemaess der Einkommensteuererklaerung 2017 TEUR ****. Fuer Fragen stehen wir gerne zu Verfuegung  MfG   Hope that helps.  
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    @SOS, spot on there. I think I have German tax records back to the 80s. Thought I might need them if I one day go back to England. Yes, silly me! 😂. Could be an expensive business if you can’t prove you have been paying tax somewhere. 
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Yes, same here. Amazed though at the fact people have to make appointments just to hand in documents! Luckily here in Frankfurt you just turn up and pull a number designated for „document handovers.” 
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I used the App for practice. Got 100%....I had to really as otherwise my German mates would have laughed at me. It was very easy for someone brought up in Europe with a passing interest in History, “which Treaty was signed at end of WW1? Why is Willy Brandt kneeling in Warsaw? How many states are in Germany etc.” and easier than doing the Hunde Fuehrerschein  (there I really sweated)!
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    @Nerdbloke, Congratulations and welcome on board!  
  10. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Getting back to the monthly income story. Here in Frankfurt I gave all my stuff to my tax advisor: dividends, rental income etc. and she wrote a nice formal letter with stamp & seal confirming my monthly income. I would have thought that if I still had overseas funds (in the UK) she would have added that into the equation too. I am pretty sure this kind of “official” document carries weight with Govt. officials wherever. Surely worth a try if you are getting stones put in your path...  Also, with regard to stuff overseas I have been led to believe that you only really get put under the magnifying glass if the Authorities have reason to believe you are up to monkey business. A friend of mine whose job it is to keep us safe says they are far too understaffed for all the little stuff. Just have to watch out if you are claiming any kind of state assistance though.
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Tschami, can’t you get some of your funds transferred over to Germany? Might be a good idea anyway once the UK is outside the EU...      
  12. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Citizenship Test results took 6 weeks to arrive, here in Frankfurt. Correct me if I am wrong but they all come from BAMF in Nuremberg don’t they?