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  1. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    Thank you! Your input actually made me  move something from the dead spot
  2. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    The lady at the Standesamt was super nice, and we finally got our birth certificates this morning !
  3. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    Just a little update on this. We wrote an email yesterday almost begging them for the certificate, since it's now more than 10 weeks since we didn't get it. The lady replied with an appointment for this coming Monday. However, she asked us to bring our original marriage certificate with translation and apostille (we have it), residency permits+passports (we have) AND both parents' original birth certificate, plus my wive's needs to be with apostille - I have mine, but my wife doesn't (she only has a copy with certified translation to German), so it would have to be shipped from her country of origin, and then we would need to do the apostille. In short, impossible before Monday. I don't understand why are we asked for our original birth certificates - the marriage certificate contains information about our birthdates and countries of birth, it's translated to German and apostilled. Also, in hospital they told us that we don't need to submit even copies of birth certificates if we are married (and can prove it, of course). I was thinking to write this lady an email regarding this, but then I think it would be easier for her to reject us via email, then if we are there physically, with a baby. It is really annoying that after 10 weeks of waiting they ask as to bring some extra documents on a short notice. If we knes this earlier, we would be able to prepare everything. On top of that, she told us to bring interpreter if needed, and pointed out that "electronic help" is not permitted. Since I am around B1-B2 level of German, this now puts me in doubt whether we should go without the interprerer, although I would have normally done it. Very stressful situation, and all that only to get something that is a basic human right.  
  4. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    I cannot believe things like that work in Germany 2022. Thank you very much for all the information.
  5. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    This is just so bizzarre and frustraiting. Thank you for your helpful insights.   Do you by chance know if there are some Vollmacht templates for these kind of things? I guess you then need to go to Lawyer or Notar with your wife to get it stamped.   Final thing - I am wondering what did you say to the guard and amt employers as the reason for your visit? You already applied for the certificate, so I am just wondering if "hey I need this urgently" is good enough for them to not tell you to "just wait, and it will come when it comes".
  6. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience, this is exactly what I was looki g for!   I am wondering, how did you know that the guard will be there at 4.30 am, giving away the waiting numbers? Is this an official thing, written on their website, or someone did it before you and told you?   Second, did you have to bring your wife and child? I guess not, as they already had all the documents that you've sent weeks before.   PS Unfortunatelly, I know that it would be better with Standesamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg - we have 2 couples who got kids there in the past 2 years (when Corona situation was way worse then it is today), and both got them within the course of 2-4 weeks (they dont remember exactly when, but they remember it was "fairly fast"). This aligns with estimation from the article I posted.
  7. Getting birth certificate of my child takes so long

    Is the place where you live in Germany ? In Berlin, as far as I know, you normally receive it by post from the Stadesamt. We are considering to go in person, but it's not that close + with the baby we would need to know that there is some chance and not complete waste of time. So I would like to hear an experience from someone from Berlin who actually obtained the certificate that way before taking the trip there.
  8. Hello. As the title says, my issue comes from the fact that we are waiting on die Geburtsurkunde for more than 8 weeks now (our daugher was born on July 13th of this year). She was born in Lichtenberg, Berlin, and after reading this article (, in hindsight, I realize that we would have probably been better off if we have chosen a hospital in another district (i.e. Friedrichshain, where we live). Anyways, I tried contacting them by phone (blew me off) and per email (Told me it takes about ca. 10 weeks, which aligns with the estimate in the article, 8-12 weeks). Is there any value in going there in person? I doubt it, but if someone had a positive experience with it, I would be motivated to give it a go. Otherwise, is there any other way to speed them up? We need this document for so many things, that we are freaking out because the time is passing and we are just sitting and waiting for it to show up in our mailbox. Any help is appreciated  
  9. Hi all,   I see that the last post is from 2019, without answer, hopefully I'll be luckier and someone will be able to help with my questions. I tried to read some of the last pages, but not all of them, so sorry if my question is already covered in this topic (maybe you could appoint me to the post where I could find an answer?).   My wife and I will soon become parents (due date in 2 weeks).   1) My wife will apply for most of the Elternzeit/Elterngeld. We are thinking of splitting the Elterngeld to 11 / 3 months or 12 / 2 months. I am wondering, if we apply initially for one, can we later on modify the application to another (and how) ?   2) Do we need to specify right away exact months/time periods when we want to receive Elterngeld? Again as the question above, will it be possible to modify it "on-the-go" later ?   3) Speaking of Elternzeit - do I apply only with my employer (at least 7 weeks before the planned time off) or I need to notify some other institutions?   4) Where can I find a comprehensive list of documents that I will need to send, when applying for Elterngeld?   Thanks in advance for any help provided!
  10. Life in the Moabit area of Berlin

    Hey, thank you so much for the insights from your friends! We will certainly take this into consideration. All the best!
  11. Life in the Moabit area of Berlin

    Hi Santitas!   Thank you for your input and wishes !   While the current state of the area is of course important, I am more curious about opinions of people who lived there for a year or more in the past few years. That is because I would like to know if the tendency of the area is that it is getting worse or better with time. We will definitely visit the area if our offer is accepted and before we sign anything, but that will not tell us whether it's nicer than it was several years ago. We are looking at this also as an investment , as we may not spend our whole life there  Our personal opinion from what I read here (+ some other places on Internet) and our visit there, is that Moabit has a potential.
  12. Life in the Moabit area of Berlin

    Hello! First of all, sorry for bumping an old topic. My wife and I are expecting a kid, and might buy a flat in Moabit (specifically Stendaler Str. in Stephan Kiez). I read of course all the posts, but the last one is from 2015, so I would like to check if things changed for better or worse. We have only visited the area once (when we saw the place) and it looked decent to us, it was not like Wedding or Neukölln (which we kind of expected it to be). But obviously, you need to spend more time to understand how the Kiez is really like. We are living for the last 4 years in Friedrichschain, which we love, especially for the international food, bars, clubs, however, with the kid the priorities are changing, so no clubs, and less bars is OK with me/us , as long as there are still some good places to grab drink, coffee, and eat good food from all around the world. It also seemed safe, and with less weird people, broken glasses and dog poop than F-hain   If someone has a recent experience with northern Moabit area, I would very much appreciate a brief update .