Berlinexpatnine

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  • Location Pankow, Berlin
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  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    It seems like Chris needs a lawyer to have any hope at all, but the German bureaucracy really seems to function by the principle of "I was just following orders". Even if you are integrated and meet other standards according to the spirit of the law, all that really matters is if you can somehow follow the letter of law. That also seems to be how Germany has ended up with so many "criminal clan" members with German passports. All the news lately in Berlin is about how they are trying to revoke passports of these Arab mafia members, but you have to wonder what system was in place that extended these passports in the first place. It seems like it is both too easy and too hard to get a German passport.
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I actually didn't provide any proof of continuous residency, but I am not a UK citizen; I assumed they were going to get the information from the Ausländerbehörde. Alternatively, they could see that I had proof of a rental agreement that started when I arrived, supplemented by a current letter showing the latest increase in rent, or they could see I had health insurance that was uninterrupted for more than 10 years. I also brought but didn't show my expired passport showing a string of 1-, and 3-year residency permits. But I was never specifically asked to prove continuous residency. Perhaps they only need specific proof from EU citizens, since they don't have the Ausländerbehörde keeping tabs on them. Continuous residency is required for a non-EU citizen to keep a residency permit.
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Could we get a survey going of the amount of time it has taken to get dual citizenship processed? I would appreciate it if partipants could name the jurisdiction they applied in and the amount of time it took from complete submission of documents until acceptance. You can also state extenuating circumstances if the amount of time was particularly short or particularly long.   My lawyer was surprised at the estimates that have been given to me by the people doing the processing work (2 years as stated by one agent, 18 months stated by another -- both in Berlin Pankow). He wants to check in with them three months after initial submission of documents.
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Not sure what number 1 is referring to (an annual income tax assessment?), but you would want number 2 to certify when insurance began at TKK. If you had previous coverage in Germany, you would want to show proof of that as well.
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Actually, I looked and they didn't immediately release the appointment for June 26 that we cancelled. It looks like it will be released at the normally scheduled times on Monday and Wednesday morning (or perhaps Tuesday -- whatever schedule it follows).
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Just got back from dropping off my documents for naturalization at Bezirksamt Pankow. They said that one two people were processing applications and they it would be 18 months before they would contact us again for our final appointment.   We are also cancelling our backup appointment time for dropping off documents on June 26th, so an appointment on that date should become available in a bit, if they re-release the appointments immediately.
  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Thanks! This last form from EJM in particular is super helpful!
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I’m submitting my naturalization application in Berlin, and as a freelancer, they want a statement from my tax advisor showing my monthly net income after social insurance contributions and taxes are subtracted out. Are there any other freelancers on this board who have also had their tax advisor submit this statement? Both my tax advisor and my immigration lawyer are confused about it. My lawyer has been researching it but still doesn’t have clear answers for me yet. Anyway: 1.      For social insurance, it seems logical that they would want the health insurance costs of my entire family taken into account (because the entire family is applying for citizenship at once), not just my personal health insurance costs, which happen to be private. 2.      I only have private pension insurance contributions, so I have subtracted them out as well, but it’s also not really clear whether they need to be included. Certainly that would be subtracted out if it was the Deutsche Rentenversicherung. I’m not sure if my wife’s numbers (as a housewife) for private pension insurance should be included at all. 3.      I would assume that since they want taxes taken into account, they also want me to subtract out my income tax, but that wasn’t clear either. Has anyone gotten clear answers to these questions?
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Every one of these posts gets me worried that I will be expected to provide all sorts of things that weren't requested in my initial meeting -- a "super" Meldebescheinigung going back perhaps 30 years and covering five Länder and five cities in my case, Steuerbescheide going back 10 years instead of the two I was asked for, confirmation letters from agencies like the Job Center that they say they are checking with anyway. It seems like they could suddenly want proof of de-registration of residence and ex-matriculation from every university I ever attended too. And will they also suddenly want all my foreign degrees translated if I hit the wrong person on the wrong day, and what else? The decentralization of the naturalization process is really unnerving as we all compare notes like this. I know Bavaria's requirements aren't relevant to Berlin, and they can't spring new requirements on us at the last second, but still. On the other hand, the treatment we get from decentralized Germany by all accounts is kinder and gentler than the treatment my country gives to foreigners in a completely centralized system.