Keri Carpenter

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  1. Hi!   I just moved with my family (husband, 2 kids) to Stuttgart a few days ago.  We have a few questions.   Right now, I seem like I'm stuck on getting this Wohungsgeberbestatigung document.   We are in hotels and airbnbs trying to figure out where we should ultimately live.  Hopefully by September when my 7 year old can start in Grundschule.   My work permit will take some time.  To get started on the work permit, I need to go to a city agency and state that I live here.  To do that, I must get this Wohnungsgeberbestatigung signed by my landlord.  I'm in an airbnb right now and the landlord doesn't want to sign it because it carries some sort of consequences for him.  Understandable, so we are moving on.   But then the question is, where do we go to get this document signed?   Anyone have experience with this situation?   Thanks,   Keri Carpenter
  2. I just moved to Stuttgart two weeks ago.   1. Sept (or close to that) I will start work at a German subsidiary of a multinational.  Paid here in Euros.   I'd like to talk to a tax advisor who works with clients who are Americans working in Germany.  I want to start a relationship now so I'm prepared when April rolls around.  I'm not someone to do things last minute.   I have 3 businesses in the US that will continue unchanged and I'll have my salary here.  I think I've heard that the first 90K or so Euros earned in Germany are tax free in the US but I'll have to pay taxes on the amount over 90K.  But where do I put that on my US taxes?  I've used turbotax in the past for all my taxes.  Can I put it in there?   Like I said, just want to get in front of these questions before it gets last minute.   Let me know if someone has had this experience and knows someone who I could talk to!   Keri
  3. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

    Thanks for the responses.  The helpful ones, not the suspicious ones.  lol.   We moved to a second airbnb for a month and that guy was very willing to give me the papers that I needed.  He was super accommodating.  From some of the paperwork he gave me, I found one reason he was so helpful likely in part because he is paying about 1100 euros for his apartment and I paid him about $3500 for the month.  lol.   I got the wohnungs geber bestatigung from him and went to the city to get the "Erweiterte Melde bescheinigung".  Used that to go apply for my work permit.  Tried for a blue card, but my diplomas weren't in anabin, so to get the blue card, I'm now jumping through hoops to get my diplomas certified.   The city said that I would get an email from them in a few weeks with an appointment to go and collect my work permit (not the blue card, but the regular aulfenhaltstitel.  Blue card can be issued when my diplomas in computer science get certified.   I'm working with my new company's global mobility team for most of these things.  In terms of why they aren't helping more, I would argue that they are, indeed, there for me every step of the way and have been very helpful to me and my family -- answering most questions we have.  That said, I don't like to get everything from one source.  And they're not open all the time anyway.   Anyway, frankly, everything is going really fast and relatively smoothly so far.  Work permit in process, got a long term apartment, got a school for the 7 year old, got a kita for the 2 year old (can't believe how cheap that is -- 246 euros per month when in SF its like $2000-3000 per month for day care).  Working towards that blue card, thinking through whether I should purchase a house here or not and whether I should purchase or lease a car or live without one (my personal preference).  Also, need a tax advisor -- I still have 3 businesses in the states which will remain the way they are and now some income from germany in Euros.  But all in all, pretty darn good for two weeks and I'm super pleased.   Thank all for all your help and advice and soon I can return the favor for new folks!   Keri
  4. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    I also know that this has been covered elsewhere, so I understand if you tell me to just look elsewhere, but any assurance, firsthand information, etc. would be helpful for me.   I manage web development teams of about 30-50 people here currently in San Francisco for really large companies.   I am in the final stages of interviewing with a consultancy in Munich to come work for them and relocate.   The salary expectation that has been set is about 130K Euros per year.  That salary is much much less than I make here in San Francisco.   I am making this move simply because I want to live overseas for a few years to quench my wanderlust and to get experience outside of the Bay Area.  Not to go to the highest bidder.  If I wanted to do that, I'd look a few doors down.   Making the move with me will be my husband (stay at home parent) and our two young children.   My question is a) can a family of 4 make it on 130K Euros per year in Munich and likely as important, b ) is that a fair wage for the job?   I've been in software development all my working life like 20 years.  Undergrad math.  Masters in computer science.  Managed teams of up to 30-50 for about 6 years at this point. ' Anyone have any idea if that is fair?
  5. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    Engelchen,   yes, they have a global mobility department that is now helping me.   i have my work contract and a wohnungsgeberbestatigung.  In the next few days I’m going to register with the city and start the process of applying for my blaue Karte.   Still much to do, but I’m here and getting settled!   thanks for all your help.
  6. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    Thanks everyone for all of their thoughtful responses to my query.   It took a long time but the company and I came to terms.    I got the 130K and the relocation package I was looking for.   The location was Stuttgart instead of Munich which was fine with me since I've never lived in either place.   We sold everything and did the entire move in about 2 weeks and we finally arrived last Wednesday.  Let the house out, sold the cars, sold all the furniture, taking only a few bags.  I am very impressed with our resourcefulness.   Anyway, I will start different threads because now that we are in the city, we have lots of other questions.   But thanks everyone, for all your help and your answers to my newbie questions!   Keri    
  7. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their perspectives and experiences.   My kids are young - oldest is 7 so I’m not yet worried about gymnasium.  The 2 year old, who cares?   I’m not extravagant so based on the info shared, I think we could make it on that salary.
  8. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    Thank you very much for this thoughtful answer.   I get from your experience or estimates that I should be able to make it on 130K/year in Munich.   From the last time I lived there (only while in college), I did get the sense that Germany was more egalitarian in that there wasn't the spread of wages that there is in the U.S.  And I support that overall.   You alluded to and I am sort of worried about enrolling my oldest who is 7 in school.  As you noted here and I've been told elsewhere, it might be very difficult to get him enrolled in a quality public school in Germany.  Although, I prefer him to go to public school rather than a private international school just because part of the reason for the move is to get him exposure to different languages/different cultures.  I hear your concern about getting in altogether but I've also heard that quite often kids moving in might get held back in school -- which would be a reason to abandon that and just go with a private international school.  Any experience you can offer would be helpful.   I will be looking for a relocation package as you allude.  I am hoping for and expecting that to be at least 10k Euros.   Thanks so much for all this great information and if you happen to know more about the schools, let me know your experiences!
  9. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    Thanks for your perspective.