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  1. Movie recommendations

    This looks like it will be a riproaring success too - topped UK box office on release this week.
  2.   The ID card is a travel document too, of course.  If going to, say, Poland or Spain, Germans would take an Ausweis, not a passport, on that sort of trip. I use mine to enter places like Serbia too, it is usable to travel to some places beyond EU / Schengen.     If you had some important obligation where ID was needed you might get one but I don't think many people do.
  3. Klein unternehmer Anlage EÜR Tax return 2017

    The first one is that you do indeed have to record your business expenses by the specific categories on the form EUR - so travel costs, training, workroom at home or whatever it is you actually paid for.  That level of detail is what is needed, not just one lump.  These items are later on that form.   The other does sound like you need advice.  The nature of your work status needs to be clear and regular and ditto the vat.   If you want to be freelance, be freelance.  Arms length from your clients. Fee income only.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Whether people with permanent jobs have "issues" may depend on a number of factors. The draft German laws certainly provide no such assurance for them.   Some Britons here are at EU organisations that only employ EU citizens, for instance.   I think some German gov civil servants also need to be EU citizens. They have to stop - no question.    Third party nationals are often substantially restricted in the type of work they can do - types of professions, rates of pay etc.   They cannot usually easily access the sort of min wage work many EU citizens do.   Employers also have input.  Not all are interested in employing third party nationals - they don't want the paperwork etc.    There is also a longer road ahead, such as if they wish to change jobs or a  company folds.   So the review process is two way imho. Without our EU rights, some will need more support and paths to integration, to ensure sustainable lives.   There is logic behind at least some being told  "get to B1 in two years" or "find a job paying at least xxxx" or whatever now our EU life raft is vanishing.  It is fair process, as said above.
  5. I think you need to give consistent messages. If you think it is important enough to highlight at the start that the damp and cold exacerbates your illness and that this is a key driver for wanting to move here, people will point out that this may be an incorrect expectation according to your own stated top priority need.  Brushing it off with "I did not actually mean it" may not be helpful to you because even most hearty sorts can find the harsh winters here draining.     In respect of self-employment, you will need to be registered as self-employed with the tax authority here by 29 March as well.  Obviously a highly visible and formal aspect of being a German resident and with significant obligations (including VAT returns from month 1, and annual returns). More German language process for your list, and a business to migrate in full.  Then you will need to be able to continue it as a third party national.  Cross-border working in the EU will also end of course, a big issue for quite a few self-employed people. (I was self-employed for a long time here) 
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    The 3 month bit is correct as it stands. The German cabinet has approved a draft law that will be implemented if "No deal" and this sets that out.  That is 100% clear - unless the British community can obtain concessions.  On top of that, the EC also sets out that it is the responsibility of affected individuals to obtain the necessary permissions.   The B1 thing is far more speculative, in my view. It is not in that law.  Each Briton who is not a dual national will have to have their status determined by ABH.  This is also clear in that draft law.  Yes, some 3rd party national permissions (of which there are apparently 150+ different sorts) do require B1 but by no means all.  
  7. The individual is responsible for supplying the information, not our local authority.  The obligation is between us and GEZ.  Our local authority is not a party to it.
  8. Britons arriving now will only be in a position to obtain  German citizenship if they give up UK, which I expect few will choose.  The dual choice on offer to us as EU nationals who meet requiements will naturally go when UK leaves.    I agree that supporting oneself is the key - trumps climate etc anyway but more so as a third party national - and the language burden is the same. But French is actually far more useful globally.  If you had to learn one to facilitate your migration, you'd pick that or Spanish, not German.   The poster will be in the French healthcare system and so any transfer into the public system originates there. They are no longer linked to UK.
  9. Many people take more than two years to settle.  I was not especially settled here at that point. Migration and integration  is a hell of a lot of work for a lot of us, over a long period.   Most states set clear evaluation criteria for most people aiming for residency etc (except under freedom of movement) including language, typically assessed via a test.   Subjective views of how "good" we are or not do not count really.   And yes, for all Freiburg famously has the most sun hours, the south German climate can be harsh in winter. 
  10. Luggage lock

    Oh, me too  My first phone number.
  11. You can only try.  You might not want to restrict your options so much. Look for any OK apartment, for example, "small house" limits your options massively in apartment-land Germany.  You will need the right agent to deal with in English or French.   With possibly only 2 months to Brexit date, you will probably need to strongly prioritise devoting time and effort. Registering a home here and entering German health insurance would be top priority. Post-brexit residency for newer arrivals will also likely pay attention to your employment. So think if you need an insurance advisor, given you will not be able to do the process in German, for instance. No time to lose.   But do you really want to be a third party national in Germany forever? (What if you do not like it?)  That is the deal for arrivals now. Dual nationality will no longer be on offer.    As it stands, the foreigners office says it is going to be requiring an interview with all Britons who have not naturalized.  You might think about what you will say there, especially regarding employment / selfsupport.
  12. Moving to Dortmund / Bochum area

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  13. Moving to Dortmund / Bochum area

    I do not know Dortmund but "whether it is the best place" is debatable. However, the places where it would be easiest would probably be more expensive to live in, for instance.    Factory work is plentiful not so far from where I live and is mainly done by foreigners.  But the area's not the cheapest and, as with a lot of work, it is increasingly temporary or call-off.  Factory work is not reliably fulltime employment now, often.
  14. Have you thought for all of about ten seconds about the pointlessness of this and how easily you will end up getting yourself convicted of fraud?   If you declare that property as your main residence, the local authority will obviously notice when the tenant does exactly the same.   You can also bet the authorities will be watching closely for this sort of scam.
  15.   Exactly why so many of us go to Karstadt et al, of course.  When it is 5 mins from home, I have no real need to look elsewhere.  I stick to the sales usually as well.   Mine certainly sponsors "real" sports professionals, if that helps.