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  1. How long can I stay in Germany?

      That ship obviously has sailed, but Brexit aside, normally you're meant to register within 2 weeks (I think - I've heard various different numbers). It took me over 2 weeks because I had to wait for the Vermeterin to come back from holiday and sign the form, but the date on the system is the date I arrived (from the form she signed). We've only had 10 working days this year so it's not unreasonable that someone who arrived at the end of last year would leave it this long and with Corona they're not going to be handing out fines. I agree it might look a bit suspicious, and it would have been better to have made an appointment before, but in the OP's case it's true: he was here before the end the year and therefore should be registered with an arrival date before the deadline for keeping FOM rights.   Once it's gone it's gone forever, so it would be foolish not to try. FOM never meant you have the right to doss around indefinitely, but if he wants to stay then he'll be in a better position with this status than as a third party national.          
  2. How long can I stay in Germany?

    Which IIRC includes looking for work, at least for a certain period.   If the OP does the Anmeldung getting someone to sign the form with his date of arrival, and then next week finds a job, why would he have a problem? Seems like he should get the Aufenthaltsdokument-GB like the rest of us. 
  3. How long can I stay in Germany?

      That can't be true as it obviously takes some time to get registered - I've heard of it taking months in Berlin, and that was before Corona. There must be people that haven't been able to register yet but were permanently living here before the deadline.    
  4. Driving with expired driver license

    You should be fine. I found a list somewhere of non-EU countries whose licences are recognised as equivalent and although it didn't list the UK it did list Guernsey and Jersey for example. So it's hard to believe that the UK won't be simply added to that list.   I have an appointment in about 2 weeks to change my UK licence for a German one. When I made it (in November) the lady on the phone told me what to bring and didn't mention anything about tests. So I hope I'm right about this.
  5.   WHS. Lots of people do that. My Dad's lived in France for nearly 7 years and he just setup a cheap dish himself and has been watching UK TV ever since. The BBC switched to a "tighter beam" that is more focussed on the UK and Ireland as an attempt to stop it, but in reality all that meant is some people needed a slightly larger dish.   There's a fundamental difference here. Satellite TV is a broadcast system and that means they can't possibly know who is receiving it, whereas anything with the internet is unicast and that means they can identify you and in principle where you are. VPNs hide this, but if they can identify that the stream is being sent to a known VPN provider they can still block it. Netflix have clamped down a lot on VPNs; I'm surprised the likes of the BBC haven't, but it's probably a matter of time.   Though I don't understand why anyone cares about British TV TBH.          
  6. ALG1 & Brexit - Proving German Residency?

    If you've registered for the new Aufenhaltsdokument-GB you should get a letter confirming it; I have one. Surely that would suffice.    Though as we don't have to do anything until end of June it seems to me you shouldn't need to do more than prove your British for the time being.
  7. German taxes on UK ISA savings

    Bump. I've been here a year now so I thought it was time to find out about tax returns. Some of the above has left me a bit confused.   In the UK I have an L&G stocks and shares ISA. I know it's not really an "ISA" anymore, as that refers to its tax free status for UK residents, but an investment fund. I've told L&G that I'm tax resident in Germany and given them my tax number, so I don't think hoping nobody finds out is an option.    This is an "accumulator" - i.e. the value goes up; I don't receive any dividends, and unfortunately or fortunately (and suprsingly) it's gone up by about 25% in the last year; most of it in the last 2 months. I'd assumed I'd have to pay German tax on this gain, but the talk above of "realising" (i.e. selling) has me confused. My intention is not to touch it, but do I still have to pay tax in Germany on the gains? And what happens if it drops 25% next year; do I get a refund?   Second related question: Do I need to tell the German authorities about UK pension funds? I can't find a simple answer to this one on Google. I have a SIPP and at least two employer pensions. Note I'm not drawing a pension and neither am I paying anything in; they just exist somewhere and are hopefully also accumulating in value.   Thanks.    
  8. I was doing this about 3 years ago. "sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkentnisse im Wort und Schrift" is a phrase I remember well and presumably gets copied and pasted into every advert. I always figured the fact they're stating English means they have international clients or colleagues and therefore a native English speaker who knows some German might be a bonus; at least compared to say a German who can't speak English very well.    I was sending a German email with my English CV as said I reckoned simply translating it would give the wrong impression. But I didn't get anywhere. In the end I was offered an English speaking job in Berlin, but declined it in favour of working for a German company in the UK with the intention of transferring (made that clear from the start), which I did, eventually.    Even with B2-maybe C1 level German I would still find an interview completely in German a bit daunting. It's not like you're going to be able to bluff your way through when speaking to native speakers. Being honest is your only choice, and if they want a German you've got no chance.    
  9. Brexit, New residence permits

    No appointment, but today I received in the post a Betätigung des Eingangs der Anzeige nach Artikel 18 ... blah blah.   The important bit says: "Es wird vorläufig bis zum 21.12.2021 bestätigt, dass die Ausübung einer Erwebstätigkeit erlaubt ist". I.e. this bit of paper comfirms that I'm allowed to work here until the end of 2021. Though it does also say "Diese Bestätigung beinhaltet keine Feststellung eines Aufenthaltsrechts" - i.e. this isn't the real document yet.   I would hope this also would replace the aforementioned Fiktionsbescheinigung in terms of letting me back in the country if I were to leave.      
  10. Are you crazy? WiFi gives you brain cancer. It's a widely believed fact.
  11. Which makes it vitally important to get a reciept.   Are they doing that in the UK? I'd bet not. 
  12. Why this forum speaks English and not German

    I did a couple of weeks at a language school last year (German C1 this was) and the teacher mentioned the old trennbare Verben. The Dutch guy in the class, despite being much better at German than me, had no idea what she was talking about. Because as far as he was concerned that was just the normal way to speak and couldn't understand why me (English) or the Polish, Spanish or French participants struggled with the concept.    I think the Dutch dropped cases 100 years or so. The most difficult thing about German to me is not der,die,das, and not cases, but the combination of der,die,das and cases. I.e. just when you've got to grips with the fact that it's die Wohnung you have to cope with the fact that sometimes it's der Wohnung. Madness. That's why it gets into level 2 in the above list, and presumably Dutch doesn't have that.
  13. Brexit, New residence permits

    How long ago was this? My last time was a year ago. I flew Manchester to Frankfurt and had the "oh shit" moment as I saw the huge queue for passport control, before remembering that as an EU citizen I could walk past the queue and use the e-Gates.   If I were to take the same flight next year I'd likely miss my connection. Well done Brexiteers.
  14. Brexit, New residence permits

    Really? Never been to Brussels, but I've used the passport machines several times in Amsterdam and Frankfurt when doing the same. And when there aren't machines (e.g. Stuttgart, Schönenfeld) I don't think I've ever been asked why I was there.
  15. Brexit, New residence permits

    Seeing as we don't get to use the passport gates and fast lanes anymore, they may know because they ask you. If you say "because I live in Germany" and he takes some objection to your face then maybe he decides you need to be checked out. OTOH if you lie and say "holiday" then you'll probably get waved in, because we don't need visas for Schengen (I hope that's right, I thought that was decided some time ago).   My letter from Stuttgart didn't mention any of this. Probably the vast majority of Brits in Germany have no idea about it too, so are they really going to start enforcing it for UK citizens from 1st Jan?