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  1. My partner and I are finding it very difficult to get married here in Germany and decided to give Denmark a try. We only have a couple of months now before I will have to leave the EU so we're doing what we can to move the process along. We submitted our application for a certificate of marital status to the Agency of Family Law and received a response asking for more documentation. The document they're asking for is easy to obtain and can be sent to them quickly so that's not a problem. From what I've been told the Agency of Family Law has 5 days to respond to new applications but there is no time limit on following up with existing applications. This means we have no idea how long we could potentially be waiting for them to process our application once we provide the document. Does anyone else here have some experience with the system that can shed some light on what to expect in the upcoming weeks/months?
  2. Finding a job that accommodates GAD

    Thanks, volunteer work sounds like a great start. It can feel really depressing sitting on my ass all day and it'd be nice to have a reason to get up in the morning. I took language courses there for about a year up until April and I plan on going for my B2 exam within the next six months or so. It was mostly online after the first couple of months because of covid so I didn't really make any friends.
  3. My German partner and I are getting married and I will be moving to Germany next week. I have a severe anxiety disorder and have been pretty much non-functional since dropping out of college several years ago. I think I've been recovering well with the help of therapy and medication and I would very much like to join the workforce when I obtain a permit. My German is not fluent, I can get by in most situations but I am not yet able to follow entire conversations or take more than very simple instructions. I've noticed that the majority of English-speaking jobs are in tourism, sales, and tutoring so it seems without a degree my options are very limited. The problem is that I don't think I would be willing to take a job that requires me to meet a lot of new people every day. A few is ok but I would prefer to mostly work either indepentendtly or with the same set of people day in and day out. This is my first time in a while even considering the idea of working a normal job and I'm afraid of ending up a shut-in all over again if I don't take it easy. I've considered cleaning jobs, which I'm very open to, but I was wondering if you guys had any other ideas that I can look into as well.
  4. Hi all, I graduated high school with very poor grades but I attended technical school afterwards where I graduated with relatively high grades (although my diploma isn't equivalent to anything in Germany). I then went on to university where I made pretty average grades until suffering something of a mental breakdown in my third year and torpedoed my GPA. Needless to say, I didn't finish my university studies and I haven't been back since because I can't afford the tuition/living expenses in my college town. I started thinking about studying in Germany last year shortly before I moving in with my boyfriend who lives in NRW. Initially, I applied through Uni-Assist sort of expecting that I wouldn't be eligible to study in Germany at all. I got a letter back saying that my application needed further review as a decision couldn't be reached and a month later, a second letter saying I'd need to attend a Studienkolleg before studying directly. I spent a year taking language courses to meet the minimum language requirement for Studienkolleg and applied this spring. I was a little surprised to find that the Studienkolleg rejected me in an email saying that I didn't meet the minimum 3.0 GPA. I guess I had the idea in my head that there's only one governing body evaluating foreign applications rather than individual entities that do their own thing after you've applied through Uni-Assist. Anyway, I'm feeling kind of stuck now. My bf and I are considering marriage and I don't know of any options there may be for foreigners living in Germany to gain a university entrance qualification or how long it would take. Ideally, I would like to do an Ausbildung as a draftsperson because I found my experience in the technical school more enjoyable and I performed much better in a more hands-on environment. Chances are quite slim that anyone would hire me at this point though because my german is not very good and, at the moment at least, they would have to do an employment check to hire me. I did try my luck at applying for an Ausbildungsplaz but to no avail. All in all, I feel like I'm out of good options and I worry that getting married/staying in Germany could put me in a state of career limbo for years. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here?