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  1.   This is fascinating! It also makes a lot of sense. I always knew there were a few things I'd be prevented from doing because of dual citizenship but never knew what.  I wonder if this prevents my partner (US citizen only) from applying to these jobs since we are married and I am the dual citizen? I guess, your point about security clearance, I could see it being taken into account should it be a job that requires a high security clearance or something? I could be wrong but that's what I would guess. 
  2.   I've been in the US since leaving Germany as a kid so I don't think I would meet any of those disqualifying factors like self-employment or income. I imagine that my US health insurance doesn't count against me. Even if my income did, I wouldn't meet the high-earning threshold in the US.   I guess the confusing part is that here in the US I taught for a little while and was hired as a "contractor" for this job so I wasn't directly employed by the school. I don't know if that counts as "self-employment" because it was in the US, not Germany. It certainly wasn't full time. It was more like part-part-time with low pay.   
  3. Correct. But I’ve had Tricare (through one of my parents and then later on my partner) and used it as an example to share that I’ve had enough experience with medical care on US military bases to know I am not up for doing that again. I want to make sure it would not be similar in a job through USAJobs.    But it sounds like it’s somewhat irrelevant because being German citizen (well dual citizen) and having had German public health insurance before means I should be able to go back to that same insurance. 
  4. Well this is exciting news! I thought I had heard this at some point but for some reason assumed that was too easy and can’t be true. I do know which I had so that part is easy at least!
  5. My post may have been confusing. I’m a dual citizen- German and US. So I can apply for jobs on USAJobs. My partner is also a US citizen. Sorry for the confusion! 
  6. Me again, with another question! Sorry if you get sick of me...I'm deep in gathering all the information we could possibly need to figure out before moving!   I have some questions about if you get a job through USAJobs. (Let's ignore the fact that it takes forever and all the other details.) Say it happens.   Does anyone know about health insurance with this? And taxes? Do you pay German taxes and receive public health insurance (this is what I'm hoping for) or do you pay US taxes and end up having US health insurance? How does that then work as far as if you need medical care? Are you required to go to the military base or can you go anywhere?   I'm familiar with Tricare because I had that for the majority of my life and would prefer not to receive all my healthcare on a military base (sorry...I just haven't had positive experiences with that.) We're trying to figure out if it's worth going the USAJobs route or if we're better off just trying to find a job in Germany.    I don't believe this matters but I'm a German citizen. I haven't been on German health insurance since I was a kid so I don't think I can just go back to it and pay for it though, correct me if I'm wrong on that!
  7. Judaism in Germany

    I was not aware of this rule. The only thing that makes me visibly Jewish is the necklace I wear. Once I get to the stage of applying for jobs I’ll have to see if this rule applies.   I wonder if there are some parts of Germany that are more accepting or areas that are less so? 
  8. Judaism in Germany

    This is a nice thought but as someone who has been on the receiving end of antisemitism and homophobia to varying degrees depending on which town or city I lived in, it’s not as easy as just looking for kindness. Some places are much more antisemitic or homophobic or racist than others. So while I get your point, it doesn’t really answer my question. 
  9. Judaism in Germany

      I have absolutely no idea what that means. I'm Jewish and am asking for that reason. If I'm going to live somewhere, I generally research the Jewish community in the area so I know that I'll have a community to be a part of but without knowing where in Germany I might live, I'm curious about general attitudes towards Jews in Germany and if that varies at all across the country. 
  10. Judaism in Germany

    I'm not exactly sure how to ask my question but I'm wondering about Judaism in Germany and/or perception of Jews in Germany.  Antisemitism in the US has been rising and attacks on Jews make up a large percentage of religious-based hate crimes here. I have a lot I could say about antisemitism in the US but I don't want to dwell on that topic.   While I can read about this topic in news articles and things, I find that it's too easy to highlight the bad which can create a false assumption about how things really are.    What is the general attitude towards Jews in Germany? Is it generally safe? Are there areas that are less safe?    I do want to say that my interactions with the Germans I know personally (friends, family members, living outside of Germany) who are not Jewish has been very positive and everyone has been super accepting, kind, and even thoughtful. In fact, it's my German friends who have been first to recognize Jewish holidays, for example. So I do have somewhat of a positive view but then I have seen some things in posts and news articles suggesting otherwise...
  11. What grade in school?

    I finally had some time to look at this link and wow! So helpful! Thank you. I can see that in most states he would not have been able to start school when he did which is reassuring and I imagine would help us request that he repeat a grade.   I can only see benefits to him repeating a grade.
  12. What grade in school?

      I am, as are my children.   I haven't lived in Germany since childhood and my children have never lived their so I'm sadly not entirely knowledgeable about how things work in Germany. I know enough to have more questions than answers.
  13. What grade in school?

    I appreciate every single one of your responses! This is all very reassuring.    Sorry about the vagueness/lack of location. We have not settled on a location yet but have a few preferences. We were planning a visit earlier this year to get a feel for a few areas to help us decide since I have not been to Germany since childhood. Since that trip was not possible then, assuming things have improved by Spring, we'll be visiting then. 
  14. What grade in school?

    I have a question about school and what grade a child might end up in.   One of my children is the youngest in his grade, just making the kindergarten cutoff date when he started school. Technically, we would have been fine to have him wait a year to begin school. We were pushed by our school district (in the US) to have him start school essentially one year early. (Long story, the details are not necessary here.) He is in second grade now. Say we move to Germany in the summer before he would start third grade in the US. Would Germany allow him to begin second grade, rather than pushing him into third grade? I see two benefits. His maturity level would match the grade he is in, he would finally be the same age as other students in his grade, and he could put more effort into language learning.    He has a minimal knowledge of German right now but is excited about learning more and we are all, as a family, learning Germany. I don't like that we were pushed to have him start kindergarten a year early because I still don't believe he was ready at the time. He would be in a public German school, not an international school.    Thanks for anything you can share!
  15. I’m curious if anyone has experience with autism and education in Germany. In particular I am looking for POSITIVE experiences and areas of Germany where people have had positive experiences.    My son is going in to first grade now but he would be going into second grade by the time we move. It’s super important to know my son does not receive any academic support in school. He is very intelligent and is at the same level or beyond his peers in each of the core subjects.    He is learning German so this isn't really a concern. He'll likely need some time to become fluent but I have no concerns about him learning the language. He is mostly in the listening phase of learning but he has been starting to describe familiar objects with short sentences.   He does currently receive about 10 minutes per day to work on social skills that consists of him playing games and talking to another kid. This could be supplemented outside of school so we don’t require this in a German school.    He speaks VERY well with a large vocabulary and will gladly have detailed, lengthy conversations with you. This is great but also means he will attempt to persuade you out of things he does not like to do with solid reasoning. In school this mostly shows up in tasks he has already mastered and no longer wants to practice or in entirely unfamiliar tasks. He needs a teacher who doesn’t bend the rules for him. Of course, that takes a lot of patience but that is really important for him.    His biggest struggles are in the fact that he is a RULE FOLLOWER. He will hear your instructions, rules, or outline/schedule and expect that to be how things go. In this way school has been great for him because the day flows in a particular order. Lessons happen in a predictable way. The problem is more when something unexpected happens/major change in routine. This can be prevented by saying “today we have an assembly instead of our reading lesson" or whatever change it is. So he knows ahead of time. I mention this because it's a simple things that can help him in the day that doesn't technically fall under "extra support" but is something that is helpful.   The MOST important thing he needs in school is a teacher that cares about him and is strict in the sense that they won’t bend the rules (of school work and things like that) for him.   So, with this knowledge, are there areas of Germany that are maybe more suited to accepting him in schools?   Will school be a non-issue because he does not require academic support? Or will we encounter problems trying to enroll him in school?   Does the diagnosis alone cause a problem where we then need to prove his abilities?    Private schools and international schools are not an option.   I did have some recommendations to look at areas with better inclusion rates so that should the need arise for extra support this can happen within the regular school. This way we can apply for inclusion, even if that just means they help him with giving him a schedule so he knows what to expect and can tell him about any upcoming changes in routine for the week. In Google searches I found that Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein might be areas to consider? What do you think?   Thanks for any info you can provide on your experience or any advice!