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  1. Splitting Time Between Two Countries

      Interesting! I will look into this more. One option this makes me think of is that I could contact a tax advisor in Germany since they would be more familiar with German tax laws and such. Thanks for the help!
  2. Splitting Time Between Two Countries

    That's my understanding as well but I wanted to make sure I wasn't wrong! Thanks for the confirmation!
  3. We are discussing splitting time between the US and Germany. We would spend the school year in the US and summers in Germany (about 2 months, though we'd likely spend a couple weeks of that in surrounding countries). What sorts of things do we need to be aware of?   1) I understand getting a visa for my partner won't be an issue since it's less than three months. I and our children are German citizens so that's not an issue for us either. If I've misunderstood this, let me know! 2) If my partner wanted to work remotely for that two months or for one month while there, would we run into issues? My understanding is that you cannot work in Germany at all, even remotely for a company based in another country, unless you pay German taxes. I would hate to make a plan and mess this part up! We would just plan accordingly by either not working at all over the summers or getting proper visa's, paying taxes, etc. But I'm unsure about how to best search for rules on this so that we can decide which option is best. 3) I assume a travel health insurance plan of some sort about be allowed since we would technically be vacationing there for that two months? Or would we be required to get on public or private health insurance in Germany because of the length of time? I have had German public insurance so there's a possibility that we could get back on that if needed. 4) I know registering your address is required when you move there. Does this also apply in this situation where it could technically be considered a vacation, though it is two months long?   I think that's all the question I have! If you have any other advice or know of any other important factors I might need to be aware of, let me know!   Lastly, I know it might be odd to do it this way. Why not just move there, you know? But we want to consider this as an option for a few years and then decide whether or not a full move there makes sense for our family.   Thanks!
  4.   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. 
  5.   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.   
  6. 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. 
  7. 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!
  8. 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! 
  9. 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!
  10. 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? 
  11. 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. 
  12. 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. 
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.