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  1. 1 hour ago, Metall said:

    I am not a tax advisor, but I do recollect you need to be resident in Germany for >180 days in a calendar year before you are a tax resident. That's way more than two months, more like six.


    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. 39 minutes ago, RedMidge said:

    Not an expert here, but to get back onto German Krankenkasse, I would think you need to register, and that will open all the issues re tax etc?

    So, a Travel  health plan for you as a family , as tourists?

    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.




  4. Just now, JG52 said:


    Your dual citizenship with Germany is an immediate disqualifier for all GS, GG, Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) jobs, or contractor positions reserved for Technical Expert/Analytic Support/Troop Care personnel in Germany.  Your dual citizenship is also an impediment if the job requires a U.S. security clearance.  There is an adjudication process for the clearance, but I don't know of any dual citizens who were able to make it through that process.


    Article I of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement (NATO SOFA) states a person who is a citizen of, or ordinarily resident in, the Receiving State (Germany in this case) is not considered a civilian component of the Sending State (U.S.) forces.  This means you will not be authorized any of the benefits associated with SOFA, such as shopping at the Commissary, PX, or using any of the facilities and services reserved for the U.S. Forces and civilians accompanying the U.S. Forces.  Likewise, Articles 71, 72, and 73 of the NATO SOFA Supplementary Agreement exclude German citizens from receiving SOFA benefits as contractors.


    Your dual citizenship with Germany is not an issue if you apply for a job in Belgium, Italy, or any other NATO country.  However, the dual citizenship will still be an issue for a U.S. security clearance.


    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. 7 hours ago, PandaMunich said:

    But only as long as you hadn't ever been self-employed in the interim, which is what that reference to "Absatz 5" is about and regarding the reference to "§6 Absatz 1" as long as you hadn't ever been a high-earning employee with a salary above the Versicherungspflichtgrenze nor a civil servant nor a member of the clergy nor a judge nor a soldier, since these professions usually have private health insurance in Germany.


    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. 4 hours ago, BayrischDude said:

    Insurance is handled through the US Government.  It's not Tricare.  Tricare is for military members and their families. 

    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. 6 hours ago, PandaMunich said:

    But you would have to ask your parents which Krankenkasse it was that you were insured with as a child (you will have had free cover under your parents' public health insurance through Familienversicherung), since only that specific Krankenkasse has to take you back.



    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. 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!


  9. 45 minutes ago, yourkeau said:

    As soon as you are invisible (no Zizit and Kippah in public view) you are safe. If you publicly display your religion, you can be attacked by some monkeys for no reason. Sad but true: most religious Jews in Germany do not wear a kippah in public (or hide it under the "secular" hat). 


    In addition, there is "religious neutrality" rule for many public jobs in Germany. That means you cannot take those jobs if you wear a kippah. The idea is that the rule is applied equally to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, but in practice, it targets the latter two groups. 

    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? 


  10. 37 minutes ago, catjones said:


    You can take out the word "Jewish" and replace it with Blacks, Arabs, Turks, Gays et. al. and your observations would be the same.  Germans and non-Germans have bias' and prejudices like every human on the earth.  You can find examples of both kindness and bigotry if you look for it no matter where.

    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. 


  11. Just now, slammer said:

    Just like any other Tom, Dick or Harry with a god fetish. As long as they don´t bother anybody, nobody will bother them.


    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. 


  12. 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...


  13. 14 hours ago, Feierabend said:

    Yes, the cut off month in which the child turns six varies from state to state by as much as three months according to this summary:



    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.


  14. 1 hour ago, tor said:

    So you are a German citizen? 


    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.


  15. 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. 


  16. 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!


  17. 1 hour ago, Feierabend said:

    It's hard to go  half an hour out of any city centre without tripping up over a forest! 

    Mountains a bit sparse on the north German plain though but therefore great for cycling. Lakes and rivers in abundance too.

    Not far out of Dresden are the mountains of the Sächsige Schweiz and the Erzgebirge.


    Thank you for the suggestions! 


  18. 3 hours ago, lunasuenos said:

    Don't overlook the Harz area. Weather this year hotest day a little over 80 most 70s. Not humid. My wife and i just were talking about how perect the climate is here. You dont mention if you are needing to work or not. 1000s of km of hiking and biking trails as well as cross country skiing..but snow this season was only a couple weeks total so winter is mild. Goslar is a unesco city medival with many beutiful post and beam houses pop over 100k. Or gottingen is a college town. It is north near hannover _braunschweig, which are also 30 min to the harz park. Mountins more like smokeys highest peak is brocken at around 3000ft ...there is a daily steam train, that runs through the area from the small villages. Yourhousing dollar would go much further here than areas in Bavaria. Something else to consider. Keep in mind you will find forests almost anywhere in germany there are many forested areas that ring berlin even.


    I REALLY want to go to the Harz area! Your comment is so helpful! I appreciate the town suggestions. That is so helpful. The area sounds like a dream to me. 


  19. 2 hours ago, yesterday said:

    What about Rosenheim ( 63.551 peps), close to the Alps, forest and lakes - you can get on a direct line to Munich if you find it a big small


    Property can be expensive thou to buy and rent, do you have some kinda budget in mind ?


    Kempten (Allgäu)  again the same as Rosenheim


    Thanks! I will look it up. It sounds beautiful!


    Budget will depend on a few circumstances so right budget isn't a factor. Once I have that sorted out and a list of a handful of places I will look into that part.


  20. 2 hours ago, optimista said:

    I second Freiburg. Better climate and people so much less gruff than the average Bavarian.


    Can I ask about what "better climate" means to you? I hate hot weather (over 80 or 85 degrees F) and definitely prefer a cooler climate. Though I know temps in the 80s are not entirely unavoidable. But if such a place exists where those temps are less common, I'm all for it!


  21. Right now we're researching parts of Germany and cities we might want to live in. I'm looking for recommendations for cities that are in a forest area, near a forest area (within 30 minutes), or in/near mountains with a population between say 70,000 and 500,000. I've found a couple but I'm curious what places other people recommend. Population could be slightly smaller or larger, but I prefer to be in a place that isn't super small. 




  22. 1 hour ago, vaardniica said:

    I was in a similar situation a few years ago—looking for Kitas where I could either work without qualifications for a few years or start working on qualifications while I was there. I’m currently in my second year of a praxisintegrierte Ausbildung zur Erzieherin, so if you have other questions about the Ausbildung, I'm happy to answer them!


    Jobs do exist, but as was mentioned above, you’ll want to look at private Kitas, since they can hire you without qualifications. I’ve also seen job listings from some of the chains like Fröbel looking for English speakers who are willing to start a praxisintegrierte/berufsbegleitende Ausbildung, so that might be worth a look.


    I’d second the Agentur für Arbeit and also add the site for Frühe Mehrsprachigkeit an Kitas und Schulen ( has a list of bilingual Kitas, though you’ll have to look on the Kitas’ individual sites for job listings. You might also do a search here on Toytown and read through some of the threads posted by parents looking for English/bilingual Kitas for their kids, and again, look on the individual sites for job listings.


    Thank you for the info! I do have a few questions about the Ausbildung. I’m going to send you a message. 


  23. 43 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

    Your best shot is probably bilingual kindergartens. In Munich you have following list:


    In German state-owned kindergartens you need proper qualifications and fluent German.


    Since most people work part-time don't expect to earn more than €1500 gross.



    Thank you! This is helpful! 

    I’ll definitely be looking at bilingual schools. I do speak German and am taking courses to become fluent. 

    That pay isn’t too terrible. I made less than that working full time (full time was considered over 32 hours in this school)  in a similar job here in the US. It’s certainly not a job you go into for the money! 

    Thank you for the advice!