GoldenLizard

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  • Location Hallbergmoos, Munich
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  1. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      You give me hope, my friend .   The apartment is a 2 min walk from the U bahn station. Maybe someone working in the nearby towns which have no U bahn connectivity would like to snap it up.
  2. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

    Yes, we heard this first hand from my wife's friend as well. We were really worried ourselves because the kids' education and appointment at the foreigner's office was dependent on this key milestone.  
  3. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      In addition to the garages, the apartment has a common enclosed area in the basement where people can keep their bikes locked. So renting out the garage is the only option. I am not sure how that will work out because I am not sure of the demand for a garage in Garching (as opposed to heart of the city). My agent has promised to make a flyer for renting out the garage which I can place on the apartment notice board. I also plan to post that on Ebay.
  4. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Indeed I had heard horror stories of finding an apartment. My relo agent wrote to about 10 flats we shortlisted, got replies and viewing appointments from 2, and we liked 1 for which fortunately we were selected. We had to compromise, however, coz the house has 2 parking spots (for which we pay additional) but right now have no car and intend to have eventually only one car. The hope is that we can rent out one spot.
  5. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Exactly! I guess I didn't put it across clearly.    I have got my Anmeldung based on my temporary accommodation last week. After that we were focused on getting an apartment. Earlier today, this has been confirmed. Now we will re-register the Anmeldung for this address once the lease contract is drawn up. Once this is done, we will apply for my kids' school and in parallel get an appointment at the Foreigner's office for getting a residence permit.   Regarding @MikeMelga's observation, my understanding is that I can work on my D visa which is valid for the next few months. I need to get an appointment for the residence permit (Blue Card) before that visa expires. And the Foreigner office will be based on the jurisdiction of the apartment I finalized.   Thanks everyone for your concerns and making sure I consider all aspects, and conform to all rules. (e.g. I was not aware of the 2 week rule for Anmeldung, but looks like my relo agency had it covered.)
  6. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      They really are helping. I am happy so far. But it still doesnt take away the stress of settling down :)
  7. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      I like to think I have a reliable job; have been working in this company for 17 years now. I have yet to apply for a residency, but have been told that I can apply for an EU Blue Card. My company has arranged for a relocation service who is handling the email communication with the real estate agents who are advertising houses/apartments. You are right about the German schufa; its a pity I cannot benefit from my great USA credit score.
  8. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Not yet. Its been a mind-numbing first few days. I am told that school search can start once you have a house. But even before that I needed to get the Anmeldung done, and then start the work for a residence permit. Have been told that schools are good in Bogenhausen, Schwabing in the city. Last weekend I did a bit of tour of the city: starting from Marienplatz to Lehel to Bogenhausen to Garching to Schwabing and back to Moosach. Liked Bogenhausen, Englschalking and Garching; so thinking of evaluating the schools there and then hunt for houses in the vicinity. Almost everyone I met tells me thats the wrong way to go; most people say go for any house you get and settle for the neighbourhood school - so difficult is it it to find apartments here.
  9. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Yes, I did pre- register for the test while I was in the US, but I did so by visiting the link on Munich Airport website. The exact link to register is https://form.ecolog-international.com/   And no, there is no option to register while on the plane. However, one can take a test without pre-registration, just that it will take time to enter data on site. Going by the number of passengers flying, that time would not be much.
  10. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Thanks John. I have temporary accommodation in Moosach. Not too cold, was just rainy but there were sunny days as well. 
  11. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

    Hi Everyone!   After an interesting adventure of travelling across continents in a pandemic, here I am - well and alive in Munich. Thank you in advance for your warm welcome wishes.    For anyone interested in flying to SF, know that the SF-Munich route of Lufthansa is almost being done away with. My flight was cancelled two times in a row, so finally I flew via Los Angeles. I hear there is a United that still flies from SF but I wanted to fly LH. In these days, there are hardly any people in the flight and international terminals in both LA and Munich looked like ghost towns. If anyone is coming from the USA, know that there is a Covid test done at the airport. I had pre-registered so just needed to show my QR code, and was taken to the testing area. The folks were professional and test is not at all scary - just a swab in the throat. (The swab made me cough though, and I looked around guiltily  ; no one seemed to care.) The results came in 12 hours and thankfully we were all negative, so no quarantine.   We landed last Saturday in grey skies and rain, but its been fairly sunny since Monday. Now begins the settling in, and I am sure I will have more questions to ask.   Cheers!
  12. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Lol. Gute nacht! Tchuss, bis morgen. (I mean my morgen, not yours!) Look at me showing off now!
  13. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

    I think I am getting an insight into why my German colleagues dont join calls after 6pm CET. They are busy teaching their children Maths and German 
  14. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      Have already bought Vier Maske (masken?) und Vier Gesicht shields for the plane journey 
  15. Relocating to Munich from San Francisco; looking for advice

      My Dad was born before 1961 but not in Goa. His Dad was Goan.