MarkRR

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About MarkRR

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  • Birthday 12/29/1961

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality USA
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1961
  1. Necessary Income

    I'm 58 years old, retired from a "concrete math job", and ready to pursue what I've wanted to do with my time since high-school. Yes, indeed, $2500/month for health insurance is insane. But, we're only able to get it that low by opting for a $10,000 annual deductible. The Artist Visa is a Freelance Visa only available in Berlin, which just happens to be my favorite little village in all of Europe.
  2. Necessary Income

    I understand that now that most photography is digital, anyone and everyone with a camera claims to be a "Professional Photographer", but as a trained photographer with both military experience and current clients, why would I, as a photographer, not qualify for an Artist's Visa? I use a large format camera and film rather than digital, by the way.
  3. Necessary Income

    I'm aware of that. I went through that when I moved to Germany to study. I'm not wanting to move for insurance purposes. I pay now in excess of $2,500 monthly for insurance for my wife and I. Private insurance isn't really a deal breaker.
  4. Necessary Income

    I'm aware of that. I went through that when I moved to Germany to study. I'm not wanting to move for insurance purposes. I pay now in excess of $2,500 monthly for insurance for my wife and I. Private insurance isn't really a deal breaker.
  5. Necessary Income

    58 year old Mathematician, but not really interested in doing that professionally anymore. My wife is a 30 year old C&W songwriter. I'm not sure if Germany would think that's an essential skill. I was told informally by my friends attorney in Summer 2018 that after a period with an Artist's Visa, it would be possible, but because of my age, I would have to show an income independent of employment such as a pension.
  6. Necessary Income

    I have an American friend living in Germany since 1994 who has a "Blue Card", essentially equivalent to permanent residency in the US. This is what I'm asking about, although I'm not sure of the term used in Germany.
  7. Necessary Income

    I own 1 of approximately 1500 shares of a Canadian registered family-owned company that has been in existence since just after the end of the Revolutionary War. In the past 18 years, I have received between USD 41,000 and USD 170,000 in dividends from the company. As a 58 year old US citizen, could I use this income to satisfy the pension income requirement for permanent residency for myself and my wife in Germany? I studied Math at Uni Tübingen and am a retired Math teacher and am a (US Navy trained) photographer. I wish to pursue Cityscape/Landscape photography in Europe. My wife is a well known songwriter, but her income is very unstable. She is 30 years old with no German. We have no dependents.