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  1. Instead of signing on a physical paper, I digitally signed it (basic digital signature) and sent it to the HR via email. They didn't request a physical copy. Now, I read that only physically signed termination letters are valid in Germany. If I send a new letter now (with a new 'sent date'), my notice period will get extended (i don't want to extend my notice period, i need to start a new job). What do I do?
  2. Non-EU graduates of German universities are entitled to 18-month long residence permit for the purpose of job search. This is an open work permit, which means, the graduate can work any type of job during these 18-months to support himself/herself during the job search. When I came to Germany for my masters, I had to show a blocked account with atleast 863 euros per month to show them that I can support myself.  One of the requirements of the 18-month job search visa for graduates is that they have 'sufficient financial means to support themselves'. Does it mean I will need to show 863 EUR X 18 months = 15,534 EUR upfront to the Auslanderbehorde staff in order to get my 18-month job search permit? That's a lot of money to show in one go, I doubt I'll have that much money saved up by the time I graduate.
  3. For example, let's say I have already been in Germany for 1 year, then I go to another EU country for ERASMUS program for 1 semester (6 months). Does it mean the years of residence required for naturalization will be reset because I left Germany for 6 months? In other words, does the 8 year residence requirement have to be 'continuous' or can I have gaps in my stay in Germany?
  4. In my student visa, it is written that I am allowed to work no more than 120 full days or 240 half days a year during my master's program in Germany. I am a non-EU citizen. Working part-time (20 hour per week) during the semester and full-time (40 hour per week) during semester breaks is allowed. My question is: is the work during holidays / semester breaks also counted in the yearly limit printed on my visa? If that's the case, it means I cannot work continuously. I will have to quit my job as I will run out of the alloted limit. In other words: There are 255 working days in 2021. 255 - 12 holidays = 243 total possible HALF working days. But the limit is 240. This means I cannot work full time during the semester breaks. If I do so, I will exhaust my limit too early and will have to quit my job. Does this make sense? Am I right? Or is work during holiday not counted?  
  5. I am confused about several aspects related to how the time in Germany is counted towards Niederlassungserlaubnis.  1. If I'm working as a werkstudent during my masters program at a German university and I am paying into the pension system (earning aroud 1000 eur per month), will my time studying in Germany count? 2. After graduating, I will get 18 month open work permit. Will the time I spend working during these 18 months and paying into the pension system count towards Niederlassungserlaubnis? I see that after being on Blue Card for 21 months, one can apply for Niederlassungserlaubnis (if completed B1 German). If I apply for Blue card after my 18 month post graduation work permit, will they start counting from 0 from the day I get the blue card? Or will they also take into account all those previous years I spent working and paying into the pension system?