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  1. Lists of typical German mistakes in English?

    The Mistakes Clinic by Geoff Parkes is an exercise book drawn from a large corpus of mistakes made by German speakers of English. Each unit has a set of sentences, their corrections, and a detailed explanation for each correction. It's a great resource -- I use it in my English courses at the University.
  2. 1. Not sure of the exact amount of time, but generally, your "center of life" has to be here. Vacations back to the US are one thing, extended stays may be viewed poorly. 2. Yes. 3. Generally, if you're out of the country for more than 6 months at one time without prior approval from the Ausländerbehörde, your Aufenthaltstitel becomes void, and you have to start the clock over again for citizenship.   Keep in mind that you'll have to relinquish your US citizenship in order to get German. German law doesn't allow both, except in very limited circumstances (discussed in detail elsewhere on TT).
  3. Need proof of insurance to get hired?

    Have you worked or been living in Germany before now? Or are you coming to Germany for this job?   They'll need to know what insurance company you want (if you haven't had one yet) so they can pay their contributions to the KK. In Germany, you choose the insurance provider. I recommend TK simply because they offer support in English, but I'm not an insurance advisor, so take that as just a "that's my experience" thing.   If you make below ca. 4000 a month, you'll be required to join a public (Gezetzliches) insurance company. If you have the option to use private, you should talk to a registered advisor like the ones listed in the directory here.
  4. From my understanding (someone please correct me if this is not the case!) once you begin filing returns, you have to continue, even in your situation.
  5. Americans in Germany - Unique Tax Situation

    Not if she files the Foreign Earned Income Exemption forms.
  6. Americans in Germany - Unique Tax Situation

    Germany requires you to report and pay taxes on your worldwide income if you are normally resident in the country. So yes, she will be required to pay German taxes on her US income.
  7. Job for 4-6 weeks in Berlin?

    But the OP can't do "odd jobs" like dog-sitting on a student residence permit. He will have to have a "real" job with an employer.  
  8. Technically, you also have to ask your primary employer if they will allow you to work outside their company. Usually there's something about "Nebenjobs" in your employment contract.  
  9. Well, the employer's ad ran on the Job Center's database (don't know whether they chose to do this or it's automatically pulled from the local newspaper). The one guy who was qualified on paper was sent from the Job Center.
  10. Yes, it can actually be that involved. This exact process happened with my first job here in Germany, hired by someone I already knew, who basically tailored the job description to me and my skillset. She had to open the position up and take applicants, and (fortunately) the one person the Job Center sent who was a UK national didn't show up for his interview. After she informed them of that, she was allowed to hire me.
  11. Quitting a Blue Card job after two years

    Typically you have to go to the ABH to have the permit switched from tied to your current employer to open to any employer. Again, it depends on the EXACT wording of the green sheet that the ABH gave you.
  12. Quitting a Blue Card job after two years

    Many things will depend on EXACTLY what your work permit says. But in general: If you become unemployed after working for 24 months, you are eligible for ALG1 (unemployment benefits). However, if you quit, you lose the first three months of benefits. (prestononline is incorrect in this regard.) Whether or not you will be given any time to look for another job after quitting depends on whether your work permit is tied to this job (among other things). You would be better off applying for your permanent permit BEFORE quitting your current job, as they're unlikely to give you permanent residency while unemployed or in the probationary period of a new job. On a permanent residence permit, you are allowed to be outside Germany for no more than 6 months without prior permission from the ABH. I'm not aware of this being longer for a Blue Card holder, but I would expect that if you went back to your own country for a year you would have to begin over from square one. 
  13. Starting ALG1 again after temporary employment

    As I mentioned in another of your topics (which is why folks recommend you DON'T open a dozen threads asking basically the same questions), once you take a contract job you'll be considered self-employed, and self-employed people are not eligible for ALG1. 
  14. It's not simply a lottery, though. If you don't ask the ABH for permission to freelance, there's no reason for them to give it to you. Ask for it, and give a reasonable argument why you want to do it. Whether they approve it or not may have to do with how much your particular freelance work is needed in the area.   What you have to do for the Finanzamt, and how you're treated for business and tax purposes, depends not only on how much you earn in freelance, but also on what the business actually is. Different industries have different standards -- teaching vs. web design, software vs. consulting, selling on Etsy, etc.
  15. Starting ALG1 again after temporary employment

    I expect that they issued you the Fiktionsbescheinigung so that you could receive benefits while looking for a job. If you still haven't found a job after three months, I don't think they're going to be as willing to extend it. Now, they may very well extend your permit until your benefits run out, but the point of a temporary permit is to be able to kick an immigrant out of the country if they are a net drain on resources, rather than contributing. Harsh, but true.   I would think that they just gave you a standard Fiktionsbescheinigung without looking too closely at the original permit, and that any interpretation that allows you to make money rather than receive benefits is likely to be accepted. But again, my own instinct. Your actual ABH may see things differently.