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  1. Founding a company while having a Blue Card

    You also have to make sure your current employer will allow you to work "nebenberuflich" -- basically, have a second job. This is not automatically true. For example, they may not approve of anything seen as competing with your work for them.
  2. Stufe calculation (TV-L E13)

    The TV-L E-13 has had a 6th Stufe since the beginning of this year.
  3. Stufe calculation (TV-L E13)

    Which Stufe you begin at is (nearly) entirely up to your university. You can certainly ask that you be started at Stufe 2. It's up to them whether they will count any teaching experience outside of Germany, but non-teaching and pre-graduation experience aren't going to count for the Einstufung at any rate.   When I first began at a German university, I documented my US experience as a PhD teaching assistant, which my uni counted. But it is up to their discretion.
  4. Permanent Residence - can I be unemployed?

      I really feel for you. I lived in Nürnberg the first five years I was in Germany. I found the Ausländerbehörde there to be the most rude, unhelpful, disorganized bureaucratic mess I've ever seen in my life. My first appointment there in 2008, to get the initial permits for my family, left me sitting in tears on the sidewalk afterwards.   Good luck navigating this!
  5. There really is no grey area on this, and your interpretation of the agreement between the USA and Germany is wrong.   As an American citizen, you are required to file US tax returns and (possibly) FBAR regardless of where you live. As a full-time resident of Germany, you are taxed in Germany on the total amount of your worldwide income, regardless of the source. The agreement between the US and Germany allows you to file your US taxes in a way that you end up only paying to one system (the German system) based on either the foreign earned income exclusion (which wouldn't apply to your US income) or the foreign tax credit. Either way, your primary tax liability is to Germany.   The advice you got "just don't tell them you're working remotely" encouraged you to break German tax law. This is what could come back to bite you in the ass.   And, yes, as an American who's been in Germany for ten years now, I get your situation. You were given bad advice and fell through some cracks. But now's the time to get it figured out and (possibly) pay the price for basically evading German taxes for the past six years.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Americans in Germany - Unique Tax Situation

    Not if she files the Foreign Earned Income Exemption forms.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.  
  13. 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.  
  14. 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.
  15. 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.