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About ashchar

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  • Location Charlottenburg, Berlin
  • Nationality British
  • Gender Female
  1. I went to the afternoon event and found it informative. The people I spoke were able to answer all of my questions.
  2. Marriage in Germany - British citizens re-marrying

      I definitely agree with this. I would do it in the UK and then get it recognised in Germany. Much easier in my opinion. To get it recognised here, I only had to get the marriage certificate apostilled by a Notar in the UK which I did immediately after I got the marriage certificate and paid a bit extra to collect the Apostilled certificate before heading back to Germany. It was very very easy. We had to be "resident" for 9 days in the UK at a UK address before hand which was also easy. That was in 2015 so I didn't have to deal with the MSF forms though. Good luck.
  3.   Thank you dj_jay_smith. That is exactly what I wanted to know. 
  4.   I just wanted to ask about this again. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks  
  5.   1. I didn't need to do the integration course. I just went to my Standesamt in Charlottenburg to get a list of everything I had to provide. The language test and citizenship test were included in the list. I think only the VHS holds the tests but you definitely don't have to have lessons. I would suggest downloading all the questions, learning them and sitting the test at a VHS in Berlin.    I just printed these out (10 questions per page- category) and you can see there are some repeat questions just worded differently. Maybe the questions are different for 2019. Good luck.    
  6. How do I cancel yearly BVG travel card?

      Just to add to the above comment, I have 4 weeks left on my yearly Abo ticket, and went there yesterday. I only had to pay €2.50 to cancel it's renewal plus the remaining month even though I had not given the 6 weeks required notice. The woman was obviously good enough to let me off. Otherwise I would have had the option to cancel the new subscription and pay €20 extra on top for each month that I had used into the new subscription, i.e. the amount I had saved per month by taking out the Abo as a yearly ticket. Luckily I didn't have to do that. I actually thought I was stuck for paying for another year but if you have an Außerordentlich (unusual reason?) then you can cancel it upon payment of the extra charges as outlined above. That is still better than having to pay €63 odd per month for 10 months (since you get 2 months for free when you buy a yearly ticket). = Very very happy. Of course if I find my bank account shows that more than €2,50 got deducted, I will let you know. 
  7.   Hi CustomX, Can you share what you had to do to get it converted, and did you make an appointment online via this link? It doesn't seem to show dates available at all.   Thanks
  8. I just read this article and don't quite understand it. Does it mean that I would not be eligible for NHS treatment if I were to get sick in the UK (I live in Germany) since I have gaps in my contributions since I moved abroad, and in some cases it's too late to make voluntary contributions from the early 90's?   "This means those who have paid into the system all their lives and have chosen to retire in another country will not have to worry if they need treatment if they fall ill or have an accident on return visits to the country, something many were concerned about."
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Congrats evildudette. It is really exciting.
  10. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Today I collected my certificate. I am so happy. Apparently I will get an invitation to the next celebration in May in Berlin Charlottenburg.
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Congrats evildudette
  12. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      The date to meet from this Friday February 22, 2019 has been rescheduled to next Wednesday February 27, 2019. That's fast. I can't wait. I am rather impressed. I have to say that my experience with both the Bezirksamt in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Berlin for the einbürgerungsantrag and Deutschrenteversicherung has been very good and the case workers have been ever so polite and helpful. I am extremely grateful when I compare it to stories I hear from other people in Germany, and from the 3million EU citizens applying for Settled Status in the UK.
  13. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Thank you Robinson100. Yesterday I also had my appointment with the Deutschrenteversicherung regarding my Tax contributions so it was a busy day.  
  14. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      Update -  February 14, 2019 - I got my letter today saying it's complete along with a date to collect the certificate.  I am out of town then so will have to request a new date, and then I can book an appointment for sorting the passport out once I have the certificate. 
  15. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    FYI: I'm almost there and wanted to share my timeline.   May 15, 2018 - Went to Amt in Berlin, Charlottenburg without an appointment super early to ask what was required. I was given a form which listed everything I had to bring to my appointment with a Caseworker. I had gathered everything I thought I might need from info on websites to produce next to the form with the list. I just took everything I could possibly think of. The only things I was told I needed were official translations of things like birth and marriage certificate. I went to another room to book an appointment. It was agreed that 2 weeks would give me sufficient time to get the translations and to present all documents   May 31, 2019 - Received email confirming appointment set for June 29, 2018.    June 29, 2018 - Met a caseworker who took all documents that were on the list. Forgot to take my EC card for payment. Received a request for payment by Post shortly after and sent payment via wire transfer.   August 25, 2018 - Sat Einburgerungstest   September 13, 2018 -Received Einburgerungstest Certificate and sent it to Amt by email.   January 10, 2018 - Amt requested payslips for previous month   February 2, 2019 - Amt confirmed receipt of my payslips, said my application is complete and that I should receive an Invitation for Naturalisation very soon.   To date - Currently waiting.