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  • Location Düsseldorf
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  1. Change of name by German in UK

    If you are German, there is no such thing as a real name change on your Germany-issued documents. The best you can do, even for the components of your name that are "allowed" to be changed - is to move them a few milimetres further across or down on your Germany-issued document.   There is a field on both German passports and Personalausweis cards called "Geburtsname". So all that happens, even if marrying and taking a different name, is that that part of the old name STILL remains visible, but gets shifted a few milimetres across to a different field. No such field exists on any other EU27 ID card/passport. Germany is, unfortunately, the odd one out here. Sorry to break it to you.    A warning to everyone considering citizenship, or even Germans wishing to get married and change name at the Standesamt. You will be paying 1000s for a "not real" name change, but for basically shifting a component of your old name a few milimetres across on your ID documents. It will still remain visible. For life.
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    ^ This all depends on the EU election results. If "the people" voted more for parties with a strong remain message, Boris can't really claim there is a current mandate for no deal (not that there ever was...)
  3. So... I'm thinking of switching to a new dentist (lost faith in current dentist's competence). My current one is a Zahnarzt, but NOT certified as a "Dr Med. Dent". Some people say this shouldn't matter too much, but this time around, I want a Dr Med Dent. I'm with a public krankenkasse, and only looking for dentists offering Kassenpatienten.   I thought I would just attack it like a job interview where I am the employer and judging, based on a first visit + Kontrolle, whether I am comfortable enough with them to commit long term.   I have a handful of dentists on my shortlist. Today I tested dentist No. 1, based on initial Jameda, Google reviews, website praxis info etc... They are a new dentist opened in 2018, and funnily enough, they all get 5/5 online reviews (too good to be true?), but ONLY within the first month of the premises opening, then it all goes silent... Then no more reviews since then. (I smell a rat...)   Anyway, I turned up, took a quick look at their praxis, and my heart was already sinking. Not what I was expecting. But rather than turning on my heels, I decided to continue with the visit.   So I was asked to fill out the usual patient forms as a new patient, and then they asked me to sign their external billing company form (some separate GmbH I've never heard of, somewhere in Germany). Then I remembered a tip somebody mentioned about looking for apartments in rapid succession, and how this can temporarily lower their Schufa score. So was thinking the same might be true for dentists.   Question 1) They insisted it was a new law since 2019 that all dentists must now outsource their billing externally, and you have to sign to agree to it, otherwise they don't take you as a patient. Is that true? I read The Local "what changes this month/year" articles, as well as the Focus end of year / what changes articles, and can't remember reading anything about that.   Question 2) Does anyone know whether external dentist billing companies are exchanging data with your general credit score (e.g Schufa)?   Question 3) If I am in rapid succession trying out different dentists AND signing up to their external billing companies, will that impact the likelihood of dentist 4. refusing me by the time I see them, and I've already signed up to 3 different external dental billing companies in as many weeks?   Question 4) Is there a limit to how many Kontrolle check-ups you can have with different dentists per year? I figured I'd test out the remaining 3 dentists on my shortlist with Kontrolle appointments, then make my decision, and start treatment (it's not super urgent, probably a filling, but I ain't letting anyone touch me with a drill until I know I've got myself the right dentist.)   If anyone has any experience or tips on shopping around for a dentist, or could answer any of above questions, would really appreciate it.   PS Yes - I'm also looking for an apartment in parallel. So I'm already signing Schufa selbstauskunfts at some apartment viewings. I don't want to annihilate my Schufa score with lots of Zahnarzt searches additionally on top of that...
  4. Anhoerung for late anmeldung

    I am in total panic.   Long story short, after some paperwork re-organization, I couldn't find anything to say I was anmelded at my current place. Trying to do the right thing, I immediately went to the amt the next day. They didnt have me listed at my newer address so I had to backdate um-meld a number of years there and then.    The clerk told me she couldn't overlook me being several years late, and said there would be a strafe up to 4 figures. She also mentioned something about Anhoerung and I'd get a letter or something. I'm guessing she passes it tu another department.   When she mentioned Anhoerung, I felt physically sick. Isn't that a court hearing? Can I go to prison? I'm absolutely freaking out right now.    While I wait for the letters to arrive, has anyone had an Anhoerung on this or something similar? What happens usually?    And yes, I'm such an idiot for not anmelding sooner.