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  1. Only in Germany

      Until maybe Jan 1st, and then the online order import charges UK > Germany may warrant smuggling a few kgs of lined paper contraband in your suitcase ;-)
  2. Steps for German Citizenship

    ^ First applying for a residence permit isn't exactly true for Brits already in Germany.   Until January 1st, Germany (like other EU27 countries) must treat Brits in Germany basically as if they were EU citizens for most things (except voting).   Why? Because the UK is still part of the single market (and, they would argue, pay for access, and if that access were found to not be granted, could find an excuse to not pay / ask for rebates etc).   So for the next 4 months you wouldn't need a residence permit as a brit in DE anyway, as a pre-step before applying for citizenship. As a pre-step for anything, even if you are German or another EU27 national in Germany, you'd always need to be "angemeldet" - basically "I live at this address, and my landlord attests that"   If you lived in Germany *by* Dec 31st, satisfied all requirements at time pf submission, and either:   1) *submitted* formally your citizenship application from your side, but not yet had it fully processed *by* Dec 31st, you wouldn't need to supply a residence permit on top. It is legally guaranteed that you don't need to give up your uk passport.   2) *submitted* formally *after* Dec 31st, it is very unlikely you will be asked to apply for a residence permit to cover the periods in the past (and future) as a pre-step to applying for citizenship. Why? For the past years, this could get them into legal hot water, and for the future years, the Bundestag haven't even started figuring out how and what resident permit to give pre-brexit brits in Germany under the WA agreement (not until Sept 10th does that even start, and could drag on until easter). My guess is nobody will be getting those WA cards finally in their hands until Oct 2021 earliest.   The only difference between 1) and 2), is 2) might very well mean you have to give up your UK passport. It might also be a gray area, as little is written about brits in germany who fall into that special cross-over category. The number of such cases could be small compared to 1), but not small enough to be insignificant.   For Brits who were never resident in Germany until *after* Dec 31st, that is a whole different ball game. Unless some other agreement is reached, they will have to:   3.1) Start the clock ticking to eventually satisfy conditions for the *right* type of residence permit that can eventually be used as a pre-step before applying for citizenship   3.2) Satisfy more conditions and apply for german citizenship, and ALSO give up UK passport.   Oh, and PS - *even if* you eventualjy get your dual German citizenship, you should not be prevented/discouraged from *additionally* applying for the brexit WA cards. There are some rights that even German citizenship cannot give you, but that can be "topped up" with a Brexit WA card (and vice versa). Who knows how long it takes though, until those Brexit WA residence cards become available...  
  3. health insurance - urgent

      @LordByron why does a non-taxation company like the IKK need to know about your tax affairs outside Germany?
  4. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    I'd like to share a few recent links on this topic:  
  5. Toytown Forum equivalent for Italy

  6. Objection to Company Transfer & Resignation

    @niland Your situation may / may not put you in the category of redundancy if that US company later decides to reorganize / merge office locations / wind down operations, functions etc. The clue I took from your post is "ramp-down". It sounds like the German company is just a holding company for a little while, then they will tear everything up and maybe make redundancies.    You should therefore not resign of your own accord as you will lose any entitlements to a redundancy package, depending how the situation eventually pans out. A redundancy would mean "Betriebsbedingte Kuendigung" and there is nothing to be ashamed in that. Redundancies can be 0.5 or 1 month for every year of service. (no guarantee though)   *if* a redundancy comes your way, even if it was just worth your normal month's salary, you would have more in your bank account because redundancies are taxed less than normal salaries, so more netto from your brutto.   Regardless of your choices, if I were you I'd do some detective work to see what the US company is like. Is it a "chancer" company that has zero experience with EMEA and is looking to turn a quick buck by buying out a company? Since how long was the company buyout decided? Before covid, or as a result of covid? Is it because your DE company was about to go bankrupt (saving jobs). Right now everyone is selling and few companies are buying.   You need to be sure that whichever company is buying you up, will still be existing 12 months from now. If you get a feeling the US company can't pay their bills and payroll in 12 months time, you may want to jump ship anyway.    Is the buying company having a good reputation with its employees? (check glassdoor, kununu etc).    Be especially mindful of the exact wording in any letters they may want you to sign. If they pressurise you to sign the objection letter there and then, this is usually an indication that there is some subtext to the letter that might catch you out.    You said you have a new job lined up. Have you signed (and returned) a contract with them already? Lots of evidence on social media of people who were halfway through interview process being told that due to unforeseen circumstances - corona - job no longer exists. And bear in mind any new job you start puts you back in Probezeit where last in / first out notion of shedding staff in times of crisis, pervades. Do you definitely know that your new employer WON'T immediately place you on Kurzarbeit (or worse) when you get there?  
  7. Hi there,   Is it just me, but has anyone ever noticed how expensive it is to buy suitcases / trolley cases etc... in Germany? Over the years, I've rarely seen a large/medium trolley case for under €50. In France, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Ireland or anywhere else nearby they are considerably cheaper and often sold in the thrift stores as luggage sets (the one packed inside the other etc...) so you get more product for your money.   I always buy outside of Germany, and my cases always take a good bashing/handling before they wear out. A few months back I finally caved in and bought a trolley case for €80 - and after about 3 or so journeys, one of the wheels/castors has started to jam (no fluff or debris evident in the wheel mechanism either) Never again...   Unless its samsonite or something, I can never understand how they justify near €100 prices for cases when they're not even part of a luggage set. Maybe I'm just stingy and balk at anything over €50. Its strange though, unlike France, UK, Ireland its not that difficult to find a hotel room in most places in Germany for €50-60, but try finding an item of luggage in that price range...