Joan of Arc

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  1. Hi everyone!


    I was wondering if anyone knows of a language school with childcare.


    During my initial search I was told that VHS offers childcare services but unfortunately they are only for kids between 2 to 6 years old. My son is 4 months old.


    Any further hints on this issue be most helpful. Thanks in advance!


  2. Hi,


    I have a friend who will be coming to Munich over the Oktoberfest weekend. He plans to arrive by way of Oslo and then to Stockholm and finally Munich. I suppose the cheapest way to get here would be via flight. My question is, if anyone can recommend some cheap flights that won't burn a hole in his pocket!


    Any help would be appreciated.


    Thanks in advance.


  3. Hi Neja,


    The German Government does recognize the Malaysian marriage certificate. So that should put your mind at ease.


    However, there are several procedures that you will have to take in order for you to be able to present it as required by Government here. It is possible to get a English version of the certificate from the National Registration Department in Malaysia. Upon doing so, you will have to get the authenticity of the document verified by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry. Then this document must be translated by an approved translator of the German Embassy and the translated copy certified by the German Embassy.


    For more information, I would suggest that you get in touch with the National Registration Department and the German Embassy. Anyway, good luck and congratulations!


  4. Hi,


    I left a promising career, family and good friends to relocate here for good. I have had a couple of frustrating months here in Munich due to the breaucracy etc. I am dealing with the move by trying to keep busy i.e. taking German lessons, going to the gym and discovering Munich. I have also found some nice friends in the process which helps and keeps me somewhat sane.


    My husband travels often too but I realize that I cant wait for him to do certain things to make me happier. I often have to motivate myself by reminding myself that I am responsible for my own happiness and go out and try to do stuff that makes me happy.


    Also I have to remind myself that I relocated to be with him and it was my choice and mine alone, therefore I have to make the best out of it. Lots of time I get lonely, depressed and afraid that I am never going to find a job but I constantly have to pick myself up. For me what helps is having friends and in some ways that helps to put things into perspective.


    I hope you will find your way around this as its never easy to relocate and start all over again. The only thing of comfort that I can say to you is that you are not alone! If you need to talk or meet up (although I have no idea where you are!) send me a PM.


    Take care and hugs :)


  5. Hi HU,


    I sent you a PM regarding your enquiries but I need to add a couple of things:-


    As mentioned in my PM you would need a single status declaration and your birth certificate. Both these documents have to be verified by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then translated into German language (if you plan to get married here). Once that is done it has to be verified by the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. However, I am not sure if you can actually do it all here as I got my documents from Malaysia.


    Secondly, you will not be able to convert your tourist visa (assuming you are here on one) into a residence permit after marriage. You will have to apply for a Family Reunion Visa from the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and obtain that approval before leaving. From the info given by the embassy this is the only way to do it.


    I think its always better to refer to the respective authorities for further details as they will be the ones processing your application. Also our situations may vary so the requirements may differ. My advice is be clear on what is required.


    Good Luck to you and please dont get frustrated with the some of the things that you will face. I have been there too and just remember you are not alone!


  6. Is anyone planning on registering for the November session on the 5th of November. I am planning on signing up for the Grundstufe 3. Is there anyone else out there who is doing that? Will be nice to have some company as the online registration doesnt seem to work. Or does it only allow registration on the 5th itself? I dont want to risk the phone in registration as I expect the telephone lines to be jammed.


    Anyway would be good to hear from anyone who is going to brave it on Monday.




  7. Thanks for your feedback.


    Strangely enough I have not been able to get a concrete response from both the Embassy or the KVR on this situation. The Embassy feels that my visa is purely to get married and all privileges ie residency and work permit will only be issued upon the marriage but they are not sure about this. As no one else has responded to this post, it must be quite a rare situation.


    Anyway, I have returned to Asia to obtain the visa and will approach the KVR once again upon my return to clarify my situation. My only hope is that the employer will wait for the long and tedious process of marriage to be over and will still want me. But perhaps that is asking for too much! :(


    Will post how things turned out when I have more to report.


  8. Hi there,


    I am a non EU national who will be obtaining a family reunion visa (category D). This visa allows me to enter and remain in Germany for a 90 day period until I get married.


    While I have been here, I have been offered a job. Is it possible for me to apply for a work permit now before the marriage takes place or will I only be able to do so upon legally getting married?


    Any help is most appreciated.


  9. @giorgio83


    Coming from an Islamic country i think you cant be so quick to generalize those who are from the Muslim community. There are bad apples in all communities. That doesnt mean those who are Muslims are generally agressive or bad.


  10. Hi,


    I live close by to the Schwabing Lady Sportiv and have checked out the website. It looks great but would like comments from existing members on what was not mentioned before you signed on the dotted line or general impressions about the place.


    Thanks for any comments.


  11. Hi! I am going to be moving to Munich in the middle of July and would like to continue with my running. I have done countless 10kms, 15kms and 21kms. I am not really that quick and my timing for the 10km is around 60-70 minutes. I will be living close to the Englischer Garten and would love to run with anyone who lives close by and interested in not running alone. Let me know if your keen.




  12. I checked with the German Embassy in Malaysia to check on the best options. They have suggested that I apply for a fiancee visa which requires my passport, his passport, residence permit and a formal obligation (this can be obtained from the Municipal Administration). It takes 2 months for the processing. But once i have this visa, i will be given 3 months to get married. Upon that my fiancee visa can be converted in Germany without me having to return to Malaysia.


  13. @DE


    Thanks for the info DE!


    My husband is Polish and from what I have read, from 2007 Poland is considered a full fledged EU member and therefore all privileges apply. I am going to be applying from the German Embassy in Malaysia. Hope this info helps those who are/were in similar situations share their experiences.