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  1. Hello and forgive me if this has been covered - the search results gave me old threads that weren't exactly my situation. So thank you for reading!   I'm a US citizen married to a German citizen. I had German residence from 2014 to 2017 and they gave it to me without any German but said I'd need to learn some to renew it.  I learned most of the way through A2, but I didn't do the course because we were traveling a lot. No one told me it was required. We were in the US from 2017 to 2022, and now we are back. I'm applying again for an Aufenthaltstitel.   The email confirmation for my appointment said to bring Nachweise Integrationskurs/ Teilnahmebescheinigung Integrationskurs - proof of integration course/certificate of participation in integration course. First of all, how do they expect me to have done this huge course before I'm even living here (unless they are considering my previous stay here and thinking I should've already done it)? It's much too long for that. They also say to bring proof of A1, which is no problem, but do I need an official A1 test or is a certificate enough (Lingoda)? Are they maybe asking for one or the other? Because also in that list are employment contract, 3 months proof of income, and notice from job center – which you wouldn't necessarily bring all of. So maybe the list has some optional items?   Also, I'm hearing conflicting information (which is why I didn't want to just go by older threads here) about whether the integration course is required for US citizens, for spouses of German citizens, and for temporary (vs. permanent) residence.   Thank you for any insight into this matter! My appointment is December 12, so I'd have time to get started on something (but how would I even go about getting proof that I'm eligible for a discount?) but not finish it.      
  2. I'm a non-EU immigrant with a freelancer Aufenthaltstitel. Is it possible for me to stop or reduce working, if I have sufficient savings? Or sort of semi-retire? Or do I always have to earn enough to live on from my business, regardless of my savings or investment income?   Since the pandemic, I've lost my main clients, and haven't been earning much. I'd like to make a change in the kind of work I do, but that will take some time. I've been told that I have to earn enough income to secure my livelihood, something like €500/month plus rent and health insurance. And that it doesn't really matter how much savings I have, I can't just live from my savings. But then how are people allowed to retire here?   I've been here for more than five years, and have a general work permit, but never got around to getting a permanent Niederlassungserlaubnis. I have enough savings that I could maybe take early retirement already, or at least semi-retirement (not taking my pension yet). But ironically, I'm worried now about not getting a permanent permit, not even getting my current one renewed, and being kicked out of Germany, for not making enough money. I suppose I could try to get some kind of office job or whatever, get the permanent permit, then quit. But can't I demonstrate that I have a secure livelihood from my savings, not only from work?