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  1. How can I get an A1 form?

    Hey all,   I am a freelancer in Berlin (for years now) have been paying taxes, have my tax number. I will need to do some work in France and they have asked for my A1 form. To be honest I have no idea what this form is or how to get one. I cannot find much info about this and was hoping someone could let me know what this is and how to get one?   Thanks!
  2. If you're looking for an English-speaking dentist, I can highly recommed our family dentist, Dr Aviva Grinfeld. My daughter Elise was scared to get her first filling - to the point that she was going to run out of the office, poor thing, but Dr Grinfeld was so kind and patient - explaining each step and letting her hold the dental instruments - that Elise was able to relax - even during the drilling - and now no longer fears a visit to the dentist. Dr Grinfeld also did great work on a crown for me. I liked working with her so much I helped her redesign her website. Check it out! http://praxis-grinfeld.de/?page_id=77&lang=en
  3. From August all kids studying in Berlin (primary and secondary school) will have access to public transportation for free in the AB area:    https://www.rbb24.de/panorama/beitrag/2019/05/berlin-bvg-schuelerticket-online-bestellen.html   You can apply here (starting tomorrow):   https://www.bvg.de/schuelerticket       Thank you Red-Red-Green Coalition.
  4. Hi. So I have been looking into getting a German passport, and have hit a wall with arranging an appointmente for the einbürgerung. The authorities refuse to engage with you unless you have an appointment, which you are supposed to arrange on the website. Except that all the slots are constantly marked as filled, I have been trying for weeks. Some people said I need to try at 7 ot 7:30 in the morning and be quick, but it doesn't make any difference. This is the page I am using   Has anyone been successful in arranging an appointment, and do you have any tips? Thanks in advance    
  5. Looking for a tennis coach

    Hi!   I'm looking for an English speaking tennis coach for private lessons in Berlin? I am a total beginner but would love to start playing!     Thanks
  6. 1. FC Union Berlin

    Cult club Union Berlin promoted to Bundesliga for 1st time  
  7. --CREATIVE AND SIMPLE STORAGE and KITCHEN SOLUTIONS: floor-to-ceiling book cases and cabinets, shelves, loft-beds, hallway storage lofts, clothes closets, KITCHEN INSTALL (IKEA and other various types), tiling, etc...--QUICK AND CLEAN FULL-FLAT PAINT-JOBS FOR MOVING OUT OR MOVING IN. Make your transition more affordable and less stressful.--MAKE YOUR FLAT MORE BEAUTIFUL. REMOVAL OF TAPETE (textured and/or old wallpaper) AND RE-PLASTERING/PAINTING ON ALL WALLSOR If you have other repairs or new projects hire Eli the Handyman. He's been repairing and improving properties for 25 years. Affordable and quick. Carpentry, painting, remodels of any kind, as well as LIGHT plumbing and electrical. He is an expert problem-solver and is very clean and fast. NO MAJOR APPLIANCE (including boilers) OR ELECTRONICS REPAIR11 years of excellent Berlin references. Ask Eli's clients about the joys of hiring him!    Please CALL ELI, rather than messaging him here: 0049 176 7705 2999    
  8. prejudice in the workplace

    Hello all,   I've been at this company for almost a year now. The first 6 months as a freelancer, then they hired me and I got a blue card. I was put on a team with a manager that has much less experience and drive than me... but I accepted because simply put, I was desperate to keep this job and stepping down (stepping below bachelor level capacity, I'm MSc with years of work experience) was the only way I could get a job in my field in the first place (not afraid of working my way up the ladder once more).   But this manager is killing me. She is a bully and has no self-awareness. She is condescending and micromanages me on my personal life (it's not even about the work!) - for example, overhearing my conversations with colleagues and using the info later to try and manipulate her way, or even, taking note of how much water I drink, when I drink, and how much I on average fill my cup.. etc. Withholding information that I need for work... creating problems with suppliers, where there were none, and giving them over to me to solve. Lots of double work and overtime covering up her mess. Her bad management is also noted by my co-workers.. but for some reason, I feel like I've become a primary target.   You could say this is simply a matter of bad management and that it happens all the time to people. I would agree. But here's where I need advice: I have tried a few things to passively and actively change/improve my situation. After trying to solve it out with her, to no avail, I tried switching positions within the company, seeking advice from discrete colleagues, even speaking to HR. The result from this last attempt left me dumbfounded... in this company, every time I ask for help it comes back to bite me. HR did not hear me, did not consider my concrete examples describing main issues, did not understand the high school bullying going on - but took my manager's generic 'how to be a good manager' answers given with characteristic imperial poise and accepted them as truth.   So, I'm apparently the problem: my C1 language skills are the reason for the communication gap. HR also said, this is how Germans do it.. this is how professionals in Germany do it... (do not show weakness by talking about team problems)?! One should not talk about difficulties... one should respect the faux-flat hierarchy even if the work is being affected... WTF   Please tell me this is just a bad job experience!
  9. Has anyone recently applied for einburgerung at Burgeramt Pankow ? How long did it take to get Termin there, and how long did the process take. Currently it shows appointments only until 21. November, (all booked). Can anybody share their experience?
  10. I've gone through the internet and the forums extensively, but I can't find the right combination of circumstances in any of the questions. Currently I live in Germany for the past 5 years, but I will soon become cross-border, travelling to Berlin for 3 days a week. I'm looking for a small apartment to stay. The conditions state the notice waiver of 3 years (longer than the normal 1-2 years, but still legal as far as I searched), but with the following "Möglichkeit" Es wird eine Staffelmiete mit einer Steigerung um 2,5% jährlich vereinbart, ferner ein wechselseitiger Kündigungsverzicht für die ersten drei Jahre mit der Möglichkeit einen Nachmieter zu finden.   I've read about the Nachmieterklausel, and I assume that's what it refers to. Does that clause create an obligation of the Vermieter to accept a Nachmieter (assuming he accepts the lease as-is and has similar characteristics as me), or is the standard "can, but doesn't have to accept the Nachmieter" setup kick in?   Meanwhile I'm waiting for the draft contract, I would share if I know the exact wording.
  11. For anyone interested in trying Aikido, the Japanese martial art of self-defense, we are holding two demonstrations on Sunday 2 June and an introductory seminar on Saturday 8 June. Here are some links so you can RSVP: 2 June Demo 12:00–12:30: https://www.meetup.com/aikido-kokikai-berlin/events/261543769/ 2 June Demo 16:30–17:00: https://www.meetup.com/aikido-kokikai-berlin/events/261543790/ 8 June Saturday Seminar: https://www.meetup.com/aikido-kokikai-berlin/events/260472319/ We also have a new website you can check out: https://kokikai.de/ See you on the mat!
  12. Hallo alle! I wanted to get everyone's opinion regarding this; I've been recently interviewing at several startups in Berlin (I live abroad and I'd like to move to Berlin). All goes well until they invite me to an in-person interview, knowing my current location, they offer to pay for the flights and accommodation. My first response is to ask for an exception of being interviewed via video call instead, and that's when they turn me down. My question is do you think it's normal or fair to throw someone off the process altogether because of their geographical circumstance? It doesn't make sense to me to fly to Berlin (which means applying for and receiving a visitor's visa ON THE INTERVIEW'S SPECIFIED TIME) and interviewing with no guarantee of an offer. Also I can't do it for every company I'm in contact with, it just makes no practical sense to me. What do you think?
  13. Motorcycle stunt riding around berlin

    Hello!  Do you know any places in/around Berlin when I can train some motorcycle stunt riding? Just so I can come and ride back and forth keeping balance on wheelie etc.    Or even better - find a group I can train with? Way better and safer.    Dead end road with no traffic, always empty parking lot in non-rrsidential area would be great.   I don't want to be dangerous for others (endangering myself is ok-ish) and don't like to be an "icehole" annoying residents with wrrrrrum-sounds.
  14. Can you BBQ on the street on May Day?

    I've seen it done before in front os spätis .. could I get away with it in front of my building in xberg or am I just asking for trouble?
  15. Adoption in Berlin

    Hi all,    *Another question from friends without an account* -    They are willing to adopt in Germany (they are married) but can't find an agency for that. Both of them are Brazilian with Permanent visa, A2 & B2 German and wants to adopt 2-3 years old child.  They got a decline from one agency because they don't speak German. Has anyone have experience with that and can share?    Thanks! 
  16. Hi everyone, i would be so grateful if i could get a legal opinion on the following matter. Well, first of you need to know that i came in Berlin as an Erasmus student from Italy (though i am semi-originated from a non-EU country, so i had a student visa) and i never did the Abmeldung since January 2014 when i left Berlin. I was not renting the apartment i was staying because i was hosted by friends. My original plan was to go back to Italy and obtain my degree and EU citizenship and return to Berlin searching for a job so this is why i was so stupid and did not do it. Though life happened and i never returned. And i kept being stupid procrastinating dealing with it. I recently have come to realization i may have to pay a fine for that. Anyhow, my dilemma here is the date i should write on the deregistration form i will send to Bürgeramt is better to be a current one or the one from 2014? Because my visa had been expired you know..so if i put a current date i may have to explain or pay another fine for supposedly staying in the country without a permission. However, since November 2014 i own EU citizenship. So i don't know, i guess from a point on, my staying in the country wouldn't be illegal. Another thing i wanted to ask is whether or not i should include in the deregistration process some document form from the person who was hosting me (who was also the owner of the apartment). Thank you so much in advance for anyone who would bother to try to help me. Have a nice week and a great April.