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  1. Hi there.    Does anyone know the effect of Kurzarbeit on the accelerated Niederlassungserlaubnis/permanent residence vi the Blue Card?   Normally the permanent residence is possible after 21 or 33 months of working in a qualified job and salary with corresponding pension contributions. However, with Kurzarbeit the salary is effectively reduced as are the pension contributions.    In my case, my salary is just at the Blue Card minimum, so any reduction could be considered an “unqualified” month which cannot be counted to the reduced time required for permanent residence. I say “could be” because despite repeated attempts I have not been able to get any response or confirmation from the Ausländerbehörde on this topic.    Currently I am not on Kurzarbeit however it may come soon, and I want to know if this is worth worrying about.    Does anyone have experience or a concrete answer? 
  2. I have signed an employment contract where it's possible for me to work on a mobile basis or in the office. It is been a long time since I spent time with my family, back home (in a non-EU country), and I would like to spend the maximum allowed time with them, while keep working with my current German employer, and then come back again to Germany.   I have a blue card and I am applying for a permanent residency. I read on the website that it's possible to stay up to 12 months (6 months for non-BC) outside Germany without affecting your residency, as long as you're not intending/ or show signs, that you are moving out permanently (for example: starting a job or studies ...etc).   I want to make sure I do everything lawfully. I will pay my taxes of course, and my private insurance, and all the other bills. The only thing that does not make a lot of sense to me is paying for rent for almost a year without being here. and I was thinking if I terminate my tenancy without de-registering, and at the same time rent a PO to receive mails, would be an acceptable thing to do? This way I'm still registered and no need to ask a friend to sublet a room for me or something like that. Otherwise, I would appreciate if you can guide me towards more lawful (less costly) alternatives?   
  3. Hello, I have a job which starts on 01.07 and I still did not get any reply from the ausländerbehörde Nuremberg however I submitted a request for an appointment on 13.05. The problem is that I cannot start working because I have no prior visa which allows me to work (my previous visa is aupair) and I'm afraid if the process takes a lot of time especially that I'm almost out of money. I can only wait for the month of July not more! Does anybody had the same situation ? How much time does it take generally to get a reply for an appointment in Nuremberg ? Is there an accleration process in Germany which the company can go through to be able to start exactly on 01st July ? I really appreciate your opinions and advice. Best regards.
  4. The name of my current employer is mentioned on my EU Blue card. I have worked here for more than 2 years now. If I want to change my job (permanent contract) do I have to amend the company name mentioned on my Blue card?  I checked the regulation here (last sentence) that I do not need permission from Ausländerbehörde (if >2 years) - https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/aufenthg_2004/__18b.html   Also on the Berlin page-  https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/326856/standort/121885/en/ it's mentioned I need not change employer name on my Blue card (if >2 years and unlimited contract). However I would like to know from someone who went through this process. How was your experience? Thanks in advance.
  5. After having recently (Oct-2019 to Jan-2020) undergone the painful process of applying and receiving my Niederlassungserlaubnis in the Munich KVR with an EU Blue Card, would like to share some (hopefully helpful) pointers--this is a long detailed post. The Munich KVR:  is extremely understaffed with short opening hours (check Google Maps reviews to get an idea of what awaits you).  The first thing they will tell you is: 'make an online termin/appointment'.  This is almost impossible as the calendar is generally fully booked for 140 days in advance (can only book 140 days in advance).  Occasionally people cancel their appointments and the database servers are updated sometime in the early morning.  I checked online almost every morning (from May 2019) at around 6-7am for over 2 months before finding one slot open 140 days later on 31 October.   The appointment:  Depending on the clerical worker processing your application, you can have a difficult time or a smooth application.  I ended up with a very strict person who spoke German very quickly and with little patience.  I came prepared with basically my life's documentation sorted into a folder, but was still missing two little details that required a lot of phone calls and running around. Required Documents: In my case, I had a EU Blue card for over 33 months (only the language requirement is different if one applies earlier after 21 months). Employer statement on employment duration and status.  This is a form that states how long you work at a company, your salary, and your status: Permanent, terminated, or on probation.  My employer thought it was enough to check only the 'Permanent' box, but the KVR required that they also check the other boxes to indicate that I was not terminated or on probation as well...    Three Months of Salary Payments Living Arrangements: Either rental agreement or apartment ownership.  For apartment ownership, had to show property tax documents that list address and size of apartment.  Also had to show the bank transfers to pay off the mortgage (this was new and not mentioned in the required documents). Pension Payments: From the Rentenversicherungsamt, I obtained a list of pension payments made over the past 3 years.  This was not enough--the official paper was missing the word 'Wartezeitauskunft'.  When we asked them to send this document, the Rentenversicherungsamt officer had never heard of it and we spent a lot of time trying to explain that the KVR requires this document.  In the end, they sent us the same list as before, but with the title of 'Wartezeitauskunft'--this was accepted by the KVR two weeks later. Language Certificate:  For EU Blue Card holders that have stayed in Germany for over 33 months, only an A1 certificate was required.  For my appointment, the clerical worker used at least A2/B1 level German to explain everything.  They were satisfied that in addition to the A1 certificates, I showed current enrollment in A2 classes at Goethe Institute. Current Passport and application form Biometric photo: There are some photomats in the U-Bahn station and in the KVR that takes photos that makes you look like an escaped convict, but would recommend going to a small photo shop to have one professionally done (around 15 euros). Payment of processing fee:  When everything is in order, the processing payment is paid at a kiosk nearby--either EC bank cards or cash. After the appointment: I was given a little piece of paper with the Niederlassungserlaubnis number and was instructed to check online for picking up the card in 6 to 8 weeks.  The online check did not work for my case.  After checking every day for several weeks after the 8 week period (including telephone checking) and getting close to end of my visa, I went to the KVR to apply to extend my EU Blue Card visa. The first try: As another reviewer put it, going to the KVR without an appointment is the equivalent of the German Hunger Games.  For the first try, we went to the International Professional Office at the KVR to check if we needed to extend my visa while waiting for the Niederlassungserlaubnis application.  We went on a Thursday (International Professional Office only accepts non-appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays now in 2020), arrived at 7:40 (50 minutes before opening) with a mob of 100 people already at the doors.  After the doors were opened, we ran up to the International Office, but were number 31 in line and were blocked as they will only process 30 individuals a day.  Fortunately, somebody had went to the wrong line and gave us their ticket when exiting (#27).  After waiting for another 2 hours, the clerical officer told us, we must first go to Wartezone 6 on the 2/F to get confirmation that the Niederlassungserlaubnis hasn't arrived yet--apparently the online and phone checks were not enough.  By that time, the waiting line at Wartezone 6 was over 200 people, so went back to work. The second try: The next day (Friday), the opening hours are earlier from 7:30am.  In order to not make the same mistake, we arrived early at 6:30am and were at the front of the doors (Entrance B).  At 7:30am, one door opens (it is somewhat random--not always the middle door), and the crowd surges forward--there is pushing, pulling, shoving, with everyone sprinting towards their Wartezones. One of us received ticket number 3, the other (with a separation of 2-3 seconds) received ticket number 19...16 people in 2-3 seconds... The Niederlassungserlaubnis:   After waiting for 10 minutes, we were called to a room to discover they did receive my Niederlassungserlaubnis (they explained that they don't have time to update the status online--which just leads to even longer lines). After signing a document and checking my passport, I received the Holy Grail and went out to have breakfast to celebrate.   In summary: Be patient, be nice, and bring a good book or a portable gaming device Bring all documents imaginable in an organized folder (when I initially applied for the EU Blue Card, I was told that my PhD was not accepted since the requirements were a Masters Degree which I fortunately had in my folder...sigh) Be early.  On the days that open at 730am, one hour early is enough; for days that open at 8:30am, better to be 1.5 hours early.   Hope this helps--I know I was looking for details in Toytown last year to match my case. Let me know if I forgot to mention anything or have questions relevant to my specific circumstances.   Ciao ciao  
  6. Hello,   We came to Germany through the Blue Card program. I am changing jobs after three years on Blue Card. I have a gap of a little over one month between the jobs. We were considering going on a road trip during this one month gap. Currently we are living in a service apartment. The new job would be in a different city, so we do not intend to extend our lease. So my question is, do we have to maintain an address at all times? Can we rent a PO box for one month or maybe 3 weeks while we go on our road trip? Once we are back from our trip, we would definitely be moving into an apartment; temporary furnished one or a permanent one depending on what we find.   Also, do I need to do anything specific with respect to the Blue Card because of the break between jobs?   Thanks, RPC
  7. I being in Berlin, for nearly 44 months with Blue card, and I'm planning to apply for 'Niederlassungserlaubnis' before my blue card renewal. The only document I'm missing is Deutsch A1 certificate. I can introduce my self and my family in Deutsch. Other than that my Deutsch is really bad. Will this be a problem? What kind of interview will I have? What kind of question will they ask? (I'm sorry that I failed to learn proper Deutsch, but I had to work 40 hours every week. This is not an excuse, but just a piece of information). Thank you.
  8. Hi All,   I am currently living and working in Germany for the past year. I am having a blue card for about 10 months now.    I am planning on leaving my job in three months. I would like to know how long will I be able to stay in Germany after I quit my job? Can I still visit other countries and come back after I leave my job?   I should be able to stay registered in Germany after my job as my apartment lease will still be there. I would really appreciate your help.   Thank you