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  1. Hi folks, I am writing a report about a possible Brexit and how it could affect british expats. What do you think about this? Did any of you ever consider applying for German citizenship? Susanne
  2. So here goes another red tape marathon.   anyone got a clear answer for the following questions?   - What’s the difference between personal name (Eigenname) and forename(s) - “Vorname”?
  3. German Citizenship Questions

    Hello All, Appreciate your help or has anyone encountered a similar situation or case.The backgound  :- My visa expires on the 04/2019 and my work contract might not get renewed, however my wife is a permanent resident ( Studied for 2 , worked for 8 years and will continue post Elternzeit ) , our daughter is already a german citizen on the basis of her mothers visa status. Q1- Can we get or apply for german citizenship with my wife as the primary applicant as she satisfies all the requirements for Citizenship and I as the secondary ( We have been married for more then 6 years and living in Germany since December 2011 I have paid Rente for 58 months in total )Q2 - Do the laws differ from state to state Q3 - I  have availed  ALG-I for a period of 6 months in between when I was layed of a job will this impact the Citizenship application Q4 - We requested for an appointment  on the 02.03.2018 with the Darmstadt office, however still havent recieved a response., any help appreciated Q5 - Once documents are submitted how long does it take ?     Cheers Ragas
  4. 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?
  5. Hi everyone,    I am planning to apply for citizenship in Germany (I am an EU citizen) and my girlfriend for permanent residency (she is non-EU citizen). Does anyone know if it is possible to hire a lawyer to do this for us? I understand there is an immense amount of paper work and waiting time. Anyone knows a good lawyer that specialises in this area in Berlin and how much would it roughly cost?    Thank you!   
  6. Good evening everyone     After spending the whole evening googling and reading various forums it was somehow inevitable that I should end up here on TT, as it’s the forum which saved me some 7 years ago.   I’ve been living in Germany for 8 years, have a bf of 2 years, no kids and will start new job in 2 weeks.   2 years ago my Grandad died, he was the first Grandparent to pass, - (I’ve always been thankful to have had “full sets” of Grandparents on both sides) and since then I’ve had thoughts of returning home. The first fleeting thoughts have since taken up strong root and I’m now seriously considering it. I’ve never really felt settled here, none of my friends are German (I don’t have many of them anyway as i’ve moved around a lot) and I kinda feel like I only stayed the last few years because it was easier, and that if it weren’t for my boyfriend I’d already be back where I feel I belong.   My brother, however, says I’m living in the past and should be careful as moving and visiting isn’t the same (d’uh!) People have moved on and things aren’t like before.    I’m so very afraid I’ll move back and then regret it though, and Brexit seems to make everything so uncertain.    On nationality: i could get the german Citizenship as I fulfill requirements.  I could get Irish Citizenship by descent   I’m not really sure what my question is here, just need to hear from others who know what I’m going through I think.   Have any you considered moving back, either due to Brexit or homesickness (family getting old etc) or actually moved back ? Do you have dual-nationally? Should I just wait & see what happens next year or strike while I can before I get bogged down again?    Any thoughts and experiences will be much appreciated!    Thanks  
  7. My paternal great grandparents and paternal grandpa were German and moved to the USA. I am their USA born grand daughter (in my 30s) and a U.S. citizen only. Is there any chance of me qualifying for German citizenship by decent? My German grandpa's daughter (my mom) is not a dual US/German citizen. I have read conflicting things online about who qualifies for citizen by decent so I'm hoping this forum can help. I have a well documented family history and legal documents proving my paternal great grandparents and grandpa were German citizens. Thank you in advance.