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  1. 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?
  2. Hi All,   I am wondering if anyone has applied for German citizenship by descent after the changes set out in the 2019 decrees by Minister Seehofer?   While there are additional paths rightfully provided to descendants of Nazi persecution, the decrees also provide a new pathway for de scendants of individuals who were born abroad to German women who were married, but due to the discriminatory laws of the time could not pass on German citizenship prior to 1953.   Has anyone applied yet via this new route?    
  3. I have submitted my documents to get citizenship last August in Berlin. I still have not received it, although they said all my documents are ok. I sent them an email after 10 months. They said it will take atleast another 12 months. I though about hiring a lawyer to speed up the process. Do you guys think it will help? Has anyone done this through a lawyer give me some input?
  4. 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
  5. Hi Toytowners,   I have recently applied for my naturalization here in Hamburg. I have applied after 6 years of living here in Germany.   I am curious to know how long has it taken for some of you who might have already received their certificate from Hamburg (or other state/city). I have been going through the Internet for the past 48 hours, but did not come across anything useful. So, therefore thought of asking here.   So, can you TT-ers share your experience regarding your Naturalisation process? Does not matter which state you are from. I would love to learn about your experiences. It might also help others who are similarly curious about it.   My apologies if this question has already been asked here under some other thread. I failed to find it either. A link to that thread would be much appreciated.   Many thanks,  H.Bee
  6. 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”?
  7. You need or want to learn German and don't know where to begin? You've already started learning German but you have no clue, no idea of the grammar or you are totally confused? You've already been attending classes, but you don't understand the explanations and can't follow, or you are shy and afraid to speak, or you feel lost in a big group? You have no idea of (English) grammar anyway and feel a slight dizziness when someone talks about "verbs", "subordinated clauses" or "conjugation"? You've heard weird and intimidating things about the "awful"* German language (* Mark Twain) - endless numbers of articles, cases, monster words and you are scared? Or you're already quite advanced but you want to get rid of that annoying accent or these little mistakes, once and for all? Don't worry. There are answers to all this - there's light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, nobody says that German is particularly easy or that you can learn it within 3 days. You have to be patient and put some effort, indeed. But there are no hopeless cases. Especially for anglophone natives or proficient speakers of English, German will appear very close and related, especially regarding vocabulary and tense structure, therefore it's the most logic thing to learn German. German is structured, logic, analytic, consists of many bits you can put together like a puzzle, sometimes surprising, funny, precise, poetic . . . GERMAN IS LEARNABLE!!! I'm using a special method, a macro-micro-structural approach in order to achieve that students understand grammar easier, quicker and more thoroughly. Most of the time I'm giving one to one lessons, but also small group lessons for up to 3 students are possible if you have the same language level. Lessons are given at my place in Prenzlauer Berg. I can teach in ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH and PORTUGUESE. You're coming to Berlin for a limited time - alone, as a couple, two or three friends - and want to not just do sight-seeing but also learn basic communication and get a "cultural coaching" at the same time? I can tailor a small crash course or "workshop" for you. I can also organize weekend courses for people who don't dispose of any time on weekdays. Also, I offer intensive "Taster Courses" of 8 to 12 lessons that should be taken within a shorter periodin order to give you an idea of how I teach while at the same time giving you a basic overview of German grammar and some basic conversational skills. If you're interested and want to know my website, Facebook page, LinkedIn profile with references, details about my method, the prices, the open time slots or when to have a trial lesson, please send me a mail to  
  8. Hi friends,   I have a peculiar situation (or so I think), and somehow due to overthinking, I have lost the ability to even find the right keywords to my problem (any hints there would also be useful). Here goes,   I have been offered a permanent job in Finland, which I'd like to pursue via remote arrangement (plus at least 1-2 weeks on-site per month). On the other hand, I am a non-EU citizen and have been living in Germany for more than 7 years (7.1 to be precise) - with Niederlassungserlaubnis, and currently in probation of another job. My wish is not to leave Germany, at least before I get my German citizenship, and even if I do, I would like to return in a few years. The key questions which came to my mind are as follows,   - Can I live in Germany on my Niederlassungserlaubnis, and simply have a Finnish contract. I presume Finland would like to tax (plus pension, etc.) the salary at default. How to stop that so that I pay taxes, health, pension over here in Germany (which is a must as I am resident here)? - If I now go to apply for my German citizenship after the probation period of the Finnish job (with valid Finnish job contract), should I foresee any problems there in the context of above? - What other options are there to operationalize the above setting, i.e. living in Germany and work in Finland situation?   ---------------------------------------- Read below, only if you have time ---------------------------------------- Other thoughts in my mind, - Can there be a short term fix for above, e.g. I stay in Germany, work for Finland, for the next 9-12 months, and then anyway have my citizenship, so things are easier? - I cannot change the Niederlassungserlaubnis (DE) to Daueraufenthalt (EU) now since currently, I am on a probation period of another job, plus they would ask me to come back in a few months and apply for citizenship anyway.  - Get a German contract from Finland, and live happily ever after   If you have answers and/or recommendations, it'd be of great help.   Thank you so much!   EDIT: Finnish company does have a wide footprint in Germany as well, and is an EU-wide and international company.
  9. Hello, I am married to a non-Germany EU citizen. I have Aufenhaltskarte (like in (1)) for 5 years. I am working in Germany and paying my taxes. However, as I am non-EU, I am dependent on my wife.    Can I apply for citizenship (after 6 years) or permanent residency (after 5 years)?    (1)
  10. Hey people!    I have a big question.  Right now I'm studying my Bachelor here in Germany (Berlin) and my program requires me to do either an internship abroad or a semester abroad but I have decided to apply for a citizenship after my studies and after living in Germany for about 7ish years. I've already been living in Germany for 2 years, this year would be my third, but now that I have received a confirmation of my exchange semester I am wondering if my 2 years that I was already living here would be thrown away after I come back from the semester abroad.  Unfortunately I can't keep my apartment where I'm currently living during my stay abroad, therefore I would officially need to do the abmeldung and once I come back (after 5 months) do the anmeldung in my new address.  I know that the main requirement to get the citizenship is to be living in Germany for about 6-8 years under a visa/residence permit.  Do you know if by studying abroad for one semester my two years would be wasted?  I will still be enrolled in my Germany university while studying, so I guess it could be a grey area...    Thank you for your comments guys!
  11. I came to Germany in 2012 to do my master's. After completing my masters, I have been working as a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute while also doing PhD. Meanwhile, I got my neiderlassugnserlaubnis with B1 level language course attendance certificate. Now, I am thinking to move to the USA for a Postdoctoral. However, my wife (who has a spouse visa) wants to stay here to study her masters. So I have to travel back and forth to Germany. It will be about 7 years and six months of staying period for me before I am planning to move to the USA. In this situation, I would like to know if I can apply for citizenship right now while I will not have a job here in a couple of months?
  12. After extensive searching through "German themes", it seems that the majority of postings related to Brexit and German citizenship focus on the procedure and timing of the application process--I have not found any postings that reveal how successful applicants feel after they have been granted German citizenship. With this in mind, I have created a thread to address this topic (apologies if one exists already--please move this there). To explain something about myself, I was born, raised and educated in the UK and worked there for a number of years before moving to the continent where I have since worked in seven EU member states over a period spanning more than two decades. Along the way, I married (a German) and started a family (outside of Germany). As the holder of a British EU passport, I felt quite European and the thought of applying for citizenship in those seven EU countries never crossed my mind. This all changed with Brexit when I recognized the advantages of German citizenship over permanent residency and thus completed the application process, successfully. Having recently received my Staatsangehörigkeitsurkunde should I feel that is somehow more than the result of having successfully completed a necessary formality?