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  1. You know when you listen to a piece of music, or a song, at a certain time in your life and it perfectly captures that instant - your mood, the place you were in at the time, how you were feeling - and whenever you hear it now, it immediately takes you back to that bittersweet moment? I was wondering if any of the Expats here in Germany have a particular song that sums up their feelings about being here now, or how they felt at the time of moving abroad that captures that moment and reminds them of it whenever they hear it?? What are the songs or tunes that remind you of either Germany as a whole or your time there? They don't have to be German per se.
  2. I know many American/British expats abroad teach English. Others work in/for the US army or in expat-related businesses. But I'll be honest, I'm an Eastern European so my experience has been that its easier to find a white collar job in low-tax, outsourcing-friendly places like Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic etc. Places like the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and France have the same problem - the only jobs available to Eastern European expats (even those knowing the local languages) are menial jobs with poor pay and rights. Look at the many Turks working in/owning kebab places. Many of them work 10 to 12 hours per day. How's one expected to have time and energy to study the local language and absorb the culture? When their work shifts end they're exhausted.   Meanwhile, due to lower corporate taxes, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, etc. are so easy to get an office job in (in multinationals). There are even office jobs with languages like Greek, Hungarian and Bulgarian in Prague! The Bulgarian and Polish expats in Bratislava and Lisbon all worked in office jobs, 9 to 5 or just 40 hr per week. Quite enough time to sign up for language classes in the local tongue. In Germany and the UK they do hard, long day jobs like building, cleaning and plumbing. Or looking after old people or infants. Exhausting jobs that leave little time to learn the local language. Even if you already know it many of them have uni degrees yet, sweep floors at  McD.   So if you're Eastern European like would you rather find a corporate job in a multinational in Pilsen in Czechia and just visit nearby Bavarian cities on weekends? Or rather go to Germany. I fell in love with both the Nuremberg/Amberg/Frankonia/Oberpf. area and Pilsen. But after I looked what jobs are available locally on the German side I'm not sure learning German would give me any benefit if it would qualify me for the same menial jobs like cleaning or delivery driver? When it comes to Western Europe I have better chance finding white collar jobs in Lisbon.
  3. moved out of germany taxes

    Hi,  So I have the following issue. I have been working in Germany (Stuttgart) since 15.07.2019 at the university as a normal employee up until 30.10.2020. During this time I've also been a Kleinunternehmer doing some consultancy work on the side. Starting 1.11.2020, I moved to london for a job where I am an employee again. Consequently, I have closed my Kleinunternehmen in Germany and filled for taxes.  My questions are:  1. Is the income I have earned in november and december of 2020 while living in UK liable for taxation in Germany?  2. Is yes, does that imply I don't need to pay taxes in UK for these two months?  3. Is there any advice in filling to get any social security/ pension type stuff moved to UK? (I don't want to complain more than I already will just below, but moving to Germany was truly a horrid bureaucratic experience I would like to cut any ties to it.)     I do have a steuerberater, but he only speaks german, I do not, and I am not 100% sure he understands me when I try to convey the situation, nor can he explain me his thinking. He's estimated taxes for me for 2020 and it's about 75% of my total freelancing income (from my Kleinunternehmen) which feels terribly unjust and the only explanation for it is that I get taxed on my british income in the last too months as well. I have asked several friends who lived in germany as employees and then moved abroad how they proceeded and they never had to face this issue. Also, when I initially moved in 2019 from UK to Germany I did not pay income tax on the salary I had earned in UK, I don't fully understand why that would be the case now.    Thanks in advance for helping me out. I truly appreciate it. 
  4. Hello,   I live in Germany and got a work visa. Since I'm in Kurzarbeit I have plenty of free time and demand from other clients all over Europe but my visa doesn't allow me to freelance from here. I also have an address in Brazil, a company registered there and a brazilian bank account. I already do my tax returns regularly in Germany and Brazil. My question is: if those potential clients agree to pay me in my brazilian bank account through my company (with official invoices) and I keep the money there, can I bypass this visa limitation without any problems? I imagine that since this money is not coming to my german bank account and not being declared here I don't need to give explanations to authorities about those freelance jobs, correct?   Thank you!
  5. 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 
  6. Dear All,   Kindly don't close this topic as duplicate as this is about "online application" to get back pension money.   I went to the website  but didn't find clear info as I'm using Chrome inbuilt translator to translate webpage from German to English.   1. Is there any online application possible as it's risky to send documents with COVID situation ?   2. Is there any English version of website available ?   Thanks in advance.   Best Regards, Vikram
  7. I'm trying to find the non compete clause in my current contract however I haven't found any term or title that mentioned "Wettbe­werbs­verbot" or "Non Competing Clause". However I did find the following statement:   **Verschwiegenheitspflicht**     Der Arbeitnehmer verpflichtet sich, während der Dauer des Arbeitsverhältnisses und auch     nach dem Ausscheiden, über alle Betriebs- und Geschäftsgeheimnisse Stillschweigen zu     bewahren.   I read at  that "A non-compete clause for employees must be agreed in writing in the employment contract and signed by both parties." I'm not sure about the validity of this statement.     1. What does that mean for me in terms of job switch?       2. Can I work for a company that's in the same market or is a     competitor after resigning from my current job?       3. If yes, what things I need to look out for?       4. If no, what can I do if I've an offer from a competing company?   Please share your experience and knowledge in this matter.     PS: I did some research & found that NDAs are enforceable in Germany so you can't share the company secrets with another company. However the Non Competing clause is not forceable unless the employer pays 50% of the salary to the employee for 12 months than non compete is forceable. Does that mean I can join the new company even though I've the aforementioned clause (in the main post) unless my current employer agrees to pay me for 12 months?
  8. Suppose you are at Aldi's, only one register is open, there are parties ahead and behind you, everyone is in a rush and you find one item is damaged but not in danger of spoiling or ruining anything else.
  9. Hi there,   Thought it might be best to post it here in a new thread. I am looking to move from Scotland to Germany probably within a year (covid depending etc...). Since Brexit has happened (something i voted against) i was wondering if anyone has any information on the process required to move from the UK to Germany now Brexit is in effect? Documents required, Things needing to apply for etc... I am currently waiting for the foreign birth register to open again to start the application for my Irish Passport ( i know this is the best option )  but unsure 1. when it will reopen and 2. how long it will actually take to get it. Thanks! Chris,
  10. In Germany, the Center Holds NYT