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  1. Hello, i have been working as a civil engineer since the last 12 months. I will complete 18 months in December 2020. As a student I did an internship at an Architect firm as a Civil Engineer. During the 6 months of Internship, i contributed to the Rentenversicherung too. Now, I am planning to prepare my application for PR in January. As a person who graduated from a German University, I qualify to apply for a PR after 2 years of contribution.   My questions are (If anyone of you have experienced or know anyone who has gone through the below): 1. Will the contibution during my internship be considered? 2. I speak German at my office and all the work is carried out in German. Do I still have to get a B1 certificate? 3. Currently I am on a Work Visa and was supposed to apply for Blue Card in March 2020, due to Corona Crisis I did not get an appointment. Can I directly apply for PR in January 2021 or I must have a Blue Card to transit to PR?
  2. Here is the background before the questions.  I moved to Germany in 2016 with my wife from the US and received a residence permit.  The language requirement was waived because I had a university degree. When I renewed my US passport in 2018 I had to get a new permit valid till April 2021.  In 2019 my wife and I split and I moved back to the US.  We're not yet divorced but soon will be (I filed in Texas).  Lately I've been thinking that I would like to live back in Germany for either part of the year or a year off and on.  My question is, what would be involved in renewing the permit?  Would I have to simply re-register my new residence in Germany and then apply for a renewal?  Would they not like that I've lived now 9 months outside the country?  What about language requirements?  I was probably A2 when I left, seems to me they said I needed B1 for a permanent card, but would I be able to apply for another temporary?  If anyone has any thoughts or similar experiences it would be greatly appreciated.