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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 been working here in Germany for almost three years under a blue card, and away from my family and friend for almost 8 years (of which 4 years in the UK). Now I'm planning to take a time off and leaving Germany for one year (for a country outside the EU) and spend as much time as possible with family and friends, then probably come back and continue working/living here. I discussed this with my employer, and he said that he is open to the idea of me working remotely for one year.    I read that the blue card can be maintained 12 months after leaving, and probably the same settlement permit (PR) received from a blue card (please correct if I'm wrong). I would like to get your opinion about the feasibility of my plans, would it be possible to spend a year outside Germany then come back? What should I keep in mind while planning this, would it be possible to not continue paying my health insurance, broadcast fees, taxes, rent ... while being away? and would it be better to opt for a PR or would renewing my blue card be more suitable for my plans? should I de-register? would it help to come spend a couple of days every now and then during this one year? Side note: Although my plans are for next year, I'm also thinking about start selling my furniture starting from now, as I read it is very hard to sell used furniture in Germany and people chose to give it away instead. I plan to rent a new place after coming back. Any advice about this would also be appreciated.