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  1. Hi Everyone,   I'm an expat living and working in Germany since 3 years with bluecard. I've recently completed my 33 months in Germany & wanted to start my Permanent residence visa process. I didn't have Leben in Deutschland certificate. I finally managed to get an exam appointment in neighboring city. Long story short, I gave the exam almost 2 weeks ago & now awaiting the results.   My question is considering that my leben in deutschland result document is on the way, can I go ahead and submit my application at Ausslanderamt so that they kickstart the process and once I've the leben in deutschland document, I can submit that as well?     For the application process, do I need to fix an in person appointment at ABH? If so, how can I procure this appointment considering that they don't tend to you if you go to ABH office unless you've an appointment. They're not picking up the calls - lots of people have been complaining about it.     The reason I'm asking this question here is because Ausslanderamt in Aachen is completely non responsive over the phone (They don't pickup), they respond via emails to certain questions but in my experience, for every email I've sent I get the respond almost 10-12 days later.    Another question is if someone applied for PR in Aachen or in general, over the last couple of months during & after the lockdown, how long did it take for you to get your PR card?  
  2. Hi,   In October 2020, I signed a rental contract. Unfortunately, I, along with landlord, missed an address typo in the rental agreement. The address should have been building number '5'. Instead, in the contract, it is building number '5A'.   Luckily, while doing the Anmeldung (filling the forms, etc.) I provided the correct address-i.e., building number '5'. So there is no issue with any other legal documents such as insurance, tax, etc.   Today I realized this mistake while going through the contract.   However, now I am in the middle of a dependent visa (family reunion visa) for my spouse. And just realized that I have submitted this contract with the incorrect address for the visa application.   Now I am worried if the visa authority will raise any issue regarding this address mismatch (Anmeldung vs. rental contact). And if they do, then will I have to submit a "fixed" copy of my rental contract. And should there be any procedure to "fix" the signed contract.   So I wanted to ask, Is there any legal way to fix this typo/mistake in the rental contract? Something like "affidavit of correction" along with a copy of the rental agreement I can send to the German consulate beforehand and mention the mistake in advance?   Thanks!
  3. Hi everyone,   I've a question regarding stay out of Germany/EU for maybe 18-24 months to look after my elderly parents. I've read posts online where I found that there's no visa process to bring elderly parents to Germany for looking after them.   I've niederlassungserlaubnis & have enough savings. What do I need to provide and do in order to get approval from Ausslanderbehorde to stay out of EU for around 18-24 months? I know that if one stays outside germany for more than 6 months, their Niederlassungs becomes void however if Ausslanderbehorde approves it than there's no issue of Niederlassungserlaubnis becoming void.   Will the Ausslanderbehorde approve my request?   Can you please share your personal experience/others experiences & tips on how can I make my case strong?
  4. On my Aufenthaltstitel it says "Erwerbstätigkeit gestattet".  I know that means I have full labor access, but I was wondering what this means for working for other countries in the EU. Can I work for a company in Ireland or France, for example on a remote basis? 
  5. Hi all - I didn't (couldn't) find a similar thread so hopefully I'm not duplicating anything here. I've been in DE on freelancer visas since 2015 and my current visa expires in June 2021. I decided to take 2020 off for a variety of reasons and will have 0€ reported income for the tax year (I lived off of personal savings, etc) and ideally would continue my hiatus for the rest of 2021 as well. I am living off personal savings and not applying for any state/social benefits.  I was initially thinking I'd go back to the US when my current visa expires, but there's also a possibility I'd like to stay.   My question is: is there any way to extend my visa (or to obtain any other visa/permission) to stay in Germany, given that I'm not actively working?  Is this a scenario that is accepted/accounted for in the DE visa scheme? Or are there any "corona" exceptions being given in this case?   
  6. Hi,  I just received word that my freelance visa was rejected, but I still have a chance to appeal (and I will). I am desperate for work though and applying for full time positions now. Does anyone know if gaining a full time work visa would even be possible in my current situation?    
  7. I have a question regarding my Blue Card (I am from the US) and secondary employment. I’m currently working on a project that will result in a product in my free time after work. Soon, I'd like to form an UG with my project partner. He is also non-EU on a Blue Card. My visa is sponsored by my employer and it does not allow me to take up secondary employment (though my employer doesn’t care). I would prefer not to obtain permanent residency, though I know that I am entitled to an "easy" application for it, as I will return to the US within the next 2 years. So, two questions: 1) My Blue Card has an accompanying document (Zusatzblatt) that states "Selbständige Tätigkeit night gestattet. Nach zweijähriger Dauer dieser Beschäftigung ist die Beschäftigung jeder Art gestattet." - Does this mean that I am already allowed to work secondary forms of employment after 2 years? Would that also be enough for me to begin to form my own business entity or must I obtain permanent residency?  2) If I could form an UG without becoming a permanent resident, could I request permission to do so from the authorities (as in, change the Zusatzblatt document to say that secondary forms of employment are allowed)? Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  8. Hey guys,    I have a work visa - 18 ABS.4 S.1 - which is tied to a company and it is valid till May 2021. I voluntarily terminated my contract and it will end at the end of this month. I am suppose to start a new job from next month. But I received the email from foreign office last week I cannot start the job until they and employment agency have approved the new job. As it could take weeks or even months to get approval, I am stuck and I could really use your help 🙏🏽   - I finished my masters in Dec 2018 but is there a chance to ask for a work search visa under section 20 or some other type of visa while they process all the documents, so I can start with out a delay?    - If can only start on 15th Jan or 1st Feb. How should I deal with my health insurance for the period I was out of the job?   - I have worked full time for 22 months after my studies and I also paid around 1-1.5k in social security during my studies. Would I be eligible for some benefits if I have to be unemployed for few weeks or months?   Thanks in advance.