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  1. Hi everyone,   A friend of mine is planning to come to Germany for work, and she's getting a part-time work contract from a German company. As she's in India at the moment, she'll be applying for a work visa from there (when the covid situation improves, of course). Will she get a work visa (not EU Blue card) with a part-time work contract? Has anyone experienced this? Is there a rule about only 40 hours contract, or a certain minimum income level for a normal work visa?   Thanks in advance.
  2. Moin Moin Toytowners,   I have a Niederlassungserlaubnis under §18b (Settlement permit for graduates of German university) which was issues last year in the month of January.    Now, as I checked the lawbook of Aufenthaltsgesetz, I discovered that they have revised it and §18b is now something completely different.    My question: Do I need to contact my ABH and ask if my Niederlassungserlaubnis is still valid? (my card explicitly mentions "§18b") As of now, my residence permit card says 18b, which is certainly wrong as per the newly revised lawbook.   What I am trying to ask is, perhaps, if I am still a valid Niederlassungserlaubnis holder or not. I cannot find any law that is equivalent to the old §18b anymore.   Regards,  H. Bee
  3. Hello everybody, I've heard some people said that renewal freelance visa, you need to bring invoices and freelance contracts with you. Most of my clients are individuals, so far, I only have the invoice with them. (I thought I don't need the contract because they are not business)    My questions are: 1) Does it affect my freelance visa extension if I only have invoices with my clients? 1) Should I start to ask my future client (private customer) to sign a contract with me or only with invoices is ok for my freelance visa extension? 2) Does the contract need to write from them?    If anyone has this experience, I'm glad to hear that. Thank you!
  4. Hello all   Can an entry stamp on a Canadian passport be considered as part of the 5-year pre-requisite for the EU long-term residence permit?    Here's a little more info: I arrived in Germany on the 1st of June, 2015. On arrival, I got a simple entry stamp with the date (here's a generic sample online https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/01/Germany_Entry_Stamp.jpg). My first Visa was as a student (for 1.5 years), then got a freelancer visa (for 2 years), then got a Spec. Professional Blue Card visa (for 1.5 years). It's going to be 5 years in a few days since my first entry (stamp) and I would like to apply for the EU long-term residence permit.   Looking forward to your answers! 
  5. 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?
  6. Hi all,   I'm applying for a blue card, and I've read that my spouse can join me and start working immediately. I am not sure how the process for my spouse goes.    Does he need to apply for a family reunification visa in my home country? If yes, would it be possible to apply together on the same day ?     Or maybe he will come with me, apply for residence permit in Germany?    Please help me, especially those that have been through this before.
  7. Dear Toytown So I submitted my documents to have my employer updated and my visa renewed in early December. My visa was going to expire at the end of February They Auslanderbehorde Berlin said it would be ready before christmas. That date came and went. I waited and I started to asked for information in Late January and got no responses. I was able to get a termin in March but that got cancelled due to the virus.   I have now been sending these people emails every 3 weeks. They answered once asking for my name even though it was in the signature at the bottom. After that I have not received any responses and I have continued to try to get any information from them.   I reached out to a well regarded lawyer who basically said she was too busy to take my case.   I really need the visa renewed and most importantly I need to be able to leave the country.   Im not really sure what else to do as all efforts have failed. Does anyone know a lawyer or someone else who can put pressure on these people to get an answer.   In a related question I am hoping in August to apply for the permanent residency but since I was unemployed for about a year during the blue card period and I need to have 22 months of contributions to the rentnerversicherung I would have to back pay some money but no one seems to know exactly how much I owe. I tried to reach out to the german pension fund and even tried to get an acquaintance who works there to ask but no one seems to know who to even ask.   I really appreciate everyone's help.   thanks
  8. I have an EU Blue card now and I am going to switch to a niederlassungserlaubnis (Permanent residency) in the upcoming month. My question is the following: what is the difference when if I become jobless when I possess the permanent residency and when I possess the blue card? I really can't understand the difference between the 2 in terms of my own benefit.
  9. Visa - Type change

    Dear members of Toytown,   Compliments on the community that you have created and on the valuable information you have shared.   I am planning (longing)  to move to Germany after visiting the country for more than 8 times and working on summers as a student, unfortunately somehow the whole process is "stuck" hence my first request for a visa for "Western Balkan Countries" was denied on my first attempt and I do not want to miss the second one so I am planning to apply for a low qualified job that I am sure will get me through the process of getting the visa.   Now, finally, after 13 months, I have another "appointment" at the embassy.   My questions are: 1. After getting my visa as a non-qualified worker (DHL, DPD, McDonald's), is it possible to change the visa type to a qualified worker, if my Bachelor's degree is recognized "anerkannt" as relevant by the institution in Germany? 2. Do you think I should have a lawyer (Ausländerrecht) by my side during this process since these companies "play dirty" and there is a chance of having the request to change companies denied and deported back?   Short about me: - Bachelors in Computer Engineering 240 ECTS (H+/-) Rated University - B2 Goethe Certificate of Language Knowledge   Thank You in advance for your help and wish you a great Sunday        
  10. Hello everyone,   I need to know if I am eligible to apply for permanent residency in Germany.   I came in Oct 2014 and graduated in Dec 2017. Later, I started working since Sep 2018 having Blue-card at the time, for some reason I get laid off by my employer and have to look for a new job, which I found within two months and i started working again in Jan 2019. I have to move to new state for this Job and I did not get my blue card back and Immigration office told me to apply for a new one at new place. For New Job I get Aufenthaltstitel 18 ABS which is valid till May 2020. So now I have paid my tax for 21 months and completed my B1 language test too, am I eligible to apply for niederlassungerlaubnis or what else I should know to apply for it? I also have paid social security for 6 months as a student.   I know 21 month rule applies to one which holds the blue card but what should I consider in my case as I had it for 9 months and after that it was 18 abs for rest year.    Thanks in advance    Best regards
  11. According to Section 9 of the German Residence Act, one of the requirements to get a permanent settlement permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) is to have paid 60 months into a pension scheme. Since there was no obligation to pay as a freelancer, I have paid 0 months so far but I would like to apply for the permanent settlement permit in a few months but I need to fulfill that "60-months pension payments" requirement.   Is it allowed to [back]pay 60 months into a private pension scheme such as Rürup in one single batch in order satisfy the requirement for the permanent settlement permit?
  12. Hello everyone,   I was wondering if a Turkish citizen with a residence permit in a European country can apply for a freelance visa after arriving in Germany (with an appointment directly at Ausländerbehörde in Berlin) — considering that I do not need a visa to enter Germany and I can stay there for up to 90 days.   Thanks!
  13. Hello everyone ,   I need to know if i am eligible to apply for the permanent residency in Germany.   I came in Oct 2014 and graduated in Dec 2017. After that i started working since sep 2018 having blue card at the time, for some reason i get laid off by my employer and have to look for a new job, which i found within two months and i started working again in Jan 2019. I have to move to new state for this Job and i did not get my blue card back and Immigration office told me to apply for a new one at new place. For new Job i get Aufenthaltstitel 18 ABS which is valid till May 2020. So now i have paid my tax for 21 months and completed my B1 language test too, am i eligible to apply for niederlassungerlaubnis or what else i should know to apply for it ? I also have paid social security for 6 months as a student.   I know 21 month rule applies to one which holds the blue card but what should i consider in my case as i had it for 9 months and after that it was 18 abs for rest year.    Thanks in advance    Best regards
  14. I came here in Germany 3 years ago, and brought my ex-wife a year after my arrival as a visa-dependent. We got divorced last month, and now I'm trying to inform the immigration office that I'm no longer married. I've been told by an employee in the immigration office that I would need a legal recognition for my divorce, but made some research online I found that if both parties (husband and wife) have the same sole nationality, and the divorce was carried out in their country, no recognition is needed. https://southafrica.diplo.de/sa-en/sa-consular/sa-divorce/2191694 (Possible Exception) https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/newsroom/konsularisches/eheschliessung-node#content_4 (Decisions taken by the parties' state of origin)   I thought maybe the employee did not know that we fall into this category, so I would like to confirm if a recognition is really needed before going through this lengthy process.
  15. Hi all,   So 10 weeks ago I submitted my application via email to the ABH in Berlin (the one that handles blue card holder requests.)  I didn't get an auto-reply so I emailed them asking if they had received it.  They said they had and it would be worked on in the order it was received.  My partner who is german said the tone of the letter implied I should not email them again with questions. If by chance, any of you have submitted a similar request since early November and have already received the appointment date, I'd be super interested in hearing from you.  I'm really concerned the application has gotten lost.    Also, if anybody can provide me with some comparative time lines or stories from their own emailed application for the Niederlasungserlaubnis, I'd appreciate it.   
  16. Hi guys,    So I have been planning to ask for some advice on this for a long time but never really asked but I guess today is the time.   So, here is my story summed up-   1. Came to Germany in November, 2014 for a studienkolleg on a one year visa - successfully passed it - gained admission in a university in 2015 - extended my visa with a blocked account for 2 years (Until 31.10.2017)   2. However, things didnt go as planned, I did not like my studies and wanted to change to other majors but my university would not let me do it and it was hard to find any other English Bachelors. Decided to get admission in Belgium in 2016 - did not de-enroll from my German university, instead took 3 Urlaub semesters, just in case I did not like Belgium - came back to de enrol myself from the German Uni in 2017 - deregistered myself from Germany via Rathaus on November 3, 2017 but the lady put 03.10.2017 as the actual move out date - also went to ABH to explain my situation before my German title expired - ABH issued me written confirmation that I have talked to them about my situation and if I stay out of Germany for more than 180 days, my RP would become void 3. Now I am almost done with my Bachelors here but have gotten admission in a higher semester of another Bachelor (similar degree to my Belgian one but with a focus on IT) in Germany, and I am intending to take it as I wanna be back in Germany as Belgium is not my cup of tea and it was only a rebound country which happens to have an English language program in the first place. So obviously I need to apply for the visa for Germany from Brussels and I am getting quite nervous. I have no criminal record or anything bad on my name but I was wondering will the authorities decline my request as I was already there for almost three years, dropped out, went to Belgium and now want to come back again for another Bachelors. Will they judge me on my past indecisiveness or understand as I was a young teen with troubled judgement. I really think this is my best opportunity for a professional career as I have deep affinity with IT and I can also transfer a lot of my credits from Belgium university to the German which means I can graduate in less than two years. I also have a nice academic record at my current university. Could you guys please advice me how to prepare for the visa interview and what to expect?  
  17. Hi guys,    So I have been planning to ask for some advice on this for a long time but never really asked but I guess today is the time.   So, here is my story summed up-   1. Came to Germany in November, 2014 for a studienkolleg on a one year visa - successfully passed it - gained admission in a university in 2015 - extended my visa with a blocked account for 2 years (Until 31.10.2017)   2. However, things didnt go as planned, I did not like my studies and wanted to change to other majors but my university would not let me do it and it was hard to find any other English Bachelors. Decided to get admission in Belgium in 2016 - did not de-enroll from my German university, instead took 3 Urlaub semesters, just in case I did not like Belgium - came back to de enrol myself from the German Uni in 2017 - deregistered myself from Germany via Rathaus on November 3, 2017 but the lady put 03.10.2017 as the actual move out date - also went to ABH to explain my situation before my German title expired - ABH issued me written confirmation that I have talked to them about my situation and if I stay out of Germany for more than 180 days, my RP would become void 3. Now I am almost done with my Bachelors here but have gotten admission in a higher semester of another Bachelor (similar degree to my Belgian one but with a focus on IT) in Germany, and I am intending to take it as I wanna be back in Germany as Belgium is not my cup of tea and it was only a rebound country which happens to have an English language program in the first place. So obviously I need to apply for the visa for Germany from Brussels and I am getting quite nervous. I have no criminal record or anything bad on my name but I was wondering will the authorities decline my request as I was already there for almost three years, dropped out, went to Belgium and now want to come back again for another Bachelors. Will they judge me on my past indecisiveness or understand as I was a young teen with troubled judgement. I really think this is my best opportunity for a professional career as I have deep affinity with IT and I can also transfer a lot of my credits from Belgium university to the German which means I can graduate in less than two years. I also have a nice academic record at my current university. Could you guys please advice me how to prepare for the visa interview and what to expect?