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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.   
  4. 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?  
  5. 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?
  6. 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!
  7. Hi Toytown,   I am at the end of my 6-month internship in Berlin, on a Praktikum visa. My employer proposed to extend the internship for another 3 months, in order to finish a project (in which I play a key role). We have signed an extension appendix to the original contract.   My question is - how do I proceed with this from a legal/visa point of view, i.e. can I extend my internship work permit without applying anew? Is it something that can be done easily?   Furthermore, appointments at Ausländerbehörde are only available some months down the line, which leads to my next question - on their website, it is stated:   "If you already have a residence permit / residence title (e.g. if the words “Aufenthaltstitel” are marked on a sticker in your passport that was issued by a foreigner’s office in Germany), then while your permit is still valid, book the next available appointment, and even if that appointment is outside of the validity of your current residence permit, you’ll be fine. You can still do everything that your residence permit allows you to do (e.g. work) until the date of the appointment."   Does it mean that I can continue working while I am waiting for the appointment? What happens if, when the time for the appointment at Ausländerbehörde comes, they refuse to extend my visa - technically that would mean I have been working illegally for some time?   Looking for any advice/useful links, as I have not found many similar cases so far.
  8. Hello,   I have a Valid Work permit till 2023 ( 18 abs. 4 s.1) Non EU, It does not say my employer name, only my profession is written. Been working for 26 months in Berlin, and have graduated from a German university and obtained my MA from there.  My situation is, my new employer decided to not continue with me in my Job and terminated the contract exactly before end of probation. So what happens to my visa now? is there a grace period to find a new job?   Things I have already done: registered as a job seeker and applied for ALG1 since I worked for more than 2 years, yet waiting for this application to be processed as I still need one paper from my ex-Employer "Arbeitsbescheinigung".    Something to mention, my permit also says " after 2 years of paying versichrungspfl. beschaftig. ist beschaftig. jeder art gestattet, which I believe it means now I can work in any field, not only my profession that was written on my visa.    Help is really appreciated, I'm in a shock from what happened to me and in need of advice.
  9. Hello,   thank you for reading about my situation. I really do appreciate everyone who helps out.   So some months back I wrote about my visa situation and not finding a job. I did find a job at the end of October. They hired me and gave me a contract. At the same time I emailed the auslanderbehorde asking them to please finish the visa process so I could get this new job confirmed.   The problem was that in April, I tried to get a different job confirmed. At this point they asked for the annerkenung. By the time I got all the paperwork the job offer was taken away. In the meantime I just kept moving my appointment with the auslander into a future date. The confirmation of the new job was stopped by them waiting for this documents.   Then I messaged them in October to get this new job confirmed. They however seemed quite confused. So i explained in the email "Ich habe die blaue Karte. Ich muss meinen Arbeitgeber aktualisieren. Könnte ich bitte einen Termin zur Abgabe der neuen Arbeitgeberdokumentation vereinbaren?"    They replied with Termin for next thursday. The situation is that the documents they are asking for are actually documents to renew my blue card not to get the employeer updated. This is part of the situation as well as my blue card will expire in February.   So now the situation is complicated. In this renewal email they want 3 months of Gehaltsnachweise. Which I don't have at all. And Secondly, my understanding is that I shouldn't have been working this new job without confirmation. So I cant provide 3 months of of Gehaltsnachweise and in my zusatzblatt it says I work for the original employer in Germany. So they will clearly notice a mismatch   So I am really confused as to how to proceed. Any advice is very welcome.  
  10. As the title suggests, I am currently here on a language school visa, which is expiring in mid-November. I started looking for jobs a few weeks ago but haven't found anything yet so I am exploring my options to stay in the country to continue looking for a job. I was planning on getting the "Job Seeker" visa next but I can't figure out if I am able to after I'm here on a different visa (it is unclear and inconsistent from the government and other websites). Does anyone know if it is possible?   If not, what are my options? I am an American Data Science professional with several years of experience and a Bachelor's degree in Business Informatics from a top-ranked university.   I really appreciate any help or guidance anyone can provide. Thank you!!
  11. I am trying to decide whether to apply for the job seeker visa or language learning visa. I'm very organized and plan to go with a folder of all the required documents plus more (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) Has anyone applied for the job seekers visa and did not receive approval (or know of someone that did not)? If so, did they tell you why? I'm thinking that the language learning visa may be more straightforward and I'd like to start learning German either way. I know that if I have a job offer then I have to start from scratch with obtaining a work permit and that it cannot be "switched" to one. I have an appointment for both, and looking for any input that would help to decide which one to go for.
  12. Went to the KVR to for my residency application and it was rejected. They said the embassy who gave me the D VISA made a mistake and shouldn't have given it to me in the first place. After working and getting settled in Munich for months now I found out I need to go back to my country.    If they made a mistake shouldn't they informed me about it right away? My company wanted to keep me but they don't know how to do it.    I would appreciate any help from you guys. 
  13. Hello Everyone,   My wife has applied for her visa from the german embassy in my home country 2 months ago. I have also found out after mailing the foreign office (ausländeramt) that the application has been forwarded to the Aachen Foreign office one month ago, but due to the work load it will take time until it is processed. My question is, does anyone have an idea how much time does Aachen foreign office usually takes to process the spouse visa application?   Thanks and best regards!
  14. Hey everyone!   Towards the end of this year I wish to apply for permanent residency, either as a Niederlassungserlaubnis or, preferably, a Daueraufenthalt-EU (both links to Berlin city's offical pages). I earn approximately €1600/month brutto - because I work a Hauptjob and minijob, i.e. lower tax, that works out to €1300 netto/month. I understand that is not astronomical, but a) this is Berlin where wages are generally lower, and b ) to my knowledge that at least clears the Mindestlohn threshold.   Now, to the subject of this topic: wording. The requirements for income are worded slightly differently:   Niederlassungserlaubnis "Gesicherter Lebensunterhalt durch eigenes Einkommen"   Daueraufenthalt-EU "Gesicherter Lebensunterhalt: Ihr Lebensunterhalt sowie der Ihrer Angehörigen müssen durch feste und regelmäßige Einkünfte gesichert sein."   In regards to the DA-EU, does "feste Einkünfte" refer to income which is exactly the same every month (i.e. a regular Angestellter with set hours) - or is it up to the Bearbeiter's discretion?   Is my head completely in the clouds thinking I may qualify for a DA-EU with that income? Even for a Niederlassungserlaubnis is that shaky ground?
  15. My wife has applied in early September for a Family reunion visa to join me in Aachen, NRW. I am a holder of a blue card. Is there any way to contact the auslaederamt to make the process go faster or at least get an update? We are targeting getting the visa by December but there is no way to track the application. Thanks, -M
  16. Hello all,   First off I want to thank everyone for reading this fairly long post. I will try to be brief as I've read many threads before here and people arent always super patient.   Last year I moved to Berlin with a blue card visa. I worked at a company for two months and I was terminated. After that I notified the auslanderbehorde who told me to simply get another appointment as I had 6 months to find another job. In April I found a new job and I sent all my documents to the auslanderbehorde for approval. After two months or so the offer was terminated from this 2nd job. The auslanderbehorde took to long and asked me for additional paperwork to validate my american degree. The first time they didnt ask for anything.   So I kept asking the auslanderbehorde what my visa status was and they said that as long as I have an appointment I can be in the country legally. I took another appointment for september 30. I wasnt able to find another job by then so I change it again and I got an appointment for March. My aufenhaltstitle expires in February.   The biggest problem has been finding jobs in berlin for IT System Administrator. I have literally applied everywhere and constantly send out hundreds of applications a week. There are few Sys admin jobs for low level German speakers. Im at about A2 early B1 right now.   The other thing is I need money. Desperately, I have been getting help from my parents for the last two months but they are out of money and rightfully so. I suppose I can legally stay until march but without money and the mounting costs of the health insurance and rent I dont know what to do.   I have legitimately started to think about suicide as a way of not getting deported. I will never go back to the US. I have been on the hunt for psychotherapists for many months now as well with no luck.   Finally, It seems in theory I could still apply to work as a freelancer from the finanzamt as technically the visa allows that possibility. However, I just found out about that the last week and apparently there are two different kinds of freelancers and I'm not sure which one I am.   Please be gentle with me. This forum has a lot of smart people but also a reputation for being rather savage.    TL;DR Blue card has made life difficult. Need money desperately. Terrible Mental health state.   Thanks!
  17. I'm an American traveling to Germany to consult for one week with a German production company.  That company will pay a U.S. company who will pay me.  Is this considered 'business' not 'work' in Germany and thus falls under visa waiver - no work visa needed?
  18. Hello everyone,    I have at the moment a visa for my PhD valid until 30.06.2018 (§20 ABS. 1), but my defense will be in the end of July or middle of August. This week I have received a job offer (full-time) and I would like to change my present visa to a working permit Visa in order to start working and also wait for my defense. Is it possible? Does somebody know which documents are necessary for that?   Thanks a lot for the help and attention.  ps: Maybe it is important to say that the PhD is in Physics and the job title is Software developer. 
  19. my partner and I got married almost two years ago, both American. We are now in the situation that my partner wants to split up. I do not, but we have to get the visa renewed in three months. They had a student visa and now getting a work visa and after two years can apply for citizenship/ permanent residence. Do I have the right 1. to get my visa renewed with them? We will be living apart (if I find a place to live) for a month 2. if I can't renew my visa can I convert it to a Freelancer Visa (an idea I've been toying around with in my head, as I am an artist)? 2b. If i can get a freelancer Visa can I also work a 20 hour job too (so that I get my health insurance)? Any information would be helpful and I have looked here and google and cannot find an answer.
  20. Hi,   I completed my masters a couple of years back and took the job search visa of 18 months, however, after 6 months of job search I joined a Ph.D.   Now my doubt is whether I would be eligible for 18-month job search again after completing my Ph.D.??   Greetings