Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

1,671 posts in this topic

I have an appointment to drop off all my documents for my German citizenship application in Berlin.

 

Does anyone have advice on how to make this appointment go more smoothly? For example, I have the application and the originals of all the documents in a big binder. Does it make sense to create another folder that is just copies of all these documents? Or do they want to take and keep the originals for the duration of the process? Or make all the copies themselves on the spot? Also, does it make sense to be prepared to hand them a USB stick with scans of all the documents?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a second question: On the Berlin form, there is an item that isn't ticked as necessary, but it is next to some items that I believe need to be brought to the document drop-off appointment: a handwritten Lebenslauf. Are we expected to provided this handwritten CV, and do they really still want you to write it out by hand?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They will want paper copies rather than anything digitally.  Take the paper copies with you - they do not keep originals. Mine then went through the application form in order and looked at the original, checked it matched the copy, and took the copy. It would save time if everything is already in the order it is on the form, mine wasn't exactly the same and so I was constantly flipping through my binder looking for the right thing, as I'd ordered it in a way that made sense to me, rather than copying the form.

 

I wasn't asked for a Lebenslauf of any kind, although I did prepare one just in case.

 

Disclaimer: You're in Pankow and I was in Friedrichshain, so might not be the same.

2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you applying in Pankow? 

 

The Bezirke do things their own way in Berlin.

 

If you let people know the Bezirk then you might get better answers.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Make copies of everything, stack it in the exact order that is on your sheet (they will go through it from start to finish).

Have the copy and the original next to each other in the stack. Hand them both, they will check they are the same, stamp their copy and keep it, then hand you back yours.

Oh I see evildudette just said the same thing, mine was in Bremen but they did exactly this, and it makes logical sense to do it in that order, so I can't see any reason why they should do it differently for you.

 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my case it was slightly different.

 

They went through everything they wanted, they wanted always the original (plus translation if applicable).

They then kept everything for a few days while they submitted the application and then I could collect (or they would post) the documents, which was about 3 days later.

 

The only things they didn't keep were passports/ID cards of myself and my (German) wife.  They took copies of them immediately and handed them back.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Berlinexpatnine said:

I have an appointment to drop off all my documents for my German citizenship application in Berlin.

 When did you make that appointment? How long did you have to wait for it?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made the appointment earlier this week. The Pankow system for giving out naturalization appointments is not for the faint of heart. They offer new appointments at a certain time of day on two days out of the week. Typically something like 4 or 6 new appointments are offered. When they open up the new appointments, you literally have less than 5 seconds to snatch one and try to fill out the robot detector question. This was about the 4th time my wife and I had tried to get an appointment over the past few weeks, and we each had 10 browser tabs open in order to hit refresh on each of them in turn to find the moment when the new appointments opened up. We then each went for a different appointment, but I was the only one to get to the robot detector question. I think I might have actually stumbled in answering the robot question but it gave me another chance and I got an appointment one month in the future.

 

Anyway, it's an absurd situation, and good luck to anyone else trying to get an appointment in Pankow.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 08/05/2019, 18:58:25, Berlinexpatnine said:

does it make sense to be prepared to hand them a USB stick with scans of all the documents?

 

No, but it would be great. They will look at you like Doc Brown telling Marty he's just come from 2055

5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There's a Brexit meeting 19:30 Friday 17th May 2019,
Bavaria Saal 2, Wirts-haus Am Bavaria- park, Munich
http://www.berklix.eu/brexit/2019-05-17/
 

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now