Recommendation: Employers should be proactive in relocating employees to Germany and should initiate the process as soon as possible to not cause unwanted delays. Due to a lack of resources in the German Immigration authorities authorities and an unexpected high volume of resident/work permit applications the current adjudication times are between 8 and 12 weeks.
The problems include the inability of offering appointments on short notice or answering phone calls relating to applications. Especially affected are complex application which require special consultations and often additional training for staff. In order to address the current capacity problems new people are hired, nevertheless regularizing the lack of resources will take some time as the new staff needs specific and adequate training as well as job experience.
Immigration will remain unchanged for companies, which relocate employees to Germany, however guidance cannot be provided by the authorities to do so at the moment. Further additional requests by the authorities asking for provision of additional documents could be experienced by foreigners and their employers. Additionally, inquiries in relation to qualifications, salary rates, benefits and employment conditions could be requested.
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It is hard to find an apartment in Berlin these days, but I was lucky, I found a room in a (WG) shared flat. I ask the relocation specialists of gohelpy for some support to handle the administrative matters. They coordinated and applied for the appointments at the municipal registration and the Department of Foreign request in Berlin (LABO).
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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Relocation
Getting started in Germany to work, to study or to live here, you should think about important five things to do on your way to an immigration and successful integration to Germany
Very important: paperwork, make sure you have all needed documents, starting with a valid passport and certifies copies of all certificates and diplomas…
Flat hunt: make sure your new surrounding will fit with your interests.
Make sure, which steps you will have to do, after moving to your new home: starting with registration, applying for residence and working permit, open a bank account etc…, it will definitely bother you to do all required administrative things.
Get familiar with “DO’s and DON’Ts”
Learning the language: this is the most effective way to become really integrated!!
Because of Brexit, a job offer or family issues, you are planning to move to Germany? Save money and time by informing yourself via an online relocation portal. Online relocation portals provide you with information about when to do what.
They tell you which administrative steps are most important, and the order in which you have to complete them. Furthermore, some portals provide handy hints and additional services, if you desire.
You want to establish yourself in Germany as self-employed or freelancer and can prove sufficient financial means as well as a permit to exercise the profession? You are economically worthwhile in Germany and impact the German economy positively with your self-employment?
What do I need to do before going to Germany?
You first need to make an appointment at the German embassy in your country in order to apply for a visa. The visa is granted for 1-3 months. Bear in mind waiting and processing times at the embassies and do not do it last minute before leaving to Germany.
What do I need to do once I entered Germany?
After having entered Germany it is of utmost importance to register with the municipality of the city as soon as possible. This is a condition to register the with foreign nationals’ registration authority, which is responsible for you in Germany.
make appointments early in time in order to circumvent long waiting times and delays.
in order to facilitate and accelerate the process you can inform yourself about the forms you need online at various platforms such as gohelp.y. You can print all forms and checklists at home and take them with you for your appointment.
You have a recognized or comparable university degree? You want to work and live in Germany, you want to seek employment here and you can prove sufficient financial means?
In this case you can entry Germany and reside here. However, administrative work is to be done as well.
What do I need to do before going to Germany?
Generally, you should find out about special and intergovernmental agreements between your country and Germany. Make an appointment at the German embassy in your country and apply for a visa (if necessary). Bear in mind long waiting times for appointments and processing time for the visa! The visa is valid for 1-3 months.
What do I need to do once I entered Germany?
After having entered Germany it is of utmost importance to register with the municipality of the city. This is a condition to register the with foreign nationals’ registration authority, which is responsible for you in Germany.
They tell you which documents you need in order to apply for a residence permit and you apply here for the residence permit.
– make appointments early in time in order to circumvent long waiting times and delays.
– in order to facilitate and accelerate the process you can inform yourself about the forms you need online at various platforms such as gohelp.y. You can print all forms and checklists at home and take them with you for your appointment.
New Office for the Equal Treatment of EU Workers “Gleichbehandlungsstelle” is established in Berlin. Within the European Union (EU), citizens of EU member states enjoy the right to move freely between countries to work.
The objective of the Equal Treatment Office is to support EU citizens in the rights of freedom of movement for workers they have in Germany. This new office is therefore aimed at EU citizens exercising their right to freedom of movement in Germany permanent, seasonal or as frontier workers or jobseekers, as well as their families.
The support provided to EU workers and their families in Germany includes advice and information regarding:
Access to employment
Conditions of employment and work
Access to social and tax advantages
Access to training
Access to housing
Access to school education and vocational training
Membership of trade unions and eligibility for workers’ representative bodies
Assistance afforded by employment offices
The European Parliament has decided to introduce the basic account between the start of 2016 and September 2016 at the latest. A non-discriminatory application should then legally be possible for every EU citizen.
To date it has not been possible for every citizen to obtain a current account in Germany. There had to be fullfilles some condition until the end of 2015:
Stipulation of the permanent place of residence
In order to personally identify yourself, production of an identity document containing your surname, forename, address, date of birth and a biometric passport photograph
Proof of creditworthiness/solvency.
To date there has been no legal right to a current account in Germany! Salary payments, welfare benefits, rent payments, etc. become a problem for affected persons. With effect from 2016, however, EU citizens will have a national right to a current account through the basic account. What does a basic account include Objective of a basic account is to fundamentally allow the holder to take part in cashless payment transactions. This will probably involve a current account on a credit basis. You can therefore dispose of the money which is actually in your account. The basic account will enable you to – make deposits and payments (salary payments, receipt of welfare benefits, etc.),
– transfer money and make payments by direct debit (rent payments, invoices, etc.). The cash card with the basic account
You will normally receive a cash card (Maestro or giro card) with your current account.
Voluntary Engagement or voluntary internship improves the opportunities for starting successlully a career in Germany.
The Expert Council of German Foundations in Integration and Migration surveyed 2,565 international master’s degree students throughout Germany. In the survey of international students asks what can help international students successfully begin their professional careers in Germany.
An active involvement in sport clubs or, neibourhood initiatives and church congretions, helps the students, who want to stay in German, to improve their German. They are more aware of residence laws, have more effective problem- solving strategies and know more people they can ask to help them.“It has also been shown that interships and volunteer work in particular is very important for acquiring skills relevant to the job application process and for creating the respective networks. The findings of the survey of the Expert Council’s Research Unit shows, that volunteer work pays off. International students who take advantage of these opportunities icrease their chances of good career start in Germany. The whole findings of the survey.
Qualified and skilled employees having a foreign vocational qualification and already work or want to work in Germany have a right to apply for qualification recognition. (Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz BQFG)
The IHK invites people who have got a foreign vocational qualification to come to an open house to the IHK. You will get a first consultancy regarding your vocational recognition.
Date for next “Beratungstag Anerkennung” is the 1st of March 2016, 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. you can ask for an appointment here.