We love helping expats from all around the world with their visa appointments – so we’ve gathered 7 common mistakes people make at the Ausländerbehorde/Landesamt für Einwanderung (LEA) in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt.
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Get ready to meet some seriously inspiring expats in Berlin – who happen to be our clients here at Red Tape Translation!
It’s no surprise that we encounter many impressive, courageous folks in our line of work: people who come from all over the world, determined to find a way to live and work here in Berlin. This path is not the easiest but it certainly is rewarding for those who genuinely want desire a life in Germany and are willing, and able, to keep at it through the ups and downs.
Which brings us to a new series we want to share with you…
The question on everyone’s lips in Berlin is: does having an appointment at the Ausländerbehörde Berlin extend my Schengen Visa? It certainly seems to be one of the biggest causes for confusion. If it’s true, why isn’t everyone just perpetually booking themselves appointments at the Ausländerbehörde? Red Tape Translation takes you through the myths and the realities of the current situation for tourists from the United States, Australia, Canada etc.
I get a lot of frantic midnight emails. The appointment at the foreigner’s office (Ausländerbehörde) is looming, and all the supporting documents are written in English. Resumes, references, bank statements, contracts… how important is it to have your documents translated into German for your visa or permit appointment?
It is advantageous have at least some documents translated into German. Here’s why:
If you’ve gone through the paperwork for the residency permit for the purpose of freelance work (affectionately known among creatives as the Artist’s Visa), you probably didn’t read anything about needing job offers. The official website encourages you to bring your CV and references, but no-one says anything about needing to have work lined up before you can even start!
Permanent Residency – two words that might sound like magic to many third country nationals in Germany. One day, once you have dedicated many years of your life to living in Germany, paid lots of tax, paid lots of visits to the Ausländerbehörde, and donated a good chunk of money into the German state pension system, permanent residency will be within your grasp.
Here are the prerequisites for Permanent EC Residence:
An article posted on WikiHow recently sang the praises of Red Tape Translation and covered the process of getting a residency permit for qualified workers seeking employment most thoroughly. Read it if you’ve got a degree and you are looking for an uncomplicated way to stay in Berlin.
At the Ausländerbehörde this morning, a client was informed that the rules have changed within the last six months regarding the Canadian Youth Mobility Program. Although I’ve seen a few Canadians received the permit in Berlin, the official line is now that Canadians need to apply for the Youth Mobility from Canada before they leave. This could be a bit confusing for the following reasons:
An American citizen was not able to get an appointment before his current permit expired. Those pesky appointment times go like hotcakes, and sometimes, there isn’t one available for 6-8 weeks.
Luckily, that’s not such a huge problem. If you can’t get an appointment before your current permit runs out, your current permit will remain valid until the date of your appointment. Whatever working conditions currently apply to you will also apply until your appointment. All you have to do is print out the appointment confirmation and carry it around with your passport, should anyone ask. You can read that on the official LABO website here.