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Appointment Help

Take a language expert with you to your appointments at public offices.

Telephone Time

Get some coaching before your visa appointment or get help making phone calls in German.


Certified translations, birth certificates, contracts and visa support documents.

Translation, interpreting and telephone help for English speakers in Germany.

Red Tape Translation can help you make phone calls in German, prepare you for your visa appointment, go with you on the day and get your important documents translated and certified.

From Our Blog

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    You might have noticed things have been quiet on the blog front lately as Kathleen has taken advantage of the flexibility of freelancer life to head to Singapore for a month in her other incarnation as a renowned opera singer. While the team in Berlin manages Red Tape Translation during local office hours and continues to support our clients…
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  • Getting the Gründungszuschuss to Start Your Own Business

    Getting out of Unemployment with Self-Employment: The Gründungszuschuss If you are facing unemployment in Germany or are right in the middle of it, you might be interested to know about a grant that the Agentur für Arbeit offers to job seekers on ALG1 unemployment benefits if they want to start a business in Germany. The…
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  • Buying Property in Berlin: What to Expect

    A magical summer in Berlin has convinced you that you want to stay here forever. You’ve found the perfect apartment to buy at the right price and talked to your bank about financing. Here’s what you can expect when buying property in Berlin, from making an offer through to getting the keys. Working with a…
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  • Will My Baby Be German?

    Congratulations on getting through your pregnancy and birth in Berlin! Once you’ve registered the birth of your lovely new arrival and you have the birth certificate in your hot little hands, your next bureaucratic move will probably be determining her citizenship. Or if she’s extra lucky, citizenships. Though your little bundle of joy will most…
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  • How to get your new baby a German residence permit

    Step 1. Have baby. Step 2. Recover. Step 3. Get your baby’s citizenship and passport sorted.   Step 4. Get your baby a residence permit!   Before reading on, you should know that we’ve made a few assumptions about you and your family: That your baby’s legally recognised parents are both foreign nationals. That at…
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How It Works

  • General FAQs

    Can Red Tape Translation interpret or translate into other languages?  We can offer translation assistance in German, English, French and Spanish, and interpreting assistance in German, English and Spanish. Which other languages would you like help with in Germany? Let us know. Is Red Tape Translation also available in other cities? I can provide interpreters in…
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  • Translation FAQs

    I need a sworn/certified translation – can you do that? Red Tape Translation now offers certified translations from English, Spanish and French to German and German to English. Click here to get a quote. How do I pay for translations? The fees for written translations are usually paid in advance. You can either do a…
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  • Telephone Time FAQs

    I’m not comfortable with Red Tape Translation knowing my secret password. For certain phone calls, you might need to be identified by a service provider, or give verbal permission to have me participate in the conversation. There are usually ways to identify someone without giving out a secret password. But if you’re still not comfortable…
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  • Resources

    Moving to Berlin? Red Tape Translation has English language resources at hand to help you with the culture shock.

  • Appointment Help FAQs

    Here you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about getting Red Tape Translation to come with you to your appointment.

  • Opening Hours at Public Offices

    Auslaenderbehörde Monday and Tuesday 7am til 2pm Thursday 10am til 6pm Wednesdays appointment only, closed Fridays and weekends Buergerämter, Standesämter, Finanzämter The opening hours for the individual registry offices, tax offices, and citizen’s offices in Berlin are too complex to list on this website. In general, mornings are the best times to go if you…
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  • What to Expect On the Day

    You might find yourself with several weeks waiting time on your hands before your appointment comes around. This is a great time to make sure you’ve got all the paperwork you need. If you would like detailed help preparing for your permit appointment, you can buy an hour of Telephone Time and I’d be happy to take…
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