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I would be happy to help you make phone calls in German, communicate at your foreigner’s office appointment, or source a written translation. Have a look around and then get in touch!

From Our Blog

  • Converting Your Driver’s Licence in Germany

    Chances are, at some point after your arrival, you’d love to get behind the wheel again! The rules can be a little complicated here: some driving licenses are easy to exchange without bureaucracy, others require you to start from scratch. If you already have a valid driver’s license from your home country and you’d like…
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  • Signing Contracts in Germany

    Not long after you move to Germany, you’ll probably start craving the comforts of home. Internet, a mobile phone, maybe even a gym membership. Signing up for the latest shiny deal is usually easy enough: salespeople will fall at your feet, even with limited German. Here’s what you need to know about getting out of…
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  • What to do when you lose your job in Germany

    Disaster strikes – you moved all the way to Germany to take on a fabulous job, it blows up in your face, your boss hands you your notice.  Losing your job in a foreign country can be daunting, but like everything in Germany, there is a process to follow. Keep calm, follow the process, and…
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  • New, second location for the Ausländerbehörde Berlin!

    Cue the streamers, roll out the red carpet and soak up the applause! Anyone know a marching band? On Monday 4th July 2016, the Ausländerbehörde opened a second office in Berlin, handily located directly next to U-Bahnhof Mierendorffplatz in Charlottenburg. We can only hope that the opening of the second office will help reduce waiting times…
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  • How Do I Register My Whole Family in Berlin?

    You already know that registering your address in Berlin is step one on the list of things to do. But when you try to book online, there’s only space for one name when making an appointment. How are you supposed to register the whole crew? Red Tape Translation often gets asked how to go about…
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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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