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Appointment Help

Take a German-English language expert with you to an appointment in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, or Hamburg.

Telephone Time

Get help making phone calls in German, or get some general advice.


Biographies, business plans, correspondence, applications, birth certificates, and more.

Welcome to Germany!

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

  • Red Tape Translation’s Text and Translation Services

  • International Health Insurance Not Currently Being Accepted at the Ausländerbehörde

    Breaking News: The Berlin Ausländerbehörde has just made a decision to stop accepting ALL international health insurance plans. This might affect you if you’re going for the Artist’s Visa or the freelance work permit in Germany. A client of mine left the Ausländerbehörde yesterday feeling very confused. She had done everything right. She had her…
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  • Farewell, Konstantin

    Red Tape Translation is more than a bit devastated to lose Konstantin from our team of interpreters and translators. Konstantin began interpreting and translating with us just after graduating from his Masters in Political Science. Sadly for us, he’s managed to snap up a fantastic and demanding full-time job opportunity in Berlin. Konstantin will be…
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  • All About the Apostille

    In the olden days, when you showed up at an international authority with a certificate issued in another country, the first thing on your case officer’s mind was: “is this thing real?“ It’s hard to tell, especially if the certificate is issued in a foreign language, or handwritten, or otherwise looks a bit suss. Also,…
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  • Work Permits and Registration: Long Waiting Times at the Munich KVR

    Other cities have regional public offices scattered all over the place, but expat residents within the Munich city limits get most of their bureaucratic matters sorted in the one place. The KVR (Kreisverwaltungsreferat) is a big and imposing building on Rupperstr. 11, right near the Poccistraße U-Bahn. This is where you, a fresh new Munich…
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How It Works

  • General FAQs

    Can Red Tape Translation interpret or translate into other languages?  Not yet. Which 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 Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. You can use my Telephone Time and written translation services from anywhere…
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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 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 bank transfer, use…
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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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