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

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


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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

  • 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 a Chinese tourist lost his wallet in Germany and ended up in a refugee camp

    This story made my morning. Insane! A Chinese tourist travelling alone had his wallet stolen in the south of Germany and tried to file a police report. He got led to a help desk in Heidelberg but he didn’t speak any German or English. The help desk consultant gave him an asylum request form to fill…
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  • 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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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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