The year 2020 kept us on our toes, so we can only hope that 2021 is not quite so unpredictable. While we anticipate life beyond our firework-free Silvester evening, let’s outline the bureaucratic changes likely to affect expats living in Germany in 2021.
Category Archive: Life in Germany
The Brexit transition period ends on 31st December 2020. If you’ve decided to stay in Germany, now is a really good time to think about converting your UK driver’s license to a German one, but you’d really need to get into gear to manage it by the New Year!
When you lose your job, you visit the Job Center, right? Seems logical. Except that when you get there, you’ll often get told to visit the job agency instead (Agentur für Arbeit). And when you get THERE, they tell you to visit the job agency on the other side of town! What the bloody hell is going on here? … Read More
ALGII recipients, you can get extra financial support from the JobCenter to start a business or take up a part-time job. That’s on top of the payments you’re already getting. The programme is called “Einstiegsgeld”.… Read More
Word on the street is that the Bürgerämter are suddenly accepting postal registrations of address (Anmeldungen). Whoa! This is a big step forward, right? Well, sort of. If you’re new in Berlin, it won’t apply to you. Here’s why.
If you’re receiving ALGII benefits and you have a residence permit, you might have been feeling on edge lately as the deadline given by the Berlin foreigner’s office edges closer. You’ll be pleased to read that you can now receive social welfare at leastuntil the end of 2020.
If you relocate to Germany to start a shiny new job and discover that your company can’t pay your wages, you’re bound to be pretty miffed. Luckily, there’s a bureaucratic process for that in Germany. Of course there is! Read on to find out what you have to do as an employee to make sure you see your missing paychecks.
If you’ve recently applied for ALGII, you’re probably getting lots of letters from the JobCenter. Under normal circumstances, they’d invite you to an in-person interview to discuss your work situation, and it would be compulsory to attend. But these are not normal times.
We had a huge response to our discounted Life Admin service as the Corona wave hit Europe. It seemed to be just the right antidote at just the right time. Although our standard Life Admin service will return to its previous price (49 EUR per hour) from 24th May, we’ve decided to keep the discount in place for ALGI/ALGII recipients.
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The JobCenter has just released a new batch of forms to make applying for welfare during the Corona pandemic easier. We’ve had a look – they are simpler than the last lot, but will probably take you roughly the same amount of time to fill out. Details and links below.
Good news – tenants don’t have to fear eviction if they fall into arrears between April and September 2020. The Berlin Senate is set to introduce new protective measures.
This is the burning question. Here’s where to look if you had an appointment that got cancelled, your permit is going to expire soon and you can’t walk in to the foreigner’s office, or you have any other issues. Please be advised we might not have the answer either. This stuff is moving at the speed of light!