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Moving to a different country is an exciting yet daunting process. Make sure you jump through all the right hoops in Germany by following these tips.

  1. Get a visa if you need one

Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland

If you come from the EU, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or Switzerland, you do not need to have a visa to live and work in Germany. You are not required to have a short stay visa for stays of under three months, and you do not need a residence permit for stays exceeding three months.

Citizens of third countries

If you come from a third country (a country outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland), you need to apply for a visa before you arrive in Germany. But people from certain third countries are exempt from this step if they are staying for up to three months within a six-month period - like the United States, Canada and Australia. Check whether you are exempt here.

There are two main types of visa for citizens of third countries. The first is the short stay Schengen Visa which is issued to people intending to stay for less than three months. The second is the longer stay residence permit which is given to people who plan to stay for more than three months.

SEE ALSO: How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)

Both types should be applied for at your home country's German embassy before you come to Germany. The application fee is currently set at €60.

To obtain a short stay Schengen visa, you must meet all of the following four requirements. Firstly, the purpose of the trip must be “plausible and comprehensible”. Secondly, you must be able to finance your living and travel costs from your own income. Thirdly, you must be prepared to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. Lastly, you must provide evidence of travel health insurance which is valid for the whole Schengen area and has a minimum coverage of €30,000.

To obtain a longer stay residence permit, you will need to show proof of your ability to finance your living. You must also fulfil one of the following six requirements: If you would like to get training in Germany, if you would like to work in Germany, if you are entitled to stay in Germany for humanitarian or political reasons, if you are immigrating to Germany for family reasons, if you are a foreign national or formerly German and would like to return to Germany, or if you have a permanent residence permit in another EU member state, you could be eligible for this type of visa.

It takes a few months to process the application for a longer stay residence permit, so make sure you apply early so that your permit arrives on time.

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  1. Find some accommodation

If you want to get a permit to stay long-term as someone from a third country, you'll need a place to live and you'll need to be registered at that address. Sites like wg-gesucht.de, immobilienscout24.de, and immowelt.de are helpful for finding a WG (a shared flat) or a flat to yourself. If you would like to rent a flat which is already furnished, make sure you include the term "möbliert" in your search. 

When you send off applications for flats, you will generally need to provide a copy of your passport, proof of your salary (i.e. three payslips), and a maybe even letter from your previous landlord/landlady to confirm that you don't owe any money to him/her. Be prepared to send off something like 40 emails to different landlords and receive numerous rejections in response until you are successful.

Make sure you know what you're paying for. “Kaltmiete” is the basic rent which does not include water, electricity, heating or rubbish collection, whereas “Warmmiete” is all-inclusive. There are often several “Nebenkosten” (additional costs). Also, you are normally required to pay a “Kaution” (deposit) to the value of two or three months' worth of rent.

MUST READ: 6 things to know about renting in Germany

  1. Register your residence (“Anmeldung”)

Within two weeks of arriving in Germany, everyone needs to register their residence here. This can be done at the registry office (the "Bürgeramt", the “Einwohnermeldeamt”, or the “Kreisverwaltungsreferat” if you're in Munich). Busy offices will require you to make an appointment as they get booked up very quickly. If you drop in without making an appointment, be prepared to wait a while. At quieter offices, you may be able to just walk in and get an appointment there and then.

Make sure you take your ID, passport and rental contract with you. In Berlin, new regulations state that you will also need to provide a document from your landlord to confirm that you have moved in. This document needs to contain the name and address of the landlord, the date that you moved in, and your name. At the registry office, you will be required to fill in a form and confirm your identity in person.

At the end of the registration process, you will be issued with a registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). Keep this safe - you will need it as your proof of address when you open a bank account, for example.

  1. Get an EU Blue Card if you're eligible

The EU Blue Card is a residence permit issued by an EU member state to professionals from non-EU/EEA countries which will provide better access to the job market in Germany. There are two prerequisites to being issued with a card. Firstly, you need a university degree, and secondly you must show evidence of a binding job offer with a salary of at least €49,600 per year. (In the fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, medicine or engineering, your salary must be at least €38,888.)

The card is initially valid for up to four years, but this can be extended. After 33 months of working in Germany, holders of an EU Blue Card can be granted a permanent settlement permit.

  1. Open a bank account

Two of the most basic account types are the "Girokonto" (basic current account) and the "Sparbuchkonto" (savings account). To open a bank account, you will need to provide a form of ID (for example your passport) and also your registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). You will be required to confirm your identity in person.

The most widely used German banks are Sparkasse, Kommerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Volksbank and Postbank. Banks which only offer an online service and do not have physical branches are Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) and Comdirect.

  1. Set up your phone

Make sure you call your phone provider before you get to Germany to activate roaming and check the charges for using your phone here. Using roaming can get pricey, so it may be cheaper to buy a prepaid SIM card once you get here. Vodafone, Lebara, T-Mobile, E-Plus and 02 are the some of the largest providers in Germany.

Source: Thelocal.com

 

 

German police have failed to find a large mobile crane, which was stolen in Stuttgart and has since been spotted at two points hundreds of kilometres further north. How is it possible to escape the attentions of the police while driving a 48-tonne red crane through Germany? While this might sound like an impossible task, some thieves have managed it.

They stole the huge vehicle from a Stuttgart construction yard on Sunday evening and have since driven it hundreds of kilometres without being caught. One sighting which has since been confirmed was on a state road near Herzberg in the Harz region in Lower Saxony.

Indicating that the thieves are driving in loops to throw police off the trail, a sighting also happened in Erfurt, southeast of the Harz region on Thursday. Police are assessing the credibility of the sighting. While the Harz region is roughly 450 kilometres northeast of Stuttgart, Erfurt is roughly 110 kilometres southeast of the Harz mountains.

In the meantime police forces across Europe have been alerted to the missing crane. The machine’s owner, Rainer Schmid, explained on Thursday that it is not too hard to drive it. "Whoever can drive a truck can also drive a crane," he said. Schmid has offered a reward of €5,000 to anyone who has information that leads to the crane being found. The vehicle has a value of around €200,000.

"There has been a lot of reaction," he said, adding that even biker clubs had gotten in touch wanting to help out. If it comes to a car chase, it should be over fairly quickly - the crane has a maximum speed of 55 km/h. And its fuel tank also only takes it 350 kilometres, meaning the unusual vehicle should have come to the attention of the staff at least one gas station.

 

The youth branch of a neo-Nazi party has sent out propaganda condoms reading “for foreigners and selected Germans.” A Green party politician was among the recipients. The Young National Democrats (JN) – a youth branch of the far-right National Democratic Party (NDP) – ordered customized single condoms with the slogan on, in what it called on its website a “knowingly provocative campaign.”

“Trousers down, rubber on,” the site reads. Condoms have, it added, been sent to politicians, ministers and foreign lobbyists known for supporting immigration.

Top Green party politician Volker Beck - a leading anti-fascist campaigner - received one of the condoms in the post on Thursday, the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper reported.

He soon took to the internet to blast the delivery, criticizing the company which makes the Vitalis condoms, R&S. He called on them to donate the money spent by the JN on the condoms to be given to a foundation which works to fight against rightwing extremism and racism.

R&S deactivated its Facebook site for 24 hours due to an onslaught of criticism from users. It then said it would give the money to a good cause, and donate 10,000 condoms to a charity.

It also apologized explaining that it would try harder to monitor the slogans which people put on customized condoms.

“We regret wholeheartedly that such a mistake has been made and that our condoms are being used for propaganda,” the statement, published on Facebook read. “We distance ourselves from the political message and aim and would like to apologize to any vilified parties.”

The Local/jcw

The most unacceptable, unimaginable and wicked action to take against refugee-children is denying them the right to play. This is a fundamental human right. Most often the status of a refugee in Germany can be described as a person or a group of people without projection. You have no right to work, no right to education & unable to plan and socially weak.

The “Berliner Zeitung” a regional newspaper in Berlin writes, in the neighborhoods of Reinickendorfa surbub of Berlin. The people have built a fence (Berlin Wall) around a playing ground in the “Am Windhalmweg”, thus restricting refugees (kids) from entering.
The neighborhood justified their actions insisting the refugee kids are too noisy when playing, meaning German kids do not even talk to one another whilst playing! Again they play late in the night. Yes why not, if these kids are to wake up early for school, they wouldn’t be found playing around that time.
The governing mayor –(Burgermeister) Klaus Wowereit should be made to resign if he sees nothing wrong denying a group of children their fundamental right to play. Berlin must not tolerate this even for a day

God Bless Germany!
God Bless the Refugees!
TopAfric

In all around the german cities there are only poster about the new federal election.4 years ago the german population has voted angela merkel for a second time. It's now time for another federal eletion.
German politicains and newspapers are doing their best to spark voter interest in the country's upcoming federal election,but no amount of scandal, however legitimate, appears to be enough. 
Voters are more intereted in discussing about the weather,family, food and drink.The studies from the FAZ(frankfurter allgemein Zeitung) have proofed that only 39 percent  are aware about politics.The eletion is on the 22 of September 2013.Opinion polls continue to indicate that a clear win by either the CDU+CSU/FDP coalition or the SPD/Greens coalition.The last 4 years have more positive results than negative. Most of the party are making already their cormecial everywhere. Is angela merkel still going to win this election again? Who's going to be the next?

Attaching a photo to a job application is normal in Germany, but a study has suggested that women who wear a headscarf in their photo have a significantly lower chance of being invited to interview.
In a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies.

Initial results show that German firms appeared less inclined to invite an applicant for an interview if they were wearing a headscarf in their photo. This also applied, to a lesser extent, for applicants with a non-German surname.

One woman who took part in the study was 23-year-old Sevda Yilmaz. A newly-qualified bookkeeper, she applied to 1,500 jobs with the same CV, using both her name and a German name - Tina Meyer.

She alternated attaching a photo with or without a headscarf on applications she sent under her real name.

Yilmaz was invited to interview for 18 percent of the applications she sent under the name Meyer. This dropped to 13 percent under her real name and plummeted to three percent when she used her real name and a photo of her in a headscarf.

“From an economic point of view, discrimination tends to have two explanations,” study head Doris Weichselbaumer told newspaper Tageszeitung. “Either it lies in a basic aversion towards a certain group, or it is statistical discrimination.”

She said this meant that employers either tended to dislike people who clearly identify as Muslims, or they were concerned that employees would have language problems and thus be less productive at work.

Weichselbaumer argued that companies should not be allowed to ask for photos. In other countries, such as the UK or US, it is not common practice to include one.

Thelocal

This is to notify the general public that Igbozurume Germany Association e.v is an affiliate to Igbozurume Association Nigeria. Igbozurume Association is a cultural, socio-political organisation with a vision:
‘To see an Igbo Nation every Nigerian can be proud of"

’If I may take relief from a particular except enshrined in the constitution of Igbozurume, "Since the aftermath of the civil war, Igbo’s have experienced a steady decline in our social, political and cultural life. The poor image of Igbo’s cannot be overemphasized.

The consequent loss of dignity has also fueled a moral decadence that has manifested in all forms of anti social vices" which has given birth to the deterioration of the moral fiber of the society, the breakdown of social cohesion, the de-spiritualization of the people, the incidence of dysfunctional families and the growth of conflict potential.

The rapidly increasing discrepancies in economic capacity between the rich and the poor, large scale unemployment, mass poverty, disturbing rate of crime, high rate of school drop outs, alarming rate of labor turn over etc. has also been alarming.

Our leaders have not helped matters either as they are constantly at war with each other. The in fighting has led to an overall disloyalty to leadership. Disunity is now the other of the day. For the above reasons the future looks endangered, as confusion and feeling of helplessness seems to have engulfed our people.

We have therefore come to a crucial point in our history as a people, that we must act quickly under the present situation to salvage the situation, which

among others is why Igbozurume Association was established…to enhance but, not limited to providing additional support to other cultural associations in order to restore the lost dignity of the Igbo’s.

This is in line with the Motto of Igbozurume: ‘To restore the dignity of Ndi’Igbo through the emphasis of a Unity of purpose via the reestablishment of our core values, moral regeneration, mutual support and goodwill.’

One of the core values of Igbozurume is to ensure a healthy relationship among Igbo’s, between Igbo’s and other ethnic groups wherever they are found. It is our understanding that the promotion of cooperation, understanding, unity, justice, equality, peace and progress among Igbo’s and those of other ethnic origins, race, religion, political beliefs, sectarian inclination, social classes, standing against injustice and humiliation of the human family is not negotiable.

Primarily, it is the aim of Igbozurume Association to integrate Igbo’s in the Diaspora into mainstream of Nigerian Political and economic life

Igbozurume Nigeria gave Igbozurume Germany Association e.v an assignment/mandate to arrange and organize an International Conference/Seminar on the theme;

Re-Positioning the Igbo Race for a better tomorrow.

This assignment is also in line with the modus operandi of Igbozurume Association as to enable the fulfillment of our potentials in enhancing the building of a great Igbo Nation in this complex socio/political, multi cultural polity called Nigeria, our country, for the benefit of all.

The Conference would hold on the 18 of August 2013 in Hamburg.

We regret any act of Misconduct from any Member cum’ the Misconception/Misunderstanding with particular reference to this forthcoming Conference.

Igbozurume Germany e.v is not in any way in rivalry with NIG Germany, there is no Competition or disrespect on NIG Germany.

I believe we Igbo’s in Germany are in Harmony and we have the potentials to resolve issues through an internal dialogue if need be.

Today, the wind of change is blowing across Nigeria and the people shiver with new hope. Unfortunately, the nation is confronted with a series of intractable problems which may not only imperil its prosperity but may also threaten its long-term survival….if we do not face the facts and do the right things right. We are a ready-made nation; it is high time we become tailor-made.

We have banned second hand clothing and Tokunbos, let us do the same with our ideas.

Necessity they say is the mother of invention. The way forward, let us Think IGBO, State the IGBO Vision, Have an IGBO Spirit and Have Faith in our strength, Highlight our statement of mission, Link the structure, system, strategy, style, skill and resources to the statement of mission, Move towards a one nation society / Redress all iniquities. Recreate hope, collapse boundaries, barriers and frontiers, Rebuild the family, strengthen the community, Renew society, Empower the citizen, ensure a skills and knowledge based nation and Create environment of linkages.

Thank you for your cooperation, enthusiasm, individual and collective efforts and great Contribution of ideas to strengthen the Igbo Heritage in Diaspora.

Yours in the Service:

Sir. JB Onyeke (National Chairman -Germany)

High Chief Dr. Victor Njinmah (National Chairman Advisory Board -Germany)

Kennedy Chidi Adams  (PRO/Media Consultant -Northern Germany section)

 

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