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Anyone move from US to Germany?

Ol'Scratch

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Just curious if we have anyone here who has done so? Am in the early steps and just always looking for more information
 
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Just curious if we have anyone here who has done so? Am in the early steps and just always looking for more information

Iam from germany and others as well. If you have questions about Germany we can easy help you i guess
 

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Iam from germany and others as well. If you have questions about Germany we can easy help you i guess
My girlfriend lives in Essen, and my plan is to move there within hopefully the next six months give or take. EVerywhere I have read says that it is easier to take advantage of my 90 days, and register for my residence permit when I get there after registering my address and opening a bank account. She says that i have to do it before I come for some reason but it just seems as if that would be harder. (nearest embassy is in Miami and i am in Tampa Bay). Just trying to get my bearings
 
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My girlfriend lives in Essen, and my plan is to move there within hopefully the next six months give or take. EVerywhere I have read says that it is easier to take advantage of my 90 days, and register for my residence permit when I get there after registering my address and opening a bank account. She says that i have to do it before I come for some reason but it just seems as if that would be harder. (nearest embassy is in Miami and i am in Tampa Bay). Just trying to get my bearings

I live 30 minutes away from Essen. Lived there for work 1 1/2 year. :) still have friends in Essen. Essen is a.... complicated city. I was happy when i was able to move back to my hometown.
 
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Ol'Scratch

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I live 30 minutes away from Essen. Lived there for work 1 1/2 year. :) still have friends in Essen. Essen is a.... complicated city. I was happy when i was able to move back to my hometown.
LOL that is exactly how she describes it too. But she has a solid home with her little girl and her mother is close so there is family around. The plan is to ride out the 5 years until I can do permanent residence there and then see where it takes us.
 
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I could legally go, my grandfather was German, but I never really had the urge to... I sometimes think I could see myself living in the US (I'm Brazilian), but I don't know as well... I think we start to appreciate what's familiar to us after some time...
 
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Stiflers Mom

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My girlfriend lives in Essen, and my plan is to move there within hopefully the next six months give or take. EVerywhere I have read says that it is easier to take advantage of my 90 days, and register for my residence permit when I get there after registering my address and opening a bank account. She says that i have to do it before I come for some reason but it just seems as if that would be harder. (nearest embassy is in Miami and i am in Tampa Bay). Just trying to get my bearings
My Mom was from Essen.
Essen is in the "Ruhrgebiet", which has kind of a bad reputation in Germany because it was so heavily industrialized in the past.
When I visited there a couple of years ago I kind of didn't understand why it still has that bias attached to it.
Looked nice enough for me.

It's no Munich, but it definitely has its perks.


GeorgPrime GeorgPrime : Ah, you got rid of that weeb avy. Good job, mate.
 

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My girlfriend lives in Essen, and my plan is to move there within hopefully the next six months give or take. EVerywhere I have read says that it is easier to take advantage of my 90 days, and register for my residence permit when I get there after registering my address and opening a bank account. She says that i have to do it before I come for some reason but it just seems as if that would be harder. (nearest embassy is in Miami and i am in Tampa Bay). Just trying to get my bearings
What is your idea for getting employment if you finished your studies? Do you have EU nationality (nationality of one of the Member States)? What sort of visa do you plan to use to come? Mentioning 'my 90 days' can indicate tourist visa - do not think for a moment this will allow you to apply for a residence permit.

We need more info.
 
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Stiflers Mom

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What is your idea for getting employment if you finished your studies? Do you have EU nationality (nationality of one of the Member States)? What sort of visa do you plan to use to come? Mentioning 'my 90 days' can indicate tourist visa - do not think for a moment this will allow you to apply for a residence permit.

We need more info.
He could throw away his passport and pretend he is from Syria, though. Like the rest of the world does.. ;)
 

GeorgPrime

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My Mom was from Essen.
Essen is in the "Ruhrgebiet", which has kind of a bad reputation in Germany because it was so heavily industrialized in the past.
When I visited there a couple of years ago I kind of didn't understand why it still has that bias attached to it.
Looked nice enough for me.

It's no Munich, but it definitely has its perks.


GeorgPrime GeorgPrime : Ah, you got rid of that weeb avy. Good job, mate.

When i lived there ... in the part of the town ... i had literally gang wars in front of my door.

- Daily Drug raids of the police with disco feeling in the whole neighbourhood
- 50 Arab people bashing their skulls in with baseball bats in front of our door
- There are illegal mini vans everywhere filled with stolen bikes lol
- I got attacked by disabled people
- There was literally a "Black Only" Bar around the corner with drug dealing everyday
- They stopped my tramline with like 20 Police car and pulled a guy out of the tramline who had a bagpack full of guns under his seat right next to me (from a robbery just a few moments ago). Pressed him outside against my window and told him his rights while putting handcuffs on him. I was on the phone wiht my wife at the moment and one police girl came to me like "YOU KNOW THATS FORBIDDEN TO TAKE A VIDEO OF IT" and i was like "First i dont take a video, second you jumped right into my video call and third <Say hi to my wife>". The face of the police woman was great and my wife started sweating because she thought they will take me now too xD
- Around the corner was a a bar where they shot a german boxer. lol

And other stuff.

It really depends where you live. The only good thing the police station was around the corner too.

I came from Düsseldorf to Essen. It was a cultural shock even for just a difference of like 20 km.
 
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Stiflers Mom

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When i lived there ... in the part of the town ... i had literally gang wars in front of my door.

- Daily Drug raids of the police with disco feeling in the whole neighbourhood
- 50 Arab people bashing their skulls in with baseball bats in front of our door
- There are illegal mini vans everywhere filled with stolen bikes lol
- I got attacked by disabled people
- There was literally a "Black Only" Bar around the corner with drug dealing everyday
- They stopped my tramline with like 20 Police car and pulled a guy out of the tramline who had a bagpack full of guns under his seat right next to me (from a robbery just a few moments ago). Pressed him outside against my window and told him his rights while putting handcuffs on him. I was on the phone wiht my wife at the moment and one police girl came to me like "YOU KNOW THATS FORBIDDEN TO TAKE A VIDEO OF IT" and i was like "First i dont take a video, second you jumped right into my video call and third <Say hi to my wife>". The face of the police woman was great and my wife started sweating because she thought they will take me now too xD
- Around the corner was a a bar where they shot a german boxer. lol

And other stuff.

It really depends where you live. The only good thing the police station was around the corner too.

I came from Düsseldorf to Essen. It was a cultural shock even for just a difference of like 20 km.
Haha, coming from Munich, already Düsseldorf looks like a third world town except Altstadt and around Kö.

My uncle is still living there and complains that the street where he has grown up is completely arabian now.

Went there, and he is not really wrong.
 
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Just to add to the above, since it might not be obvious - if you are not an EU citizen (who are by law allowed to live and stay in any EU country), and you do not have the job offer secured it will be EXTREMELY (I never heard of the case) difficult for you to settle in the EU. You might have a chance if you were married, but even then there are certain requirements and waiting periods in order to make sure you are not getting scam married only to settle in the country.

You cannot simply come to the country and settle there, it's the same as a European tourist coming to the US on a tourist visa and applying for a Green Card, the requirements are here:


Note that exactly as in the US on the employment front the EU Member State needs to justify being unable to hire from within the whole EU (since again - EU citizens have the right to live and work everywhere within the EU) in order to offer a job to an American.

Without the Residency Permit you probably cannot be employed, cannot open a bank account, cannot benefit from the healthcare system. I recommend you to have a serious talk with your girlfriend, because all of that should have been discussed beforehand and before she went back (?) to Germany.
 
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Cyberpunkd

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Just one more thing (cannot Edit the above message) - the first message in WhatsApp above about 'never having to deal with visas and residency permits' is literally being an EU citizen.
 
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Just one more thing (cannot Edit the above message) - the first message in WhatsApp above about 'never having to deal with visas and residency permits' is literally being an EU citizen.
I'm german and white, apparently I don't even need identification when getting checked at borders (if I'm not flying, that would be a different story).

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that friend sent me this:
registration
visa related

Just don't take the advice on Berlin. Fuck Berlin.
 
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I'm german and white, apparently I don't even need identification when getting checked at borders (if I'm not flying, that would be a different story).
If you are traveling within the EU there are no borders, you just drive through. When flying you can use your National ID, no passport required. In France you do not do any Anmeldung, but for a lot of official business they will ask the LEGENDARY electricity bill with your name on it, so it's kinda like a proof of your residency. :messenger_tears_of_joy:

I lived in Berlin in 2012, city was decent enough (the winter sucked big time though).
 
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notseqi

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If you are traveling within the EU there are no borders, you just drive through. When flying you can use your National ID, no passport required.

I lived in Berlin in 2012, city was decent enough (the winter sucked big time though).
I drove to denmark on an italian license plate without passport or ID, they were checking. We spoke english, I apologized for leaving my ID at home, asked me in german if I was really german and we had a small chat.
Same thing on the border from Slovenia to Austria by Slovenian Border Patrol.
 

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When i lived there ... in the part of the town ... i had literally gang wars in front of my door.

- Daily Drug raids of the police with disco feeling in the whole neighbourhood
- 50 Arab people bashing their skulls in with baseball bats in front of our door
- There are illegal mini vans everywhere filled with stolen bikes lol
- I got attacked by disabled people
- There was literally a "Black Only" Bar around the corner with drug dealing everyday
- They stopped my tramline with like 20 Police car and pulled a guy out of the tramline who had a bagpack full of guns under his seat right next to me (from a robbery just a few moments ago). Pressed him outside against my window and told him his rights while putting handcuffs on him. I was on the phone wiht my wife at the moment and one police girl came to me like "YOU KNOW THATS FORBIDDEN TO TAKE A VIDEO OF IT" and i was like "First i dont take a video, second you jumped right into my video call and third <Say hi to my wife>". The face of the police woman was great and my wife started sweating because she thought they will take me now too xD
- Around the corner was a a bar where they shot a german boxer. lol

And other stuff.

It really depends where you live. The only good thing the police station was around the corner too.

I came from Düsseldorf to Essen. It was a cultural shock even for just a difference of like 20 km.
Damn.
 

Mondai

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My brother did , he;s been in Germany for 13 years now , he says its the best place he's ever lived at, I might join him one day.
 

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From what I hear, Switzerland does everything that Germany does well at, but better. That said, German food is pretty underrated.
 

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When i lived there ... in the part of the town ... i had literally gang wars in front of my door.

- Daily Drug raids of the police with disco feeling in the whole neighbourhood
- 50 Arab people bashing their skulls in with baseball bats in front of our door
- There are illegal mini vans everywhere filled with stolen bikes lol
- I got attacked by disabled people
- There was literally a "Black Only" Bar around the corner with drug dealing everyday
- They stopped my tramline with like 20 Police car and pulled a guy out of the tramline who had a bagpack full of guns under his seat right next to me (from a robbery just a few moments ago). Pressed him outside against my window and told him his rights while putting handcuffs on him. I was on the phone wiht my wife at the moment and one police girl came to me like "YOU KNOW THATS FORBIDDEN TO TAKE A VIDEO OF IT" and i was like "First i dont take a video, second you jumped right into my video call and third <Say hi to my wife>". The face of the police woman was great and my wife started sweating because she thought they will take me now too xD
- Around the corner was a a bar where they shot a german boxer. lol

And other stuff.

It really depends where you live. The only good thing the police station was around the corner too.

I came from Düsseldorf to Essen. It was a cultural shock even for just a difference of like 20 km.
Sounds like Germany is heating up!
 

Ol'Scratch

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What is your idea for getting employment if you finished your studies? Do you have EU nationality (nationality of one of the Member States)? What sort of visa do you plan to use to come? Mentioning 'my 90 days' can indicate tourist visa - do not think for a moment this will allow you to apply for a residence permit.

We need more info.
COming from the US I do not need a tourist visa, I can go and be there for up to 90 days without a visa. I will have some kind of job lined up before I travel, my gf is already working on that. The documentation that i have read says that first thing is to declare yourself and your residence and then open a bank account. Since I will have an address, a bank account I was under the impression that I can then apply for a residence permit so that I can work. You have to pass basic language skills of course. The appointment for that is the tight part since they tight now but this will hopefully be after lockdown is over.
Then I would have to keep that residence permit for 5 years before I can apply for permanent residence.
Again, that is the information I have been reading.
I am trying to set up a call to the closest embassy to get some tighter information.
I was basing most of my information off of THIS as well as the information on the embassy site.
 

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You should watch a documentary called National Lampoon's European Vacation before you leave.

Seriously though one of my wife's good friends lived there for several years and really liked it. She had never lived anywhere besides with her parents in her hometown in the US before moving to Germany so I was surprised. I can't remember where though. Her husband had a job there as a civilian airplane mechanic.
 

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Essen and Berlin aren't Germany. They're like little Turkey and little Arabia. I'm from Fulda, which is a beautiful and financially stable place. Super low unemployment, and well, it feels like... 70% Germans 30% Turks vs Rüsselsheim, where I lived for a while, where as a German you feel like a foreigner. Rüsselsheim is really close to Frankfurt though, so lots of jobs to be had. It's also close to Mainz, which is 1000x more beautiful than Frankfurt.
 

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Essen and Berlin aren't Germany. They're like little Turkey and little Arabia. I'm from Fulda, which is a beautiful and financially stable place. Super low unemployment, and well, it feels like... 70% Germans 30% Turks vs Rüsselsheim, where I lived for a while, where as a German you feel like a foreigner. Rüsselsheim is really close to Frankfurt though, so lots of jobs to be had. It's also close to Mainz, which is 1000x more beautiful than Frankfurt.
We do not plan on staying there too long. but she has a nice big place. She is a nurse so we feel finding a job will not be hard when we are ready to relocate and it will give me time to acclimate
 

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We do not plan on staying there too long. but she has a nice big place. She is a nurse so we feel finding a job will not be hard when we are ready to relocate and it will give me time to acclimate
Come to the Rhine, it's beautiful here : )

 
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We do not plan on staying there too long. but she has a nice big place. She is a nurse so we feel finding a job will not be hard when we are ready to relocate and it will give me time to acclimate
That's a really bad paying job in Germany, though... Have you researched if German salaries will work for her?
 

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My advice is search for a nice country home with a few manageable acres, near enough to town but far enough from the fray. My experience is from the military, training in the north of the country, so I can say personally that the land is bountiful, the residents are friendly, and the autobahn is amazing. Good luck to your move, and don't be afraid of your new neighbors (unless you get a Blair Witch vibe, then you should just run).
 

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My advice is search for a nice country home with a few manageable acres, near enough to town but far enough from the fray. My experience is from the military, training in the north of the country, so I can say personally that the land is bountiful, the residents are friendly, and the autobahn is amazing. Good luck to your move, and don't be afraid of your new neighbors (unless you get a Blair Witch vibe, then you should just run).
Second the north. I've been to Lübeck last summer, what a beautiful beautiful place, and close to the nicest beaches we have.
 

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Come to the Rhine, it's beautiful here : )

Ah, Boppard! Lived a couple of years in Koblenz right at the Deutsches Eck, where Germany is the most german.

Also Fuck Berlin, completely overrated. Munich is the place to go if you want to live in a German "city" without having to worry about your car every night.
 
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I drove to denmark on an italian license plate without passport or ID, they were checking. We spoke english, I apologized for leaving my ID at home, asked me in german if I was really german and we had a small chat.
Same thing on the border from Slovenia to Austria by Slovenian Border Patrol.
Lucky! We loved throwing around the out-of-touch American accent in Europe, but especially in Germany. Polizi are very serious sometimes, but it's so great to be stranieri! Maybe not these days, of course, I was there 20 years ago haha!
 
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I loved Germany when I was there but it was a long time ago. My friends there now want out or have left so it sounds like they have taken a turn.
 

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Second the north. I've been to Lübeck last summer, what a beautiful beautiful place, and close to the nicest beaches we have.
I was more Black Forest area, just incredible. Now I live in Pac North West USA, very similar climate (but smaller speed limit).