New members of the Germany forum, introduce yourselves here - 2021

Hi all,

Newbie on the Germany forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Germany if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi 👋

I'm Mr Kpakpo new in Bonn, Popplesdof platz. Anyone near me can connect.

Regards

Hi!!  :cheers:

I'm Mariana, a Music Teacher and Sound Designer from Argentina and I'll arrive to Berlin on February!

I am Ziade from Ethiopia, a student in uni-Bonn.

I am Thivarathan, I work in an electronis store as a sales agent.

Hi! New to this website. From London, but currently living in Glasgow. I will be moving to Cologne when covid allows. I lived as an expat for many years (mostly in Japan and Thailand). Any advice about Cologne would be greatly appreciated!

Paul Hughes wrote:

Hi! New to this website. From London, but currently living in Glasgow. I will be moving to Cologne when covid allows. I lived as an expat for many years (mostly in Japan and Thailand). Any advice about Cologne would be greatly appreciated!

Welcome Paul :)

What will you be doing in Cologne? Will you be on your own or will you bring your family with you?

Hi, I do not know. I saw a private driver job on a job site. Apply for it. I need a good job now. :)

I'll be coming on my own once I qualify as a technical writer. Really looking forward to it. Ich Lerne jeden Tag Deutsch, aber es ist schwierig für mich!

I do not know what you mean

Didn't I say I'm not a storyteller writer, do I have a job?

anishbensa wrote:

Didn't I say I'm not a storyteller writer, do I have a job?

Paul was responding to my questions. I asked if he had a family joining him. So that cancels out the need for schools in the area.

Hi all

I will be coming with my family to Mulheim de Ruhr in a couple of months. Was looking for renting houses through some sites in Mulheim but wasn't successful. Is it possible to stay in Essen or Dusseldorf and commute to Mulheim thrice a week. Would like to know about schools too. I have a 16-year-old and a 3-year-old. Out of Mulheim, Essen, and Dusseldorf which provides better schools and activities for kids? Appreciate any inputs about these queries greatly.

Thanks a lot and really looking forward to meeting at least some of you interesting people soon.

Hi folks!!

Anuja here

I am from Mumbai, India.

Will be coming to Cologne in April.

Hope to meet those interested soon.

Thankyou.

Hi, I live in Cologne. Let me know when you arrive. :)

Hi I am Rashid from Pakistan, currently working in dubai, UAE as an accountant in a group of Hotel, willing to move to Germany,

Hello Rashid Alam,

Welcome to Expat.com  :cheers:

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to create a new topic on the Germany forum.

Meanwhile, I invite you to read the Living in Germany guide;)

Cheers,

Cheryl

I am Ravin Vankani from India.
I am a businessman and own a trading company in Hamburg.
I am in to wholesale trade of food products (specially spices).
I will be moving to Hamburg and looking to connect with locals and similar businesses.

:)  :)

Hi welcome! all :-)

I am new too. I live in Brühl near Cologne. Looking to meet new people here ..

Cheers,
Andreas

CYexpat wrote:

Hi all,
I'm raised in Cyprus and moved to Berlin in 2014.

I'd love to meet, exchange and maybe do business with anyone who is interested.
I love working out at the gym but you'll also find me enjoying gooood food in my personal Berlin insider spots hihihi.
I can't list down all my hobbies ... it's a long list so just text or write me - let's connect !
Stay healthy and looking forward to your msgs.

Beautiful country. Which part are you from?
I am carrying with me,  a  Cyprian saying , for a while now, from an old man while at Limassol : "Each type of wood knows its own smoke". Which I interpreted like - character bears distinctive fruit.  I was never able to cross check it again, if you don't mind - maybe you can finally enlighten me how far I was off the mark... (I heard some sayings in Paphos, though , that were "bare metal"  - so I am still not sure whether the meaning was much more mundane).

Hallo
I have a scholarship for two years as a researcher and I get with this scholarship a short stay of Six months.
My plan is that after my research completion, it means at the end of the scholarship, I will move in Hessen with my family.
I want to know how to get a work visa. Do I need to have a contract to get it.
Is there someone who lived the same story?

Regards

Hello,

Aravind here.. moved from India to Germany last week

Hello, thanks for posting this for us newbies.
I've been in Germany since 2009 and am actually joining these forums to learn about everything Expat :)
Nice to meet you all.
Stay well!
John

Hi, I’m Janelle, am from the USA and currently living in Soest (North-Rhein-Westphalia) as an Au Pair.

Would love to meet anyone in the area. I am from Tennessee but have also lived in Pennsylvania, Kansas and Missouri.

Stay safe. Cheers!

Hello Jbmarie,

Welcome to Expat.com  :cheers:

I noticed that you have already created a new thread to ask your questions.  :top:

I hope that you will get some answers very soon.

Cheers,

Cheryl
Expat.com team.

Hi, I moved from New York to Germany and it has been almost three years now. Currently, I live in southern Bavaria. Nice to meet you guys!

Hi there, I am also in Bavaria. Maybe we can meet up someday for a coffee :)

Hi everybody,

I am Arise. I am looking for someone who can help me with Germany sim cards to send sms.

Arise: You are welcome to post your question about your German SIM card here - but perhaps it is even better to contact the phone company that issued it.

Thanks for telling me that.

Hallo zusammen,

After working for a couple of years in IT, I chose to study Masters at a German University. I am located at Dortmund city (NRW), the home turf of Borussia Dortmund. I am from India & I am in Germany since 4 months now.

I love meeting new people. If anyone here is from Dortmund or any other city from NRW, we can definitely meet up (thanks to my Semester ticket). I speak English, Hindi und ein bisschen Deutsch.

Cheers,
Vikas  :)

Hallo Leute  :)

Looking for advice on dual citizenship.

Deu21: Welcome to the forum!
Germany allows dual citizenship only in very few cases as an exception. What grounds do you want to base yours on?

beppi wrote:

Deu21: Welcome to the forum!
Germany allows dual citizenship only in very few cases as an exception. What grounds do you want to base yours on?

Beppi, they have asked in more detail HERE.

Theoretically Germany doesn’t like to give dual citizenship to people who are not EU citizens. There are exceptions which are very common but very specific. There are a number of countries like Argentina that don’t allow its citizens to renounce; so Germany allows them to have both rather than completely rejecting them.

Then there are hardship cases based on extreme political and/or economic instability. The countries on this list fluctuate but places like Yemen, Syria, Kosovo and some others are currently valid. There is even an economic hardship exemption if the cost of renouncing one’s current citizenship is more than one’s average monthly income over the previous year. But one also has to meet the standards for naturalization which includes making enough income to live without needing any kind of social assistance. Presently the only country charging enough for renunciation that would be above this amount is the USA. So the exemption is theoretically not exclusive for some US Americans - but for all practical purposes it is.

But one does not get Germany citizenship from abroad anyway. As an Australian, you would have to find a legal pathway to immigrate to Germany, get unlimited residency and be here for 8 years (3 if married to a German) pass the citizenship and language exams, pay your taxes and social contributions and be free of criminal convictions or belonging to undemocratic or criminal organizations. One cannot simply buy German citizenship from abroad at any cost.

SimCityAT wrote:
beppi wrote:

Deu21: Welcome to the forum!
Germany allows dual citizenship only in very few cases as an exception. What grounds do you want to base yours on?

Beppi, they have asked in more detail HERE.

Poster here is asking about getting German citizenship in addition but in the other post saying they are already German and wondering about retaining this if they get Australian. 2 very different scenarios. Thus what I have written here would not be relevant  - except possibly for their spouse if they are an Aussie who would eventually want to immigrate to Germany and naturalize.

Hello! This is Canan, from Turkey. Previously managed a luxury boutique resort in Panama. Now in Munich, Germany due to the fact I am in a duly attested long-term relationship. Searching for jobs and trying to learn German. Would be wonderful to make friends with expats near me.

Hi guys! I'm Patrick from the US and currently settled in Hamburg.

I'm an IT specialist who is also keen on traveling and coffee.

Would love to meet new people here :)

patrickmann wrote:

Hi guys! I'm Patrick from the US and currently settled in Hamburg.

I'm an IT specialist who is also keen on traveling and coffee.

Would love to meet new people here :)

Welcome aboard Patrick,

I hope you’re settling well in Hamburg.

I live in Ober Bayern , let me know when you’re heading this way, an afternoon coffee would be nice.

Annie

Hi everyone,

I'm Guillaume and have living abroad since 2007 (India, Switzerland, UK and Germany - Berlin now).I am mainly working with e-commerce companies and startups and also running my own projects.
I'm a father of two children and I've managed to navigate through the whole system quite well, so let me know if you have questions regarding kids, Elternzeit (parental leave), daycare and so on. I've actually created a website where you can download all daycare options in Berlin: ***

Glad to join the community!

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