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  1. Oh, residency. I do feel that they are achievements that you have to unlock. For me it was:

    1. Arrived to Germany already with a job and thus a job permit and visa. Valid for 2 years. The permit is bounded to your employer so if you change jobs you have to apply for a new visa and if you get fired you only get some days to get another job/purpose (studies, marriage, whatvs) to stay, if you don’t, you have to leave the European Union. Expiration date does variate and I don’t know why. I had colleagues with different nationality with 1 year only permits and stuff. You cannot do freelance job. You have to pay a fee (like 100 euros more or less) for the permit.

    2. If you keep your job and contribute to the tax system for those 2 years you get the permit renewed and now it is not bounded to your company, so you’re allowed to get another job without changing your permit but only here in Germany. Normally you get it for another 2 or 3 years. You’re still not allowed to work as a freelance but at least now you have certain mobility. You also need to pay for the permit here but less, around 80 euros I’d say.

    3. After 5 years you actually can apply to permanent residency and after 8 citizenship However, if you leave Germany for more than 6 months before getting citizenship, you lose your status and you have to start all over again, it doesn’t matter if you lived here for years.

    Because of my living situation, I’m skipping the “permanent residency” status to go straight to citizenship because I married a German citizen. When you marry a German, the amount of years to get to the citizenship get reduced to 5 (3 living here + 2 being married and living together with the partner)

    Since I’ve been here for 4 years already working full time I got to skip the integration course they normally ask for and already fulfilled the 3 years requisite.

    So, basically I just need to be married for 2 years (we’ve been legally married for 7 months, so only one and a half year to go), present a language certificate (which I don’t have, working on it) and do the citizenship exam (basically a set of questions and answers about the country that you have to memorize) and done deal, I’ll get German citizenship (not losing the Mexican).

    The guys from the foreign office where I live are the nicest, it’s not like that in all Germany though and there are distinctions. For me being a Mexican has been an advantage, as well as living in a small city. They made it look so easy, just like steps you have to accomplish… let’s see how it goes, maybe things get more stressful later on.

    So far the experience has been pretty straight forward, it’s more like something that I have/need to do. Emotion-wise has been weird. I just see it as a process. At this point I just want to pass both exams and get everything done.

  2. Oh awesome, you’re doing a podcast? Is there an RSS URL to subscribe with?


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