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replied to the thread Visa for Germany
on the Germany forum on May 15, 2013:
Can someone tell us what the requirements are for obtaining a visa for living in Germany? Thanks.
replied on May 15, 2013 with:
It depends on where you're coming from. I came from the US and 3 choices: the first was a 90 day visitor visa (within that time frame if you can find work you can stay, if not you have to leave the EU and cannot return for another 6 months), the second was getting a job before I came (and then your visa is a working longer term visa), the third was a student visa (which requires you be enrolled in a university/school but means you can only work 90 full or 180 half days a year). I originally entered under a student visa, which was changed to a residents visa when I married my husband (who is German). There are different regulations, however, for different countries. hope this helps!
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on the Germany forum on May 14, 2013:
replied to the thread expats in Kassel, Bad Hersfeld?
on the Germany forum:
American expat in Kassel/Bad Hersfeld area would like to meet other expats in the area for conversation. Have a beer(s), talk football (not soccer), anything. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stop posting this on the Ecuador expat exchange.
replied on April 23, 2013 with:
Why does this keep showing up in the Ecuador forum??
replied to the thread Life in Dusseldorf ???
on the Germany forum:
My husband will be transfer near to Dusseldorf this summer. I have no idea of the way of life in Germany and I do not talk German. His net salary will be around 2500 EUROS and I will not be working as I have to find a new job :(
I will try to get something there but I am not that optimistic.
I am fluent in French/ English / Arabic, highly educated and at least 8 years experience in the office management field.
Do you think only his salary will be enough for a two adults?
Do you think I can find a job there even if I do not speak German?
Do you think we will be able to save a minimum of money for at least travel back in our country every summer?
What the average for the rent of a flat?
Thank you for your help, I know I have a lot of questions, I am really streesed. Scared to leave everything and realise that it was not worth it!!!
replied on May 10, 2013 with:
Hello everyone. Sorry to be that late to answer and thank you for your replies and help.
I guess i will first try to take language classes as i do want to socialize with people and know more about the culture.
Unfortunatly my husband company only rents flats in Neuss, small town, i think it may be boring to stay there so will try to get something in dusseldorf as it might be more alive.
Thanks for the diffent link you sent, its give me an idea of what to except.
Still making our decision and looks like we will try this new experience :)
replied on April 22, 2013 with:
We live very close to Dusseldorf, and my husband has a similar salary. I am a stay-at-home-mom, and find it very easy to live on his salary. We have been back to visit my family at least once a year, and save as well. I think it depends a lot on the standard of living you are used to. (I had a car in the States, don't here, etc).
As far as average for renting a flat, it really depends immensely on the area of the city you choose and the size of the flat. Try www.immobilienscout24.de for a great place to start searching for flats.
I think you will be able to find a job, but if you plan to stay here for a few years or more, I would definitely recommend learning German. It has been my life-saver. Without it it was so hard to make friends and even do the shopping, etc. I would really encourage you to consider it, at least. Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to vent about the stress - I went through all of that, too! Joannabanana87 at google mail dot com.
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replied to the thread Moving to Alzenau in 4 weeks
on the Germany forum:
Help! We are being relocated from Lithuania to Alzenau at the end of May - is there an expat community in this area? How do I find an apartment? What are the rents in this part of Germany?
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Hi, according to http://www.immobilienscout24.de/immobilienbewertung/immobilienpreise/bayern/aschaffenburg+kreis/alzenau.htm#wohnung_miete
the average rent in this area for a flat is between EUR 6.51 - 8.00 per sqm.