Moving to a new country is an exciting but challenging process. There is so much to think about and consider, from choosing the right immigration route to finding a job and a place to live, to settling in and adapting to the culture.
You will spend a lot of time reading through official websites, following blogs, and taking advice from other people. And most probably you will struggle to make sense of all the complex and, often, contradicting information. That is why it is crucial to have access to reliable information and advice for your safety and peace of mind.
I am here to help. I offer a range of services to assist you in understanding the German immigration system, choosing the right immigration path, and navigating the visa and residency processes.
Every immigration journey is unique, and so are my immigration services. I can provide reliable general information, answer your specific questions about German visas and residence permits, or accompany you step-by-step on your way to Germany.
If you are still at the beginning of your journey and want to learn more about your immigration options and your prospects of landing a job, starting a business, or continuing your education in Germany then book a Consultation with me.
Don’t waste time researching everything on your own just to end up with conflicting information. By booking a 30-minute Consultation, you ensure that you make well-informed decisions from the very beginning.
If you are one step ahead and have a clear idea of your desired immigration route but need support with visa and residency processes, one or two consultations may be all you need to navigate the process independently.
However, if you require comprehensive assistance throughout multiple stages of the immigration process or prefer professional support from start to finish, I offer tailored services to suit your needs. After your consultation call, you’ll receive a complete quote for the services discussed.
No matter what level of support you require, rest assured that I will use all of my experience and expertise to help you successfully achieve your immigration plans.
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The aim of this online session is to help you explore your immigration options and employment prospects in Germany and get a clear understanding of your specific immigration process and answers to any related questions.
Stop the guesswork and make well-informed decisions on your next steps to Germany!
Please note: My services do not constitute or replace legal advice. If you need legal advice, I can recommend licensed German lawyers.
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Germany's Immigration Reform
On June 23, 2003, the German Parliament approved a reform of the Skilled Immigration Act, which has been in place since March 2020, with the aim of making it easier for skilled professionals from non-EU countries to immigrate to Germany.
The introduction of the Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte) in early 2024 will open up a new and easier path for immigrating to Germany, even without a job offer.
With my FREE CALCULATOR, you can already check whether you will meet the requirements and reach the required 6 points!
Your first steps in Germany
After arriving in Germany, there will be a few bureaucratic things you will need to take care of for a smooth start in your new life.
All residents in Germany, including international newcomers, are required to register their address with the responsible authorities within two weeks of moving in or out. Depending on the federal state and the city, the resident registration office is called Einwohnermeldeamt, Bürgeramt, or Bürgerbüro.
This is the most important step you need to take after arriving in Germany. Without the registration confirmation (Meldebescheinigung), you won’t be able to apply for a residence permit and get many German services.
Check with the registration office whether you have to make an appointment and which documents you must provide. A signed confirmation from your landlord (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) is always required (download here).
Remember to put your name on the post box as soon as possible. Most public offices communicate via letters and send important documents by post.
If you come to Germany on an entry visa, you can start to work immediately and have a couple of months to change your temporary visa to a residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel or Aufenthaltserlaubnis). If you come from one of the “best friend” countries* and don’t need an entry visa, you must get a residence permit before you can start to work.
You need to make an appointment at the Ausländerbehörde or Ausländeramt, the office for foreigners. You can usually find a list of required documents on their website, and you will have to book an appointment online or by calling/emailing them.
Be prepared that you may not be able to get an appointment right away. You have to wait weeks or even months for appointments in larger cities. It usually takes several weeks to process the applications and receive the physical residence card (elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel), depending on how many authorities have to be involved.
* Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America
Health insurance (Krankenversicherung or KV) is compulsory in Germany. Choosing an insurance provider and informing your employer about it is one of the first things you must do after arriving in Germany. Germany has two health insurance systems: public and private. The majority of people in Germany have public health insurance.
Contributions to public health insurance (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung or GKV) are calculated as a percentage of your income. There are many public health insurers. Their price and coverage are almost the same. Contributions to private health insurance (private Krankenversicherung or PKV) depend on your age and health condition when you sign up. You can choose how much coverage you want. The cost and coverage vary a lot.
Besides health insurance, there are a lot of insurances you can get voluntarily for different aspects of your life. Liability insurance (Privathaftpflichtversicherung) is the most common one. It covers damages caused by you to others or their belongings.
Although you could also receive your salary into a bank account in another EU country, some employers will insist on paying the salary into a German account. In addition, rents and utility bills are usually paid via direct debit (Einzugsermächtigung) from a German account.
Newcomers usually opt for one of the online banks where you can open an account online, and the service is offered in several languages.
Whether or not you have to organize your utilities depends on the type of housing you choose.
If you rent a room or share a flat (Wohngemeinschaft or WG), you will usually pay an all-inclusive rate. In this case, utilities are handled by the landlord or lead tenant.
If you rent a single-occupancy apartment, you will need to pay rent, additional costs (Nebenkosten), and some utilities. Typically, one energy company provides for the whole building and is chosen by your landlord. You will only have to take care of your own internet and phone connections.
In some cases, you need to arrange for any of the utilities that you want to make use of yourself. This means you must look for an electricity, water, gas, and internet provider.
You should figure out what doctor to go to before you actually need to see one. Generally, German residents can choose their primary care doctors regardless of location. However, some practices will only register patients from their local area.
It is best to ask colleagues or other internationals to recommend you a general practitioner (Hausarzt or Allgemeinarzt) or a pediatrician (Kinderarzt). These doctors will be your first point of contact for most medical issues and will refer you if you need to consult a specialist.
When you move your residence to Germany, your non-EU driver’s license is only valid for up to six months. You should therefore apply for a German driver’s license before this period expires if you wish to continue driving a car in Germany.
Citizens of some countries enjoy a special reciprocal arrangement where they can exchange their foreign driver’s license relatively simply for a German one. If your country is not listed, you must take either a theoretical or practical exam (or both) to get a German license. You can check this list of requirements by country to see how you can exchange your license.
If you have a question that is not listed, please send me a message.
You do not necessarily need a consultant to immigrate to Germany. Most of the information is publicly available and can be obtained from the relevant authorities upon request. If you understand and speak German well enough to deal with the regulations and have a lot of time for the job search and the visa process, you can manage your immigration process on your own.
Since many internationals who want to move to Germany speak little or no German and are already employed, they lack the time to research relevant information, find a job, and plan their immigration process.
I will help you to find your way through the German bureaucratic jungle, avoid unnecessary mistakes and save you a lot of time and nerves. By using my services, you make sure that you have a competent German-speaking partner at your side.
My job is to listen to you, guide you, advise you, anticipate your needs, and support you through the immigration process. I communicate openly and transparently and will help you realistically assess your prospects.
Please note that I don’t have any employees or associates. If someone offers you services in my name or provides a job offer letter, please be cautious and let me know.
You can pay via Paypal, VISA, Mastercard, or bank transfer (IBAN, within the EU).
The payment is due before the first consultation.
No, I am not a lawyer, and my immigration services don’t constitute or replace legal advice.
If you need legal advice, I can recommend licensed German immigration lawyers.
Unfortunately, I can’t help you get an earlier appointment for you. There are currently long waiting times at almost all German embassies and immigration offices.
I can’t arrange earlier appointments for you, but I can give you tips on the best way to search and ask for appointments.
Setting up a company in Germany is a complicated matter that I can’t support you with. You will need the help of a lawyer and an accountant.
Unfortunately, I cannot support you if you are looking for protection in Germany or want to apply for asylum. I mainly deal with work-, business-, education- and family-based immigration.
You can find more information on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.