Who am I and how did I get here?
Oh hi! I’m Nicole and I’ve been living in Berlin, Germany since 2011. Long story short, during the panic of my senior year of college what-will-I-do-with-my-life?! dilemma, I googled “how can I not live in America?” and ended up in Berlin. Okay, it was a bit more complicated than that! A TEFL certificate, a eurotrip and a couple of teaching jobs later and I found myself in Berlin. Originally flown over for an au-pair job, which I quit after 3 weeks, I suddenly needed a way to stay in the country…quickly. After endless stressing and conflicting information, tons of research and lots of confusing conversations in German at many government offices, I finally left with a freelance visa in hand.
I began with teaching English to adults and children, then moved on to freelancing in Admissions at a business school. Eventually I wanted to be able to travel more, so I started working as a mostly remote freelance customer service agent at a Start-Up, translating, leading monthly workshops on how to be a freelancer in Berlin, and doing the occasional Project Management gig abroad. After three years, I applied for my “open visa” and got it, allowing me to work any type of job, both freelance and employed. In 2015 I began working full-time in the administration of a small university and freelancing occasionally on the side.
As you can see, it’s certainly possible to make it work! Though the visa process may seem stressful in the beginning, I’m here to help! After helping countless friends and clients apply for their visas over the years, I started to be asked so often for help that I couldn’t keep up! Thus, I finally sat down and wrote this eBook. I hope it helps you!
This eBook guide covers the process for obtaining the following work permits:
- Freelance work permit
- Artist work permit
- Preparing to study permit
- Intensive German Language student residence permit
- Residence permit for qualified workers wishing to search for employment
As well as information about:
- Adding a category to an existing freelance or artist permit
- Applying for the “open” visa after working in Germany for three years
- Contacts and suggestions for required health insurance
- List of useful resources and forms
- Tips for your application and appointment at the immigration office
Who is this guide for?
Moving abroad? Not all countries have the same relationship with Germany, which means it is much harder for citizens of some countries to get work permits in Germany than others.
Some people can come to Germany as a tourist for up to three months without a visa and then apply for a work permit from within Germany while others cannot. This eBook is intended for citizens from the following countries:
– Republic of Korea
– New Zealand
– United States of America
These countries have the same or similar regulations with regards to the application process.
*** This guide is only suggested for citizens of the above countries, as the procedures to get a work permit for citizens of other countries differs. ***
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