Immigration

Getting German permanent residency - then giving it up!

  I went to pick up my¬†Niederlassungserlaubnis¬†last week, and only afterward¬†did I realize¬†that I will lose my permanent residency status if I leave¬†Germany¬†for more than 6-months. *sigh* I probably should have read this¬†before¬†going through the hassle of applying. Part of my application required me to take a¬†B1 German test¬†and pass it. It was a pain
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Applying for German PR!

A few days ago I found out¬†I passed my B1 German test!!! So all that stressing out I did about not passing was quatsch (as Martin would say!). Amazingly, I passed with a 98% spoken test, and 93% overall! That¬†doesn’t really reflect my German abilities (I take good tests). But¬†I’m just happy I¬†passed. Phew!!!! Immediately
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Failed my B1 German test?

Yesterday was my B1 German test and¬†everything went well, except the the speaking portion. ūüôĀ Martin thinks I’m being too hard on myself and that I probably did pass, but I didn’t leave the test feeling overly confident so it¬†could go both ways. There isn’t a “fail” in the B1 test. It’s actually called the
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Speaking German at German parties

I’m now officially registered to take the¬†B1 German test on July 1st! It’s important that I pass this¬†test so that I can get my¬†German permanent residency. Despite having lived in Germany for 5.5 years, my German still sucks. If I had to take the test tomorrow, I would fail. So I have to¬†brush¬†up on grammar
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Applying for permanent residency + I need to speak German!

Even though we’re leaving Germany soon, I’m still about to apply for my Niederlassungserlaubnis, aka unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis, aka German permanent residency. Why? Because it’ll make things easier for us as a couple with¬†different nationalities. Sometimes there are special visas¬†that you can only apply for at your home/resident country. If we don’t share national residencies, we’ll
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