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Pandemic 2020

March 2020 brought a Coronavirus to the world and it is really a scary one. It emerged from China and now spreads across all the continents.

  • It caused a lot of casualties and hundreds of thousands were infected.
  • W.H.O declares it as a pandemic.

On one hand the world is fighting for health and on the other hand as one community we have to keep the nations and individuals financially strong enough so that they can hold their future. Pandemic will be over soon and till that the nations should have to take decisions to hold up their economies. Whole world is worried about the current situation but there are few who have been much more worried than others.

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Who must be more worried?

Freelancers or self-employed people across the globe contribute a lot to the nation’s economy. Freelance market is one of the major sources that bring money and value to a nation. At this time, when there exists a pandemic in the world and we are fighting for health and to heal the world and wipe out the virus, there are a lot of things that are getting affected.

“Unable for small businesses to manage day to day financial activities”
Small businesses are unable to manage their day to day finance because of the lock downs and the unavailability of the resources. Freelance market is going down, causing tough time for the self-employed freelancers to stand back on their feet. World seems to have a shortage of supplies and daily products and among them the hand sanitizers and surgical masks are the most prominent.

Coronavirus aid: How to help?

At this state of Pandemic, how can we cope with all the degradations we are facing? The few important products which are not available in the market due to several reasons including the stockers who have stocked the products to push the prices for their personal benefit or may be the low availability of the raw material or resources to the manufacturer to keep developing the products.

Small businesses which are already in the market need to be stabilized and it’s a good opportunity to start a new business that offers the products which are short in the market. Small businesses can cover a low range of market but indeed in the presence of hundreds of such temporary startups can offer a very helpful hand to the public.

However, the issue is of finance and budgeting because due to the Coronavirus concern, the small businesses already in need of financial aid to make themselves survive for a little longer. In such a situation, new startups and the existing ones can only be stabilized when there is financial aid that helps their business activities during the Pandemic.

Leading the world, Germany has taken the initiative to grant aid for freelancers and small business owners. This indeed is a very good step at a very right time. Their aid policy stated that if a small business owner needs financial aid to keep continuing with the business he or she can ask for the aid. At any point the aid receiver is found not eligible for the financial aid, that whole amount will be converted as the loan which the owner should give back to the state.

German Government Grant

The European Commission (EC) authorized on Sunday the plans of the German Government to provide liquidity to its companies through state-subsidized loans to deal with the coronavirus, measures that have been approved thanks to the relaxation of State Coronavirus aid rules.

“The Commission concluded that the measures are necessary, appropriate and proportional to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a member state,” the community executive said in a statement, stressing that they are in line with the temporary measures adopted to facilitate the granting of State support.

KfW Bankengruppe (banking group): Coronavirus aid

Specifically, Germany has received authorization for two credit-granting programs through its national promotion bank KfW.

  • The first will allow the public bank to cover up to 90% of the risks of loans to companies of any size that have a maturity of up to five years and do not exceed 1,000 million euros per company.
  • The second will allow KfW and private banks to provide loans through a consortium in which the State will cover up to 80% of the risk of a specific loan, but not more than 50% of the company’s total debt.
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The EC approves public aid from Germany to its companies due to the pandemic

Berlin plans to give up to half a trillion euros in liquidity with these measures, according to the German government when announcing the package a few days ago.

“These measures will allow KfW to provide liquidity in the form of subsidized loans to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This will be done in close cooperation with commercial banks,” the Commission explained.
The Community Executive has given the green light considering that the measures are in line with the Temporary Framework for State Aid launched in the wake of the pandemic since the loans will only cover liquidity needs in the near future, they will only be granted until later this year and will be limited to a maximum of six years in duration.

According to Brussels, KfW agreements with commercial banks will ensure that the benefits they receive through these subsidized loans are effectively passed on to companies.

The European Union adopted this Temporary Framework on March 19, which will allow States, in an exceptional way, to channel aid in the form of fiscal advantages, guarantees and public loans to companies, and support for banks to face the economic impact of the coronavirus.

This system, which was already used in 2009 during the financial crisis, allows Brussels to authorize public aid that under normal circumstances would not be accepted as long as it is “intended to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State”.

Tax Advisor Answers Questions About Soforthilfe II

This article originally published in German at Gruender Lexikon site,  FAQs with Tax Advisor which has translated into English by Dr. Carol van Buren. According to her lots of people have questions and concerns about the self-employed grants. I think it is important that people understand exactly what they are for and what may happen if you fraudulently claim them or use them incorrectly.

What are the requirements to apply for Soforthilfe?

First of all, a distinction must be made between emergency aid from the federal government and emergency aid from the federal states. The distinction is sometimes not easy because federal funds are also distributed through the federal states or the programs are combined.

Eligible applicants for federal funds are self-employed, freelancers and small businesses. They must carry out their work from within Germany and be registered with a German tax office. In addition, companies must have existed for a long time and should not have been in financial difficulty before the corona crisis.

The state funds are often similar, but can also differ. The requirements in the respective federal state must be checked separately. However, this can also be difficult at the moment, because a lot is still unclear due to the rapid implementation of the aid programs. Incidentally, this also applies to federal funds and of course influences all of my answers.

Can I apply for Soforthilfe II if I am still liquid, but am increasingly losing my orders?

This is still somewhat unclear at the moment. However, according to the information currently available from the federal government, it is to be assumed that a business must already be experiencing liquidity problems (Liquiditätsengpass) at the time the application is made. The applicant must confirm that the corona pandemic has caused them economic difficulties. Although funds will be transferred quickly one should expect that this information will be checked at a later date (my emphasis).

How do I calculate how much my business has been affected and how can I prove it?

This is also difficult to say at the moment because it is not known what will be accepted as evidence. When applying, the only thing that needs to be assured is that a liquidity shortage (Liquiditätsengpass) has occurred. However, it can be assumed that the real figures of the company and its evaluations can be used at a later point in time to check exactly what the situation was at the time the application was made. In addition, bank statements, cash receipts and proof of current obligations, such as loan, leasing or rental contracts, can be used.

To work out whether you do, in fact, have a liquidity bottleneck (Liquiditätsengpass), you should take into consideration what operating liquid funds and, if applicable, any expected funds you have available and then subtract your existing expenses, e.g. rent/lease for your business premises, loan repayments, equipment leasing costs etc but also charges for insurance and tax consultants. If this results in a negative amount, there is a liquidity bottleneck (Liquiditätsengpass).

Am I entitled to Soforthilfe even if I am “only” part-time self-employed (nebenberuflich)?

No, Soforthilfe II is only available for people who are full time freelancers or self-employed. This means that employed people with a side job are ineligible to apply.

Do I have to use up my personal wealth before I can apply for a grant?

This is also not entirely clear at the moment. The overwhelming opinion assumes that this is not the case. It is financial support for your business. It is not financial support for your living costs (i.e welfare). Long-term pensions, shares, real estate or funds that are needed for a living are not included.

Can I use the grant as a solo self-employed person or freelancer to pay for private costs such as rent and groceries?

A very much discussed point, which is probably still not completely clear. However, it is becoming increasingly accepted that this is probably not the case. For instance, on Friday the investment bank in Schleswig-Holstein, which issued the funds, said that private maintenance costs are also included in the emergency aid. The bank has since retracted this statement.

If freelancers, solopreneurs and/or small business owners are also experiencing financial hardship (Liquiditätsengpass) in their private lives, basic social security (Grundsicherung) is supposed to take care of this. The application procedure for claiming ALG II has been relaxed accordingly.

How do I calculate my living expenses? Can I set a flat rate?

As already mentioned above, in most cases living costs are not covered by Soforthilfe II.

N.B. If you have already received Berlin Soforthilfe II, it can be used to cover your living expenses. However, from next week (6 April) Federal rules will apply. This means you can only use the funds for your business. They have changed the FAQs to reflect this change. Attached is proof of the old rules, should there be issues later.

Can I apply for both federal and state grants?

Yes, both federal and state grants can be applied for. These are usually granted side by side. Here again the special state law and also the de-minimis regulations have to be considered.

What does de-minimis mean and what do I have to consider?

De-minimis is a funding term. It means that if you apply for several grants (e.g. from the EU, from the government, from your state etc), the total combined sum of those grants must not exceed a certain amount.

In order to simplify the examination of this de-minimis regulation, a so-called de-minimis declaration must be submitted when applying for Soforthilfe. This statement must list all de-minimis aid that an entrepreneur has received over a period of time, usually the past three years.

The declaration should be made in full. Because here too the following applies: Incorrect or incomplete information can be considered subsidy fraud.

Do grants have to be repaid?

If you received the Federal Soforthilfe II grant lawfully, you do not have to repay it. Different regulations apply to state grants. However, those who have received the grants unjustly must expect a demand for recovery. Anyone who receives the funds on the basis of incorrect information (fraud) should expect to also face criminal consequences.

Do I have to pay back subsidies if I go bankrupt within the next few weeks despite the emergency aid?

No, this is also not to be expected. Unless the funds were wrongly paid out. In this case, too, a demand to recover the funds can be expected.

Do the grants paid count towards business income?

Yes, the subsidy is recorded as business income and is taxed as such.
Are the grants tax-free and/or are they subject to Progressionsvorbehalt (i.e. will they move me into a higher tax bracket)?

The grants are neither tax-free nor subject to the progression clause. This is because the subsidy is generally taxable as business income. However, this will only take effect when the tax return for 2020 has to be submitted. So, next year at the earliest. (my emphasis) Only if a positive profit was generated in 2020 will the personal tax rate be influenced by the subsidy.

Can the funds run out before the application is made?

That is hard to say. Funding can always run out before everyone has submitted their application. However, the federal funding program in particular is very generously financed, which means that it is unlikely to run out of money for the time being.

Politicians are also keen to ensure that everyone who legitimately applies for funding will also receive it. The same applies to state subsidies but, of course, it cannot be entirely ruled out.

What happens if I wrongly applied for and received the grants?

As already indicated above, the funds that have been wrongly allocated can be reclaimed. If this is all that happens, you may consider yourself lucky. However, be warned – especially if the information you provided was incorrect – you should also expect to be prosecuted. I am not a lawyer, but you may face criminal proceedings for subsidy fraud or making a false oath/perjury. These are not trivial offenses. Subsidy fraud in particularly serious cases can result in imprisonment of up to ten years. If the offense is considered less serious, there are prison terms of up to six months or fines.

From next week though the rules in Berlin will also change. They are going to COMBINE the grant with the federal grant – or maybe just offer the federal grant – because they have used all the money they had for freelancers. When it becomes just the federal grant, you will not be allowed to use it for personal expenses. You will need to apply for ALG II instead.

You can apply directly from IBB Berlin  Site, Please click here. If you have any more information then please feel free to share it via comment.

Introduction

If you are an individual who is looking for ways to work in Germany, we have news for you. Germany recently introduced the German Skilled Immigration Act that not only changes things for the better but entirely changes how they carry out procedures in the country in terms of immigrants.

Brought in practice on 2nd March 2020, Germany created more relaxed Visa rules concerning people who want to work in Germany but are not European Nationals. Germany is a growing economy that has flourished in recent times.

German companies are always on the lookout for competent workers that are qualified and hungry enough to fulfill their demands. They want people who will work for them and take their organizations to new levels.

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In Germany, there’s always a demand for skilled people that are not met. The changes in the Visa rules make it much easier for people from outside Europe to come and work for German organizations. It also gives the country of Germany access to an extensive range of qualified people.

The new Skilled Immigration Act identifies and entertains these issues by providing more accessible Visa rules. Jobs that were not available to non-EU nationals before are now made possible.

People can come from outside of Europe to look for work in Germany for as long as six months. Of course, if they find suitable employment, they can stay as long as they want to. You will have to speak and learn some German if you are to come to Germany.

Different types of Visas require different levels of German-speaking abilities. Here’s everything you need to know about the visa rules change for non-EU nationals

What changes does the law introduce?

Qualified Professionals:

  • Germany has introduced a new definition of Qualified Professionals that are allowed to come and work in the country.
  • According to the new German Visa rules, a Qualified Professional is somebody with either an education degree or a vocational education qualification.
  • You must take the vocational education qualification after taking a training course that had a duration of at least two years.
  • The German relevant authority must recognize your qualification for anything to go through regardless of you having a vocational diploma or an education degree.
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  • Before the German Skilled Immigration Act was implemented in early March of 2020, some rules prioritized the hiring of German nationals over people who came from abroad.
  • This act makes sure there is no prioritization of anybody over anybody except for the rules of merit. If a person is qualified enough for a job, they can get it regardless of their location or their passport.
  • Earlier, some Visa rules concerned the person’s range of employment that the person can apply for. That means if you were applying for a post in Germany, it must be relevant to your field of research or your degree.
  • Now non-EU people can apply for jobs that complement their field of study or their field of research. They can also take up jobs that are related to their professional field in any way at all. This is excellent news for all parties interested.
  • After the new German Visa rules, people with vocational qualifications can take up jobs that were previously only available for German or EU nationals. Allowing vocationally qualified people from outside Europe is a massive step in the direction of allowing more competent people from outside Europe to come and work in Germany.
  • If you are seeking jobs in Germany, the German Jobseeker Visa is a type of Visa that allows you to stay and look for jobs in Germany. The Jobseeker Visa will enable people to apply and interview for jobs. You can even work up to 10 hours a week for a potential employer to see if you are the right fit for the job or vice versa.
  • If you are an international student taking study courses in Germany, you can now request to get your Residence status changed. It’s easy and straightforward. Students from abroad will have to take up a vocational course to attain the Residence permit that will allow them to stay and work in the country. These students can also work while studying on this vocational course. This process helps in managing funds.
  • If you don’t have a recognizable education qualification for German authorities, you can now apply for a Visa for Training and Skill Development. You’ll have to acquire A2 level German Language skills.
  • Once you’ve attained the German language skills, you can apply for the Visa and develop skills to get your dream work in Germany. You can stay in the country for up to 18 months on this Visa, and there can be an extension of 4 months subject to relevant conditions.

Trainees and Students:

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  • The first and foremost rule that would secure your chances of getting to Germany is having an educational qualification that the country recognizes. The German Education Authority must acknowledge and accept your educational degree.
  • If you feel like you don’t have enough skills for the right job, you can move to Germany on a Trainee Visa if you are younger than 25 years of age. You’ll also have to acquire at least B2 level German language skills.
  • Students who seek a Trainee Visa must produce a high school certificate proving that they have graduated from high school. Having enough funds to support themselves is a given. Study in Germany is highly valued.
  • International students who have finished their vocational training courses can request a permanent residency. They must first fulfill the condition of staying in Germany for at least two years before applying for a permanent settlement permit.

For Employers:

  • Organizations and companies can initiate a quicker process for qualified professionals. Employers activate this process at the relevant foreign registration office. This process helps in shortening down the administrative process and help the person involved in coming into the country and start working.
  • The first step is to hand the power of attorney to the company from a qualified professional.
  • If you are an employer, you must have a written agreement that includes you as an employer, the foreign registrar’s office.
    This agreement includes the power of attorney and any obligations that are required.
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  • The conditional requirements include the employer, the qualified professional applying for the Visa and the relevant authorities.
  • Then they start the process. Firstly, the Foreign Registration Office tries to recognize the foreign qualification of the professional. After this, Federal Employment Agency approval is obtained. After the approval, the registration office seeks approval based on lawful conditions.
    When all conditions are fulfilled, the office sends an advance proposal. The advance proposal works quicker than the standard procedure. The proposal, sent to the employer on behalf of the qualified professional, is sent to the professional.
  • The applicant must make an appointment at the German Missions office to apply for the Visa. German Missions will hold the meeting within three weeks, and the applicant must present the advance proposal in this meeting, among other documents required for the Visa application.
  • When the applicant completes the visa application and submits it, the authorities take three more weeks to make a decision.The authorities cover the qualified professional’s spouse and children in this expedited procedure.

I am a qualified professional. What do I have to do to work in Germany?

  • After the new German Visa rule changes, there are a few steps you must follow to work in Germany:
  • Get your qualifications from abroad recognized in Germany.
  • You need to speak some German in order to work in Germany. There are certain German Language levels you will have to pass to work in the country.
  • If you live outside Germany, you’ll need to apply through the German Missions office. They will help you in issuing your Visa. Find one near your location and apply.
  • Conclusion

    Germany has been making waves when it comes to offering opportunities from non-EU nationals around the world. There are a lot of countries in the world where there are not enough jobs available.

    Citizens of such countries cherish opportunities that pay good and offer a more than decent life alongside a respectable job.

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    Germany is one of the most student-friendly nations in the world, and now they are offering workers a good shot at life. It is an excellent opportunity for aspiring engineers, computer scientists, software engineers, laborers, and athletes.

    The German Skilled Immigrant Act makes it incredibly easy and straightforward for Non-EU nationals around the globe to come to Germany and apply for their dream jobs without any discrimination.

    If they are qualified enough, they’ll get the job. If you learn some German and have suitable qualifications, you should look into this.

    How self-employed businesses are affected by Coronavirus in Germany?

    The economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus is putting severe consequences on some sectors and the consequences can be devastating.

    Most affected are ones:

    • Self-employed or freelancers
    • Small businesses with less capital

    Self-employed people, as well as small businesses, are the ones receiving most of the bad effects. Professionals like repairers, drivers, lawyers, musicians, photographers or artists fear for their future and do not see that the Government will protect their future.

    Well in a state of emergency, people are always worried about their survival. In such conditions, it’s the State which helps the citizens to cope up with the situational problems and let them survive until the conditions get better.

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    • Coronavirus in Germany: Businesses need aid

    Due to the Coronavirus concern, not in a specific region but in the entire world people are worried about their financial future.

    Due to the

    • The lockdowns
    • Low trading
    • Unavailability of resources

    Small businesses are unable to keep working for their survival. Small businesses and freelancers do not have such capacity to compensate for their losses in the short term to keep moving in the market. However, at the same time these small businesses and freelancers are contributing to each country’s economy. Therefore, these small businesses and the freelancers should get help in the form of aid to keep working during the Coronavirus issues.

    Keeping the concern of Coronavirus in Germany in mind, Germany is the one which took initiative for these freelancers by providing them with the necessary aid to help them keep running their businesses and pay the utilities. In Germany and also across the globe the efforts of German Government to help small businesses is appreciated.

    • Germany is leading

    In Germany, the government is already finalizing a massive financial aid package to bail out individual freelancers and small businesses with up to 10 employees in Germany, badly affected by the coronavirus crisis, according to German media. This news is like an easy way out for those small businesses which are getting most of the bad effects of the Coronavirus.

    The exact amount of aid that is going to be delivered to the citizens of Germany running their own small businesses and are not able to manage the finance in the presence of a pandemic is around 30 to 40 billion euros.

    Specifically, the government plans to provide a total of € 40 billion for an aid purpose to help owners to stabilize their business.

    These would be divided into:

    • 10 billion as direct grants for one-person operations and small businesses.
    • Remaining 30 billion in the form of loans.

    According to Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, he told Deutschlandfunk radio that the Executive intends to approve this plan next week to “help those who urgently need it.” While specifically mentioning those running small businesses in Germany to help build the economy.

    The country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has indicated that there should be no “solidarity gap” for small businesses and the self-employed. “The chain is as strong as the weakest link that is why we shake hands with everyone: the little ones and the big ones. After all, that is what characterizes our social market economy, and that is exactly what this crisis will make us survive, “he added.

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    • Change in the country’s budget policy

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the economies are badly hit and no one knows how long it would take to wipe out Coronavirus from the world. Therefore, countries need to re-plan their budget policies to be able to fight against the current pandemic. Considering this as an appropriate act at the right time the German Government decided to revise its budget policy.

    In addition, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz wants to organize a special government fund that the self-employed can draw on for loans. This “solidarity fund” is currently being developed by experts from the Ministries of Finance and Economy and this will surely be a great financial help from the state to the citizens.

    • The program would mark the point where Germany departs from its policy of balanced annual federal budgets. After years of budget surpluses, the German government is no longer authorized to borrow money for the federal budget, so a special supplemental budget would be required.
    • The objective of this program is to distribute money quickly and with the least possible bureaucracy.
    • Germany’s plan for distribution seems to be effective as the small businesses have already suffered a lot to keep themselves in a market and to pay the utilities. Therefore, it’s good to provide them aid as early as possible.
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    • Transparency to avoid decline of state economy

    To keep the transparency, the government decided to come up with solid plans in order to make small businesses stronger as well as to maintain the country’s economy. The government wants to check later if the beneficiaries really needed that help. In case the help is not considered necessary, the money lent to the independent professional or the company could be converted into a loan. This would allow the government to guarantee that any money that has been distributed without justification is returned.

    • If individuals have taken money with a proper concern of aiding the business, it will be fine.
    • If the audit comes with no appropriate need for the money then it will be converted to the loan which surely helps back the state in terms of interests.
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    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s special coronavirus crisis cabinet is expected to discuss the measures Thursday afternoon. Germany is home to up to 5 million freelancers, many of whom have lost all their jobs in recent weeks. Quoting these statements of the Chancellor, we can know how much Germany is concerned about the freelancers and the freelancing market.

    • Last Verdict

    As in many other countries, the freelancers are one of the major sources of drawing money to the state. Keeping this thing in mind and giving it importance in regards with the country’s economy all the other states must have come forward to initiate such aids. Keeping the freelancing market alive is crucial during the pandemic but together and with the initiative of the governments like Germany has taken, the self-employed businesses will surely not shut down so quickly. Hopefully, the impacts of Coronavirus in Germany on the small businesses and freelancers can be alleviated with the help of the German financial rescue package.

    The unemployment rate in Germany right now is a mere 3.6%. Compare that to the European Union’s overall unemployment rate of 7.6%, and it’s easy to see that Germany’s economy is booming.

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    More people are flocking to Germany for their opportunities and benefits — everyone from college graduates to workers close to retiring. If you’re considering starting your own business, even better. Germany is one of the best countries to form your own startup. And considering the many benefits of learning German as a language, there’s never been a better time to make the move.

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    Job Availability And Wages

    Germany has many benefits for their employees, particularly more so than other countries. For one, the minimum wage in Germany is projected to rise through the years as Europe’s largest economy. Germany’s economy is experiencing a profound success right now in the international market, meaning there are good paying jobs everywhere around the country. This is good news for everyone from graduates fresh out of college looking for their first jobs to senior workers looking to relocate, especially considering the many benefits of working later in life. It’s never too late to make a career change or live in a different country, especially if you’re considering setting up your own business.

    The German government is very open to the establishment of all types of businesses – no matter if they are domestic or foreign. Small business is a big reason why Germany’s economy is thriving. The small businesses are the backbone of the economy, which helps explain why 99% of German businesses are small to medium sized. Germany is one of the only countries in Europe boasts that kind of percentile and is especially welcome to new and innovative business models. If you’re looking to form your own startup, Germany is your country of choice.

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    Worker’s Benefits

    German employment laws are generally more favorable to workers, especially their termination protection, collective bargaining agreements, and holidays. German workers are entitled to paid maternity leave, often lasting more than a year. They are also entitled to sick pay for up to 6 weeks, with an additional 6 weeks available if necessary. Vacation pay in Germany is protected by law to be at least 4 weeks per year, which is leagues ahead of other nations around the world. And social security payments are mandatory by law as well. Germany’s worker benefits are substantial in regards to other countries. As an added perk, most rural sections of Germany have no speed limit. It’s not unsafe either, considering it was based on accident experience, congestion, and other factors.

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    Working Hours And Ages

    The working hours in Germany are particularly flexible. Most working hours are confined to Monday through Friday, with retail stores making exceptions for the weekends. Sundays are generally considered days off for everyone, with the only exceptions being bakeries and petrol stations. What differentiates Germany is that by the law, “Ladenschlussgesetz” (Shop Closing Law), stores have strict times they are allowed to be open and closed, meaning that very few employees are overworked or demanded to work overtime hours. German workers are known for working less but producing more.

    In some parts of Germany, kids can start working at age 13, but that’s rare and only in situations with parental permission. The labor laws generally extend to children aged 15-18. What makes Germany’s youth labor laws progressive is that it forbids teenagers from working any jobs that can endanger their physical or mental health. And after any given shift, youths must be given a 12-hour break. They are also generally not allowed to work the weekends.

    All in all, there are many reasons to consider moving to Germany for work. You’re bound to find a job with their low unemployment rate, the worker benefits are numerous, and working hours are flexible and forgiving. If you instead have ambitions to start your own business, there couldn’t be a better country to move to. Workers of all ages will find a welcoming and helpful community to start, grow, and retire in.

    Why is Germany the perfect place to study abroad?

    In the last few years, we can see an enormous growth of students who apply for Germany. Germany has become one of the favorite places for international students to study abroad. A few years from now, students mainly rushed to the UK and the US for learning purpose. But due to its rich heritage and multifaceted history, friendly people and beauty of the country is something which every student enjoys apart from studying there.

    The country is also full of any opportunities, and its courses are ranked among the best ones in the world. Even residing and getting a job in Germany is not at all a difficult task. So, let’s check out the main reasons why Germany is the perfect place to study abroad.

     

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    Process of getting visa is not arduous

    We have already discussed the method of applying visa for Germany in our previous post. The task is not difficult at all, and there is apparently less number of formalities to be completed before getting a permanent visa. So, if a student has all the required documents handy, the process hardly takes few days to complete, and he can fulfil his dream of studying abroad with a reputed college in Germany.

    Germany has comparatively few restrictions on getting permanent visa or student visa. International students have to follow a particular procedure to get the visa and meet the general criteria mentioned therein.

     

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    Diversified culture

    Germany possesses a great and prosperous heritage of ancient times which probably attracts students. It is an ideal country for studying abroad as the people are fun loving, kind and friendly and do not differentiate on the basis of caste and creed.

    The studying environment is secure and respectful, and everyone is welcomed with the same enthusiasm like Germans. It is a fascinating and varied country in every aspect, and the places are worth exploring due to its natural and intellectual resources.

    Germany is in the heart of Europe, and this makes it aesthetically vivid and fascinating county, shaped by the surrounding origins. The country is divided into regions, and every part is remarkable in its own feature. There are lots of activities for everyone like different sports, food, festivals, arts, etc. The nightlife of Germany is exceptionally happening especially if you are in Berlin.

    At first, you might feel little lonely, but with time you learn to adapt to the vibrant environment and hospitable people of Germany.

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    Professional degrees

    The education system in Germany is determined highly on its international domain, and students benefit a lot due to the variety of courses offered. Almost every reputed university in Germany has incorporated a global study program into its curriculum. The professors from all around the world share their experience in English as a primary language, as well as German language. High academic standards are maintained to offer students with quality education.

    The learning of German language is mandatory and that is taught thru the intensive programs. This doubles the chances of getting more job opportunities simultaneously. These all things come together and help in modelling an excellent future for the aspiring students. More than 400 educational institutes offer graduate and postgraduate programs for international students.

    Universities offer various programs in:

    • Classical approach to academics and research
    • Technical universities offering IT and engineering curses
    • Institutes for fine arts, film and music
    • Universities of applied sciences

     

    The PG programs are usually for two years and the student has to clear the entrance exam for getting admission in the desired school. The PHD programs will usually last for three years. Admission to all these degree courses require particular knowledge. The courses are designed outstandingly in order to match with global criteria and attract more students.

     

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    Fee-free coaching

    In addition to the high-quality education system, Germany also cuts down on the tuition fees. The act was passed in October 2014, and this advantage as compared to other developed nations is profitable for students who cannot afford the high cost of learning. The rule applies to all students irrespective of the country they come in from. Thus, it is a great opportunity for those who want to pursue higher studies in Germany and build a far-reaching career. There are some laws for that too:

    • Private universities are not exempted with no fees rule
    • Only semester fee is payable at public universities
    • No fee rule is applied only to only Bachelor’s degrees
    • Post-graduate degrees are bound with some tuition fees depending on the college you choose
    • Pursuing PG courses from public universities will save a lot as compared to private colleges
    • Studiengebühren is the genuine tuition fee which varies somewhat between Euro 500, and other administration fees called Semesterbeitrag
    • Free public transportation is included in the costs
    • Scholarship programs are also offered to exceptional students
    • In case of financial turmoil, universities do help the outstanding students in several ways

    So, the campuses in Germany offer various courses with several advantages for building world-class professionals.

     

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    Reasonable housing facility

    No doubt if you search for good rooms with all the basic amenities will cost you more, but if you decide to compromise on many things, then it might be not too hard for you to get an inexpensive lodging near the college. The lodging in old buildings and distant areas might be affordable, but that might not be preferred by all. You can also share rooms with someone or go for private room, but that will cost you more.

    Rental flats might be affordable but having facilities is the question where all fail to compromise. If you really prefer housing with all basic amenities, then you need to pre-book it well in advance. You can also contact the Studentenwerk early so as to find a decent rental place to live in. They have a huge waiting list all the year round. So, as a student you need to check all the available possibilities to get a good accommodation nearby your college. If you are well aware of the system, then you won’t face any problem finding a place and a good partner to share your room with.

    Available options as per your budget are:

    • University guest houses
    • Student hall of residence
    • Private accommodation
    • Whole Apartments near campus

     

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    European students have added benefit

    European students can come and study in Germany without any restrictions. They will cherish all the rights like German citizens and EU\EFTA resident regarding free entry, the chance to study and work devoid of any additional authorizations. Other non-residents of Europe have to follow the same procedure of applying for visa and then stay there. But if you have registered for a summer school language program, you have to apply for student visa that permits you to live in Germany for more than 90 days. The visa also allows you to get residency permit that will allow you to visit the entire Schengen area freely.

    If you have got acceptance by any German university, then you can apply for student visa three months before your planned departure. All the documents are to send to migration office of the German university near the designated university. When all the official formalities are completed, you will be given residency permit. And if you are planning to travel Europe on the student visa, then you have to inform the authorities prior your parting.

     

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    Mandatory to have health insurance

    It is a good thing for an outsider to have a health insurance before settling in the country. The universities will not allow you to register with them if you don’t have medical insurance with essential health services. If you have insurance which covers all the related health services internationally, then you don’t need to buy another one in Germany. But do check all the services offered by that insurance in all the nations.

    It is recommended to have public health insurance as compared to private one as the latter one is expensive for students. But if you belong to a wealthy background and want to avail 5 star services, then private health insurance can be the best available option.

    The health insurance you purchase might not include areas of Europe and Schengen, so make sure that you get such facilities in case of emergency. The cost might be little high, but you have to cover all the risks and apply for a better option available in hand.

     

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    Twofold studies offer a great opportunity

    Studying and working together gives a better exposure to students and a chance to become more responsible at an early stage. The method has a positive influence on students by offering them monetary and theoretical gains. This not only makes you independent and saves a lot of time which one might spend just hanging around without any purpose. Any institute might encourage such practice if you have a valid high school diploma, knowledge of German language, a great academic background to proceed the admission request.

    The German high school diploma from any country will be accepted readily as compared to non-German diplomas. The latter ones have to go thru the acknowledgement procedure by the proper and legit authorities ((Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle)) in the country. It is advised to check these documents with DAAD or the German Embassy in the country so as to avoid any future problems. After passing the German language exam, a certificate (which is an essential document) of the same can be obtained from every Goethe Institute near your home. If you have all these documents, then you can earn while studying in Germany.

    Additional benefits

    German is one of the major languages in the world and the first linguistic of around 95 million people universally and the most commonly enunciated native semantic in the European Union. Other than the benefits of learning this language, Germany offers a lot of different opportunities for the students and individuals who come to settle there. Other than this you can go through the following reasons and decide for yourself that why is Germany a perfect place for you to study abroad:

    • It is the world’s second-biggest exporter
    • Its economy ranks number one in Europe
    • It is hometown for many international conglomerates
    • It is the gateway to a world-class higher education
    • Many of the Western world’s most significant works of philosophy, fiction, music, art, history, spirituality, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are inscribed in German and endure to be created in German.

    Conclusion

    Overall, there are many reasons to choose Germany as you next destination abroad for studying. Not only students but professionals seeking job opportunities also benefit a lot from the economy of Germany. Germans are warm-hearted people who respect every culture and cherish all customs. It will be a wise decision if you select Germany for your higher studies. All these reasons suffice the answer as to why is Germany a perfect place to study abroad.

    You must have heard that Germany is quite tough to learn, but I personally think that every language is hard when mastered the first time. For some, even mother tongue seems to be difficult to grasp for a first timer. So, if you have the absolute commitment and a sharp mindset towards something, then nothing is away from your reach. The same story goes with the German language. Anyhow one has to start every language with the basics that are ABC; your task is just to focus on the initial part, and then move to the advanced level.

    Now, it might be that you have got this idea about the toughness of German language from your peers or relatives. But it will take your hard work and passion towards reaching your goal. For us, English is an accessible language, but for Chinese, this language is also tough to learn. So, nothing is impossible for an optimistic individual if he has solid reasons to do a particular task. I will give you top 15 explanations as to why one should learn German as a second relevant language.

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Languages Importance

    Germany has the biggest number of local speakers in the entire European Union. It is amongst the top ten languages enunciated in the world. The language has some similarity with English as few words are pronounced or look like German. And also in the film industry, the German language has made a unique position as many well-known filmmakers are from Germany.

    22 Nobel Prizes in Physics, 30 in Chemistry, and 25 in Medicine have gone to researchers from the three leading German-speaking nations, while many laureates from other countries received their education in German academies. Eleven Nobel Prizes in Literature have been bestowed to German-language playwrights, and seven Germans and Austrians have won the Peace Prize.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Economic Reasons

    Learning German can benefit in many ways if you look at the commercial side. Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter. The country’s economy ranks number one in Europe and fourth worldwide. Its financial system is comparable to that of all world’s Spanish- speaking nations altogether. Germany is the destination for many international conglomerates. The straight investing by Germany in the US is more than ten billion dollars.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Social Reasons

    By learning Germany, you can get global acknowledgment. If you are aiming to settle in Germany in future, it helps you in tackling the peer pressure of the organization and will benefit you in presenting your ideas in a better way. This will widen your engagements and assist you in handling adverse situations.

    German is the linguistic of Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg spoke and transcribed German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Structural Reasons

    The people in Germany are known to be world leaders in engineering. It is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. The place is the gateway to a top-notch higher education system. The education structure is designed to offer the best learning programs to the international aspirants. Many of the Western world’s most significant works of philosophy, writings, music, art history, religion, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and medicine are inscribed in German and endure to be created in German.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Widely spoken and accepted language

    German is the language which is used as a primary native language of and links you to over 120 million native speakers worldwide. It is the second most learned language, and third most popular language taught worldwide. It is the second most popular language in Europe and Japan after English.

    It is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And it is the local language of a significant percentage of the populace in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Advantage in professional life

    If you know German, then you get an advantage over other candidates. Germany’s robust economic growth matches business opportunities as many big multinational companies exist throughout the European nations. It is because German is the second most spoken language after Russia. The world-famous German corporations like Lufthansa, BMW, Bosch, BASF, Siemens, and many other need international associates.

    Knowing the fact that German has business advantages, 68% of Japanese students learn German, despite having a 2nd most powerful economy in the world. And also, if you are looking for a job in the US, German knowledge will give you an added advantage. German companies account for 700,000 jobs in the US, and US enterprises have done almost the same jobs in Germany.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Prosperous Country

    Germany is a flourishing country and has given many innovators to the world. They have proven themselves to be great trendsetters as they have 4 of the world’s ten most pioneering businesses are placed in Germany, and at 12.7% of the world’s blatant applications, the nation ranks 3rd in the world.

    The country is focussed fully on various research and development; Germans are on the edge of new expertise. Germany trades in more advanced products than any other republic except for the US. It has more than 600 organizations are dynamic in the front-line field of biotechnology. Almost two-thirds of the world’s largest trade fairs take place in Germany.

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    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Germans are leading bursars of tourist dollars

    Although German people are incredibly prolific, they are also good in spending money for their entertainment. They get ample income to spend on their recreation and have 6 weeks of holidays yearly. They love to travel other countries and believe in enjoying their life by exploring new things. In around 2007, Germans spent 91 billion Euros on traveling itself. It means if you learn German and work in Germany, you will be offered enough resources to enjoy your life to the fullest.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Germany’ manifestation on Internet overtakes other prime nations

    It will be hard to believe that Germans keep up a current internet authority among other leading countries. It has 8 million internet domains and its most powerful nations domain .de is second only to the extension.com. it means the German extensions are popular than .net, .org, .info and .biz.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Germans shape the largest distinct heritage group in the US

    If you are living in America or want to earn its culture, then knowledge about Germans can increase your gratitude and familiarity with the US saga and background. In one of the 2000 census, around 42.8 million or 15.2% of Americans stated having German heritage, making German Americans the original single legacy group in the US.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Country of prolific intellectuals

    You must not have an idea that every 1 book out of 10 is published in the German language. It clearly denotes that this language is not the thing of the past, but a language to be valued. Germany has produced many scholars and writer from various fields, who have shown their excellent work to the world time and again. German orators publish thousands of books every year on different subjects.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Germans have a rich culture

    I already mentioned this country’s contribution to American culture; these language speakers are known to be affluent poets and thinkers, as the nation is referred to as “Dichter and Denker”. Science and philosophy also would be hard to imagine without the German orators. The beliefs of Germans have totally transformed the way we think about human behavior. So, knowing German lets you access the whole thing of these great people in their actual linguistic and have in-depth knowledge of their culture.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Higher standard of education

    German is required and recommended by many UG and PG level programs. Looking at the significant contributions made by Germans in every field, this language has become a valuable asset for the students in all privileged university and schools worldwide. Knowledge of German language helps the students to learn about the famous researchers published in German books and journals.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    Germany is a financially stable country

    Germans commercially fund over 60000 international trades every year. The Germans very well understand the importance of international relations and cooperation with other nations to continue its growth as a successful leader. In 2001, German Academic Exchange Services supported around 67000 researchers, academics, educationalists and learners in phases of international research and study.

     

    Top 15 Reasons to Learn German Language

    German is not as rigid as it looks

    Looking at the overall benefits of learning the German language, you will surely have a strong mindset towards studying this language in future. No doubt you have to put in some extra effort to have a proper grasp over German, but nothing is impossible in this world when done with firm determination.

    The overall study shows that learning the German language will only help in developing our perspective and widen our knowledge. And moreover, English and German both evolved from common ancestor linguistic Germanic, and both languages have similar vocab and grammar.

    Conclusion

    So, now as we have passed with flying colors and are out of the typecasts, let’s admit it that out of all the existing languages worldwide, German is not an obvious choice. These reasons are good enough to learn the language. So, let’s hop on the train and explore more available opportunities with German globally.

    If you have ever worked in Germany or already have a decent job there, you must know the tax you are paying or have paid, is recoverable to some extent. How you can get your money back; we will discuss about taxes in Germany stepwise. But before that, you have to file your tax return as the time is near to start with all the formalities and this is known as “Steuererklärung” (Tax Return). Even if you have not done that, then there is no need to panic as you already pay a small amount of your salary towards the tax.

     

    Taxes in Germany

     

    If we look at the exact figures, can get back upto Euro 900 from their actual taxes paid. But how are you going to get this money back? To answer your query, we have streamlined the process for you and given the stepwise method to get the money back on tax return.

    Search for a reliable tax service online

    There are stable software which will help you in filing the tax return- ELSTER and SteuerGo. The software provides a thorough explanation about filing tax returns; you will get tips to know how to get the maximum money in return. It also tells you the expected amount you will get and allows you to submit your tax return online.

    Arrange all the documents for future references

    While filling up the form, if you are deducting a few expenses, then be ready with the proof in the form of bills to back the claim. The local Finanzamt might ask for it after filing the return, so keep that paperwork handy. Following forms will be needed to file the return.

    If you are an employee:

    • ESt 1 V 2017 (The main form that details general info like your Address, ID Nummer, Etc)
    • Anlage N 2017 (The form to detail your income as an employee)
    • Anlage Vorsorgeaufwand 2017 (The form to detail your insurances)

    If you are self-employed:

    • Est 1A 2017
    • Anlage S 2017 (Freelancers only)
    • Anlage G 2017 (Gewerbetreibende only)
    • Anlage USt 2017 (if you pay V.A.T)
    • Anlage GeSt 1A 2017 (Gewerbetreibende only)
    • Anlage EÜR (If income is more than 17 500€ a year)

    Expenses of shifting due to work

    The work-related cost incurred while moving from one place to another can also be written off till some extent. The deductible costs include:

    • Moving cost to the nearby area which save time in commuting
    • Cost of trucks, boxes, additional food & drinks, and extra housing cost
    • Charges for the earlier flat or home if the shifting was done before your contract could be officially void
    • Broker fees
    • Increase in cost of education of children due to moving

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    Work from home expenses

    These expenses incurred are for those who use home spaces as their office as they don’t have any other alternative from the employer. The freelancers, teachers and sales representatives can use the home space and get money on the same. Expenses to be written off:

    • Around Euro 1250 for the whole year for the space used (rent deducted will be calculated on the size and the rent you make up.
    • Other expenses of utilities might also add up in the deductions, but for this you have to thoroughly check the list.

     

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    Work-allied expenditures irrespective of the amount spent

    Many other small expenses can be written off which are incurred due to your profession. They are paid out of the pocket and the time of occurrence and then later written off as professional expenses. Let’s look at the expenses:

    • Eating out with the potential client
    • Cost of new desk for working at home
    • Phone bills and commuting cost
    • Traveling expenses incurred on a business trip like food, are not reimbursed but the company, but German Government takes care of it. the companies only reimburse the traveling and lodging cost.
    • Trips between 8 to 24 hours are granted allowance between Euro 12 to 24 per day.
    • Miscellaneous expenses including transport cost will be Euro 10 per day.

    Restoration overheads

    If any renovation is done on the house owned by you, you can deduct 20 percent cost for standard services uproot Euro 4000 per year. Same 20 percent applies for hiring specialised services from skilled man with a cover of Euro 1200 as per the Scheller. These expenses include:

    • Gardening
    • Window cleaners
    • Chimney sweepers
    • Roof work
    • Repairs
    • Major Renovation

    Tenants can also deduct the restoration expenses

    Those who are living in rented houses also incur some or the other expenses on the repairs of the house. Their landlords usually charge operating costs in the form of repairs and maintenance around the building. All of these charges are mentioned in the rental agreement.

    So, these expenses can be deducted while filing tax return as the tenants also spend towards the restoration. One has to maintain the claims properly at the time of itemising them via a statement from the property holder.

    Child care expenditures

    Child care expenses gross up a substantial amount. This expenditure is also taken care of in Germany as the cost of child care expenses is deducted from the tax return according to VLH. The amount cover upto Euro 4000 per child under the age of 14 and over the age of 14 if child has some kind of disability. The expenses include:

    • Day care facility availed
    • Nannies
    • Babysitter appointed
    • Au pair (a young foreign individual, usually a woman, who assists in housekeeping or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money).
    • Oma or Opa babysitting the child (their transport can be included in the expenses)

    These payments must take place via bank transfer and not in cash. In few cases, in which Oma or Opa looks after the baby-a small contract must be signed by them declaring that they take care of the baby and charge for transportation.

    Conclusion

    For an expatriate, it becomes difficult to know all the minute details of the expenses and the types to be subtracted from the taxes. So, it is better to hire someone who is the resident of Germany and has the required knowledge (tax adviser or CA). He will be the best person to guide you thru the exact tax saving process and help you in saving upto Euro 1000 from the Finanzamt.

    Moreover, if you have complicated job profile like of a writer or if you are self-employed, then the online firms like Scheller, Expat Tax, Ageras, etc. are the best platforms for you to find the right certified public accountant for your expense management and tax payment.

    Last but not the least- you must keep the copy of all such expenditures mentioned above to show up when asked by the authorities. And also maintain the record of other petite expenses which might be deducted at the time of filing the tax. In Germany, it is imperative to keep track of your costs and maintain the receipts of all the expenditures done.

    Therefore, you can save lots of money while filing tax return in Germany. Start planning for the next year by keeping your expenses bills now.

    Whether its Germany or any other big country, you need a special visa to reside and make a living there. For all non-residents of Europe, it is essential to have an EU Blue Card to have a peaceful stay in Germany. In 2012, this card was made a compulsion for every skilled non-Europe occupant. Why this EU Blue Card was introduced and what purpose does to solve? You will get all the answers below.

    EU Blue Card

    The EU Blue card was introduced to fill the gap between available opportunities with the skilled labour force. This legislation was put into practice and thus attracted many skilled professionals to work as well as study in European realms. The regulation is aimed to make relocation to Germany more attractive to capable foreign citizens in order to fulfil the ever-growing number of jobs that need highly experienced workers.

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    After having this visa, you will also get the permanent residency easily. Before applying for the Blue card, you must have a highly qualified degree and an acceptable job proposal in hand. Now let’s check out how to apply for this visa and what all formalities are to be completed.

    The first question that often comes to the mind is that do we really require the Blue card and why.

    Benefits of having an EU Blue Card:

    • You get equal treatment like the other nationals concerning salary and working.
    • You can reside freely and also get a job in any nation of Schengen area.
    • You get eligible for many socio-economic privileges
    • In future, you might get the residence title for the other member of your family
    • The Blue card gives you the standpoint of longevity

    The next question that arises after knowing the advantages of the Blue card is that how to apply for it and what are the quick ways to get this visa. So, let’s checkout this in brief:

    • You can get the EU Blue Card visa through the German embassy or consulate in your own country or,
    • You can visit Germany on a tourist visa, or any other permit and then apply for it while staying in Germany.

    But in both the conditions, you must have few documents ready in hand so that the process of applying visa goes smoothly. The requirements are:

    • You must have a proof of proving that you are a non-EU residence.
    • You are eligible to survive in Germany or other nations with the help of the highest qualification degree.
    • Or you have a binding job offer in hand that offers you enough earning to survive in the country.
    Note: If you do not have a job offer, then you can come to Germany for a period of six months with a willingness to work with your capability and a qualified degree in hand. In this time, you have to find a job for yourself with a minimum salary to support yourself. When you get one, you can instantly apply for the EU Blue Card –not departing the country – and can stay in Germany while your application for a visa is under process.
    But this too can happen when you have a salary of at least EUR 50800 per year (2017). Some professions (like of scientists, mathematicians, doctors, engineers, and IT experts) which have a shortage of skilled labour, an average yearly salary of around EUR 39000 is also acceptable.

    Validity of EU Blue card

    At the initial stage, Blue Card was useful up to four years. But in case you work permit is less than four years, the validity of visa is for the lower period. If one desires to have permanent residence permit (Aufenthaltstite), he or she may apply for it three years after the card is granted. And if the applicant has a good knowledge of the German language, he or she might apply for the permanent visa within two years complying with the rules of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Family members

    The one who gets the EU Blue Card, it becomes easy for him to get the same for the family. The family members are allowed to work without any restriction in Germany. They (spouse or other members) are not bound by the rule of knowing the German language as a compulsion. They can without any issue stay with the Blue card holder in Germany.

    Migration to another country

    After getting the EU Blue Card, if you are duty-bound to leave Germany for a long time or for a lifetime, then there are a few restrictions. The constraints depend on the nation’s bylaws and construal of the EU decree. But any Blue card holder who got his card in Germany must stay at least for 18 months before leaving for another country.

    EU Blue Card

    Rules and regulations for non-EU university students and alumni

    • Students who are not residents of Germany and are still pursuing their degree courses will be permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year while graduating.
    • Students studying in German universities shall be permitted to stay in the country for 18 months to find a suitable job as per their area of expertise.
    • Graduates of professional schools will be permitted for a year to find work as per their field of capability.

    All these rules are strict to be followed by the non-EU pupils as per the new legislation. There might be many bylaws to the regulations mentioned above, and if anyone wants to know more such confines for students, they should consult the local authorities if in Germany. If one is not residing in the country and want to apply for the Blue Card, he or she may visit the German Embassy or Consulate in their own nation.

    Checklist for getting the EU Blue Card for Germany

    • Proof of a German recognized degree.
    • Looking for a job (get the binding job offer and work contract).
    • Evidence of minimum salary for sustaining nicely in Germany.
    • If you are in Germany, get the proof of health insurance from a private insurance company as it is easy to procure. Later you can change to government health insurance after getting the Blue Card.
    • Find the form ‘Application for a Visa or Residence Permit’, on Google and download it.
    • Apply for a visa before coming to Germany via your country’s German consulate.
    • Find stable lodging while in Germany.
    • Register at your nearby German Burgeramt i.e. German Citizens office.
    • Get an appointment and be ready with all the necessary documents listed below:
      • Passport
      • Photo (35x45mm)
      • College degree or job offer
      • The document “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels” (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit). A residence permit may only be issued upon formal request. Only compulsory for the first-time application.
      • The form “Antrag auf Erlaubnis einer Beschäftigung” (completed). Only when approval is necessary from the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit)
      • The form “Stellenbeschreibung” (filled in by the employer). Only when approval is required from the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit)
    • Finally get your Blue card (habitation consent to highly skilled workers).
    • Regular fee is applicable at the time of appointment.
    • For those not in Germany, German Embassy will be best place to get assistance.

    Conclusion

    So, all the details mentioned above will be helpful to any candidate who is applying for EU Blue card in Germany. One has to fulfill all the formalities carefully and follow the exact procedure to get the Blue card sanctioned.

    waiting to hear after an interview

    I totally understand how we all feel waiting to hear after an interview, especially when it is your first time. Well, whether you are new to the corporate world or an old player; you have to keep a little patience at this stage of life. It is, however, a very stultifying task, as our condition becomes like that small child who wants his favorite chocolate but has to go thru more in the process to get it.

    So, you too have applied for a job in a company and went thru all the preliminary interview process in which you had to spend a whole day waiting. The suffering does not finish at that stage only but doubles in the course of waiting for the response. Did you give your best or you did you stumble in front of the interviewer? These questions make you go utterly fanatical.

    waiting to hear after an interview

    The common advice given at this point of time is to hold your guns and backfire when it is really required; otherwise your efforts will go in vain. It is frustrating at times, but a little impatient attitude might make you lose a golden opportunity that might knock at your door. Therefore, here in this post, you will find few basic guidelines to follow while waiting for a response from the evaluator or the HR manager of the company.

    Have control over your zest and anxiety

    Eagerness and desperation go hand in hand at this point in time. You might not be able to control it as you wait eagerly for the results to get your desired job. But this doesn’t happen in the general scenario as the responder has to go thru various steps to clear your line and fix your second or final round of selection.

    The recruiter might be waiting for the hiring team’s response, or they might have lots of candidates to sieve thru or they did not find you to be suitable for the position. A week or two postponements are accepted at times, but you should keep mailing them via a thank you note, or sharing the experience you had in their campus via a brief note ending it with the motive to get the feedback. One to two emails in fifteen days is not as bad as you think. And also remember that your email must not state that you are desperate for the job. Otherwise, you will be ignored in the first case only.

    Proper follow-up for positive response

    If you have gone thru the company’s first stage of the interview and learned a lot from it, then don’t forget to send a Thank You note mentioning all that you have acquired and how the process helped you to get more knowledge about the stuff. You will definitely become the apple of the eye for the meantime. This way, you will be able to continue the conversation for a long period or till you don’t get the response.

    The Thank You note will definitely strike the reader’s mind, and he will be happy to know how the interviewee feels under that stressful situation and how does he benefit from it. The experience shared via this note highlights the applicant and thus focus on reconsidering him.

    Don’t take the culpability on your head

    If you don’t get a response after trying and waiting for a long time don’t think yourself to be a felon. The policies of the company might be different than you thought of it. There might be sudden changes applied by the higher management to the selection process. The extra delay might be from the side of the examiner and not the hiring manager. So, don’t get disheartened as this will give a negative feedback on company’s part and will be a lesson for you for the lifetime.

    One size doesn’t fit all

    It is a universal truth that you cannot always have what you desire for. If you think that you have waited enough for the job and still not getting the positive or delayed response from the examiner, then it is better to start your search again. You just need to follow up with the right kind of gesture, passion, and attentiveness. If you have done it all in the precise manner and still undesirable retort, then that job is not for you and is not your cup of tea.

    Somehow one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work here. So, don’t put all incites in one basket and keep exploring. It is always better to look for something you are made for.

    Go with flow and don’t underestimate yourself

    I know a few people who get depressed and start undervaluing themselves when they don’t hear from the recruiters. It is not that you are not eligible for the job, but their few constraints or other obligations don’t allow them to end the process in a hurry. They might have some sudden product launches or specific targets to meet before finalising their worthy candidates. So, you either need to be persistent for the same or go with the flow and opt for other available options.

    In the meantime, you keep exploring the firm and the position you have applied for. If you find something dubious about the organisation and do not like their post-interview selection process, then better leave it and go for the next available opportunity.

    Final roundabout

    If you think yourself to be a top-tier applicant for the position you have applied for, then take your ambition to the next level by keeping a right approach, building a robust network, and doing your part most appropriately. Though waiting long post-interview is tough, but when you know your capabilities, it’s time to accelerate in the world full of opportunities. Do your best and leave the rest to the hiring firm. Wait only for that time being when you are sure about the affirmative response; otherwise

    If you think that there is more which you can do in that excruciating post-interview period, then please share your thoughts in the comment section below.