Video

How I got Permanent Resident Status in Germany

🎉 Hurray, it’s finally happened! no more German visa needed as I am a permanent resident of Germany 🎉

I hope sharing my experience and my list of tips helped! If you prefer the straight detailed guide, don’t forget to go check out my blog post: ➡️ “How to Get Permanent Residency in Germany”


Released on January 13, 2021

Video transcript: 00:00
you have all this paperwork to do when
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you have all these processes just
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thinking of the fact that i will not
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have to go regularly
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and get my visa renewed ah
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beautiful
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hello everybody welcome back to my
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channel if you don’t already know
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my name is aspen i’m an american living
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in february of munich germany and i talk
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about what it’s like living abroad
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and you know what guys this broad is
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going to stay abroad because
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i am now a permanent resident of germany
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oh my goodness
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i could not be more excited it was such
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a long process and there was just so
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much paperwork
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the thing is it’s a pain in the butt and
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you have all this paperwork to do and
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you have
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all these processes and it’s super
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tedious but the thing is is once you do
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all the work
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and once you get through all that
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paperwork you get it you get what you
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worked for and it’s almost
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always nine times out of ten guaranteed
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so
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oh i’m just just way too over the moon
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and excited about all this right now
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i did make a blog post about this in
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case you just need the straight facts
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down
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nicely organized go check it out let me
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know what you think
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so first things first what exactly is
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a needle de loveness or permanent
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residency in germany permanent residency
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you can live here indefinitely and
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you’ll have full free access to the
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labor market however there are
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differences that puts it in the middle
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between the elephant house seattle
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and german citizenship often as title is
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your regular working visa in germany and
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these usually
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are limited to a certain time period is
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tied to your employment
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and you don’t have that free access to
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the labor market that you do with the
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needle assuming the loveness usually the
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thing is is if you’re an employee
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you can only work for this company and
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if you lose that job you lose your visa
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one of the differences between the
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needlesongs and lobness and full-on
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german citizenship
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is mainly you have the right to vote as
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well as the fact that
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even though your need allah’s alumnus is
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not
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limited to a certain time period it
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does have the issue that if you are
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living outside of germany
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for more than six months in a row then
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you lose your knee lessons and loudness
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and of course if you guys have been
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through this process or you have an
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interesting story to share
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about your process always try to comment
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below because
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it is very individual when it comes to
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visas and all this stuff in germany
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so perhaps my story may be useful to
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some of you perhaps
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not but let’s all just help each other
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out a little bit
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if possible and when it comes to
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eligibility for permanent residency in
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germany
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this is also super individual and
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there’s a lot of different cases and
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there’s a lot of different time periods
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typically for any non-eu citizen you are
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able to apply for a
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permanent residency in germany after a
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period of having
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consecutively lived in germany for five
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years there are fast track cases that
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will be under five years usually around
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two or three and these would be such
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things if you’ve graduated from a
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german university if you’re married to a
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german if you have an eu blue card or
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if you’re regarded as a highly skilled
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worker so
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a professional in a certain area where
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there’s a super high demand for people
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to fill these jobs in germany
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then usually you can get permanent
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residency a bit quicker
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but typically five years oh one other
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fact though it’s good to know that
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when it comes to being self-employed and
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wanting to apply for permanent residency
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yes you
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are eligible for this fast track route
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which is after three years
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but they do really specify self-employed
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versus freelancing
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so if you’re a freelancer that does not
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count for the fast track route to
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permanent residency application
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but if you’re self-employed it’s just
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basically you need to be able to prove
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that you have a business here it is very
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financially stable
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and all those decks are in a row and
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then you should be able to
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apply for permanent residency after
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three years however i’m not applying
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under that ground so if any of you guys
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have experience with that please comment
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below because
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it might be a bit more useful to certain
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people who clicked on this video
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and so if you have been here for five
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years and you want to apply for
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permanent residency
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the list you have to check off is the
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following assuming you’ve had
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a valid elephant health cell for the
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last five years living in germany
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you’re employed you have a steady income
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you’re registered with the german
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insurance then you should be pretty good
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to go
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however just double check you have as
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well
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documentation showing a minimum of 60
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months that you’ve paid into
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the social security scheme in germany
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you will also need a b1 language exam
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that you’ve passed proof of the
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integrations exams
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for germany in addition you have to have
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a rental contract that you can
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show is not limited and
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interesting fact but they do want to
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make sure
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in your rental contract your flat is a
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certain size
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which i found to be a little interesting
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because i know in munich
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it’s very hard to find a flat and so in
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general you can’t be
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too choosy i thought it was a little bit
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strange you know if you’re contributing
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to everything and you’re working
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all this time and you can prove it what
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if
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your flat’s not the right size but
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it turned out not to be too much of a
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big deal however
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that’s just one of the other pieces of
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documentation you’ll need if you’re
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going to apply all right so this part
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this is where it gets to be pretty
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individual in in my situation a little
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bit more frustrating
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because when it came to the application
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i was supposed to do this
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last last year my appointment my
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interview
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oh also important to know most of the
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times
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it will be an interview so not just
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going to the outlander pajara and
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giving your documentation but they’ll
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sit down and they’ll question you what
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are your intentions with my country or
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what is your plan long term why do you
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want to stay here
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just basically think of it as like
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casual small talk about why you like
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germany and why it’s your new home i
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mean coming there with a pile of papers
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showing
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how much you’ve been paying taxes and
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paying into the pension
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and social security scheme and what a
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good citizen you are
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that puts all of those people there in a
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pretty friendly mood i found
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however i went in there everything was
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great working perfectly
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and then they told me they could not
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because my passport was supposed to
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expire
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in 2021 even though it was 2019
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still that year was not enough for them
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to be able to grab me
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might need lessons so the guy said okay
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best i can do is give you one year
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extension on your visa
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go renew your passport bring it back
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we’re all good to go and we will issue
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you
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your well earned and deserved permanent
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residency couple months later
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coven happened and it was
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very hard to renew my passport in this
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time 2020 december
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i went in to give my application a nice
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early 7 30 a.m appointment and i handed
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it all my documents
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of course i had to get my new passport i
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had my biometric photo i had all my
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contract course
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nothing ever goes super smooth at this
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place so the problem i faced was that
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i did not have cash to pay for my new
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residence permit i mean you think the
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last year
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germany really has gotten a bit more
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modern it’s become
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a lot more common to buy small purchases
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with carts in germany
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which so wonderful however
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cash is still king and you
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always need to have that baguette divide
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the coffin munich is actually right now
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sort of under construction and it was
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the trickiest thing
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ever to find a cash machine in like 25
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minutes and i was so stressed and i was
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like oh goodness what happens
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if if you know i go get the money and
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then i come back and i’m too late and
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they tell me
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oh okay sorry make another appointment
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we can’t finish it and i was running
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around trying to get everything
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and then i finally did and they were so
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lovely and they were so
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nice it was just crazy yeah it
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definitely
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is just the most oh biggest relief and
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i’m so so excited
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and i really hope you guys in the
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process of it or wanting to apply for it
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it goes
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well because uh just thinking of the
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fact that i will not have to go
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regularly
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and get my visa renewed and have to deal
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with all that stuff is just
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ah beautiful i hope you guys are having
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a nice time not too much stress with
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your visas
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if you found this video helpful don’t
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forget to give me a thumbs up it really
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helps my channel
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and i will talk to you guys next time
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ciao
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