Does anyone here have a basic understanding of German temporary residence processes/requirements? I’m looking a year or more into the future, but basically I’d like to spend several months living in Germany to immerse myself in the language and culture, and bring my family for part of that time. Income won’t be an issue as my job is 100% remote and they don’t care where I live, but ideally I’d want to also work part time tending bar or something to have a broader range of interactions.

Just looking for some more information about what kinds of things I’d have to plan for, etc. if I want to make that happen

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@calcifer Where are you moving from? May be pertinent information

@calcifer Depending on where you're from, temporary residence is not too big a deal if you find work. You need to contact the residents' registration office but other than that, I think there should be a moderate amount of paperwork. What you should do is consult an embassy of the country you're a citizen of and ask them.


There are visa consultancies that can offer the information plus you need a tax person who knows German/US taxes if you intend to work with the same company remotely.

Also I am not sure what brings you to think that tending bar work 'for cultural immersion' reasons while you have a job that can be done remotely is an appropriate thing to do here, seeing as there are many others that do that type of work or that we're in a pandemic.

@calcifer Also, people are waiting weeks or months to get an answer on their permit questions because right now the LABO folks are overloaded because of the closures. I know someone who's Blue Card (which is like, the American version of a green card, I think) expired because she cannot get to an immigration person on time, and some people not being able to meet their partners here. It's a bit messed up with the applications and renewals at the moment...

@superruserr as I said, I'm thinking far into the future here. I will not be doing this while there's a pandemic, that would be silly, since the whole point of the exercise will be social interaction with native speakers.

@calcifer As a tourist with proven income and tickets, you are free to stay where you want. Yet you may have problems renting a flat (Hotel is no problem but might be expensive). So if you want to be not just a tourist but temporary resident, many things apply. Also working might not be possible without temporary residential permit.

@tobi yes, residency is the interest. I'm studying German currently and living there for a time would be an excellent immersion for me. (And my grandparents emigrated from Germany, so I have a personal cultural interest also). Being a tourist is fun, but is also very different from living somewhere, even if only for a few months…

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