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1. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

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For some strange reason i have thought about moving to Germany, learning german, and getting a job there. Just wondering if anyone has done it, and if so, how they went about it? I have found info saying i have to register with the police, but as an EU national, i dont think i need a visa? as the whole free movement deal. Does anyone know after i have registered with the police as all germans need to be as well, can i just get a job? Thanks all.

2. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 12y

Hi not real -

I lived and worked in Germany for a while, and as an American citizen. It really was no problem at all, though maybe I was lucky. As a EU national you don't need a permit, though you may have to register with the local arbeitsamt (i think that's the name). Otherwise, if you are just looking for casual work, just find the job first. Your employer will let you know if there's anything specific you need to do, but there is plenty of opportunity to work under the table.

(just so you know, I got a job as an apprentice carpenter in a small town in the north - learned German pretty quick, given I was surrounded by grumpy old men, each with a missing finger or two who made it celar if I didn't learn German soon I'd end up with worse...)

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3. Posted by alpal (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

hey, i lived and worked in Hamburg in the north of Germany and for me it reali dispelled the myth that an EU national can just do whatever they like in any given country/. i found it reali hard to get sorted at first. sure there was quite a bit of under the table work but if you wanted to be bonefide then you have to have all the papers.

first registering at the arbeitsamt, then youve got to find an employer, who'll only give you a contract if you have an address, but the landlord will only give you a contract if you have a bank accont. unfortunately to get a bank a/c you need a contract from work and proof of address. catch 22.

but it worked out for me, and i wouldnt advise against going. English isnt as widely spoken as its reputed so learning the language is not only a must but also quite easy. and fun of course.

down the south, in say munich, its much more open to non german nationals. theres quite alot of irish and others going there for years so the mould is there already, plus their laws cater more for foreigners given that in the federal state, some states are easier going than others, the pinnacle being munich. nice city too.....

viel gluck

4. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 11y

True, it does take time and effort, and usually some degree of poverty, but that's usually part of the fun (often in retrospect I admit...)

I never actually went through any of the official channels - everything was arranged, and arranged legally through friends and their parents. I was in a small town which may have helped.

I've also got other friends (including americans) who have managed to do it as well, and ended up getting proper jobs. The real key is being committed to just being there, no matter what works. We often take for granted the advanatages we have when we live in our home countries - the friends and contacts which help facilitate things like getting a job. The same holds true for working abroad - building those networks is extremely important.

Good luck

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y


I feel sorry for anybody who has to go through all that...
it's happing to me at the moment as well.

Probably I should go to IRE or GB, because then I wouldn't have to do anything to be allowed to stay and work there?
But it's not the country where my boyfriend is living, so I just do it and hope that everything is gonna work out for me...
will be back in NZ in Dec.anyway...

all the best

If u liked to work in Austria, maybe I could give u a hand with finding a job, but it's probably easier to learn German in Germany, because here we have really strong accents.

6. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 11y

Guten Abend, Ich k├Âmmon aus england.

As you can see im already learning german, its in the early stages but, getting there, i got this "at home with german" pack. But im sure once im there with all the learning before i go, i will pick up the lang. Well my plan is to pick it up, as for working, i thought you could just walk in to somewhere and get a job? I know you have to register with the police, but as far as i know, as an EU Citizen a german employer cant refuse my application on the sole bases i dont talk much german, but im not going there to quote the law to anyone, im sure ill be ok, im picking up german real fast, well i think so, give it six months and i think ill be able to hold a conversation.

Thanks for the advice people, anything else you can think of, let me know.

Auf wiedershen.

p.s. Im not going to be one of them rude people that say to germans real slowly "dooo yooouuu speeaaakk Engggliiish". It like they say about "when in rome" do something, but German is the lang, and i will learn it in some form.

7. Posted by marsha (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Myself and partner (kiwi's with limited german skills) are making the move and arriving in Munich in about 4 weeks.
We've managed to find a flat already but we're going to need jobs pretty quick - so would be great if anyone can give any advice on good places to look for english-speaking jobs, or any thoughts on what we can do online before we arrive to make finding work a bit easier.
I'll let you know how we go!