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1. Posted by mrbumble (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

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Hello All,

I just joined the forum so I'm learning!

I'm a U.S. citizen and my wife is as well and she also has dual citizenship with the Czech Republic -and we have a 2 year old who is a U.S. citizen. I'm self employed (Clients in the U.S.) and work via the internet (35,000+ Euros/year) and outside of that we have savings (19,000+ Euros). We are currently in Zurich and wanting to move on to Berlin and stay for at least 6 months (have been offered to rent a flat for 6 months) starting September 1st.
Our "Schengen clock" started on June 29th so I believe our time is up Sep 26? My wife is a certified Pilates instructor and would want to work part-time if possible. We want to experience living in Germany and unser Deutsch verbessern.

So my questions are...
Should my wife apply for a residence permit as a Czech citizen/EU member or U.S.? She doesn't have any job offers, she will go looking when/if we settle.
And I believe we both need to apply regardless?
Or if she takes the lead as an EU member will I be "added in" as family regroupment?
What would be the best scenario to get a residence permit?

The fact seems that if it takes a while to get a Residence Permit (IF we get it!! ) we might overstay our Schengen time. But then I read something about a Fiktionsbescheinigung....?

Any insights or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

As EU citizen your wife does not have to apply for a residency permit. All she has to do is take care of the other paperwork revolving around social security, health insurance, pension payments, etc.

The people at www.toytowngermany.com will help you sort that out.

You as a US citizen have to apply for a residency permit. Go to Berlin and immediately after you moved in the boxes into the appartment apply for a residency permit for both yourself and your baby. Make sure you get a Fiktionsbescheinigung. If you read some German try www.info4alien.de for information. Note that as the husband of an EU citizen you are entitled to a residency permit and a work permit as long as you both live together. So there is no "if we get it". You will get it, guaranteed.

Tip: Try to clear up whether your child might have inherited Czech citizenship from its mother. Contact the Czech embassy. It will make your life easier if your child has EU citizenship.

3. Posted by mrbumble (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Wow. Thanks for the quick response!

As EU citizen your wife does not have to apply for a residency permit. All she has to do is take care of the other paperwork revolving around social security, health insurance, pension payments, etc.

Even if she is part of the EU-8 or the later wave of entrants? I read something about not getting full benefits? Or was that just regarding work?

Also, my main reason for application would be simply family reunification?

Vielen Dank!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

There were some restrictions on taking up work, but AFAIK they have been lifted as of Jan 1st 2010. So it won't be a big deal. If you both take up residency in Germany you as her partner are entitled to a residency and work permit.

Note that even if you work freelance over the computer from home you as US citizen need a work permit. IIRC you have to apply for one along with your residency permit.

5. Posted by mrbumble (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Erfolg!!

Made an appointment online. Registered at the Buergeramt. Went to the Behoerde and got a Residency Permit 2 hours and 16 Euros later. The gentleman was very helpful (surprise? ) and was impressed I had copies and copies of necessary items and that I seem somewhat prepared. Despite my poor German I believe he was also appreciative that I could speak the language... or attempt to.

Next question: So now that I'm good to go in Germany, is the Schengen clock suspended? Meaning, I received my permit on Sep 9 and had until Sep 26 with my 90 days. Do I have a 17 day "credit" to travel outside of Germany in other Schengen countries if I want?

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