DIE ANMELDUNG (Registration)
When you are moving to Berlin and plan to stay longer than 6 months in the city you are obliged to register yourself in the city, the so-called “Anmeldung”. In some situations, you might have to do it even if you stay less than 6 months. The registration is just very important. ‘’Die Anmeldung’’ is an administrative burden, requiring loads of right papers and if it is not planned carefully it can be very time-consuming. So how can you quickly go through this boring but necessary thing?
First of all, you need to know that you can register in every “Bürgeramt” in all the different districts.
You can make an appointment by phone (155) or you can make it online. Try to avoid going to the “Bürgeramt” without an appointment, as there is a high risk you can not get an open slot or you might have to wait the whole day!
To be well prepared for your appointment make sure you bring your ID or Passport including Visas if required and your rental contract. If you have the right papers, this will be a quick one!
THE CG BOT
So now that you know how to get your appointment let’s focus on the papers. Unfortunately, the registration form is only available in German. To simplify your life and make your arrival a little more pleasant we at Club GLOBALS have an amazing idea. The CG Bot! A messenger bot on Facebook who helps you to create your own digital registration form that you will have to bring to the “Anmeldung” in Berlin.
Just search in your messenger list for Club GLOBALS and you will find the nice and friendly bot, who will help you with all the questions. There is a possibility that you might not understand everything, but stop the worries! Just type ‘’help’’ and the bot will explain what you have to do!
ICH SPRECHE KEIN DEUTSCH?
A smart thing you can do before you go to the Bürgeramt is learning some German sentences. For example ‘’ Ich spreche kein Deutsch, sprechen Sie Englisch?’’ For the smart guys ‘’ I do not speak German, do you speak English?’’ A lot of the young generation people in Berlin speaks well till fluently English. If the person in front of you does not speak English? Stop the worries again! The people in Berlin are very kind, and there will always be somebody to help you with translation. We recommend to bring someone to the Bürgeramt who speaks German, this is the best and easiest way to get everything done!
If you want to improve your German, you can go to German class! You can take a look at the Berlasco Language School. Berlasco is a very centrally located in Berlin. The school is very flexible and always listening to the problems of their students.
If you want to facilitate your money transfers for.e.g. paying the rent, health insurance, phone, then you should open a bank account in Berlin. Also, your employer will require a german bank account to pay your salary, because international transfers can be very expensive.
If you are looking for the right bank, you should check for the ”Deutsche Bank” they are very concerned with you and also check for N26, an online bank that allows you to open an account in only 8 minutes.
In Germany, you can either go for public or private health insurance. You have to know that it is required to be insured in Germany, just like a lot of other countries. When you are working in Germany and you are subject to social insurance contributions you need to select a health insurance provider, the so-called “Krankenkasse”. Your employer pays half of your health insurance, the total amount of your health insurance fee depends on your income.
Once you have your insurance you can go to any doctor you want and need.
Take a look at ”Kassenartzliche vereinigung Berlin”. In their doctors’ directory, you will find almost all doctors treating patients in Berlin – including information about their professional qualification. You can also use the advanced search with more search keywords, e.g. foreign languages.
Germany is infamous for the giant tax law collection that can cause for obstacles not only for foreigners.
So let us give you some basics: the taxes you have to pay will be automatically deducted from your paycheque every month. Once you are employed you will receive you tax ID from fiscal authorities, the “Finanzamt”. At the end of the year, the people will be able to declare their personal income situation and they might be able to recover some of the earlier paid taxes. Check out our solutioner page for legal and finance services. These businesses are very qualified to help you with your tax declaration, the so-called “Steuererklärung”.