I totally forgot about adding a second Entry to complete my challenge participation or no scratch that! I have been thinking about the second entry and wasn’t sure what to write on. I was planning a picture post but I won’t be able to edit it until weekend when Gorgeousness can help out!
So for the second installment, I would basically talk about moving to Germany and the things I had to do before and after my umzug.
I actually remember stuffing my suitcase with everything I thought I needed…plus all my Nigerian spices and dry food I could take with me. Of course they are sold here, albeit teuere als Nigeria aber es ist the Nigerian in me I guess….plus the cheapskate I’m not ashamed to admit being!
First of all, I have to say that having dual citizenship helped make my relocating so much easier and way way less stressful so I cannot say for certain the exact things you have to do aside from visa application if you are from a country that requires visa. I’ve never had to apply for myself so I’m not going to have ideas about that and I say this because I always get questions like: can you help me move to Germany, how did you apply for a visa? How long stay did you get? I have no answers except: please go to the embassy and find out.
OK so, I did try to get my university certificate just in case I needed it for school as I had ideas about going for a masters program here in Germany but with my language skills not measuring up, I would probably have to do an Ausbildung seeing as the english speaking Universität just might bore a huge hole in our bank account or maybe online except that I must have heard somewhere that Germany doesn’t accept every online gotten degree…more research coming on that.
So sadly, I wasn’t able to get my certificate. The wahala was just too much and I got sent from one department to other, yielding negative results and I felt like I was on an etoidagha trip(if you attended a boarding school in Nigeria, you will know this! Hahah). Hopefully I will try again on my next Nigerian trip.
That’s the only thing I was crazy about leaving with from Nigeria and even though our educative system is not exactly seen as good, I could have at least had it evaluated abi?
Anyways, I remember walking out of arrivals and seeing Gorgeousness coming towards me! My heart skipped at the sight of him and I just couldn’t let go when he hugged me. Yeah we probably recorded the longest hug in the history of mankind!
Surprisingly, it was a different feel for me. All the other times I visited Germany didn’t feel the same with this time probably because I knew I wasn’t going back home. I was about to start a journey I’ve never been on with the most amazing human being and it felt sehr gut.
Now, the paper aspect of moving, I left all that to him since of course I knew nothing. I arrived the weekend we were scheduled to move to another apartment and apparently in Deutschland, you have to register your presence in the Stadt Rathaus at the Bürgerbüro and it’s called MeldeBescheinigung and I think there’s a time limit to do this. It basically means that you are a registered resident of the city and you pay rent and taxes there.
I also had to register my presence as a foreigner and I had two weeks to do this. Not sure exactly why but I think it helps them keep track of your arrival in case something ever came up and you needed to prove stuff. Remember Germans luuuuurve them some paperwork!
Then we had to schedule a termin at the Standesamt so we could be interviewed and given a date for our court marriage. In Germany, the registry wedding is the most important and valid union. Not that the church wedding isn’t seen as important, but you must have your marriage validated with the German laws if you live here. Especially if you got married some place else, the govt has to approve your union before they accept it.
After we got hitched, I needed to apply for a totally new passport with my new name and get an A1 language result before I could be given the Aufenthaltstitel which is an ID card with your info kind of like the state issued ID cards in America. Residence permit ID card basically. Since I didn’t have the A1 test result at the time, I was given the temp card which I had to renew every three months.
Now I’m almost done with A2 and heading on to the B1 modules. Which I hear will be tough!
Not to make this post long (I’m not good with reading loooooong posts…I loose interest half way), I will finish up my relocating experience in another post!
Einen schönen Tag noch!!