Posts Tagged ‘KVR’

Changing tax class

April 12, 2007

Changing the tax class after getting married was a lot easier than I expected. All I had to do was go down to the KVR with the translation of the wedding certificate, our passports, and our current tax cards

The nice man in the office made the relevant changes in the system and updated the tax cards while I waited, and I didn’t have to pay anything.

Residence Permit Renewal – Part 3

September 12, 2004

I just stumbled across this article: “Residence permits dropped for EU expats

The new EU directive will enter into force in 2006 and will mean EU expats living in Germany will no longer have to spend considerable time and effort applying for a so-called “Aufenthaltsgenehmigung” or “Aufenthaltserlaubnis” (residence permit).

Which confirms what the lady told me when I went to the KVR, and means all the effort I went to in renewing my residence permit was a waste of time…

Residence Permit Renewal – Part 2

August 26, 2004

The result of my security check came back last week, so I went back to the KVR this morning, safe in the knowledge that I’m not a terrorist, to pick up my shiny new “unbefristet” residence permit.

Here are some more facts that I found out while I was there:


Residence Permit Renewal – Part 1

August 6, 2004

I’ve just been down to the KVR to renew my German residence permit. Since I’ll have been here for 5 years when the current one runs out, I decided to go for the unlimited one. Here are a few things that I found out:

  1. They won’t give you an unlimited one until you’ve been here a full five years. So if you’re “fleißig” like me, and go there a week in advance, you still have to wait anyway.
  2. You need to take 2 passport photos. This is because they will issue a brand new permit, rather than just putting an extra stamp on the current one.
  3. For unlimited permits, they have to do a background check to make sure you’re not a terrorist. This takes around 1 week. So if you’re “fleißig” like me, and go there a week in advance, you still have to wait anyway.
  4. You have to take a copy of your apartment rental contract and your last payslip (your employment contract isn’t enough).
  5. On the KVR website it says the renewal costs €25 (5 year) or €61 (unlimited). This doesn’t apply to EU citizens – we pay nothing at all.

To dispell a couple of myths that go around:

  1. I got there at 7:40 and only waited 10 minutes before I got called in. That would be at 7:50, 10 minutes before the official opening time.
  2. The lady who dealt with me was friendly. She offered me the unlimited permit straight away, and was happy to answer all my questions. I did not have to sign in my own blood, or promise the soul of my first-born.

And finally, a couple of questions that I’m going to ask when I go back to finalise the renewal:

  1. (For Allen) – There is a section on the form for periods of time spent living outside Germany. Does this affect the renewal?
  2. (For Shamim) – What’s the penalty for living here 8 years without renewing the permit?

This has been a public service announcement.