Task at Hand
If you are an American citizen and am looking to move abroad, look into how best to approach it. My first attempt at acquiring a German work visa, I kind of just ran out to Berlin without much research and within a few days of being there, I realized you can’t just fill out some paperwork and make it happen. There are lots and lots and lots of things to do. You need a certain amount of money on hand depending on what visa you are looking for, you need to have an apartment with a lease and be registered (which is a whole other separate and important task), all your paperwork must be filled out perfectly, and all that paperwork varies depending on your career, so head to Berlin.de to sort out your particulars.
Process obtaining German Work Visa
What I have learned since beginning the process for a German work visa all over again (which is what happens when you don’t get your visa the first time) you have to leave for a minimum of three months then begin the process all over again. It can be a real pain in the ass. To be honest, German’s as a government have an intense amount of forms and other things to fill out and have on file with their government.
What I’ve recently learned however is that as an American citizen you have the option to apply for your visa to Germany at the nearest German Consulate. Which I think, will make things a lot easier, simply because of the language barrier. I’m really excited about this, because now I can get these things in order before I go that will make for easier entry to Berlin. Here’s a great article about the steps needed to obtain that work visa you desire. This way now you can hit the ground running when it comes to finding a job in Germany. Which is already difficult enough because of the language barrier, thankfully I’m heading to Berlin where English is a very common language used in business and in public.
We’ll get there soon Enough
It’s a lot of work to obtain a German work visa, but when I look at the landscape of my current situation, Berlin is the most logical of answers. I thought about Miami, I thought about New York, I thought about Austin, I thought about Chicago (again), but Berlin is the only place where there is progress on the horizon. New York is too expensive, Miami is to expensive hot and lacks good public transportation, Austin would be cool except then that means I’m a resident of Texas, which my liberal leanings will chastise me for. Then I think of Berlin and I realize there I am partnered with Yoxxy, these guys believe in what I’m doing. Plus they were seriously digging my music out there as well. Oh and Berlin is the Silicon Valley of Europe and cheaper than any of the other cities I’ve named above. So we begin the process for Berlin once more.