Relocation to Berlin

What is the EU Blue Card?

Paul-Löbe-House, Berlin

Before coming to Germany

The National Visa

Short-term apartment

Cost of living

Do you have to speak German?

Arriving in Germany

Museum Island, Berlin
  • Sign up for a contract with a local mobile and internet providers.
  • Register for health insurance.
  • Open a German bank account.
  • Register a living address with the authorities.
  • Get a National Visa converted into a residence permit.

Mobile phone

Internet

Health insurance

Wilmersdorf, Berlin

Bank account

  • Registration process online and in English.
  • A user-friendly mobile application which gets you total control over your account.
  • Fast response times of customer support.
  • Free of charge MasterCard and Maestro card.
  • Contactless payments.
  • Free ATM withdrawals in euros.
  • Free payments in any currency.

The address registration

Mitte, Berlin

TV and radio fee

Tax-ID number

Residence permit

Mitte, Belin
  • They can speak English there, but they don’t do it during your appointment. If you can’t understand German, make sure you have a translator with you or German-speaking friend. It will make the whole process much easier for you.
  • Sometimes they want to see an extra document which is not listed anywhere and you don’t have it with you. Don’t be distraught, you can make a new appointment and bring rest of required documents or send them by email.
  • The rules can be changed. Be patient and flexible, just follow new rules, there is nothing you can do about it.

Summary

  • Get The National Visa (or any other document that allows to work or looking for a job in Germany).
  • Find a short-term apartment, where you can live the first year or so. It will provide you a renting history, which is necessary to get a permanent apartment.
  • Sign up for a contract with a local mobile and internet providers.
  • Register for health insurance.
  • Open a German bank account.
  • Register a living address with the authorities.
  • Get a residence permit.

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