There’s no denying that Germany is a mecca for young, hungry and independent creatives from a vast range of professionals backgrounds. Now, it is assumed by this point of getting ready to obtain your visa, you are already well versed in the nuances of doing so. If not, we have delved into all the important information you will need to know, right here.
So, you are ready to start the process of establishing yourself. Be mindful, you will need patience. Firstly, how is your German? Really be honest with this as the process for obtaining your visa requires it, rightly so. If it is not so good, consider hiring a freelance translator to help you ahead of and on the day of the appointment. Perhaps, you are one of the lucky ones, and you have a friend or colleague who is able to assist you. Either way - make sure you are not relying on Google translate and crossing your fingers.
So, let’s delve into each step.
Registering/Obtaining your Anmeldung
Before you can do anything else in this process, literally, you will need to register with your local Bürgeramt . For this, you will need a valid rental contract and your passport. You can make appointments with your local office online, or, you can arrive early and wait for your appointment. Obviously, making an appointment online is the safest and easiest - however, you need to do this within two weeks of securing a flat, and be mindful - you only have 90 days from the date of arrival to not only have this but have an appointment booked for your visa application! Arrive at the appointment with your forms (which can be downloaded from the local office website) complete and a smile, it goes a long way to be prepared and polite!
Setting up a bank account
You may already know how important it is to have a business account and a personal account, and we have previously talked about why. But, first stop is to have a bank account. A bank like Kontist provides a very clear pathway forward, especially if you are really serious about starting as soon as possible on earning money as a freelancer. Many other institutions offer packages to suit your personal banking needs, but many come with fees. Be certain to research based your needs! To find out more about how Kontist works for freelancers, check out their manifesto here .