We recently moved within Berlin and as it had been over 7 years since I had moved within the city and at that time I received a lot of help from a friend, I was pretty clueless as to what I needed to do! For that reason, I thought I would write a guide to moving within the city, based on our own experiences with our move.
If your baby is a German citizen, then you are able to get them a German passport (Kinderreisepass). The process of getting your baby a German passport is often much quicker and cheaper than getting one from your home country, so it can be a big plus for those wanting to travel with their newborn for example. Best of all, children's passports in Germany are issued and in your hands on the day you apply for them as long as you have all the valid documents and meet the criteria necessary.
German children's passports are valid for 6 years up to the age of 12. From the age of 10, the child is expected to sign the passport themselves. Here are the details on how to apply for a German children's passport.
If you are looking for a childcare / daycare / nursery spot for your child or already have the promise of one and need to secure it, you will need to apply for a Kita Gutschein. This post will explain how the procedure works for applying for the Kita Gutschein, where you take it and what you will need to bring with you...
Giving birth in another country can get pretty complicated! If you are unsure how you apply for your baby's birth certificates and register his/her birth in Germany. Here are the details you need...
Here is a post explaining the basics of Elterngeld. What is it? Who is eligable to apply for it and how much will you receive?
Today's post is an explanation of the 'Kindergeld' system, what it is, who qualifies to receive it and how to apply.
What is Kindergeld? Kindergeld is a 'children's allowance'. The monthly sum (detailed below) is paid to one parent until the age of 18. For children who are still in education after the age of 18 (e.g. an apprenticeship or university), Kindergeld will be paid until they turn 25 as long as the child’s income does not exceed 7680 Euro annually. Kindergeld will also be paid until age 21 for unemployed children and for an unlimited period of time if the child is unable to earn an income due to a disability.