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After Arrival

These are the first steps you will need to take as soon as you arrive:

  • Visit your department/institute
  • Sign your lease agreement
  • Register (yourself and your family) at the local “Einwohnermeldeamt” (Residents’ Registration Office)
  • Open a bank account
  • Sign your employment contract if applicable; in order to be able to do this you will have to apply for a “Führungszeugnis” (certificate of good conduct) and a “Lohnsteuerkarte” (income tax card) at the Residents’ Registration Office
  • Extend your visa/residence title (and those of your marital partner and children)
  • Register your child/ren at kindergarten or school
  • Set up your workplace (Internet access, library card etc.)
  • Obtain information as soon as possible on potential taxation obligations and pension rights which may ensue from your employment status