Visa, Expat Tax, Career, Legal, Insurance Resources and general information on living in Germany

Visa Information:
This post from the Young Germany blog (written January 2014) is an excellent primer on visa information. Also includes links to appropriate forms.
Official information from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Expat Tax Information:
For Americans, there are H&R Blocks in many areas of Germany
Expat Tax Professionals (also for Americans)
The IRS has an office in Frankfurt

Legal and other services:
US Embassy links to services (Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin). This includes tax advisors, attorneys (including those recommended for German/US child custody issues), English speaking schools, and translators
UK Embassy list of English speaking lawyers (and translators). Updated February 2013

Insurance Information:
From BAMF Includes information in English about mandatory and voluntary insurances.
From the Irish Embassy - information on the EHIC
Information from the NHS (British) on insurance

Information on Driver´s Licenses for US Citizens in Germany

General Information on Living in Germany:
Young Germany: Excellent Resource (even if you are not young) for jobs, career, insurance, getting adjusted...just about everything!
How to Germany: A very good general information resource. Taxes, visas, maternity stuff, driving, insurance, kindergeld, elterngeld, etc. Note that some information appears outdated. Sign up for their monthly newsletter as well!
Official Information about living or studying in German (including State/Federal resources)
The German Way  General information on history, culture, as well as living here as an expat.
Expatica (Germany) general information geared at expats. Also includes German and Europe news in English.
German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) information on living, working, studying, insurance, etc. in Germany (in English)
Just Landed - General living in Germany information telephones, work, insurance, education, etc. geared at expats.
Understanding Germany An informative blog on German culture, society and traditions, written by a German.

Getting your degrees and vocational licenses recognized: 
Government Information (in English) 

Translation Services: 
Stephanie Powell:; state-certified translator for English and German
Alphatrad Nürnberg

Sabine Lodge State certified English-German specialises in medical and engineering, but can do other texts
The English Lodge

An der Breiting 1
90455 Nürnberg
Tel: 0911-469612

Rosie Norman-Neubauer State certified English German 
Tel. 0162-2467182 or

For Job Seekers: 

The Local - English speaking jobs (note: many also require German language skills)
Stepstone - (link in English)
Monster  (in German)
Toytown Germany (English) job listings (in German)
Expat Jobseeker

Believe it or not, many positions are also still printed in the newspaper!

Employers in the HENhaus area known to hire English speakers include Adidas, Puma, Siemens, and UPS

Working in Germany:

BAMF page on careers. Helpful advice on job applications, employment law, translating certificates and diplomas, etc.
Just Landed - Information about working in Germany

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