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What is the meaning of these blue crosses (x-like) in eastern Brandenburg?

They are probably to signal political agreement with some causes. For example, blue crosses are/were used to protest for free public access to waterbanks without private fences in eastern Brandenburg (...
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Non-EU: Travelling within the Schengen without a passport because its held at the US embassy

From talking and asking around, I know there have been many other people in my position and have helped me, so I'm passing it along here: I was told I can email the US consulate to withdraw my ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

When people talk about "transit", they are often referring to a flight itinerary that stops in an intermediate country for some period of time. For people who are from a country where a ...
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How to complain about misconduct by passport control in Germany?

I agree with many of the comments that you should plan on spending 15 minutes in immigration control. Compared to some stories from the American CBP, this sounds harmless. The German officer ...
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Traveling from Germany to Austria without a passport at hand, with Blue card - plastic card "Aufenthaltstitel" but also says Pass(Ersatz)

The notation Pass(Ersatz) shows that the Aufenthaltstitel is an identity document. It is not listed as an acceptable replacement for a passport to enter Germany. The Schengen acquis also states that a ...
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Short-term renting in Germany

I moved back to Germany from East Asia mid-pandemic into a city I hadn't been in before. I was obviously unable to find a proper flat from far away (landlords want you to be there, inspecting it; but ...
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Germany speed limit „bei Nässe“ („by wetness“). Does snow count as wet?

Wetness does not comprise all kinds of precipitation. There are separate signs for snowfall (268), for black ice (1007‑30, 101‑51), for fog (1007‑61), smoke (1007‑31), and for “wetness” (1053‑35). ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

"It makes no sense": indeed, it does not. In general, if you can enter as a tourist, you can also transit. As a Canadian in the Schengen zone, you can enter as a tourist for up to 90 days ...
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86 Day Internship in Germany

What type of visa is it? Field: type: 'C' or 'D'? What is written in the field remarks? It is type C visa. Remarks are besuchs geschaft visum / keit nicht gestatet "Erwerbstätigkeit nicht ...
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How to complain about misconduct by passport control in Germany?

Your choices for registering a complaint are: the e-mail address you received finding a phone number on the Federal Police's website finding the street address and sending your complaint in via snail ...
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Short-term renting in Germany

Sometimes people who live in a shared flat sublet their room (likely furnished) e.g. for a semester abroad. Some years ago, I'd have looked at wg-gesucht. Not sure how well that works right now, ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

For visa purposes, it is often best to think of the Schengen Area as one, large country. Since you are Canadian, I would compare your European itinerary to something like: entering Canada in ...
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Re-entering Germany after visa expire

If it is your first time applying for a German residence permit and do not have a Fiktionbescheinigung issued under § 81 Abs. 4 Satz 1, you need a valid visa or residence permit to return to the ...
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