As many of you know, I recently moved to Berlin, Germany from Toronto, Canada and have been getting many questions about the whole process with getting a visa and how to go about it. So I decided making this video sharing advice and giving the information I was looking for when I was researching.
I am here on a Youth Mobility Visa (Canadian Working Holiday Visa), which allows residence and paid work in Germany and is valid for a year. I applied in person in Berlin, the process for applying from your home country is a little different.
More information here: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/305265/en/
The most difficult part in the process was getting the Anmeldung (registration of address), because in order to get a place to live you need to show income, and to have an income you need a job, for which you need a visa... It’s a cycle that makes it difficult for many but I share some tips on how to go about it.
I was nervous when moving here, especially living in a country I don’t speak the language of, but of course Lilian has been very helpful and supportive. It’s fairly easy to get by with English, however I would recommend everyone to take German classes and make an effort to learn the language, even if just a little.
Berlin is an exciting city, it can be intimidating and stressful, but so far my experience has mostly been very positive and I haven’t felt homesick at all yet.
I will keep you guys posted on how it all continues - thanks so much for your interest and support!
Lots of Love,