I received official word from the Employment Board that my visa has been approved. Apparently, they approved it on the 11th November, but seems they just failed to notify anyone about it. I’m sure I’ve gotten several grey hairs since the 11th November worrying about my visa being denied.
I have an appointment next Monday afternoon to get the visa put in my passport and get all the associated paperwork done. I’m hoping that it is all just a matter of formality and that nothing will go wrong, but I’m going to hold off celebrating until that visa is in my passport. Then there will be much celebrating and drinking of glühwein!
Now that my visa is hopefully all sorted out, I now have to organise getting a German bank account, a mobile phone contract and the big one – renting an apartment and all that entails – buying furniture, organising internet connection etc. I was hoping to have my own place by Christmas, but given the rental market here, I’m now aiming for the end of January.