I am now the proud owner of a shiny new EU blue card which entitles me to legally remain in Germany for the next four years. Whilst I was picking up my card, I also found out that I may have the option to apply for permanent residency as soon as January 2013. This is because the German government is currently deciding if holders of the EU blue card who are citizens of ‘positive’ countries (whatever that means) can apply for residency 21 months after the date of their first German work visa rather than 21 months after the date they got their EU blue card. A decision is not expected to be reached before the end of the year and even if they decide not to vote yes, I can still apply for permanent residency in 21 months time, so it is all good.
If I wasn’t laid flat by this hideous cold, I would go out and celebrate, but I had to make do with getting the gorgeous Hamburg delicacy, the Franzbrötchen, on my way home. Mmm… cinnamon-y goodness.