December 9, 2012 5:08:55 AM CET
I just signed on to a company in Munich and I haven't left the US yet, but will in a few weeks. I just have a few things I'm unsure of. Please note that I'm a single person with no pets.
- When arriving, I was informed that I would not be able to immediately sign up for a cell phone service without having a permanant address. This would be an issue as I'll be living in a hotel for a bit while looking for an apartment. Any way around this?
- The paperwork.... yes the paperwork.... I heard that it can take 2 weeks to complete, however what I'm uncertain of is if I would need to be in Germany 2-3 weeks in advance before I would start work. My company is taking care of my work permit/visa in advance before I arrive. Unfortunately I am only being provided with a company hotel from the day I begin work, but not before.
- Lastly, as I've never been outside of the country (except to Canada, but I live 40 minutes from the border so that doesn't really count), would it be easier to look into a relocation service to get me started or can I do it myself?
Thanks for any help or assistance. I should probably mention my start date at work is February 1st, 2013 which is quickly approaching.