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3-2-1 - It's time to unlock immigration opportunities for expats

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Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

3 bits of news

Immigration is getting easier with the German Opportunity Card for you & the skilled workers who want to emigrate

Germany has some exciting news for global talent: From 2023, a new initiative called the Opportunity Card will make immigrating to Germany a little easier.

This points-based immigration program is designed to attract international professionals seeking to work in Germany.

What’s in it for you?

The Opportunity Card offers a one-year window to enter Germany and explore job opportunities in your field of expertise. While you will need to cover your living expenses during this period, you’ll have the flexibility to work part-time and take on short trial positions until you find your dream job.

Our previous newsletter discussed a new job portal. Take a look here.

Here’s the best part - if you have a degree that is recognized in Germany, you’re already on your way to meeting the most difficult eligibility requirement.

But if not, don’t worry. You can still qualify by earning the necessary 6 points through other criteria like language skills, work experience and qualifications.

Check out the free calculator to see where you stand.

Get more information here.

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Sidewalk seating is back

This week landlords got the green light to set up additional tables on their sidewalks.

This is great news for the city's restaurants as they can make use of the outdoor space. And great news for us as they add a layer of vibrancy to Munich’s street life.

With the weather warming up, the option of outdoor seating is definitely a plus. However, those looking for parking space might not share the same enthusiasm.

Read more here (in German).

Get your hands on the 49-euro ticket

Okay, it's finally time. It's happening. The 49€ ticket is coming in May. As the follow up to last year’s successful 9-euro ticket, the 49-Euro ticket is available for pre-order starting now.

The new ticket will allow you to use local and regional transport across the country for a month.

This includes all buses, trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains and local trains. Long-distance trains such as IC, ICE and long distance buses are excluded.

But buyer beware: The 49-Euro ticket works on a subscription basis. If you only need the ticket for a specific month, you must cancel your subscription immediately, or you’ll be automatically charged for the following month.

It is worth mentioning that the 49-Euro ticket was designed to be purchased exclusively in digital format (via app or web), but backlash required the creation of a temporary paper version. More information is available here. 

Bavarian youngsters also have something to look forward to this autumn when a 29-Euro will be introduced.

Read more about the 29-Euro ticket here (in German).


2 upcoming events

Love British humor?

One of the most celebrated British comedians and Golden Globe winner, Ricky Gervais, is bringing his stand-up show Armageddon to Munich this December.

With his successful stint in The Office (UK), where he starred, co-wrote and directed the sitcom, Ricky became known for his exceptional eloquence, satire and social commentary.

For those who want to have a sneak peek of what to expect, check him out here and here.

General information 

📅 Friday, December 1, 2023

7:30 p.m.

📍 Olympiahalle

💶 Tickets from 71.55€

You can book your ticket here. 

Get your gardens and balconies to look greener this summer

The Pflanzen für Alle (Plants for Everyone) sale returns to Munich next week and is here to provide you with the best indoor and outdoor plants.

With plants arriving directly from the supplier on day one, the early birds will get the first pick. But fear not, there will be great offers on the last day as well.

Starting at just 2€, Pflanzen für Alle offers a vast selection of plants such as Monstera, Pilea, Ficus and many more. Rare and large plants start from 15€.

The plants will be sorted into categories, making it easy for you to shop.

You can even purchase pots at the event to complement your plant collection.

Book your tickets here. 

General information

📍 WStudio – Westermühlstraße 3, 80469 Munich

📅 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 13 -15, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Thursday & Friday)

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Click the link to get more information. 

1 new restaurant/café to try

Indulge in Germany’s finest restaurants

We’re famous! According to a new book featuring Germany’s most beautiful eateries, Munich has claimed the top spot for interior designs in both the restaurant and café categories.

The award winning establishments include the Japanese restaurant, Ukiyo on Rumfordstrasse, and adesso SE, a café for an IT company in Berg am Laim, which has just been crowned “the most beautiful café in all of Germany.”

Several other Munich venues also received honorable mentions in the book, including Kubaschewski, Dailys Juice, Niu Asian Cafe, Frau im Mond, and The Gratitude.

Let us know if you have visited any of them.

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