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Re: [tlug] Looking for Summer Internship in Japan

Josh, you did not read my post carefully enough.

First, I made it clear that the practise applies to non-US, non-AU, non-CA, non-NZ, non-EU spouses only. If your sister is a US-citizen, then quite evidently this is not a counter example because she does not fall under the discriminatory German immigration law.

Second, if you read my post again, you may find that I said "the state bordering Switzerland". This tells you that German law is not equally applied across all German states. The State of Baden-Wuerttemberg which borders Switzerland applies the law in such a manner that the language exam must be taken and passed before a visa is granted. I have this IN WRITING from the Inner Ministry of the State of Baden-Wuerttmeberg in Stuttgart.

If you go 300 km further North, to Frankfurt, which is in the State of Hessen, they apply the law differently and grant a temporary visa and demand that you enroll and attend a German course and document steady progress until you do the exam eventually. This is not the practice in Baden-Wuerttemberg though and it would be too far to commute to work in Switzerland from any other German state.

hope this clarifies

On 18 March 2015 at 14:48, Josh Glover <> wrote:
On Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Benjamin Kowarsch <> wrote:

The trouble is though, if you have German ancestry and a Japanese wife who doesn't speak any German, your wife will not get a visa in the state bordering Switzerland until she has passed the German equivalent of the JLPT1. You'll have to move to France instead where there is no such discrimination against non-US, non-Canadian, non-Australian, non-NZ, non-EU spouses of EU nationals, 

I think you're finding discrimination too easily. My sister is a US citizen who married a German, and she also could not get a working visa until she passed the German language and culture test. Which is, by the way, more equivalent to JLPT3 (or 2, at a stretch) than 1, and German doesn't have kanji.


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