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Temporary support for small and medium businesses, Germany
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Temporary support for small and medium businesses, Germany

On Friday, the Cabinet agreed on the cornerstones of a federal programme entitled "Temporary support for small and medium businesses that have had to shut down to a significant extent or in full as a result of the coronavirus crisis".  Who can apply? Small and medium businesses and organisations from every sector of the economy, provided they are not eligible from support from the Economic Stabilisation Fund, one-person self-employed outfits, full-time freelancers in liberal professions, non-profit businesses and organisations that are permanently active on the market. What preconditions must be met before an application can be lodged? Business operations must have had to shut down completely or to a significant extent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How ...
Temporary restriction of non-essential entry into the EU extended until 30 June 2020, Germany
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Temporary restriction of non-essential entry into the EU extended until 30 June 2020, Germany

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended that the travel restrictions already in place for all non-essential travel to the EU from third countries be extended until 30 June 2020. Germany will implement this recommendation. The following persons shall continue to be exempt from these travel restrictions: Nationals from EU countries, countries associated with Schengen (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the UK, and their respective family members returning to their place of residenceThird-country nationals with a long-term right of residence in an EU Member State and/or the countries mentioned above (residence permit or long-term visa, e.g. for study or work purposes), provided tha...
Expiring visas and residence permits in Germany?
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Expiring visas and residence permits in Germany?

Due to COVID-19, many people are stuck in Germany with visas and residence permits close to expiry. Immigration offices have limited their services and it can be quite difficult to get an appointment and extend visas and residence permits. However, considering the pandemic situation, Germany has the following facilitations in place for expiring visas and residence permits. National visa (D visa) Citizens whose national visa (D visa) is about to expire should submit an application for an extension to the relevant immigration office by email before expiry. Until the decision of the immigration office has been made, the residence will remain legal. Personal details (surname, maiden name, first name, spelling of the names, date of birth, place and district of birth, gender, na...
Re-open EU, official website to help tourists
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Re-open EU, official website to help tourists

With most EU countries opening its borders, there is hope for that long awaited summer break. After all, the lock down period has only enhanced this longing. Before you pack your bags and take off, it is but very important to be aware of the pandemic situation, travel restrictions, services available and health and safety measures to be followed in your destination country. Opening the doors for tourists will indeed help in boosting the economy, but health and safety will not be compromised. In view of this, the European Commission has launched ‘Re-open EU', a web platform along with an app to support a safe relaunch of travel and tourism across Europe. The website will provide real-time, country-specific information on borders and travel restrictions, available means of transport , t...
Financial Aid for Students during COVID, Germany
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Financial Aid for Students during COVID, Germany

Many students in Germany are facing Financial strains during this pandemic, mostly with the loss of student jobs. Coming to the rescue is the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announcing financial support to the students in Germany. This includes two elements, the KfW student loan, and grants that are distributed through the student services that need not be repaid. 1. The KfW student loan is an interest-free loan until March 31, 2021. Foreign Students can apply for it from June 1, 2020. Depending on requirements, the loan can be drawn up to EUR 650 per month and can be applied online without bureaucracy.  Foreign students - i.e. nationals of third countries and EU citizens who have been living in Germany for less than three years are eligible to avail of the loa...
SWADES, Skill mapping of citizens returning from abroad
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SWADES, Skill mapping of citizens returning from abroad

Government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas SWADES, a collaborative initiative of the Ministries of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Civil Aviation and External Affairs The initiative undertaken as part of Vande Bharat Mission aims at empowering the returning citizens with relevant employment opportunities Envisioned to share collected information and enable discussions with key stakeholders including State Governments, Industry Associations and Employers Posted On: 03 JUN 2020 3:24PM by PIB Delhi With the aim of making the best of our skilled workforce returning to the country due to the ongoing pandemic, the Government of India has launched a new initiative SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) to conduct a s...