I went in today to get my visa placed into my passport. It was supposed to be straight forward – hand in the paperwork, get visa. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. You see, they had asked me to provide confirmation of health insurance and so I consulted my company’s lawyer who is being paid to organise my visa (and so far has done fuck all). The advice from the lawyer was just to tell them that company will organise it. I didn’t think that was right and that I should have a letter or something but this guy is the lawyer and is up on German law, not me.
I should have gone with my gut instinct as this advice was terrible. I was right, they needed actual proof that I have a health insurance policy and the line that the company would organise it just didn’t cut it. Therefore, I didn’t get my visa issued. However, I did get my tax card and my residence details registered, so I guess I can stay.
So on coming back to the office I rang the company lawyer. He said he was shocked that just saying the company would organise it wasn’t enough. Given my dealings already with German bureaucracy you need official forms for everything so why this guy thought that just saying my company would organise my insurance is beyond me. Then he asks what insurance company I want to get my insurance from. Say what?? I wouldn’t even know the name of a health insurance company in Germany let alone what one I should go with. The guy also sounded shocked at this. I’ve only been in the country for 2 months, I know nothing about how anything works here. He has left it with me to find out who everyone uses here and get back to him when I have found one. So much for this guy helping me with my visa. He’s just fucking useless.
Fortunately, one of my co-workers is in the process of re-organising his health insurance and has put me in touch with his insurance broker to find out the best company to go with. However, I need to make the choice between public and private based on whether I see myself staying in Germany long-term. Tough call, as I really don’t know, but so far the public system is sounding the best route to go down in case I do want to stay here.
However, I’m annoyed and frustrated that this idiot lawyer’s incompetency has delayed the issuing of my visa even further. I can’t do anything to get myself settled here without one.
Not happy, Jan!
* The phrase Not happy, Jan comes from this famous Australian ad