We are a team of two people helping new (or not so new anymore) Berliners to settle down in the city and navigate the German bureaucracy. Our main activity is assisting with visa application, but of course, if you need help with any other bureaucracy issue, we are likely to be able to help you as well! Learn more about our services and what we do to assist people in Berlin here.
We offer our services to make all the bureaucratic processes smooth, easy and simple. We are fluent in German as well as in English, which makes communication and mediation easy. Besides we have lots of experience with bureaucracy and we can tell you exactly which papers are needed for which visa or appointment at the different offices, so that they can be prepared beforehand.
Looking forward meeting you and being part of your story!
“My name is Johanna Sieben and I am the founder of this company. I have been living in Berlin for more than eight years now, born and raised in Germany. In the last couple of years I have realized more and more how complicated German bureaucracy is (even being fluent in German!) and how hard it can be for foreigners to arrive here in Germany and try to get through the jungle of paperwork and offices.
Having friends here in Berlin from all over the world, I’ve been with them on their appointments and helping them to get Visas, “Anmeldung”, rental contracts and all the other things for many years now, so I became extremely experienced with the maze of German bureaucracy. One day, a friend said to me “Johanna, I’ve never seen anyone more talented with bureaucracy than you” and other friends agreed. A weird and strange thing to hear, but, well, i decided, no matter how weird they are, to make the best of my talents, and here I am and have been for over three years now.
I myself have been living in three different countries besides Germany in the last few years and had to go through the same struggles, as many people coming to Berlin, have to go through, although I realized that in Germany it seems to be exceptionally complicated, thanks to our beloved bureaucracy.”
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EDIT NOVEMBER 2018
I am very happy to be able to welcome Julia to the team!
“My name is Julia Föll. I came to Berlin in 2006 to study English Literature and like so many others, I fell in love with this amazing city and never left. My mother is from the US, so I’m your friendly neighbourhood German-American aware of the outsider’s perspective in Germany. I’ve also lived and travelled in many countries, so I absolutely know how it is to feel like a fish out of water. Over the years, I’ve helped many friends and relatives navigate the high seas of German bureaucracy, and I look forward to helping you as well!
I am bilingual and have worked as a freelance translator for the past few years, so I can help you with all of your language headaches, be they on paper or at an office.”