The family offices of Hamburg’s higher education institutions offer support and advice on family matters. Personal contact can often be helpful to clarify any uncertainties and discuss any issues, for instance regarding balancing an academic career and family life. The family offices also publish useful information flyers and brochures.
Work permits for spouses
Spouses accompanying visiting scholars and wishing to work during their time in Germany will need a work permit. This regulation does not apply to citizens of Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. If you do need a work permit, you must apply to the German consulate or embassy in your home country before you travel to Germany. Be sure to apply in good time – processing can often take several weeks.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has compiledextensive information on pregnancy and maternity leave, Parental allowance and parental leave, as well as child benefit.
The childcare center system in Hamburg is well-developed so that, if you register early on, you can be sure to find a daycare (Kita) spot in the proximity of your residence. Costs depend on both parents’ income and can be tentatively calculated with the Kita info system (in German only) of the City of Hamburg.
You are moving to Hamburg with children that are required to attend school? The City of Hamburg website provides useful information on the school system in Germany. You can find schools in your proximity on Geoportal Hamburg. In addition, Hamburg offers a variety of bilingual chilcare centers and international schools.