Trip to the Consulate


We had our official meeting at the Consulate General of Germany on Monday, March 21 to apply for our visas! This was a huge step in our big move because:

  1. it started the process with the government

  2. it gave us an idea of a time frame

  3. it answered a few questions we’ve had for a while.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of clear instruction online about how to navigate the situation we’ve put ourselves in. The most complicated thing that we have to figure out is how to pay taxes as a US citizen working for a US company from Germany. (Aren't taxes always a complicated question?! Ugh!)


When we were able to speak with a representative at the consulate in person, we were able to get more clear answers to our questions work permits, visas, expat statues, etc. In our case, Taylor is applying for the EU Blue Card and I’ll be applying for my work visa once I’m in Germany and have an official job offer. (Yea, we’re moving forward with the visa before we get the offer. Stupid or optimistic? Hmm...we’ll let you know once we figure it out.)

In 2016, our founder, Bailey Smith, finagled her way into moving abroad with her husband. In their off time, they were able to travel all around Europe. Many of Bailey's travel experiences during those two years have shaped Indie Travel Design into what it is today. Follow along with their story of negotiating jobs, applying for visas, and living in Germany.