Illegal to work - help me afford my study!

Dear friends, 

I need your help. Based on my current immigrant status, I am not allowed to work for the next six months in Germany. The story is complicated, so I will explain everything here to the best of my abilities. 

First off, let me start by saying that my current occupation in Germany will be student, as I am registered at a local school for a fashion design study. Previously I was working full-time at a retail store in a different city. I realized I liked fashion but that I wanted to be the designer. Those of you who know me, have seen my art and designs and know what I am capable of.  

The previous residence permit I had was a work permit. In order to find out information about obtaining or switching to a student based residence permit, I first had to move to the city where my school is located. I then had to register myself and only once I was registered as a resident in this city could I get advised at the immigration office. It was here that I was told that I would not receive an appointment to obtain a completely new permit until late February 2020.

Until this date, I am allowed to study but I may work any type of job (full-time, part-time, flex, etc). This includes any funds earned through an online shop or something along those lines. I am not able to cancel my school contract anymore either due to the cancellation policy. 

So even though it has now become much harder for me to finance this study, I do not even have the option to back out and pursue full time work again. 

I can afford my school tuition on my own, but all other expenses will deplete my savings account until the date of my appointment. I am asking you to help me afford my rent until March 2020, so that I can securely live here and complete my study. 

I am not even sure if at this appointment my permit will be approved. It is unlikely I will be denied but the risk is there. 

If I can raise this money before December 1st, I know that I can relieve a huge stress from my life. Your donations ensure that I will be able to nourish my body, make my rent confidently, and focus on learning as much as possible at school. 

Thank you so so much! I will make sure to be the best designer I can be and make you all proud!


Lauren (Bubsie) C. 


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Lauren Codina 
Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland
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