Written by Adithya Srinivasan
Berlin is the capital of Germany. As of 2022, the population of Berlin is around 3.7 million people. Around 20% of the residents in Berlin moved from abroad to Germany. This makes Berlin a good place for foreigners to move and adjust a bit easier in terms of the language as places offer some sort of English support.
Finding a job can still be tricky depending on the kind of job you are looking for. For English speakers, the number of jobs are still higher than other parts of Germany. This is common with Software, Startups and also in hospitality services.
I found my job without being in Berlin by applying to a lot of companies that offered visa sponsorship or relocation. The best way to improve your chances of working in Berlin would be to find a way to move here. This can happen with the help of a job seeker visa.
When you are already here, companies know that they can hire and train you earlier than hiring someone from abroad. Besides that, you have an easier time getting interviews. Companies also do not have to spend weeks to ensure you have the right documents to get a work permit from your country. They also do not need to pay for relocation which saves for money.
Once you find a job, dealing with the Ausländerbehörde can get tedious depending on your luck. Finding a place to live in Berlin has been increasingly difficult and expensive.
Berlin is a big city and has great public transportation as well. It is also really walkable (if you like walking!) and bicyclists friendly (most of the times). It has a good immigrant crowd which means a decent amount of foreign cuisines in restaurants and getting by with English.