SympatMe helps foreigners in Germany with their first bureaucratic steps. We provide up-to-date information and hands-on solutions. On our website, newcomers can fill out paperwork, make appointments, and simply get things done.
How did SympatMe come about?
The idea for this project came in 2014. Many of my international friends were moving to Germany then. They knew that I lived in Berlin at the time, so they came to me for help. They kept asking the same questions. They kept having the same problems. In short, they all struggled mainly because official forms and documents are all in German. There are no English translations. When they tried to ask a German official for help, they would rarely find someone that spoke decent English.
"The idea was to give foreigners in Germany the tools with which they could deal with German bureaucracy in their own language."
I understand and support the idea that people moving to Germany should try to learn German. But in the first few days of arriving, it seems a bit much to ask. Even though German is my native tongue, even I struggle to understand some bureaucratic documents. So how can I expect foreigners to understand them?
In my opinion, we can't. That's why my brother Oliver and I embarked on this project. The idea was to give foreigners in Germany the tools with which they could deal with German bureaucracy in their own language. That's why we translated the most important official documents and application forms into 12 languages.