Many of you might recognize the name Elisa Stella, the super active and supportive woman who often answers all your questions on the Expat Facebook pages. Well, today, I asked Elisa a little bit more about her business, ELP-Expat, so that you can learn a little bit more about her services and how she might be able to help you get settled in Düsseldorf.
What is ELP-Expat all about?
ELP-Expat supports expatriates and their employers in the Düsseldorf Area in order to facilitate their integration process: e.g. public authorities, translation, relocation, etc.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Elisa Pugliese, trilingual (German, Italian, English). I was born in Italy but moved abroad in 1984, first to China, then to Italy, then to the UK and since 2007, I now live in Germany.
I have earned a BA degree in Communications, and after many years working for international companies, I attended a German Masters program in Social Management. I am a language mediator at the BAMF-Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, and a volunteer at DRK. I have attended several training programs related to migration topics and migration-psychology.
What can you help expats with?
I will make your new life in Düsseldorf easier! I will speed up the integration process for you, your family and your profession. Therefore, you will have the utmost enjoyment of your relocation at its best.
For employers, I can manage information and bureaucracy related to work permission, work contracts, and relocation packages.
Because of my strong affinity with inter-cultural relations, my experience in dealing with German institutions, my confidential attitude and understanding of complex situations, and my extensive network of German professionals, I am able to support you in all issues.
Can you tell us exactly what services you offer?
Housing & Family
- Select the perfect neighborhood for your needs
- Home search
- Translation and review of the rental contract
- Explanation of law and local habits
- Contracting of utilities, internet, and landline
- Childcare, enrollment in kindergarten and school
- Kindergeld and family support
- Filling out tax forms, Tax return preparation (in cooperation with German experts)
Bureaucracy & Administration
- Residence permit and general procedures
- Health insurance – public or private
- Information about taxes and income declaration (in cooperation with German experts and advisors)
- Personal liability insurance. Legal cost insurance. Household insurance and many others, which are usual in Germany (in cooperation with German experts)
- Changing of driving license, registration of vehicles
- Resume and applications “the German way”
- Introduction to the labor contract forms in Germany
- Review of employment contracts
- Setup of your own business in Germany, legal forms, freelance business regulations and business specifications for the German market
Translation & Interpreting
- Translation of professional documents, contracts, and paperwork
- Interpreting services, Language training, Language exchange
I am a natural-born problem solver and lateral thinker. I will find a way to help you out. Translated: my services can be truly personalized.
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