Kerry Thwarts Berlin Visa Red Tape at Eleventh Hour

Red Tape Translation talks to Kerry Kempton

Kerry from Australia loves Berlin. Originally from Melbourne, she’s been here 2009 and never looked back. Kerry took a moment out of her busy schedule to talk to Kathleen Parker at Red Tape Translation about her previous experiences with immigration in Berlin at the Ausländerbehörde in Wedding.

An experienced and qualified travel agent and manager, Kerry holds two degrees and loads of business and management experience. Brimming with enthusiasm and confidence, she dove headfirst into life in Berlin and now speaks excellent German.


Photo by Alexa Vachon (

Red Tape Translation was surprised to learn that Kerry encountered severe difficulties finding a job. After being granted several visa extensions from the Ausländerbehörde, the case worker gave Kerry an ultimatum: 3 months to find full time employment with a minimum salary requirement, or she would be deported.

Kerry is not the type of girl to give up without a fight. The struggle to find a job in Berlin meant she needed to think outside the box. What is cheaper than a plane ticket back to Australia? A U-Bahn placard!

Kerry hired professional Berlin photographer Alexa Vachon ( and bought large-scale advertising at two U-Bahn Stations. Her ad caused a media frenzy and attracted the attention of newspapers, magazines, blogs and vlogs in Berlin. Several weeks later, Red Tape Translation was thrilled to congratulate Kerry on her new job as a travel agent. Her employer was impressed with her initiative, and the poster secured her a job at a reputable international travel agency.

Kerry is thrilled with her new job and new life in Berlin. Kathleen Parker and Red Tape Translation wish her every success in Berlin for years to come.

About the Author: Red Tape Translation offers interpreting services at reasonable prices to Berlin newcomers. When moving to Berlin, clients book Kathleen Parker to help make German phone calls ,and to interpret at appointments at the Auslanderbehorde, the Arbeitsagentur, and real estate agencies.


Red Tape Translation Berlin – translating and interpreting help in person or by phone

Red Tape Translation is setting up to start business on September 24th 2012. Until then, appointments can be made subject to availability.

Visiting the immigration office in Berlin can be stressful if you haven’t yet mastered German, and hiring a relocation agent or an immigration lawyer is costly. Kathleen Parker is a German-English translator and interpreter, based in Berlin.  She will accompany you to your appointment and act as an interpreter.

You can also use Telephone Time, a budget solution for making important German phone calls.

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About the Author: Kathleen Parker is the founder of Red Tape Translation. Moving to Berlin proved challenging for Kathleen and for many of her friends, prompting her to set up Red Tape Translation and help English speakers get settled in Germany.

Interpreting and Translation help in Berlin for English Speakers