Expat Case Study: Sarah Breen

Japan to Germany


Originally from the United States, Sarah moved with her partner to Tokyo, Japan, where she worked for several IT companies. After nearly a decade in Japan, Sarah was looking to move to Berlin, Germany for a fresh new start.


  • Figuring out where to look for helpful and reliable information
  • Navigating the complicated world of visas and immigration
  • Understanding which steps to take in what order in her move


  • 1-on-1 Coaching
  • Timeline Planning
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What problems did you have before working with Expat Empire?

No matter how many times you’ve done it before, moving to a new country can be intimidating. Prior to relocating to Berlin, I felt overwhelmed and was unsure where to start.

What did it feel like as you tried to solve those problems?

David’s advice helped me focus and prioritize my tasks, such as signing up for internet service, so I could take care of the most important things quickly and efficiently. Based on his own experience, he provided me with personalized guidance, saving me hours of searching online. He also pointed me to valuable online resources he had used upon arriving in Germany.

What does your life look like now that you have worked with Expat Empire?

By openly sharing his experiences, he helped me understand some important cultural and legal aspects of Germany, which allowed me to set expectations for timelines, as well as to know when to call in an expert for additional support. With this information, I was able to make rapid progress without second-guessing myself.

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