Questions tagged [us-citizens]

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Can I lose my US citizenship for accepting employment with a foreign government?

In my US passport, there's a section entitled "Important Information" located just before the visa pages. Item number 13 deals with circumstances in which one might lose their US citizenship (emphasis ...
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How do I deal with PPACA (“Obamacare”) as an expatriate (US citizen)?

I'm a US citizen and according to the government's dol.gov website am subject to the regulation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka ACA or "Obamacare"). This means I must ...
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How to go about building credit history in the UK?

I understand that if I move to another country, my good credit history in the United States will not be recognized. But this leads to a chicken-and-egg issue: if no one will give me credit, how can I ...
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How can US citizens not residing in the US visit the White House?

US citizens who want to visit the White House are supposed to book a tour through their Representative or Senator. Which Representative or Senator should citizens not living in the US apply to, and ...
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Do you need to pay US taxes if you are a US citizen by birth, who was never in the USA?

It is known, that the USA not only taxes their residents, but their citizens as well. But what happens if someone is a US citizen at birth, who never lived in the USA? Do they also need to pay taxes? ...
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How can you get a US Birth Certificate, SSN & Passport for the child of US Citizens born in Israel?

If a two married US-Israeli citizens (dual-citizenship) have a child in Israel, what do they need to do (ie: what forms do they need to fill out and bring where, in what order, etc) in order to get ...
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As a US Citizen with Mexican residency status, where must I pay income tax?

I'm a US Citizen, but I have Mexican temporary residency status. I work remotely in Mexico for a US company, and I have been paying US income tax only. Under what circumstances should I pay taxes on ...
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American citizens living abroad still have to pay tax to US - legal ways to avoid?

My understanding is that US Citizens who have emigrated to another country are still required to post tax returns to the US, declaring foreign income. Is the only way out of this to cancel your US ...
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Is it possible to pay US Income tax, without paying state income tax?

This is a bit of a followup to my earlier question... I'm a US citizen, working for a US company, and paying US income taxes. I've switched my banking records and all to use my sister's address in ...
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If I have several foreign accounts, only one of which is >$10k, do I need to report all on the FBAR?

I am a US citizen living outside the US for several years. For the first time, I had over $10,000 in a foreign account. Apparently, now I have to file an FBAR. I have several accounts overseas but ...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

I am currently a US citizen/resident, who found out that I can acquire Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis. Before I actually go through with this, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be burdening myself, ...
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Will I receive Social Security outside the U.S.?

I recently retired and am receiving social security. If I move out of the U.S., will I still receive my SS checks?
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What are the permit implications of voluntarily leaving a job as a US citizen Blue Card-holder in Germany?

Here's more detail on my background: • I'm a US citizen living in Berlin, Germany • I was issued a Blue Card in November 2015 to work as a 'posted employee' for a US company. The Blue Card is valid ...
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Does a US citizen who is a resident of a foreign country need to file a W9 if working for a US company?

I am a US citizen living abroad. I am no longer a US resident and file my taxes with a 2555 for the foreign earned income exemption. I pay all my taxes and social security in my country of residence ...
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Does working abroad for US clients qualify one for the “foreign earned income exclusion” via the “physical presence test”?

Does an American citizen (independent contractor) with American clients getting paid in an American bank account but working remotely abroad qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion credit if ...
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How can a minor foreign-born child of a US citizen parent and non-US citizen parent get US citizenship if the US citizen parent refuses?

Zork, 12, was born in a foreign country to a US citizen parent and a non-US citizen parent. At the time of Zork's birth, the US citizen parent had (and currently has) all the requirements to pass US ...
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Is there a US version of the UK Criminal Records Bureau check?

I am a US citizen who has moved to the UK. My new employer has asked me to get a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check so I can work with children. Since I do not have sufficient history in the UK, my ...
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What is the official status of a foreign born child to US Citizen parent who meets all requirements to pass citizenship?

Presumed Facts: Child Name: Zod Child Age: 2 years old 1) Zod was born to a US Citizen parent and non US Citizen Parent in a foreign country. 2) US Citizen parent meets all requirements to pass ...
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Can a COS sponsorship for a Tier 2 UK visa (meets all requirements) be delayed/denied because the UK reached its self-imposed monthly limit?

If anyone has specific knowledge and/or experience with this, I would be grateful your input! My business has recently received a status as a "qualifying company". We have US citizen we want to hire ...
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Refused twice for UK visa, second time under 320(7A) (deception)

I am in dire need to get my UK visa, tier 5, temporary visa for sports. I am a US citizen applying for a UK visa. I am a recent college student and unfortunately left my job thinking this process ...
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Is there a residency permit that would allow a US citizen to live/work in the UK or rest of Europe?

I'm an US citizen who's thinking about going to university in Europe-mostly likely Germany. I would like to eventually live and work somewhere in Europe. Possibly in the UK as I have some family & ...
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Declare marriage and children outside the US?

As a US citizen living abroad, do I need to register anywhere that I got married and had children? Do my children automatically get US Citizenship?
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PPACA “no insurance” fee for American expats living abroad

I searched and commented on another question here, and was prompted to ask my own question separately. As you may be aware, US citizens without health insurance, as of this coming Sunday 31st January,...
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How can I find an affordable first credit card in Mexico?

I'm a US Citizen, now living in Mexico. I would like to find an affordable Mexican credit card, but I have no Mexican credit. What are my options?
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Can an EU citizen move to another EU country to work remotely at a job not in the EU?

If I were a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and had a job in the Untied States that I could perform remotely, could I move to an EU country other than Italy and work remotely for the U.S. ...
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Should I continue monitoring my credit activity in a country where I no longer live (but still have citizenship)?

I'm currently paying for a subscription to a credit monitoring company in the US, but I no longer live there and likely will not return for many, many years, if at all. At the moment, I still have US ...
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Is it possible for a non-resident US citizen to get a new driver's license in the US?

I am a US citizen living in Japan. I never had a driver's license in the US prior to coming to Japan, and I do not currently hold a license from any country (including Japan, US, and anywhere else). I ...
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What countries are easy for a US citizen to move to? [closed]

Are there any countries that are easy for a US citizen to move to? With "easy" I am here not referring to aspects such as that the country is located geographically near continental USA. Rather I am ...
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

I'm a U.S. citizen looking at studying in Europe. Right now France or Germany seem like the best/cheapest places (but open to suggestions!). I've had a few people tell me that if you graduate from a ...
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U.S. Income tax liability on cash transfers from foreign spouse

I am a U.S. Citizen living and earning an income overseas. My spouse is not a U.S. Citizen or Resident. Question regarding my U.S. Federal Income Tax liability: if my foreign wife gives me cash (in ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad — Payroll Taxes?

I am a US citizen who has been a foreign resident for years. I have recently gotten a job as a consultant for a US company. I will be doing the work in Japan, but will be paid to a US account that I ...
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How to acquire permanent residency in Paraguay?

How do I acquire permanent residency in Paraguay? What are the requirements, what is the process like, and how long does it take before I receive my cédula? I am a US citizen, if that is important.
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Obtaining another European nationality while living in France with a visa and a non-EU passport

If a US citizen, living in France on a work visa (which is renewed annually), obtains the nationality of another European country on the basis of their ancestry, what effect (if any) will this have on ...
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Paying back taxes to the US. How deep have I dug my hole?

I'm an American citizen living in Taiwan for roughly 8 years now. In that time I have been employed by my Taiwanese father-in-law in the family owned business and have filed only Taiwan taxes. I have ...
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What U.S. agencies should I inform on leaving the U.S. to live abroad?

I left the U.S. to live and work in Berlin, Germany. I arrived 5 days ago. On the German side, everything is well organized, and moving along. However until now, I hadn't reflected on which U.S. ...
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Returning to the US - Mortgage Approval Considerations

I am returning to the US soon after more than 10 years abroad in the UK. I am looking to purchase a house in the US and will need a mortgage to do so. I currently own a home in the UK that will be ...
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Can I legally back out on a job offer after accepting?

I'm a US citizen living in the Netherlands with an indefinite work contract and work permit. I'm looking for new work, and I want to understand my legal rights once I have either verbally accepted a ...
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Cheapest commonwealth nationality to acquire

I have a US citizen friend who is a (legal, permanent) resident in the UK (ie with ILR), who would like to vote, but naturalisation as a British Citizen is very expensive - £906 is the current fee. ...
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Why is a French bank asking me to fill out a W-9 form?

I'm a dual citizen, US and French. I'm working for a French company in France, and paying French taxes. Why is my French bank requesting me to fill out W-9 form?
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US driving license when living overseas [duplicate]

I have been living overseas for a few years. How do I keep my US driver's license without a US address since I won't be able to prove residency in any state?
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US Citizen with EU Spouse who doesn't yet have a job

My husband is an EU (Irish) Citizen and I am a US Citizen, we're currently living in the US. I have received a job offer from an academic institution to do research in Germany and he has not yet found ...
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How long does US expatriation take?

When a US citizen renounces, they must first swear or affirm their intent to a Consul Officer, and fill out a "Loss of Nationality" certificate. There are of course requirements leading up to the ...
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US employee on a multi year long business trip to China, but paid in the US. Do I get to claim Foreign Earned Income Exception?

I’ve been working in Shanghai, China for an American consulting company for the last year and a half. Because their Chinese studio is technically a Chinese company, I'm paid in RMB and I pay Chinese ...
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My dual citizen son (US and Australia) wants to marry a US citizen but live in Australia

I cannot find any information on this scenario: My son was born in Australia (and lives in Australia) and received his US citizenship via a Consular Report of Birth Abroad due to me being a US ...
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Spouse of US citizen green card application: adjust status or leave and apply for visa?

Suppose a US citizen is married to a foreigner. The foreigner has lived in the US with nonimmigrant G4 status for 18 years. They married four years ago. The foreign spouse, after retirement, will ...
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Is Dual Residency between the EU & UK Possible with Permanent Residency Visa (ILR)?

I am and American woman who started with a spouses settlement visa and have had ILR for almost 5 years now. I have been eligible to apply for UK citizenship about two years ago but never applied ...
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How to get US drivers license when returning to US from living abroad

I am a US citizen who has been living in the UK for the past 6 years. Immediately prior to moving abroad I had a PA state drivers license, but it has long expired. Prior to that I had MA and ME state ...
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French naturalisation and CAF history - benefits an exclusion cause?

When one applies for naturalisation in France, if they fulfill the requirements in terms of time spent in the country, there are other requirements for things to be shown such as: evidence of three '...
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If we are unable to open, or keep open, a bank account because of FATCA, what are our other options?

I am a U.S. citizen. I have previously worked and lived in Austria and had offers to work there again. Austria has very strict banking secrecy laws. They cannot reveal a person's bank account details,...
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Does a visa run in Taiwan really involve applying for a new visa every time, or just relying on visa-exempt passport entry?

Background: I've lived in Taiwan for 3 years now, always with an ARC (as I've always been employed by a Taiwanese company with the power to apply for an ARC for me up until now). I've applied for a ...