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What are the advantages of having a biometric resident permit (BRP) rather than just a visa sticker on the passport?

I recently found out that in the UK, there is this card called the biometric resident permit (BRP), which I suppose functions like the visa sticker on the passport. Since I do not have a BRP, is it ...
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Why do some foreigners in UK get child benefit while some others do not?

My colleague and I are both foreign nationals, but we come from different countries. I recently moved to the UK, while he has been in the UK for a number of years. Both of us have children and both of ...
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Adjusting to the local water

Pretty much whenever you move, the water will taste different. Maybe it'll be harder, maybe softer, maybe it'll have been purified with a different process or different chemicals. Chances are, you may ...
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I have a new passport. What to do with regards to my UK visa?

I moved to the UK last year because of work. I have recently had a new passport this year, because my previous passport was expiring. Do I need to have the UK visa sticker on my new passport as well? ...
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If I register to vote, can I be called for jury duty even though I live abroad?

I'm a US citizen living abroad. I'd like to register to vote, however I've heard that this will make me eligible to be chosen for jury duty. I can't easily appear for jury duty from here, if I ...
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Are there any tax differences with having a billing address outside the States?

I'm a US citizen / Indian resident. Income I make goes through the usual W9 form (instead of a W8), and I keep a US billing address while filling it in. If, in the future, I no longer am able to list ...
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As an OCI card holder, do I count as an “Indian Citizen”?

I'm a US citizen with an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card; the closest thing to dual citizenship that the countries have. I apparently have all the rights of an Indian citizen except: The ...
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How to know what you can openly discuss in China?

There are some countries, like China, which do not take kindly to foreigners who disrespect the government. In some cases the country's hostility can become dangerous for the expat. However, some ...
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As a French PhD student in the US, what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?

I (French citizen) started a PhD in computer science in the US one year and a half ago: what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?
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Meeting other expats when you move to a new country?

When you move to a new country, you'll probably want to make some local friends. However, you may well also want to make friends with some other expats, both from your own country or others. Partly ...
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Is there some third party entity to solve disputes with insurance companies in the Netherlands? [closed]

I currently have an health insurance with an extra dental insurance in the Netherlands. I had a dental problem and went to a clinic. I sent the invoice to the insurance company but they consider this ...
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What options do I have to own a house in Indonesia as a non-citizen?

Currently, I live in Indonesia, I bought a house and registered it under my son's name since he has an Indonesian passport while I don't. Is there a way to register a house under my name if I live ...
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How to transfer a New Zealand driver's license for a Victorian state license in Australia?

When you move to Australia as a New Zealand citizen, you're allowed to drive for a while on your NZ license (time depends on state). In Victoria, how do you change to an Australian license?
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What restrictions exist for a KITAS Holder in Indonesia starting a business?

I am a KITAS holder sponsored by my wife. I want to start a business in Indonesia. What are the primary restrictions I am going to run up against? What sort of processes do I need to do to get ...
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How long can I drive a EU registered car in France for?

What are the rules around how long you can spend driving in France with a car that is registered elsewhere in the EU, before you have to go about taxing/registering/etc it? And does it make any ...
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How long can you live+drive in France before you have to change your EU driving license?

If you move to France, and hold a driving license from another EU country, how long can you drive in France on your existing license? Related - when that time is up, what is the process you then have ...
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As an EU national just moved to France, how do I get a “Attestation d'accueil” for a friend's visa?

I'd previously said to an Indian friend that they ought to come over and stay with me in the summer. At the time, I'd thought I'd be in the UK, and I'm fairly happy about how to go about helping them ...
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If no spousal visas are involved, what are the needs for registering a marriage with foreign authorities?

If a married couple are living separated in two different countries, which is neither the country where either person has citizenship, nor the country where they got married, would there be any ...
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Are there any elections I can take part in while a temporary resident in Canada?

Inside the EU, EU residents can vote in local and European-level (and possibly regional) elections for the EU country where they live. I'm a Dutch citizen living temporarily in Canada. Are there any ...
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Can EU citizens participate in European Parliament elections when living outside the EU?

As a EU citizen living outside the EU. Can I participate in elections for the European Parliament? Does it depend on my country of citizenship? My citizenship is Dutch.
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Is it possible to find an apartment for rent in Germany before coming there and looking for a job/contract?

When I first went to Germany for work, I was shocked by the problems I encountered with finding an apartment. My company found me a temporary accommodation before I arrived (a single room in a cellar, ...
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How to change employers on a H-1B visa in the United States

For a person in the US under an H-1B visa - if this person needs to change jobs: What's the procedure that needs to be followed since the H-1 is sponsored by the employer? Can the visa and stay be ...
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H1B Green Card (Permanent Residency) Process with Employer Change

Consider the situation: A person arrives to the US as an H1B holder Works for the employer that sponsored the visa for some time and employer does labor certification and other paperwork for US Green ...
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How much US taxes do you have to pay after selling a foreign property if you are a US green card holder?

What portion of the sale of a property outside the US will you need to pay taxes on? Will you be paying taxes on the total sale price or only on the gain?
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How to find a tax preparer in the UK for a US income tax return

The IRS provides guidelines for choosing a tax preparer. These include making sure the preparer has a PTIN and to check with the US BBB for questionable history. The IRS also has information about ...
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Is it true that having speed camera alerter is illegal in France? [closed]

I have heard stories of people that drive around Europe, that particularly in France you can get fined for using any Navigation system or device that comes bundled with, fixed Speed camera alerts. Is ...
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Does the 30% tax ruling in the Netherlands also apply to Dutch Citizens who are now living abroad?

The Netherlands has a 30% tax ruling on highly skilled migrant workers, where expats working in the Netherlands can pay less tax for a considerable amount of time. Since I am living abroad I am ...
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Getting a student loan and enrolling to a university in England

As an EU citizen, who has been living in Britain for a year, can I get a student loan to pay for my tuition fees in one of the UK based universities?
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Is there an elaborate resource in inter-EU difference in traffic rules?

When relocating in the EU, you need to renew your driving license in your country of residence. This is often a simple procedure where you pay the fees and exchange your old license for a new license. ...
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Will I get the same student benefits and discounts in the U.S. as a foreign student?

Am an expat student in the U.S., Am I going to get the same student benefits and discounts in the U.S. just like the local students using my student ID?
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How do I get legal help in the UK and is it free?

How can I get advice about a everyday life situation, accidents or benefit in the United Kingdom?
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Is it possible to transfer my pension out of a UK fund, and if so, how to go about it?

I worked for several years for a UK company, and have a corresponding amount of pension in their pension scheme. Now it looks like I'm pretty unlikely to return (and even if I do, it's a pain to have ...
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What are countries where a French citizen can live long term without visa struggles?

I work remotely and thus I can live anywhere while doing my job. As a French citizen, what are countries where I can easily reside for 6 months or more, without needing a visa or where one can easily ...
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If you have two nationalities can you compete in sport events in both countries?

My kids have two nationalities. If they will be competing in any sport on a national level, can they choose to participate in the competition of both countries of which they are a citizen?
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Am I a resident of the Hague if I am a Dutch citizen living abroad?

To be able to vote in Dutch national elections, as a Dutch citizen living abroad I need to register with the municipality of the Hague. Does this make me technically a resident of the Hague?
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Can someone in the US on a H4 visa work remotely [duplicate]

If I am on a (dependent) H4 visa in the USA, can I Work remotely (in the US) for my employer in another country ? Create blogs/youtube videos/e-commerce websites which earn me revenue (credited to ...
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How to learn and adjust to Indian English, as someone who's used to British English?

I'm a Brit, currently in India. While a lot of the people I meet speak at least some English, and others speak fluent English, there are definitely times when it feels we're divided by a common ...
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Working remotely while under UK Ancestry Visa

One of the requirements in the UK Ancestry Visa overview states: "You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if: you are able and planning to work in the UK" Would working remotely for my current Canadian ...
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Reinstatement of Singapore permanent residency

I used to be a Singapore permanent resident, but lost my Singapore permanent residency while living in another country. What is the likelihood of getting my permanent residency back if I go back to ...
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What to do in relation to pension funds when leaving Norway?

I used to work in Norway, but have recently moved to the UK. Is there anything I need to do in relation to my pension funds in Norway? What will happen with my pension funds if I never go back to ...
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Are there language immersion courses in Austria?

I've seen this question and I'm wondering the same for a different country: Austria. I would like to do a course of German A1 or a course of English B2. Can you advice me how to take courses in the ...
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Holidays in US for close relative's funeral in EU?

I live in Hawaii and my grandfather in Czechia had died. I would like to come to the funeral. I can manage to get the plane tickets, but 1) I'll be away for at least 5 days, and 2) I will be coming ...
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How do I deal with cultural differences? [closed]

Growing up between 3 countries I often found myself in difficult situations, caused by local cultural tolerances to racisms, slang that means different words, hand gestures that offend people in one ...
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What countries offer descendant citizenship (by blood) further back than 1 generation?

Most countries can offer citizenship to people with at least one parent that is currently a citizen. What countries' (if any) nationality laws exist that will allow citizenship by blood for people ...
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Is mandatory education standardized in the EU?

I grew up in several countries, and had a really crazy time in school, twice I skipped a grade because I changed schools between countries, and twice I was held back a year. I was never in 7th or 9th ...
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Moving of retirement funds from Italy to Austria

I've migrated from Italy to Austria. I don't trust Italy and I would prefer to migrate the money I have in my retirement fund in italy to austria. Is it that possible in EU? Another option could be ...
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What do I write for Försäkringskassans “address in Sweden” question after leaving the country, considering I don't have one?

I have recently left Sweden after having lived there as a Dutch national for six years. I informed Swedish Skatteverket, who administrate residencies. Then, Försäkringskassan sent me a form asking ...
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What Dutch government agencies do I inform on my address living abroad, and how?

I'm a Dutch citizen living abroad. When I moved, I informed the municipality where I lived that I was leaving to live abroad. Since then, the only Dutch agency I have ever informed on my whereabouts ...
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In the EU is it possible to ask to transfer money from retirement funds from one country to the other? (Italy -> Austria) [duplicate]

In Italy there are two statal retirement funds: Gestione ordinaria Gestione separata Is it possible to move all the contributes I've payed to the second one from Italy to Austria? This is the ...
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“Address in France” for Long stay french visa for researchers

I am faced with a conundrum. I have recently received my convention d'accueil (or "Welcome document") from the research lab I will be working with betwee 5/14-5/15. I am to take this convention d'...

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