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How important is knowing German in Germany?

I was recently speaking to a German about learning the language, and he said not to bother – whether planning a permanent move or only a short visit, you can get by just fine, as everyone there speaks ...
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How to match EU income to US salary?

I'm a software engineer in Europe, and my firm is about to offer me a position in the US to bring up a team (In San Francisco or New York, it's still not decided yet)… Looking at the job market in ...
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How to open up your first UK bank account without proof of address?

In the UK, to prove your address you can usually use your bank statement. But to get a bank statement, you need to get a bank account, and to get a bank account, you have to prove your address. While ...
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Answer for “Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?” in academic/postdoc position

The following sentence is asked in early stage of all academic positions and postdoc jobs advertised in US-based universities or institutes: Are you legally eligible to work in the United States? ...
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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 to build credit history in the USA?

What are the ways in which a new immigrant can begin building credit history in the United States of America ?
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Choosing between private and regular health insurance when moving to Germany

It seems that health insurance is mandatory in Germany and employees with a salary above a certain threshold can choose between private insurance and the regular statutory system (gesetzliche ...
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Practicing Catholicism in Saudi Arabia

I know that the public practice of any religion other than Wahabbi Islam is strictly forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and there would be no places of worship. I also know that the morality police raided a a ...
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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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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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What can I expect in the “Life in the UK Test”

To get an English citizenship you usually have to take the "Life in the UK Test". Apart from reading the handbook, what can I do to get prepared for this test?
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Where can I be tax resident when I don't stay in any EU-country longer that 6 months a year?

I'm a Polish citizen. I've become a German resident because I'm working there, and as fair as I have learned, I'm treated as resident if I'm in given country (Germany) more than 180 days a year. This ...
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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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Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

I see here lots of questions regarding the Blue Card for Europe and Germany. I have been researching a lot about the blue card and work permit for the purpose of employment in Germany and so far, I ...
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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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How to get a job in Australia before I go there?

I have been granted permanent residency in Australia (i.e. I can live and work there). I intend to relocate from Ireland in October. Ideally I could have a job line up before I go, as it's a high-risk ...
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How to lease a car in the USA just after relocation?

Usually leasing requires you to have a credit history in US and establishing it takes at least a year. What options you have to lease the car without credit history in US but having employment here (...
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What happens when Chinese acquire foreign citizenship?

China doesn't recognize dual citizenship. What are the practical consequences today if a Chinese citizen also acquires the citizenship of another country, but does not formally renounce their Chinese ...
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Which EU territories outside Europe does an EU citizen have right of residence in?

Several EU countries such as the UK, France and Netherlands have territories and dependencies outside of Europe. Examples include many islands in the Caribbean, Falkland Islands, Tahiti, and so on. ...
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If asked for ID in France by the police, as an EU national what is considered valid?

On the rare occasion when I've seen people in France challenged by the police about their identity, they've always seemed to show their Carte nationale d’identité sécurisée (CNIS). However, since I'm ...
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As a digital nomad, is it possible to live such that one owes no tax obligation?

This answer makes an interesting observation that At the end of the day it's even possible you're not explicitly required to pay taxes anywhere. Is this really true? Under what circumstances ...
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Do differences between NTSC and PAL matter with modern TVs?

There is a lot of old information on the web about the differences between NTSC and PAL television systems. Most of this information says that you cannot use a US TV in Europe because NTSC and PAL are ...
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Finding an apartment in US as an expat (big city)?

How difficult is it to find an apartment in the USA as an expat, and how long does it take (how early should I look for it)? In Germany, it's an immense issue, because the typical dismissal time is ...
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Is there any benefit in having two EU nationalities?

Given the single market and many of the EU directives that apply are there any benefits other then patriotism or nationalism that would advocate for having two or more EU citizenships?
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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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Are there any private pensions, life annuities, or similar, suitable for people working in many different countries throughout their lives?

In many countries, there exist excellent private and public pension funds. However, those are often designed on the assumption that people will work with the same employer for decades, and certainly ...
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What is a credit history and why should I care?

I just read a question on having credit history in the UK. The credit-history phenomenon has puzzled me for some time. Similar to people considering it a good thing to have many credit cards. What ...
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What would happen with my pension if I leave Europe and never return?

I have pensions in Norway and the UK. I was told that it is possible to transfer the funds between European countries. But what would happen if I leave Europe and never return?
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Male US/Russian dual citizen returning to Russia at 28. Possible risks?

I'm a 28-year-old male with a dual US/Russian citizenship who's going to be entering Russia for the first time in maybe 15 years. I'm slightly nervous about being able to get out once I'm in, since ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

I'm an expat free-lance consultant working for a U.S. client in a European country that is not my home country. I'm also an E.U. citizen. Currently, my combined income tax and social security ...
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Dealing with depression

As one of the people who have immigrated to another country I recall the initial years of that process as rather depressing if not clinically most definitely psychologically. Are there any tips or ...
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How long can I drive a EU-registered car in the UK?

I live in the UK but travel back to Poland every 8~14 months. Also my car is left--hand drive instead of right-hand as in UK. This means that I do not have to MOT (Motor Inspection) or tax my car in ...
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BBC licence fee if I don't watch TV

I checked the Check If You Need One page from the TV Licensing website, but it didn't seem clear to me: must I pay the licence if my television is capable of showing the broadcasts, or only if I ...
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How do I get Photo Identification, in the UK as a foreign national?

As a European Citizen (either from Schengen or non-Schengen), what should I do to get a photo identification card to use instead of my passport? Can I apply for such a ID straight away or are there ...
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No last name on documents

I plan to apply for my MS degree in Europe or the United States. The problem is that my name – written in English – becomes a single name with no last name. Persian: حسیب الله English: Haseebullah ...
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Dutch dual citizens' loss of Dutch citizenship — can it be avoided if married to a UN employee?

A Dutch citizen who is also a citizen of another country will lose Dutch nationality after living outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the EU for ten years. The ten-year clock can be reset by, ...
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How do countries access criminal information from foreign citizens?

One of the requirements that most (all?) countries have for issuing a work permit is that the applicant does not have a criminal record. On the other hand, I suppose nations do not open the criminal ...
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Under what circumstances must a US citizen forfeit their citizenship when obtaining a new one?

For some reason I have been under the impression that US law prohibits US citizens from retaining their citizenship if they ever obtain a new citizenship. Is this always, sometimes, or never true? ...
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What is the highest number of citizenships one can hold?

So I have two citizenships/passports - South Africa and New Zealand. My understanding is if I wanted a British passport, I'd have to give up one of the others. However, SA, NZ and Australia allow ...
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If I'm from another EU country, what do I need to do to permanently live and freelance in Germany?

I'm from Croatia and have been studying Computer Science for the past 5 years in Germany so now that I'm finished I'd like to stay a bit longer and make my living freelancing legally (open a small ...
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How to open bank account in France if I don't have address of residence yet

I just moved into France from another EU country. I wanted to open a bank account, but traditional banks want a confirmation of address (either from the landlord or e.g. an electricity bill), and ...
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Consequences of declaring 'Konfessionslos' when formally belonging to Church in Germany

For many people migrating for work to Germany it's quite surprising, or even shocking, that they are asked about their religion by the employer. They are usually not informed about the consequences, ...
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Can I be a citizen of a country but do not have the right to live there?

Under what conditions can I be a citizen of a country but do not have the right to live there? The question arose while reading the VWP conditions for a travel in the USA... where suddenly I've ...
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If I obtain a driver's licence in Germany as a non-German EU-citizen, would I have to revalidate it after leaving Germany?

I'm temporarily living and working in Germany. I'm an EU-citizen (Poland). If I get my driving licence in Germany, would I have to revalidate it in Poland after leaving Germany? As far as I know, ...
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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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The UK has voted to leave the EU. How does this affect UK/EU (and other) citizens living/working in the UK and vice-versa?

On 23rd of June, 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU. This leads to the following questions: Are UK citizens working in the EU affected? Are EU citizens working in the UK affected? Are ...
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How to cope with ageing parents/family and not being with them?

For the last 10 years I have been living and working away from my country and for several reasons have only visited my parents and family around every one or two years... Skype and the like are ...
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“Reverse” remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

I am in the weird situation of being kind of a reverse expat. I used to work in Japan for quite a while, but have moved back to my home country of Germany. I continue to work for Japanese clients ...
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51k Euros annually for a family of 4 in Berlin: Is it enough?

I am a Big Data Engineer in India with 5 years experience. I have been offered a job in a start up in Berlin with 51k euros fixed salary and 5k euros variable annually. I have a family of 4. My wife, ...
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Meeting locals, when you move to a new country?

If you're moving somewhere new, and want to meet other expats, then we've got a great question on how to meet other expats when you move to a new country. Alongside that though, you might want to meet ...

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