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When trying to rent in France, what is this “dossier” I keep hearing about, and how do I get/produce one?

I've just started researching how to rent in France, and I've found a few references to needing something called a "dossier". When I've mentioned to a someone French where I was planning to move to, ...
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What type of health insurance is needed to provide basic coverage when moving from the UK to the US

I am a US citizen and will be moving back to the US from the UK. I will be leaving the UK the day my visa expires and arriving in the US 2 weeks prior to my job starting in the US. What type of health ...
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What happens if all my identification documents expire abroad?

If I only have Polish passport and Polish ID and live in UK but both my Polish documents expire. What can I do to renew my any Polish document if I need to travel again? I do not have any British ...
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On what grounds can an EU country deny entry to other EU citizens?

In Belgium it is election time and politicians are trying to show that they are standing strong. In a recent newspaper articles it was mentioned that the current minister of immigration was successful ...
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Can I lose my EU driving license in Germany?

I'm living in Germany and I have a Bulgarian driving license. Can I get the so called Points in Flensburg for driving offences if I don't have a German driving license?
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Avoiding pitfalls when transfering money between banks within EU (Germany -> Poland)

Theoretically we have now SEPA system, which should allow low-cost money transfers between bank accounts within EU. About a year ago I've asked my German bank (Postbank) about the costs of money ...
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How do I get a British citizenship?

I want to move to United Kingdom and I already know that I want to get a citizenship. What can I prepare in advance so I can spread the cost over before applying. Are there any tests to get a ...
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How does compulsory voting work in Australia, if you're not normally resident, but back during an election?

Australia has compulsory voting in federal elections, by-elections and referendums. With a few exceptions, if you're an Australian citizen resident in Australia, you have to vote. If you move abroad, ...
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Do I sacrifice benefits if leave the country when on maternity/paternity leave?

My wife (Polish citizen) and I (German citizen) are in family planning now. We are both employed in Germany. We would like to spend a year or two living and working in India, and we thought that it ...
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As an EU national moving to France, what are the rules about registering?

Within the EU, for EU nationals, there is a right to freedom of movement, which (slightly simplified) means you can visit, live and work in any other EU country. Depending on the country you go to, ...
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As a new arrival in France, will I have problems using a non-French Euro bank account?

I'm thinking of moving to France quite soon, and based on this question on opening a French bank account, I've some idea of what'd be involved in opening a new account there. However, I already have a ...
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How to renew a US driver's license when living abroad

My driver's license expired last autumn (September 2013). I hadn't used the license/driven anywhere in several years at the time that it expired, but now I'm thinking of using it again for short ...
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Is EHIC card enough for Erasmus students in Germany?

A friend of mine is going on exchange under the Erasmus programme in Germany. She is a EU-citizen and has EHIC card. Does she need another health insurance or is the EHIC card enough for her stay?
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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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Bringing or shipping all my stuff

When one wants to move across the Atlantic, from France to the US, what is authorized and what are the options to bring in a lot of stuff? I am not talking about furniture but about large suitcases. ...
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How can I get a US Greencard through the Diversity Visa Program?

How can I win a resident visa through the Greencard Lottery? Should I go to a US Embassy or can I apply online?
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Combining freelance work with Kennismigrant work permit in Netherlands

I'm working as a "highly skilled migrant" (or Kennismigrant) in the Netherlands for a company. From time-to-time, I receive requests to do freelance work on the side. How properly (and legally) can I ...
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Options to bring money when arriving in a new country

When one settles in a new country for a new job/life, what are the possible methods to bring in enough money to start, and what is their relative cost? I think the same kind of problems appears no ...
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What is the eligibility for Standardfradrag for foreign employees in Norway?

When moving to Norway in December but starting employment in January, I am wondering about how one is eligible to the standardfradrag for utlanske arbeidstakere in Norway. The brochure claims that ...
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My US passport is out of pages for visa stamps, what can I do when out of my home country?

I've been continuously renewing a short term tourist visa while going through the process of permanent residence for the last few years, which has resulted in the consumption of all available space in ...
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Getting a bank account without a Norwegian fødselsnummer

The process of applying for a Norwegian fødselsnummer can take quite a while. At the same time, everything in Norway is paid by credit card which you cannot get without a bank account which in return ...
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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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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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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 does 'Bulk Billing' work under Medicare in Australia?

You seem to have the option of going to a 'normal' doctor, or one that bulk bills. One charges a lot and you get a refund from Medicare, the other seems 'free'? What's the difference, and do you have ...
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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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What documents are actually required to obtain a HKG permanent residence ID?

The Hong Kong Government lists the following requirements for foreign residents that want to get a permanent HKG ID: Proof of 7 years continuous ordinary residence in Hong Kong immediately ...
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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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Language Immersion courses in the USA

From people who have been put the through the Language Immersion Courses it helps greatly in learning the foreign language including particular dialects if needed. From my dealing with recent ...
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Adjusting to a humid tropical climate

I recently migrated from USA to Darwin, Australia. The weather went from living in a primarily cold place to a city which is extremely humid. Looks like the blood thinning may take over a year for my ...
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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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How to make new immigrants culturally sensitive to the American way?

In the USA, I have worked with a lot of people from Asian countries. Most of them somehow assume, amongst many other things, that most American societies encourage free sex. What are some of the ways ...
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Does Australian Medicare cover me internationally? [closed]

I am an Australian PR. Will Australian medicare cover me on my trips abroad (to USA/Dubai/India/Bangladesh) ?
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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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Does mainland China require businesses to provide maternity leave?

I have frequently considered taking a job in China that would last several years. If we had a child during our time there, would my wife automatically receive maternity leave, or does the government ...
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Freelancing in Canada without work permit

I am a EU citizen and I expect to visit Canada for an extended period (I am allowed to stay up to 6 months without a work permit). As this is a rather long period, I would like to do some freelancing ...
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Transportation in San Francisco

I expect to live in San Francisco but I have no clue if a car is necessary or if I can rely on public transportation system if there is any. I plan to move in the city and in the Valley on a daily ...
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Can I still collect unemployment benefits from an EU country if I move to another EU country?

Let's assume I'm working in Austria and I get fired. If I move to another european country, will I continue to perceive my unemployment money?
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How do degrees work in Ukraine? [closed]

How many years are needed for obtaining a degree in Ukraine? Are there bachelor's degree (3-4 years) and master's degrees (2 years) if you want to continue?
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Is it necessary to be a resident in Italy to use the health system for free?

I've moved abroad. Can I still use the health system for free?
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Is there any unemployment benefit in Austria after working for less than one year?

What happens if someone with a permanent contract in Austria gets fired in the first ten months? I've heard that it requires one year to mature the contribution for unemployment benefits.
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Will US Unemployment benefits help me if I'm living abroad?

As a US Citizen living in Mexico, I continue to have Unemployment insurance deducted from my paycheck. Can I actually receive unemployment benefits if I were to lose my job for a covered reason, even ...
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What are the monetary advantages to registering with Mexican Social Security?

I'm a US Citizen, working for a US company which pays 100% of my health insurance costs with a US company. I'm living in Mexico, which has "Social Security", which offers access to the government ...
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What happens if changing country I don't unregister from the first country health insurance system?

Refer to what this user is saying here: Remember that no matter what, if you stop working in country X and start working in country Y (both in EU), you have to unregister from health insurance in X ...
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Is there any form I should fill for taxes in the UK

I moved to London at the beginning of January to start working at my new job. At the moment I got payed but I'm not sure if I should do anything related to taxes. Is my employer going to take care of ...
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Getting a “mutuelle” in France with EU health insurance

I have my European (Czech in my case) governmental health insurance, which covers me during my stay in France as much as how local people are covered by "securité sociale", which is 60% of medical ...
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How can I compare cost of living in different countries?

I'm looking to move to another country. It's difficult to know if a job pays well enough for me to maintain the same standard of living I currently have. Is there an easy way to compare the Cost of ...
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Is earning $4000/month before tax enough to cover common expenses in Indiana, US? [closed]

I had a job offer and I'm considering relocation, but I don't know how much the taxes are and how expensive it is to live there. The job is as a visiting researcher for a university, and it would be ...
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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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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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