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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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How to find an English-speaking general practitioner in France?

I'm in need of a general practitioner visit and I'm in Paris. Is there any way to know which ones speak English, because it's quite uncommon that people speak English well here, and I don't have ...
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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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In which languages can I take the theory exam for driving license in Germany?

As far as I know it's possible to take the theory exam for your driving license in a foreign language, but I don't know in which languages. Does it cost more than the exam in German?
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What is the cheapest way to send large amounts of money from EU to US?

There is a similar question regarding "small amounts of cash", but at some point I might need to transfer more than 50K€ to the US. I am looking for the cheapest (less commissions, better exchange ...
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Changing jobs after 6 months as a Blue Card holder

I have been working in Germany for 6 months as a software developer with my blue card. The company's name is not written on the card, but it is written on an extra paper that came with the card. I ...
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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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After my girlfriend's visa being cancelled at UK border, can I get her a dependent visa via marriage?

(This post was edited and related to a travel matter with details on the Travel Forum After my girlfriend's visa being cancelled at UK border, will her UK visa application be banned?. This post is ...
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Is it possible to become a policeman in Germany as a non-citizen?

Are non-citizens allowed to become police officers in Germany? Are there any restrictions? Are there any advantages for EU-citizens?
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Is it possible for my country's embassy to arrest me abroad?

I am a Syrian refugee who escaped the war! In my country I am considered an outlaw for doing this. I currently live in Romania and I need to visit the embassy to renew my Syrian passport as they ...
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What is the difference between Indefinite Leave to Remain and gaining UK Citizenship?

I am an Australian living and working in the UK on an Ancestry Visa. I have been here for 4 years, and my Visa expires in another 1 year. My wife is a British Citizen, and we would like to stay here ...
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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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Does a Swedish personal number expire?

I'm a Dutch citizen who has previously lived in Sweden for six years, but I have since moved on. The Swedish version of what is called social security number, social insurance number, government ...
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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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Buying car in Germany as an EU-citizen

I'm an EU citizen (Poland) and resident of Germany. I'm planning to buy a car, but obligatory insurance in Germany is much more expensive than in Poland. Am I obliged to insure a newly bought car in ...
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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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What level of knowledge of the Polish language do I need to receive Polish citizenship?

Living in Poland for a bit over a year now as a resident (married to a Polish citizen). Going to request Polish citizenship once I'm eligible, (living in Poland for two years, married for three). I ...
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Which organ-donor law applies when you die as an expat?

I am a Dutch citizen residing in Belgium. The Netherlands has an opt-in arrangement when it comes to post-mortem organ donors, whereas Belgium has an opt-out arrangement. When I die, which arrangement ...
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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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Is it possible to find buckwheat in Germany?

Buckwheat isn't as basic food in Poland as potatoes or bread, but nevertheless very popular. I was quite surprised that I can't find it anywhere in Germany (Nuremberg, Bavaria) in shops like Aldi, ...
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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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Are H4 visa holders allowed to do remote intellectual work?

I know that immigrants to the United States holding a H4 visa are not allowed to work. But there is a grey area that I could never find a satisfactory answer to: what if a H4 holder works remotely, ...
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My father is French can I get French citizenship?

My father was born in France (to French parents) and has a French passport. I am a 26yo Australian citizen. Can I get French citizenship? I have read a lot about it on various forums but was unable ...
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Keeping a US phone number

I'll be abroad for a few years and I want to keep my mobile number till I come back. What would be the least expensive way to do this?
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Residence/work permit in Germany when working remotely for US company without German subsidiary

I am a US citizen moving to Berlin, Germany at the end of this month, and I'll be employed full-time by a San Francisco Bay Area-based technology startup, helping them to establish a presence in the ...
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How to send small amounts of money from EU to US?

Context: Settling small amount of personal debts to people in the US from the EU When Paypal isn't available, in what ways can small amount of cash (<~$100) be sent from the EU to the US, with ...
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On which elections in Germany can I vote?

I know that as a EU citizen I am allowed to vote for European Parliamentary candidates. But are there any other elections in Germany on which I can vote too?
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Germany Employment Visa - “Have you lived in Germany before?” What is considered as living?

I'm applying for a German national visa (employment) from India. Annexure for employment visa has a question: "Have you lived in Germany before?". I've earlier stayed in Germany for 20 days on a ...
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Are USCIS visa “lotteries” in fact lotteries?

There are two processes by USCIS that are commonly referred to as "lotteries": Diversity Visa Program (popularly know as "greencard lottery") H-1B "lottery" (in case of applications' number exceeding ...
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Best language test for first language English speaker to prove 'superior' English in Australia?

I am a South African looking at the Australian 189 independent skilled visa. The visa requires a demonstration of English language abilities, with maximum points awarded for 'superior' English as ...
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Are there any school that teaches in Arabic in Indonesia?

I am an Arab expat in Indonesia (Jakarta) and my kids were born in Indonesia and are being raised there as well, I only speak to them in Arabic to make it their mother tongue because it will be almost ...
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GEZ / ARD ZDF Germany Radio - can I ask not to pay for it?

I am living in Rostock since June 2014. I am an Italian citizen working here as a consultant (but paid by an Italian company and paying taxes in Italy). I am living in a (rented) furnished apartment, ...
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Avoiding pitfalls when transfering money between banks within the EU (Germany ⟶ Poland)

Theoretically, we now have the SEPA system, which should allow low-cost money transfers between bank accounts within the EU. About a year ago, I asked my German bank (Postbank) about the costs of ...
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Status of emotional abuse laws in Japan

I am currently living in Japan as a student. I have been working with a program that has advisors that are great 95% of the time, but this advisor has the power to tell me at anytime that I have to ...
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How do you find an apartment/property for rent in a major Swedish city?

I've heard about Sweden having a very bad availability of rental places (waiting lists that can span years). I was wondering how to find an apartment or property for rent in Sweden as a foreigner ...
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Do I have to wait for ITIN to file California taxes for H4 spouse?

I am holding a H1B visa and my wife just moved to California as H4 dependent. I have applied for ITIN along with filing my federal taxes. How do I file my California State tax? Should I wait for her ...
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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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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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How to book flights when moving to another country?

I am planning to move to a new country this autumn. (In my case from Switzerland to Singapore) However I am not sure, which is the most cost-saving way of buying my air tickets. I can think of the ...
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Transporting a large number of books from USA to UK

I moved from USA to UK over 10 years ago, but I still have a large number of books left at my mom's house in the USA. My mom is planning to move from Massachusetts to California next year and is ...
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What do I need to do to move my pets with me to France?

I'm Israeli with a European citizenship (Romanian). I'm thinking of moving to France to live and work long-term. I also have 2 dogs that I would like to keep with me when I go. What is the ...
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How to meet/deal with people when you are from a “special” country?

I am having a problem, big problem. I am from Syria, and as you know, nowadays all the media is on Syria and what's going on there. Now, I am in Europe, I am not refugee at all, I work to support ...
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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9

I am a U.S citizen who has been living in Argentina for the last 3 years. I am a legal permanent resident here and I work for an Argentine company, get paid in Argentine pesos and pay Argentine taxes. ...
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How do I register to vote as a non-resident American citizen?

Can I register to vote in the United States if I turned 18 in a foreign country and have no intention of returning in the near future? If so, in what state would I be registering, and what's the ...
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Netherlands: Is it necessary to register with the municipality within 5 days of moving?

I'm about to move to the Netherlands, and looking at apartments/rooms I see that registration is not possible for some listings. From what I read, every resident is required to register at the ...
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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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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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