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When I moved from South Africa to Poland I segregated my belongings. This varies if you are a single or married with children. I was single. Can I buy this in Poland cheaply enough to leave behind in ZA? Clothes, underwear, boots. Basically I took the clothes on me and some 2 pair of clean underwear. Is this expensive, fragile and irreplaceable Notebooks,...


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The answer might depend on the two countries you are changing, but usually you can do anything you'd do when traveling to an other country for longer terms. The two main options I think are: Cash: Just bring enough cash in the country. This is probably the most easiest way, but you have to be careful not to get them stolen. Also each country usually have a ...


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You can do this if and only if you manage to obtain your BSN number before having a fixed address. To open a bank account, you will be asked for a BSN number; and to get a BSN number you must register with the government using some address. Now, in some cases you are able to give your place of employment as a temporary address. This happened to me when I ...


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First, a warning about bringing a lot of cash: You must declare cash on your person in excess of a certain amount when entering a foreign country. Failure to do this, with subsequent discovery of the cash on your person is going to put you in a very uncomfortable light; possibly in a holding cell, and definitely miserable. If you intend to bring a bunch of ...


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Often shipping rates between countries are very different (shipping equivalent boxes to the US from the UK, France and Germany for example), so you'd probably do well to check the prices first - and when checking the prices for shipping, take into account that you'll probably want to 'deluxe' option - tracking at the least and probably insurance, etc. Write ...


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When I moved from the US to the UK I found it was much cheaper to use my baggage allotment on the airplane and ship the rest by air freight. It takes a few days more but it is much more economical as excess baggage charges on the airlines are astronomical!


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The second job being "too far away" is enough. My Nebenwohnung in Zürich is only 80 km from my Hauptwohnung in Germany, and the rent is entirely tax-deductible in Germany. I don't know what the 10% rule is about, but I strongly suggest you get a tax adviser (Steuerberater(in)). The UK income tax system is relatively straight-forward. Doing it yourself is ...


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Answering, having found much of this out by trial and error... this is based on my own experience in Washington state, and YMMV. First, apply for a SSN as early as possible. This requires an address, but it's just a mailing address to receive the card - it does not have to be a permanent residence, so one can use an employer's address or a rented PO box. ...


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Depending on how much and how heavy you have few options: Air freight This is the fastest and easiest way, but it's also most expensive. Pricing is per weight, but there is also limit on volume. Minimum charged weight is 45kg (100lbs) which means minimum charge of about €100, subsequent charges actually drop. Here is example from US Airways Cargo: ...


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For transatlantic flights you generally receive a free baggage allowance of 1 or 2 checked bags depending on the carrier and class of your ticket. The price of additional bags varies with carrier, class, and sometimes route. For US Airways on transatlantic trips one bag is free, the 2nd bag costs $100 and the 3rd and 4th bags would cots $200 each. Baggage ...


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I recently spent 6 months in another country. Because of a snafu with my bank I ended up not being able any money with me other than a few hundred dollars. I was in Argentina so using the official exchange rate that you would get at a bank meant that I was loosing almost 50% of the money that I would have gotten if I exchanged money at an illegal exchange ...


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If you are moving to take a job, do ask your employer if they cover relocation costs. My employer did (up to a modest maximum), so I shipped some of my belongings even though it would have been cheaper to buy new. It is more work to buy everything new, in particular since you have to find out the right kind of stores for kitchenware, hardware, the right ...


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Your employer is making an unreasonable request. Either they have no idea how things are working in their country or they don't care. The very first thing you need is an Arbeitsvertrag. You don't need a German tax registration or Anmeldung to get an Arbeitsvertrag. Once you have an Arbeitsvertrag you can start to search for an appartment. While in theory ...


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Since there are, I believe, people living in neighbouring countries and working in Germany, you should probably be able to register with the Finanzamt using your UK address.


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This is only a partial answer, but you could consider going there by freight ship. There are travel agencies that offer cabins on cargoships. On a cabin you can bring quite some luggage. Shipping separately is also an option and sometime quite interesting if you manage to find a handler. Sometimes they offer in terms of volumes and not in weight. There ...


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