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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9

The form is pretty simple. You put your name, SSN and address and confirm that you're a US tax person, and give it to the bank. What's probably a surprise for you is that you are a US tax person. You ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

AED 10,000 may be a lot in your country, but here you shouldn't convert it to your currency every time you buy something, because it might be 3 times more expensive, unless you really make your own ...
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Is my valid US visa wasted due to the removal of physical visa stamp/sticker on my passport?

There is a high concern about fraud when it comes to lost, stolen, or damaged visas. The State Department instructs people to re-apply for a new visa if their visa is damaged in any way. Having a ...
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Is my valid US visa wasted due to the removal of physical visa stamp/sticker on my passport?

Email the US embassy in Bangkok or and simply tell them that your [country] passport was stolen and the US visa that was issued is missing. Ask them if you can get a replacement visa and what steps ...
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Delay in Long Stay Visa Processing (for France)

As much as I hate answering my own question, I approached a solution to this problem by two methods: I emailed the French Consulate at Chicago and let them know of my tribulation.This yielded no ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

The lowest legal housing I've seen for individual rent was 3000AED, which are individual semi-temporary structures on Sadiyaat Island in Abu Dhabi. But if you are willing to share accommodation, you ...
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Possible to get a British passport?

There is a useful online service titled Check if you're a British citizen which you can use to determine your sister's eligibility. It asks a few simple questions and gives you an answer. The answer ...
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Internship in France, need to declare income in France or not?

I don't think being a foreign student makes any difference. Income sourced in France must be declared according to the same rules. Beyond that, you might or might not benefit from a tax treaty and ...
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Determining employer-employee relationship for H1B visa

I...you're overthinking it. Your current position has nothing to do with the H-1B petition and your prospective employer. The employer-employee thing is mainly for people who have no clear employer (...
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Travelling for work and refused entry to Germany

@jarnbjo already provided a detailed explanation on what happened, with additional details in comments. But as far as what you can do now, the answer is quite simple: You need to return to the country ...
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US Expat, married foreign girlfriend while on vacation in the US, returned to her home country together. Visa process

Would I be looking at the full 1 year process before she could come to the US? I don't think it necessarily takes a whole year, but I don't really know, and I am sure that it can take longer than a ...
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Do I need to be locally based to get a job in Hong Kong?

I did this, though I was within the engineering field. It took me around 12 months to find a company that was willing to provide sponsorship. I found out that some commonwealth countries such as the ...
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Teaching in Canada

I am assuming that she wants to qualify to teach K-12 (elementary/secondary). If she wants to teach post-secondary, that will have different requirements. I notice her MA is in history. If she wants a ...
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US Expat, married foreign girlfriend while on vacation in the US, returned to her home country together. Visa process

It is possible to have it approved in less than a month in exceptional cases. I know of a case in which the USC, wanting to move to the US for better work opportunities, emailed the HK consulate ...
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My sister has been offered a job in the US and they want to sponsor her, but would she get the job or not in the US?

I am not an expert but H-1B may not be applicable as its a specialty work, where the employer has to prove that they could not find the person with the specialty skill in USA and hence requesting H-1B ...
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Travelling for work and refused entry to Germany

The last page you uploaded, starting with "Rechtsbehelfsbelehrung" has a blank field for your signature to the left of the officer's signature. Did you sign here on the copy retained by the ...
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How to read I-797c form (notice of action for H1B)

From Immihelp and Department of Labor OCC 90 is an occupation code: OCCUPATIONS IN EDUCATION 090 OCCUPATIONS IN COLLEGE AN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION 091 OCCUPATIONS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION 092 ...
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Living expenses in Abu Dhabi, for a moderate lifestyle

There is some general information on this site about the cost of living in Abu Dhabi. In particular, about the cost of accommodation: No matter one's social status, the costs associated with ...
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Can I work in Germany with a foreign (non EU) Engineering degree?

It is possible to get a visa as a highly-qualified applicant with a non-EU degree (there is no blanket ban or some such) but Germany has a rather bureaucratic system to assess your degree. If your ...
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Where to live in Bangkok to be close to potential employment

The worrying word here is 'potential'. You make it sound like you are unemployed, and you are thinking of moving to Bangkok with the hope of landing yourself a job. As a foreigner in Thailand, ...
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Possible to get a British passport?

The eligibility requirements for a British passport require you to be a British National. The most common type of British National is a British citizen. The online British citizen check will tell you ...
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Do I need to be locally based to get a job in Hong Kong?

For someone requiring visa sponsorship, what is the likelihood is of finding a role in a professional occupation in HK within 3 months? Three months is too short, I think; without an employer, it ...
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Opening a German bank account remotely from Romania

Opening an account in German bank is possible to do remotely, e.g. via regular mail or online. Some of them do open accounts for foreigners living outside Germany. Unfortunately, in many cases, the ...
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Non-EU (Indian) citizen living in the Netherlands and working in Belgium

From the Belastingdienst website (emphasis mine): Because you reside in the Netherlands, you have to declare all of your income, even if the tax levy on that income has been designated to Belgium. ...
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German Employment/Work Visa application submission in Germany and other countries

From my experience: a) Your employer can't initiate the process, they can only provide you with all the documents, including working contract, which are required for the application. b) Look at ...
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Regarding applying for British Army

The most likely reason is that you’re using the wrong application form and/or you have filled in some information incorrectly. The question ‘which passport did you use to enter the UK’ implies you ...
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Immigration authority, foreign authority, alien authority: do these point to the same thing in Berlin, Germany?

Yes, that is correct. Since 2020-01-01, the former Berliner Ausländerbehörde is called Landesamt für Einwanderung. It often takes time for such name changes to be used consistently and often even ...
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Does a Norwegian company with work in Norway, who hires a U.S. citizen in U.S. (not expat) as remote independent contractor, have to file 1099?

Whether the Norwegian company has to file a 1099 is a matter for that company. From your perspective, you report the income on your US income tax return, and if they send you a 1099, you include it. ...
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if you are fired on an E3 visa does the employer pay for cost of transport home?

The rule that you are referring to is covered under INA 214(c)(5)(A) which states: In the case of an alien who is provided nonimmigrant status under section 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) or 1101(a)(15)(H)(...
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