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Why is a French bank asking me to fill out a W-9 form?

You're a US citizen, subject to US tax disclosure requirements. (Even expatriates are subject to this.) US law requires banks dealing with US citizens to inform the Internal Revenue Service of ...
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Is renouncing one's US citizenship approx. equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (green card)?

Is renouncing one's US citizenship approximately equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (i.e., giving up one's green card)? Not at all. You can ...
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Renewing J-1 and J-2 visas

Before addressing your questions, I would like to mention the difference between having a valid visa and having valid status. The visa has no bearing whatsoever on whether you are allowed to stay in ...
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Dutch and French national got married in Sweden and are resident in the UK. Are they legally married in the UK for practical purposes?

Generally you just say you are married when anyone asks you, in most cases they will just simply believe you. If they need proof you just have to show them your foreign marriage certificate. If it ...
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Regarding French nationality

It might help you document possession d'état, i.e. the fact that your grandfather continued to make use of his citizenship. Beyond that the rules are complex and it's difficult to determine whether ...
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Surname change or citizenship application: what should I do first?

I'm a retired lawyer in the US, and I don't have a definitive answer...but I do have an evaluation. Were I in your position, I would address citizenship first. I would take no action on a name change ...
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Getting a French passport - born abroad to a French mother

Would I need to show them my birth certificate? There is a page that discusses whether you need a birth certificate to apply for a passport. It says that one condition that relieves you of this ...
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Registering French nationality - name change and where to get help

1. Absolutely no idea. Few people can tell the future these days. However, you should be aware that the official policy in the EU is to avoid double nationalities. It's not strictly enforced, however. ...
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French girlfriend to an Australian moving to france

First, in France, you have to be married to ask for a spouse visa (or about to get married). Then, the process could be long and painful. My first advice would be to ask/print for all official papers (...
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French citizenship through an uncle

No, it does not. If your father's uncle would have become French (and that's already a big if), there are complex rules regarding his own children and whether they would still be French living abroad ...
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Attaining nationality from expat mother

Assuming your mother was born in France, was a French national and did not renounce her nationality, my understanding is that you are already a citizen and don't need to "apply" for citizenship. To ...
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Short stay in France while remote working for a US company (French citizen)

According to (my reading of) the tax treaty between France and the US, you would only be taxed in the US provided: you're staying in France for a maximum of 183 days during the whole year. That's ...
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My father is a French citizen, but he was not on my birth certificate. Can I get a French passport?

It seems to be correct, article 20-1 of the code civil provides that, to impact citizenship, parentage with their French parent must be established while the child is still a minor. Majority was ...
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About losing French nationality by 'not-using'

Do you wether the law applies to every French citizens or just for the former colonies? It applies to all French citizens, no matter where they live(d) or how they became French. And do you know if ...
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Recent French national travelling to India without surrendering Indian passport

The necessary document for surrendering my Indian passport, the French nationality certificate, has a processing time of six months. This sounds like a catch22 situation. I am seeking guidance on ...
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Can a French citizen request a long-stay visa and work permit when going to the USA?

Depends on whether they enter on the Visa Waiver Program or on a B-visa What is asked is called Adjustment of Status, where you fill form I-485 (for permanent residence) or I-129 (for other non-...
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Eligibility for French Citizenship as the Child of a French Parent, Born Abroad. Father dead before birth

Technically, you're not really asking the right question. You are most likely already a French citizen but if you aren't, there is no special procedure to become one. You can of course move to France ...
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Could we face problems when coming back to the UK after Brexit?

Brexit and EEA Dependants: what to do The "canonical" recommended steps to take beforehand are... Those EEA citizens or their family members in the UK who does not have an EU/EEA permanent residence ...
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Dutch and French national got married in Sweden and are resident in the UK. Are they legally married in the UK for practical purposes?

The registration process you quoted from gov.uk is only relevant to British citizens. All countries generally recognize marriages established other countries. (Excepting new stuff like gay marriages)....
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French Citizenship and article 30-3 of the Civil Code

Some courts decisions I read when preparing my answer to Will it be possible to get French citizenship? suggests that the 50-year delay is counted from the date you try to get your citizenship ...
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Where should I pay income taxes (Living abroad, working for a French company)

I am not a tax expert. What usually happens is that you would be considered tax resident in Morocco, as you have lived there for 183 days or more in the year. This is especially true since you have ...
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France: police and expatriates

Most of the time in France, when police comes because you are too noisy, they will begin by asking you to stop and it will end here if you comply (and don't start again once they are gone). edit I ...
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Can I have both married and maiden names on my French ID card?

I'm not sure it would possible, since you're been, and France considers that you don't have a link to that name any longer. However, generally speaking if you want to a family name to your ID papers (...
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French 10-year carte de séjour holder out of France for 4 years

The carte de séjour can be revoked when someone has left the French territory for 3 years. So yes, he would have lost his status. It would have been possible for him to extend it, but it appears that ...
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Can I get French citizenship if my grandfather had a French passport?

Many important facts are missing from your description but I am confident that we can already conclude that it would almost certainly be impossible, for two reasons: For you to be French, your father ...
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Inheritance for a French citizen with a G4 visa married to a US citizen

You should almost certainly write a will. Depending on the state in which you live, it is just possible that will not be necessary. However to write the will, I very very strongly suggest you ...
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Changing surname in France and America

Your marriage certificate will allow you to change your legal name both in the US and in France. After getting married, file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Check “Yes” ...
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How do I know whether I am registered in the worldwide registry of French citizens established outside France?

I don't think there is any easy way to look that up online. All online forms require you to specify where you are registered and provide your consular registration number (NUMIC). If you don't have ...
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Mother lost French citizenship due to US naturalization, then regained it due to change in law. Was I born French?

The Certificate of French Nationality (CNF) page is only offered in French (Web page translation) The French nationality certificate is an official document used to prove French nationality. It ...
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Young man in Europe, never paid US taxes. Does this making renouncing citizenship easier?

The renunciation process requires you to be caught up on your US tax obligation, which may mean filing up to 8 tax returns at one time as well as the Foreign Bank Account Reports. The actual steps to ...
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