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How to activate electronic signature of German 'Personalausweis' (while abroad)

The (kinda) new German Personalausweis has two - separate - uses vaguely related to "electronic signatures": The "Online-Ausweisfunktion" (on-line identification), also called eID (for "electronic ...
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My mother’s monthly Norway pension stopped in 2020. We don’t know why

If you are living abroad and receive pension or disability benefit payments from Norway (NAV), an annual life certificate is most likely required. NAV performs annual life certificate reviews to ...
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My mother’s monthly Norway pension stopped in 2020. We don’t know why

Some pension systems require proof that a receiver is still alive. If such a letter was sent and no reply was returned, then the payments could very well be stopped. So contacting them and informing ...
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I would like to apply for an National Insurance number. I have a British passport, have never lived in the UK but am coming to live there this year

This UK govt page lists the requirements to apply for a new National Insurance number. The first item is this: Eligibility You can apply for a National Insurance number if you live in the UK and have ...
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Does it make sense for foreign research assistants (HiWis) in German universities to voluntarily contribute to Rentenversicherung (pension scheme)?

Actually the secretary sent me the Badem-Württemburg Erklärung zur Sozialversicherung form (42101s) which has a section that explains the issue. Basically, it says that paying this contribution will ...
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Voluntary top-up payments to German state pension

The minimum duration for collecting a pension is five years. It is possible to pay voluntary contributions. However, during the period for which you want to pay, you need to be living in Germany, or ...
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Reclaiming Social Security Money from EU when relocating?

As was noted, the retirement annuity pension is the only portion of the social security benefits that you may be able to claim. In order to determine whether you are entitled to cash out those ...
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What would happen with my pension if I leave Europe and never return?

In the case when you need to do nothing to get your pension currently and it automatically goes into your bank account all the time: Although one approach is to seek whether you can have these funds ...
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I am a New-zealand citizen living in USA for 20 years moved here when I was 55 can I apply for a pension ..when can apply once back in New-zealand

The NZ Super eligibility criteria are described here. One of the requirements is that you must have lived in New Zealand for a certain number of years from age 20. This must include 5 years from age ...
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Settling Canadian Tax affairs as expat in Germany (Berlin)

When you say 'each conversation ends when Canada is mentioned' I hope it isn't too abrupt an ending. I'm assuming that you're told that their practice doesn't deal too much about Canadian tax. It ...
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Germany: Social Security contributions withdrawal rules

It should be possible. You have to wait 24 months and waive your right to a German pension, then you can get back the money you paid into Social Security (but not the part that was contributed by your ...
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Having an Australian pension paid to me now that I live in the UK

MLC will have been writing to you to tell you your options. You can have access to Australian Super from age 55. If deemed a 'trivial amount' (I do not know threshold for this) it can be paid as lump ...
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Does it make sense for foreign research assistants (HiWis) in German universities to voluntarily contribute to Rentenversicherung (pension scheme)?

When you apply for a pension in another country, these times may also be taken into consideration - depending on existing treatys. Before you leave Germany you should apply for a 'Kontoklärung'. You ...
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Ex-Swedish resident without Swedish bank account; can I get a statutory pension overview without a Bank ID, or get a Bank ID living abroad?

You need to keep the Swedish Pensions Agency (Swedish: pensionsmyndigheten) updated on your address. Unlike some others, they do not get it automatically from Skatteverket! In 2012, the Swedish ...
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Pension in the EU when having worked in multiple European countries

The system is complex and I am not sure I understand all the details but here are some answers. I found this page from the EU relatively clear. Yes, that's correct you apply to the country where you ...
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Am I entitled to a UK state pension?

You’ll usually need to have 10 qualifying years on your National Insurance record to get any new State Pension. To resolve the issue with your NINO you can contact National Insurance general ...
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Finding out my UK National Insurance Number

This UK Government webpage https://www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number lists the various ways by which you can find out your NINO: Sign in to your personal tax account using your Government ...
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Reimburse of Social Taxes like Insurance , Pensions in Germany

No, you can't. The health insurance covered any medical costs during the time you were insured. The pension contributions for the 5 years that you have worked will be stored and rated in the form ...
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Depositing a "not negotiable" Australian cheque in the US?

There are a few options available for you. You could endorse the cheque to a friend in Australia, mail it to them (postage cost), they could then bank it, and transfer you the money over PayPal. The ...
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UK Pensions for US citizens - is an IRS Form 8621 (PFIC) ever needed?

PFIC has nothing to do with FATCA, and was there way way before FATCA. PFIC is a real thing, and avoiding investing in funds/holding companies to avoid PFIC qualification is a very good advice. ...
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