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How to meet/deal with people when you are from a “special” country?

One way to handle this is to answer in a more general way than with specific facts. Where are you from? I'm from the Middle East. Or, you can refer to a more general timeframe, implying that you ...
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What electrical goods can I bring from the States, and how can I use them?

If you're lucky, all of your devices will have a label stating what electrical conditions they work under. Your big care is voltage. (I can't speak so much to frequency.) Here are a few real labels ...
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Moving for a new job in England from Germany during Corona

You can book a hotel room for two weeks, self-isolate there, and only start looking for apartments after that. Extraordinary circumstances may call for extraordinary measures and, in some cases, ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

Finding an apartment to rent, even for short term, can be tricky if you do it online. I just moved to Edinburgh, from France, so I can at least speak about my experience: I booked 2 weeks at an ...
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What are the import charges or fees moving to the USA?**

I can't predict what, if anything, you will be charged. I can report some practical experience. I have got very, very good results, and no bills, from US customs by being absolutely straight and ...
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Which items should I declare at the customs when returning to the US after several years of living abroad?

I work in global mobility, and having managed many a move around the world, the overriding presumption should be that Customs will review your inventory with two expectations - it's detailed enough to ...
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What should I do in order to move to the United States?

In very broad terms, you can (these steps take many years): Get an H-1B visa with a job in the US Get a green card after completing a lot of paperwork such as labor certification (optional) Apply for ...
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Mobile carriers in France and how they work across the EU

A few years ago, roaming within Europe was quite expensive. Since then, the European Commission have identified roaming as a notable impediment to the single market, so have been taking some strong ...
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Moving to Germany

As the husband of an EU citizen, you are entitled to a free visa. In the application, you will have to show that you are married to your wife, of course. Beyond that, there are only very limited ...
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Moving TV and Appliances from US to Denmark

This may be a matter of opinion, but I'll give you my advice from personal experience. Buy everything there in Denmark. If your move is relatively temporary, as in just a couple of years, you can ...
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Relocation advice? US TO UK (Aussie, Swedish, American family!)

Wikipedia says that your son is a Swedish citizen, so the only document he needs is a Swedish passport or identity card. You need to arrive before Brexit, or, if there is a transition period, before ...
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Moving for a new job in England from Germany during Corona

And does the UK usually give some buffer time before applying the new classifications or does it happen immediately upon announcement? They generally give 30 hours of advanced notice (based on how ...
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Moving for a new job in England from Germany during Corona

In reference to gerrit's suggestion, if I were in your shoes I would look at whether a short-term furnished apartment or studio (i.e., with a kitchen) would be less expensive than a hotel. Such ...
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Cancelling utilities in France

General advice: Don't wait until the last day/week to inform them, you risk having to pay some extra days if there is a minimum notification period before cancellation; It is usually possible to ...
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Cancelling utilities in France

This FAQ from EDF indicates that you can do it at any time and don't need to do it advance (“sans préavis“). You will need to collect a meter reading 24 hours before leaving and call EDF again at this ...
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What U.S. agencies should I inform on leaving the U.S. to live abroad?

There is no need to inform anyone, other than to keep correspondents such as the IRS informed of your mailing address. You can register with the state department. This is voluntary, and is available ...
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What are the import charges or fees moving to the USA?**

The shipping company has that disclaimer because they cannot predict the custom fees and do not want to be on the hook for missing something. Everything you have is in quantities that you should not ...
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Sweden: tax on sale of property?

You will pay 30% tax on 22/30 of the profit, so in practice 22% tax on the profit. No profit means no tax. Cooperative flats are more than 99% of the market. More info about tax on cooperative flats ...
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USA - Singapore, What do I need to know?

I lived in Singapore for some years until 2009. Things might have changed since, and I am not a US citizen, but I will try to answer some of your questions to the best of my knowledge. [Edits by LCR....
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Customs when moving to France

Here are some trustworthy official sources (in French however): Douane.gouv.fr Vosdroits.servce-public.fr Briefly, you need to show form Cerfa n°10070*02 and two copies of the full list of all ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

I'd second AirBnB as an option - it will allow you to use the time to scout out areas and look around before settling for something a bit bigger. Alternatively, websites such as spareroom.co.uk are ...
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Forward mail from US to Brazil

International Mail Forwarding is what you'll be after. Most major national postal services offer it, for a fee USPS offers mail forwarding. The price depends on how long you want it for, how quickly ...
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Studying in the Netherlands for one year; Must my children go to school?

This seems to be rather difficult and only possible in certain cases. For more information on home schooling in the Netherlands, you should have a look at this article by the Netherlands Home ...
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Dual citizenship uk/us. Moving back with family

Q1. Even though my kids are now dual citizens, is it truly automatic, or do we still have to apply/register them as UK citizens? If we do have to apply, is this easier done before entering UK? As ...
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How to manage personal life when deciding to move in another country?

Talk about your plans with your friends so they can prepare themselves emotionally for your eventual departure. Similarly, you meet new acquaintances, mention your plans early on so they know what ...
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Moving my bicycle to another country

Final verdict: Sell the bike beforehand, even at a loss, rather than taking it with you. Too much hassle regardless of the cost. Like @DanubianSailor says, only for a super-expensive bike is worth ...
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Do I need to pay custom charges for moving my personal stuff from Europe to Japan?

You should not have to pay customs charges for your personal effects that you are sending to Japan. While MBE should provide you with the regulations and documents, this fact sheet from Atlas ...
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Moving TV and Appliances from US to Denmark

Some electronic appliances can work with both 110V 60hz and 220V 50hz (e.g. most laptop & phones power supplies, televisions, etc.) Check your TV specs: it may already be compatible with 220-240V ...
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Bringing USA modem to UK

You may as well sell it off. The CM400 is a DOCSIS cable modem. With very few exceptions, UK cable ISPs require subscribers to use a modem or router supplied by the ISP. Most UK ISPs will refuse to ...
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