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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 left your country of origin a while ago: Where are you from? I grew up in Syria. You can even embellish this with words that describe your new situation: ...


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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 to give you an idea of what you might encounter: Examples Input: 110V ~60Hz 7W : Won't work in the 220V area. Input: 220V ~50Hz 7W : Will work in the 220V, but ...


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If you're talking long-haul, then round trip is in most cases cheaper than one way, and significantly so (eg. fares I've checked recently would be $1000 round-trip vs $3500 just the first leg of the exactly the same trip with same carrier). Exception from the rule I've stumbled upon was Aer Lingus, which has long-haul flight with one-way cheaper than return ...


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For an item that has no personal attachment, such as your computer (unless you have handpainted the case or something like that), I'd simply avoid shipping it. Back up the hard drive, put a new one in it, and sell it. Buy a new computer in San Francisco with the proceeds (plus the money you would have otherwise spent on shipping). This is going to be much ...


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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 airbnb, to have an address to crash in when I arrived in the city. From there, I searched for a real apartment to settle in. Between the visit and the actual day I ...


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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 honest. That includes arriving with thousands of dollars in inherited jewelry, and receiving a shipment of paintings, furniture, glassware, etc. that my mother sent ...


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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 US citizenship after holding your green card for some years There are other ways such as the Diversity Immigrant Visa (also informally known as the "green ...


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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 steps to remove roaming as a problem. As of the 1st of July 2014, the maximum allowed roaming rates for an EU phone in another EU country have dropped again, and ...


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Last year, I returned from Asia to Europe and had a similar dilemma. What I did, on Excel spreadsheet I had copied prices from airlines websites and compare the prices for return flight and one-way flights. It takes a bit of time, but it's well worth it. One of the airlines charged only 50% for one-way ticket compared to round-trip ticket. That was not ...


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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 make an accurate determination of any import duty/exemption, but simple enough that a full inventory check won't take hours (or annoy them!). Group similar ...


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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 grounds for refusal of the visa. See the EU information page at http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=457. With this visa, you can move to Germany together ...


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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 store that stuff. If your move is permanent, sell it. It is vastly less hassle and long-term cost to just get most of your standard electronics locally.


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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 the end of the transition period. The mother will have the right to work before Brexit, but will not realistically be able to prove that without a residence ...


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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 specify the effective cancellation date in advance (e.g. up to 60 days in advance, according to Orange). That said, sometimes there are specific conditions to be ...


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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 time. This other page suggests that stopping the contract about 10 days before leaving is best, in case a technician needs to come for some reason (I think it'...


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It comes down to you. Sometimes a return ticket can even work out cheaper than a one-way ticket. Then depending on how you felt, you could just drop the return ticket. Usually, however, a one way ticket is cheaper than a return, so that should be the easiest option. I've moved countries several times now, and apart from when I knew I was only going to be ...


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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 to all travelers, not just those who move abroad. See https://step.state.gov/step/. If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, you'll need to register with the ...


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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 have a problem. If anything is new (for example maybe you have a new work outfit or wedding outfit with the tags on), it might raise a flag regardless of how ...


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Paperwork and deposits for apartments are reasonably similar to what's required in the US though the standards seem to favor renters. I don't know if it's more or less similar in other European countries (or elsewhere). Citizenship is not required. Of course, there may be some racial discrimination in practice but it's possible to file a complaint. For ...


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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 result at all. I emailed my prospective employer and let them know of this delay. They let me know that they had "expedited" the process. However, no details were ...


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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. I lived in Singapore 27 years and only left in Dec 2015.] I would say that it is relatively easy to emigrate to Singapore, if you can find a job there, ...


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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 effects you want to import to the customs with their estimated price (being able to present invoices can be useful for that). You will keep a copy of your inventory ...


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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 or often to forward mail etc. Full details on their website Not so well explained on that bit of the site is the international part. If you go to the USPS FAQ ...


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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 listings of home owners letting out rooms in their houses - usually for longer term (3-6m), but there may be some offering shorter lets (or others that if you ...


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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 long as they have British passports, there's nothing more to do. If they need British passports, you should apply on their behalf. https://www.gov.uk/overseas-...


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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 Education Association (all quotes below are from this article). The basic principle is: In principle, every child that resides in The Netherlands is subject to ...


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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 they're dealing with. As your plans become more definite, for example when you pick a date for your move, mention them to your friends, and discuss them with ...


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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 considering anything else.


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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 activate a 3rd party device. This is unlike in the USA, where Netgear advertise the CM400 with the slogan "Lose the Lease. Keep the Speed.". In the UK the 'lease' ...


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