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Emigrating to Finland without a job

For Finland, you may find information on registering your right of residence here: https://migri.fi/en/registration-of-right-of-residence. Employment is not a requirement to exercise your freedom of ...
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UK Citizen, Implications of losing my UK Residency?

The document referenced in the question is about determining whether are a UK resident or not for tax purposes in a given tax year. That is separate from whether you have right of abode in the UK: "...
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Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

If one wants to have a residence permit for the purpose of employment (if this is your main purpose of getting the residence permit) in Germany, it could be issued based on 2 paragraphs of the "...
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What are the permit implications of voluntarily leaving a job as a US citizen Blue Card-holder in Germany?

OK, I wasn't able to find an answer to my question through my own research, so I sought out 2 different lawyers and paid each of them about 100 EUR for a consultation (which amounted to an hour in an ...
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Does moving to a second EU country with a permanent residence from the another country, grant permanent residence permit for second country as well?

You may want to look at https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/legal-migration/long-term-residents as well; this is the page describing long term residency for the general public rather ...
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Which of the below countries allow retired parents to migrate to the country?

Canada: You can sponsor your parents for immigration once you become a permanent resident of Canada, subject to some other conditions. Permanent residents have the same eligibility to sponsor parents ...
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UK Citizen, Implications of losing my UK Residency?

Since you have a British passport, you are very very likely a British citizen, hence you don't need a visa to enter the country, nor would you ever need one. You can simply enter the country with your ...
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Carte de séjour in France if I already have a long-stay visa--what's the point?

I don't have a full answer for you, or a full understanding of the situation, but here are a few useful bits of information based on personal experience. The carte de séjour will also serve as a visa ...
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Getting the Permanent Residence Permit In Germany with and without the Blue Card

After 5 years, you will become a “long-term resident” under EU law but it does not make all that much of a difference. After 5 years, you can also apply for a Niederlassungserlaubnis but there are a ...
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Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating "command of the language" when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

I'm afraid the only valid answer is to see your Ausländerbehörde and ask them. From my experience, they will accept all kinds of certificates, because they will run their own simple test even if you ...
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Can an EU resident live anywhere in the EU?

Directive 2003/109/EC affords "long-term residents" a right to reside in other EU countries under certain conditions, although three EU countries have opted out of this directive (the UK, Ireland, and ...
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Anyone ever tried Canada Immigration Express?

The company you found has this footer The CanadaImmigrationExpress.com website is owned and operated by the EU Company, Global Worldwide Online Marketing Limited, Registration Number 10816710, Lynton ...
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Carte de séjour in France if I already have a long-stay visa--what's the point?

I am not sure whether it is absolutely impossible to renew the visa but that's not the way it's usually done. The regular process is: long-stay visa to enter then carte de séjour that you renew every ...
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Carte de séjour in France if I already have a long-stay visa--what's the point?

According to the OFII website, the part that makes this whole process logical is explained by this: "L’accomplissement de l’ensemble des formalités est attesté par l’OFII par apposition d’une ...
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For how long and when in the green card application timeline does this travel blackout period exists?

Unless you have an Advance Parole, or you have H1b/H4/L1b/L2 status, leaving the US while your Adjustment of Status (I-485) is pending will cause your Adjustment of Status to be automatically ...
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EEA Family Permit refused - No clear reason given, appalling letter

The letter is a template that was not completed correctly (perhaps not at all). For example, certain text should have been deleted by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) and replaced with more ...
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Which German language test would be more recognized as demonstrating "command of the language" when applying for the blue card/permanent residency?

2019 Update: The Bundestag made a clarification in August 2018, in which they explicitly stated that a level of B1 suffices for the "ausreichende Kenntnisse derdeutschen Sprache" specified in § 10 Abs....
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Born in the US, want to 'repatriate' to grandparent's country

If your grandfather was born in Ireland, you can likely get Irish citizenship by descent now, by registering in the Foreign Births Register. Once you get Irish citizenship, you would be able to move ...
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Relocating to another Schengen country with Portugal D7 Visa

No, long term visa are only for the country you apply for. And even short term visa are mostly just for the plans you present when you apply.
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France: What happens to your immigration status when you leave the job that brought you over (visa)?

A general principle in France is that you are never forced to leave while your carte de séjour or long-stay visa is valid. There is none of the automatic loss of status or super-short grace period you ...
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Spouse visa with long stay student residence permit in France

Yes. I did this. I did a 2 year engineering degree and my wife lived with me. I showed that I had plenty of resources to support her, and she didn't work. I did not bring her into France later, she ...
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EEA Family permit no longer valid after a divorce and got a 6 months stamp on the border. Any advice on what to do next?

For people who finds themselves in the same situation, here's what happened. I was able to send my application to Home Office to "retain rights of residence'' from within the UK and was granted for 5 ...
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Applying for a long-term visa while you are in the country with a Schengen Visa?

No, as a general rule 3rd country citizens that require a residence permit for long term visits (longer than 3 months), must apply for a D-Visa at the 'competent mission' (mostly based on your main ...
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US citizen visiting EU spouse living in Germany (stay > 3 months)

You do not need a residence permit, but must apply for a residence card as a family member of an EU Citizen. In some states this must be applied for separately, but for Baden-Württemberg it seems to ...
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Staying in Germany for long period on permanent residency (Niederlassungserlaubnis) without working

This is basically two different questions: is residency allowed is naturalisation allowed under your proposed conditions? Residency Can I quit my current work in Germany, but still stay here on ...
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How is the 90/180 rule tracked if you have residency permit in one Schengen country

There are several questions and answers on this topic over at Travel, for example How are non-Schengen nationals with a Schengen residence permit checked to obey the 90/180 rule while travelling ...
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Blue Card vs Work Permit for IT Specialists

I just have to add something that it is different if you have a higher education inside Germany. I have masters in Communication and Signal Processing and not recognised as a professional or required/...
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Combining freelance work with Kennismigrant work permit in Netherlands

There is a good answer here, on the official website of IND. As of 1 April 2017, highly skilled migrants, EU Blue Card holders, foreign students studying in the Netherlands, as well as scientific ...
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UK Citizen, Implications of losing my UK Residency?

Since it wasn't mentioned in any previous answers, I will add that if you want to study you may be required to pay international fees instead of local resident fees. You will also have to pay standard ...
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Australia / New Zealand skilled permanent residence

From my personal experience in 2014: Your visa will have the "Must enter before:" date, that's the latest date you must cross the border to activate your visa. Usually, it's 1 year after ...
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