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Refused twice for UK visa, second time under 320(7A) (deception)

Awkward history for this question. It was posted in Travel (where it is most topical) and then reviewed for a being a duplicate. It's not a duplicate IMHO because there was a previous refusal. Then ...
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Do you need to pay US taxes if you are a US citizen by birth, who was never in the USA?

The US taxes all its citizens. Where you live is of no consequence for that fact. You may be eligible for tax treaty benefits, or foreign earned income exclusion, but you're still liable to the US ...
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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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Visa for four month company training in the UK—me and wife

The questionnaire linked in your question is specifically about visiting family in the UK. Since you will be visiting for work-related purposes, that doesn't apply. The page you're looking for is this ...
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How can US citizens not residing in the US visit the White House?

In general, Americans abroad are considered to 'reside' in their last state and county of residence before leaving the country. The Federal Voter Assistance Program has a very informative website on ...
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

It's relatively easy, yes, but there are several caveats: You need to become a resident in France before you apply (and this requirement is assessed more broadly than residence for, say, tax purposes)...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

Most countries don't tax their citizens, only their residents. The most notable exception is the US. In the EU countries however you only need to pay tax if you are a resident there. More specifically ...
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Is holding a third citizenship allowed?

The US does not generally restrict its citizens from having other nationalities. This doesn't depend on the number of other nationalities. The same caveats that apply to dual nationality also apply, ...
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If I have several foreign accounts, only one of which is >$10k, do I need to report all on the FBAR?

The $10K limit is aggregate. You might have had a filing obligation in prior years as well, if the total of all of your accounts together in any one day was $10K or more. If you have more than $10K ...
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Does working abroad for US clients qualify one for the "foreign earned income exclusion" via the "physical presence test"?

I've also found this link which states so as long you physically worked out of the country you qualify. Perhaps it is left up to interpretation but it seems there is reason to believe based on ...
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How can a minor foreign-born child of a US citizen parent and non-US citizen parent get US citizenship if the US citizen parent refuses?

You need to provide more information. Whether the child is automatically a U.S. citizen at birth depends on the details of the situation: If the child was born in wedlock, and the U.S. citizen parent ...
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U.S. Income tax liability on cash transfers from foreign spouse

You must report gifts from foreign persons in excess of $100K annually on form 3520 attached to your tax return. There's no tax, only reporting, but failure to report will trigger a $10000 penalty. ...
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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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Will I receive Social Security outside the U.S.?

You can look at the Your Payments while Outside US from Social Security Administration. On pages 12 and 13 of the booklet you can find the list of countries where you cannot receive the payments, ...
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What's the procedure for somebody who has lost their US passport while living in Taiwan?

The US (as well as many other countries that do not have diplomatic relations with the ROC) has an embassy in all but name in Taiwan. It's called the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). It is staffed ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad -- Payroll Taxes?

Tax treaty doesn't generally cover FICA, only income taxes. Self-employed US citizen will pay payroll taxes (Schedule SE on your tax return) regardless of residency unless a totalization agreement ...
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What countries are easy for a US citizen to move to?

I know of only one territory that seems to fit your requirements: Svalbard. The US is a signatory of the Svalbard treaty and as a US citizen you don't need to transit through Norway so you could in ...
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If I'm a US citizen and my parents just became US citizens, can they get social security?

They need to pay FICA taxes enough to accumulate 40 credits (i.e.: 10 years with ~16K taxable wages/year). They do not have to be citizens for that, so taxes they already paid also count. Otherwise, ...
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Visa for four month company training in the UK—me and wife

What you need is for your company's lawyer (a UK-based lawyer versed in immigration law, whether hired by the US or UK company) to come up with a strategy. As @mic noted in the comments, "your ...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

I'm Italian and I moved to the UK two years ago. As Italians, if we permanently reside in a foreign country we don't pay taxes on what we earn abroad. There are taxes to pay if you own a property in ...
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If you give up your US Citizenship, what happens to your active passports?

In practice, no matter the specifics, if you manage to hold onto a seemingly valid passport, you should be able to use it to travel, certainly abroad. But if you explicitly renounce your citizenship, ...
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Is Dual Residency between the EU & UK Possible with Permanent Residency Visa (ILR)?

ILR means that you have rights to stay in the UK as a resident permamentaly, as you think you want to settle down there, and live there for the rest of your life (or at least for a long time). ...
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US driving license when living overseas

It appears that, provided you return for at least one night every five years and maintain a private mailbox in the state, South Dakota will happily consider you a resident and issue you a driver ...
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The US Healthcare Penalty and the UK National Health Service

As a dual US/UK citizen if you live outside the US, you are eligible for an exemption for health coverage. If you are living in the US, then you are not an "ordinary resident" of the UK, despite the ...
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How long can nonresident US citizens visit in the US?

Forever. US citizens can stay in the US as long as they want.
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Spouse of US citizen green card application: adjust status or leave and apply for visa?

Adjustment of Status will get permanent residency much faster. Since they are in the Immediate Relative category with no wait for visa numbers, I-130 petition and I-485 for Adjustment of Status can be ...
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What is the best way to move my family to the U.K. permanently?

The most straightforward route is working at a Tier 2 sponsored position for five years, followed by an application to settle in the UK. You should read the detailed guidance on the gov.uk website (...
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US citizen in Germany - need visa?

A residence permit is a card you get from an Ausländerbehörde within Germany, a visa is a sticker you get from a consulate before entering Germany. In general, you are not allowed to apply for a ...
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How do I buy and import a car from Canada to the US?

I tried this, failed, pissed off a border guard, and wasted a not insignificant amount of money cleaning up the mess, so I recommend you act very carefully to make sure all the relevant pieces are in ...
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My dual citizen son (US and Australia) wants to marry a US citizen but live in Australia

It does not matter where the wedding is actually performed. Both the US and Australia (like virtually all countries) recognise marriages that have been legally performed according to the laws of the ...
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