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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?
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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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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9
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The form is pretty simple. You put your name, SSN and address and confirm that you're a US tax person, and give it to the bank. What's probably a surprise for you is that you are a US tax person. You ...

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American citizens living abroad still have to pay tax to US - legal ways to avoid?
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The US doesn't have a "tax residency/non-residency" notion for its citizens/permanent residents. If you're a US citizen/permanent resident - you're considered to be under the US tax jurisdiction, ...

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As a French PhD student in the US, what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?
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There are several options: Marry a US citizen. Once the US government is satisfied that your marriage is not a sham marriage (i.e.: you didn't get married just for the immigration benefits) - you'll ...

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Can I be a tax nomad?
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What's for me the best option for paying taxes? On time, preferably electronically. That would be the best option. I'm not going to spend more than 3 months in 1 country. That means you'll have ...

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Is Green card priority date based on place of birth or citizenship?
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The priority date is based on the place of birth of the applicant (or spouse, if they're different and the queue for one is shorter than the other). Moving/acquiring citizenship in another country ...

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My brothers have tried to kill my husband - how can I seek asylum in another country?
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Asylum is usually given for government persecution. As long as you can live in your country without the government severely persecuting you (hanging you by the neck for being gay, for example), asylum ...

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Is it possible to pay US Income tax, without paying state income tax?
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In the United States, individual States tax residents and non-residents. Many States tax residents on worldwide income, but non-residents are generally taxed on income sourced in that State only. So ...

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Student on F1 visa. May I accept reimbursement for interview travel expenses?
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You're not accepting payment for work, you're accepting reimbursement for your expenses. You are allowed to look for a job while on F1 visa, you're not allowed to actually work.

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Born in the US with American passport but without social security, and never been in USA, do I have to pay taxes?
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Yes, you do. Every American citizen does. The new law has nothing to do with it, you were subject to the American taxation your whole life. The new law just makes it harder for you to ignore it. You'...

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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?
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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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What is the purpose of a W9 form and how do you get one as a non-resident/non-citizen of the US?
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If you're non-resident and non-citizen you do not submit form W9 to anyone. Form W9 is used to certify that you are a US resident for tax purposes. If you're not a US resident for tax purposes, you ...

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U.S. Income tax liability on cash transfers from foreign spouse
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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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Joining the IDF - Learning Hebrew required?
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The IDF is using Hebrew, and even in the units with a significant Arab/Bedouin majority everyone will be speaking Hebrew on duty. But if you don't know the language - they'll teach you.

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Health insurance for EU citizen moving to US, as working graduate student
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As a foreign student, your university is required to provide you coverage. You must have that coverage through the whole term of your presence as a J1/F1/M1 student as part of the conditions of your ...

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Are USCIS visa "lotteries" in fact lotteries?
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These are in fact random selections. DV selections of 2012 have been famously voided because it was discovered that the selection was not truly random because of a software bug. As to H1b - these are ...

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Getting back a renounced citizenship
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I assume it is essentially a formality and I will only temporarily lose citizenship No. fill out some forms and then immediately gain them back. No. Actively renouncing citizenship means you ...

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If I'm a US citizen and my parents just became US citizens, can they get social security?
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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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How long can I wait to move after obtaining a green card?
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Once you get your visa, it is valid for six months. Visas will only be issued during the financial year (October-September period) for which the lottery was held. Once the visa expires, if you didn't ...

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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad -- Payroll Taxes?
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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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Am I eligible for any USA work visas?
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There is. It is called "H1b" visa. These visas are limited and there are only 65000 of them available a year (with some exceptions, for example additional 20000 available if you have an advanced ...

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What are long-term maintenance requirements of a DV1 Visa?
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DV1 visa is an immigrant visa. Once you enter the US it expires immediately and is replaced with I-551 (green card). You will receive a physical green card within a couple of months of your arrival, ...

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Working remotely for European Company in Argentina - VISA required?
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Visas are not for work, they are for physical presence. If your physical presence includes employment, you'll need a special kind of visa, but if your employment doesn't require physical presence - ...

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Do I need a new SSN after changing visa types?
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The SSN never changes once assigned, and your immigration status has no effect on it.

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Returning To The US - Tax Considerations?
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US Taxes are based on calendar years, so if I work from Jan-Oct (for example) I will pay local taxes on those 10 months and I will not qualify for the FEIE mentioned above. Does this mean I will ...

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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?
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In the US, there's an excise tax on foreign insurance policies. The tax rates depend on the kind of insurance, for life insurance it's 1% of the premium. You can find more information in the IRS ...

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As a non-US citizen expat in the US, would you be able to be covered under 'Obamacare' (ACA)?
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You're eligible to sign up, you're not eligible for the State/Federal assistance in paying the premiums. As long as you're a US tax resident (filing forms 1040/1040A/1040EZ, not the NR versions) - you'...

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I'm in the US on an F-1 visa. Can I drive with my Italian driving license?
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In California you can drive with out-of-state license if you're not a resident. If you're moving to CA for a prolonged period of time, you may be required to get a CA license. Out-of-state can also be ...

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Prior SSN now on spouse visa - do I need an ITIN
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She said health insurance and a driving license are benefits of living in the US and you aren't allowed them without a work visa so we can't change your name and you aren't allowed to use the SSN ...

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Can the US still be entered after losing conditional permanent resident status?
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No, she'll have to apply for a visa of course but there's no specific limitation on ex-permanent residents from visiting. However, you should have cancelled the green card instead of ignoring the ...

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