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Paths to EU permanent residence / citizenship without a job offer?

I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Aug 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Best SIM card for EU roaming data?

I will be traveling for 10 days in Germany (2 days), Denmark (2 days), and Sweden (6 days) at the end of this month. Voice and texting is relatively unimportant, but I do need data for maps, keeping in touch with my traveling companions, etc. What's the best way to do this, given that I'm in Greece at the moment and need the SIM card by Friday? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Renew passport?

Leaving for France and Germany in a week. Returning mid July 2014. My passport expires December 2014. I've read conflicting reports that at least three months from departure and expiration is fine; and that I need six months. Which is which? Do I even have time to get a new passport within a week?
posted by pando11 on Jul 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I apply for Dutch Citizenship?

I'm a child of a Dutch immigrant to the USA. Is it possible for my father, who naturalized as a child to the USA at the age of 10, to renew his NL passport? [more inside]
posted by kmeryl on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

I move. A lot. Help make my admin easier.

We move quite often - every 2 years or so. I have done it all my life, but usually within the same country.Over the past 5 years that has included 3 different countries, and it looks like for the next 6 years or so we are probably going to live in another 2 or 3 countries. Looking for tips on making our admin and daily living a bit easier. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jun 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What is the process for a Dutch citizen to get a Spanish NIE?

I am a Dutch citizen (but non-resident) who has recently relocated to Spain. I have secured legitimate employment to begin in 7 weeks, and I'm trying to work out the process to get my documents together. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on May 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Britain and EU withdrawal

What would happen regarding residency and work permits for British nationals living abroad if Britain withdrew from the EU? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Which EU law mandates specified ideas are given positive press coverage?

From memory the gist of the law is that a certain portion or percentage of stories in a given time period must promote specified ideas. Those ideas are specified by a European body. The official line is that the law helps to spread important information, by requiring that it is published and broadcast often. [more inside]
posted by M4R5 on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I open a bank account somewhere in Europe as a tourist?

I am an American, I was here in Finland on a visa waiver, and now on a temporary waiver extension as I am waiting for my "temporary residence permit" application to be processed. I'd like to open a bank account, but the banks here in Finland won't let me. Is there any bank in the EU that I can open a bank with, but without me having much proof of residence?(I only have a letter from my doctor saying I am here recovering from surgery and doing followups). I am subletting a room in a shared house, and have no official paperwork proving so. Ideally I could open a bank account online in Europe, but I could fly there in person if need be. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Ideas for being Europe on Twitter for a week

Like the @Sweden account is shared between Swedes, @i_am_europe is for Europeans. It's a new idea and I'm going to be one of the first, starting 3 February. I'm a journalist covering the EU so there may be some stuff I can do from that, but i'd like to involve people and give it a good start, have you any ideas? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Jan 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Cell phone provider in EU

We are travelling from Canada to France and Italy and would like to have our roaming charges and calls be as inexpensive as possible. Can someone recommend the best cell phone provider in the EU for both cell phone and data usage where we would buy or get the iPhone 5S SIM card?
posted by Tziv on Dec 15, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I turn my Finnish visa into a temporary residence permit?

I'd like to turn my Finnish tourist visa into a temporary residence permit, and I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Nov 29, 2013 - 3 answers

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Things To Do In Paris Over The Holidays?

I will be in Paris for a week and some change between Christmas and New Years. I've been before so I know all the standard tourist spots- but I know the holiday season will mess up openings and closings so I'm interested in fun, interesting things and places ...that will be open. Ideally looking for performances, music, English-language theater, etc. I'll be traveling with a classical musician with a fondness for opera, so looking for things along those lines. Any seasonally specific events or things I shouldn't miss?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Tourist visa extensions in the Schengen area

My family and I would like to spend an extended time (5-6 months or more) in Europe. My wife is a US/Canadian citizen (the rest of us are Dutch citizens), and that seems to present a problem if we want to stay more than 90 days, which is the maximum length of Schengen tourist status. I'm not getting very far trying to figure out if and how that time can be extended. The process seems to vary from country to country. We're pretty flexible about which countries we stay in, so which countries make this relatively easy and cheap? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Aug 28, 2013 - 11 answers

finding out what we can take from the UK, to Germany, in a car

We are moving to Germany. I have to fly* but my husband is driving, from the UK to Germany. Our removalists will pack nothing perishable, including food in sealed containers, liquid toilettries etc. Can we just take them in the car? [more inside]
posted by Megami on May 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Bringing ginseng and beef/pork jerky to Europe

My parents are leaving from the US on a trip to Europe, entirely within EU Schengen Area countries. They've been requested to bring ginseng and beef/pork jerky by family. I don't think the jerky is admissible, but what about the ginseng? Port of entry will be Amsterdam Schiphol. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Large scale Land Art in Europe

Do you know of any interesting examples of Land Art in Europe? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Jan 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Headline: EU bans phthalates. OK, what else?

Where can I find a central hub of all the products and chemicals banned or being phased out by the European Union? Which particular countries are ahead of the EU? (e.g., banning even more instead of waiting for EU consensus, all in the interest of public health or due to inconclusive info about these kinds of products) Please provide links to detailed lists for those.
posted by mayurasana on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

College student in the U.S looking for career/major advice.

E.U. - U.S. Dual Citizen here. What are some careers I can potentially do that take advantage of my dual citizenship and/or being bilingual or multilingual? [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Nov 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Books or articles on the history of the EU?

Looking for a great book/article/essay on the history of the European Union and the current economic crisis there. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Oct 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Yet another "Where should we live?" post

Yet another "Where should we move?" question, unique to my family of course. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Charging and loading a Kindle abroad

US Kindle usable in UK/Europe? How to charge and how to load books? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Aug 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Can I drive in Portugal as a 2-year UK resident with a California Driver's License?

I'm an American with a current California driver's license. I've been living in the UK for over a year, so I can't drive here without getting a UK license. I'm going to Portugal next month. Can I legally drive there? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Aug 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Where did I see this funny Esperanto-like language?

Does anyone remember a site featuring a hilarious made up language that mashed up various European languages? (Not Esperanto!) The texts were, I believe, poking fun at the EU. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 23, 2012 - 5 answers

EU Membership - right/left?

European Politics Filter: Did the political positions on the issue of "EU Membership" (pro / con) switch sides (conservative / liberal) in most European countries over the past 10 years? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jul 1, 2012 - 4 answers

What benefits does obtaining Irish citizenship have for a UK citizen?

What benefits does obtaining Irish citizenship have for a UK citizen? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Is there any risk in switching my bank accounts to a freight forwarding address?

I don't technically live in the US anymore; I've sold my house, dropped my auto insurance, etc, and I need to figure out how to deal with my US bank accounts. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations?

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Dec 9, 2011 - 11 answers

If I acquire a pilot's license in the US, where will I be able to use it later?

Learning to fly in the US, then moving to Canada or the EU -- can I transfer a license? [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Free or cheap market / state of industry overviews for EU / Europe?

Can you help me find some free or modestly-priced online reports on the state of the publishing, recorded music, film + photo agencies / picture archives industries in the EU? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 3 answers

What has you experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it?

What has your experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it? Wiki and word of mouth says previous citizens would be welcome...mostly... [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Jul 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Getting a EU passport stamp

If I travel by train from Switzerland to France will I get a EU stamp on my passport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Where are the policies for language ed in the EU?

How do I find policies that are actually in use, not future or the past? Specifically: How can I find EU actually-in-use policies (and if possible, if it's actually happening on the ground) in regards to second language education. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Jun 4, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I measure the value of EU citizenship for my kids?

Help me measure the value of dual US-EU citizenship for my children. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on May 17, 2011 - 25 answers

Can you translate this beautiful Portuguese song?

Can a man get a Portuguese to English non-machine translation of the lyrics to 'Assinado Eu' by Tiê? [more inside]
posted by felix on Feb 22, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I get out of the EU without attracting attention to my visa status?

I've overstayed my tourist visa in Europe and need to know the best airport to fly out of. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 31, 2011 - 22 answers

European telecom regulation, how does it work?

Urgently searching for a primer on and brief history of telecom regulation the EU. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Dec 16, 2010 - 2 answers

This is silly, but it's been driving me crazy

I need help identifying an anomalous EU-license plate that I saw in Salzburg, Austria a couple years back. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Sep 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Belated dual citizenship?

My girlfriend was born in England to two USA citizens. She is now 31, a run-of-the-mill USA citizen and USA resident. Can she get dual citizenship in the EU via the UK, or is it far too late? What is the big picture? What is the first step?
posted by zeek321 on Sep 12, 2010 - 16 answers

UK immigration woes.

Complicated UK immigration question revolving around my new found EU permanent residency. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Sep 2, 2010 - 13 answers

I need to get up to speed on European finance.

I need to get up to speed on European finance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 - 2 answers

I'm guessing the answer isn't "practice".

Help me understand what seems like a contradiction: News stories I read seem to depict there being quite a lot of immigration into EU countries, and attendant unrest over cultural factors. But while a lot of people I know say they would love to move to Europe, the few who've actually done research into it seem to indicate that it's nearly impossible to get in unless you're wealthy or in a select few professions. How do middle and lower class people actually immigrate to Europe? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Jul 21, 2010 - 34 answers

Coverage of EU politics vs. coverage of national politics

Fellow EU Mefites, how would you compare the coverage of EU politics to the coverage of domestic politics in your national media? [more inside]
posted by Anything on Jun 12, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm moving to Vienna for the summer. What do I need to know?

I'm moving to Vienna to work for nine weeks this summer. What do I need to know? How can I get the most out of my stay? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on May 31, 2010 - 14 answers

That's how they got Capone...

What is the best path for me to get a job doing forensic accounting for the IRS or a similar EU body? [more inside]
posted by Work Related MeFi on May 2, 2010 - 8 answers

EU country with the best lifestyle?

EU country with the best lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by simpleton on Apr 24, 2010 - 37 answers

Changing demographics of France: fave book?

Please recommend to me your favorite book(s) treating the changing demographics of France, and the social, political, and cultural ramifications thereof. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Apr 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you think of a good title for a weekly newspaper column?

Can you think of a good title for a weekly newspaper column on EU politics? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Feb 24, 2010 - 22 answers

What's going on with Greece capping the amount of cash one can spend?

From a Reuters newsreport about Greece's government response plan to their economic meltdown: "From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards" Are they doing this for any other reason than making it easier to collect a sales tax? How can they enforce it? What will happen if someone pays for an item with over 1500 euros in cash, will someone repossess it? Have other countries done something like this?
posted by Kattullus on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

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