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Packing and Leaving

Say you want to move to Europe for just a few months. What logistically should I be preparing for? [more inside]
posted by Unred on Apr 29, 2009 - 16 answers

What if we DON'T want a green card - how do we get hitched?

I'm American, he's Scottish. We live in the UK, and are engaged. He doesn't want a green card and probably never will, but we might want to get married in the States. What do we need to do? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Apr 7, 2009 - 14 answers

China for a non-Mandarin Speaker?

My girlfriend of six years is getting an expat position in Beijing for 2+ years. Her company originally said they would help me find a job, but with the economy going down it seems they are less optimistic about me being able to find a expat position. How can I optimize my chances of getting a job in a foreign country? We are from the United States. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me pay 12 months of premiums for 3 months of coverage

I live overseas for 10 months a year. I am finding it very difficult to get health insurance. No preexisting conditions, no smoking, not obese, but I am only barely a resident of California, and this seems to be a tripping point. All I want is a basic, high deductible plan for emergencies. I am currently covered in Virginia (from a while back, never told them I moved), but since my residency is California now, they probably won't cover me. What are my options? I just spent 4 hours on applications and was turned down every time. Everything else I see on google looks dodgy.
posted by Nothing on Mar 24, 2009 - 10 answers

OMG I got the job! Now how do I move to France? Where can I go for advice?

I'm starting a job in France in June. I'm English. I'm going to need various stuff (bank account, apartment, insurance, mobile phone, phone, internet, register with a doctor, find some decent French lessons, and heaps of stuff I'm sure to have overlooked right now). Does anyone know any good expat websites or guides to moving to France? Or a forum where I can ask a load of questions? [more inside]
posted by handee on Mar 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Can your passport be confiscated for unpaid debt?

I think I remember reading a while ago (not sure where I read this or if it was a reliable source) that a US citizen settled out of the US can be detained or have their passport confiscated for large unpaid debts if they come back into the US, even for a short visit. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Mar 18, 2009 - 7 answers

As an expat, should I register with the Canadian govt?

I'm a Canadian (Ontario) citizen, currently living in Eastern Europe. I usually "register" with the Canadian govt. each time I live abroad, just because, well, you never know what might happen. But this time, I have a couple questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Obama's expat tax stance

What is Obama's position on tax exemptions for expats? [more inside]
posted by occidental on Jan 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Can I bring my car with me?

I love my Peugeot, but I might be moving to the USA. Can I bring it with me or am I just stupid to want to? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Dec 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Expat/citizenship Filter

Expat/citizenship Filter: Before I became eligible to apply for citizenship in the country I live in, I was all for it. Now that it's six months past my first date of eligibility, I'm not so sure. Anyone else been through this process? Any advice? Any advice or stories from you wonderful Mefites to help a girl make up her mind? [more inside]
posted by Grrlscout on Nov 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Eating pupusas in El Salvador

Living or visiting El Salvador? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Oct 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Can I take a J.D. abroad, or should I not bother coming back to get one?

Can I export my law degree from the USA? If not, where else should I consider going to law school? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Sep 2, 2008 - 7 answers

stretching a nickel abroad

I've got this ongoing fantasy about living cheaply abroad. Is it doable to live for $500 a month or so in some foreign locale? [more inside]
posted by D-ten on Jun 25, 2008 - 27 answers

Bank accounts, currency exchange, and financial advice for an American in Hong Kong?

Moving to Hong Kong for two years, and seeking advice on keeping the finances in order. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Cost of living in Brussels?

Migrating from Los Angeles to Brussels: My girlfriend is entertaining a job offer in Brussels; is she being offered enough to live comfortably there? [more inside]
posted by starscream on Mar 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Expat life in Papua New Guinea?

In finer detail than simply "dangerous," what would it be like to be an Anglo expat in Papua New Guinea? What would the daily grind of an expat or a non-raskol native be in Port Moresby? What jobs and lifestyle would be available to someone who was willing and able to perform white collar work in an unfamiliar land? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 19, 2008 - 10 answers

You know what they say about people with big feet....

Where can I buy large men's sneakers (size 13/48) in China? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Mar 18, 2008 - 9 answers

What should I consider before I move to Berlin?

What should I consider before I move to Berlin? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Jan 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Job search in Tokyo

Can anyone recommend where to find a job in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Psychnic on Jan 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Travel health insurance for US Expats

Where can I, an expatriate US citizen, get travel health insurance that will cover me while I'm traveling in the States? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Dec 10, 2007 - 7 answers

Resident alien US tax liability? Advice?

Tax question/advice re: UK IT worker moving to US [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Nov 18, 2007 - 4 answers

What's it like to be an expat in Hong Kong?

Tell two academics from northern Europe about living and working in Hong Kong on a long-term basis. [more inside]
posted by bluebird on Nov 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Moving to Edinburgh

I am an American moving to Edinburgh, Scotland. I'd like your advice on neighborhoods, telecomm, banking, and taxes. [more inside]
posted by alopez on Oct 23, 2007 - 19 answers

Expat skills wanted in the Netherlands?

As a foreigner, I was wondering what skills or degrees are the key to getting hired to work in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo on Oct 21, 2007 - 8 answers

I'm guessing Black Pudding won't make it past the border...

AussieExpatFilter: What items (probably foodstuffs) are: - essentially English - unavailable in Australia and could be given to a UK expat in Aus? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed on Oct 5, 2007 - 20 answers

Dutch the easy way

I would like to learn to speak Dutch. Would it be better to move to London and practice Dutch on weekends in the Netherlands, or just relocate there for full immersion? [more inside]
posted by four panels on Aug 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Crispy tasty bumble bees

What is the name and recipe if possible for the crispy black octopus I used to eat in Singapore when I was a child? [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow on Aug 8, 2007 - 4 answers

Long term expat life

I'm living abroad for the foreseeable future. Help me be the best expat I can be. [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

American buying apt in Berlin

I am an American interested in buying property in Berlin. Do any other Americans with experience in this have any advice to offer? [more inside]
posted by suisse on Apr 30, 2007 - 2 answers

Financial planning resources for U.S. expatriates?

What are some good resources to help an expatriate plan for retirement? [more inside]
posted by armage on Apr 29, 2007 - 1 answer

Feed my travel habit while I'm stuck at home.

I'm looking for quality information about medicine, life in Third World countries, Doctors Without Borders and similar organizations, travel, expat experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Apr 22, 2007 - 8 answers

What's the Lake Geneva-area expat experience like?

I'm about to move to Switzerland and need some advice and guidance. [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Mar 15, 2007 - 7 answers

What should a returning expat expect?

I'm an expat who may be returning to the US after many years. What to expect? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Mar 15, 2007 - 42 answers

Alternatives to the "suitcase full of £50 notes" method

What is the best, most cost-effective way to transfer about £9,000 from a bank account in the U.K. to another in Spain? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Feb 26, 2007 - 14 answers

I'd like to leave the country/For a month of Sundays... but how do I tell my mother-in-law?

EmigrationFilter: How do we deal with our parents who don't/won't want us to go? Bonus if you've a) had your first kid abroad and had to deal with the whole visitation kerfuffle b) have clingy parents c) have emigrated to or live in Sweden. [more inside]
posted by corvine on Feb 24, 2007 - 28 answers

Revisiting cost of living in European cities?

I'm in a little bit of a bind determining the cost-of-living in European cities vs US cities... [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Dec 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Where should we escape to?

Where should we escape to? We (couple, not going to have kids) vant to be alone. We telecommute, so all we need is somewhere very quiet and safe and stable with good home Internet access. Where are the best places? I know we will have to do some travelling and check them out, but if you can give us some ideas, places, links, strategies to start on, we're grateful. [more inside]
posted by Listener on Dec 10, 2006 - 20 answers

Help me help her!

Pregnancy Filter: My wife is pregnant (hooray), I'd like to do something nice for her... [more inside]
posted by Pollomacho on Oct 30, 2006 - 17 answers

From the "I'll end in hell for asking" series ...

Cost of living in Mumbai? [more inside]
posted by magullo on Oct 11, 2006 - 3 answers

An American in Beijing

I am moving to Beijing for a job. I've never lived in China before. Advice? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy on Oct 11, 2006 - 21 answers

London?

Where should I live in London? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Oct 4, 2006 - 36 answers

Vancouver accountants?

Possibly a longshot : can anyone recommend an accountant in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Sep 14, 2006 - 5 answers

Anyone moved to Frankfurt, Germany?

Anyone moved from the US to Frankfurt, Germany? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jun 26, 2006 - 9 answers

The fine print of universal suffrage.

Who gets to vote in US Presidential elections? Specifically, what are the rules for expats, Guam, and other edge cases? [more inside]
posted by ryanrs on Apr 18, 2006 - 4 answers

American contractor in the UK

UKContractorFilter: I am going to be working as a contractor in the UK for a good while and the local tax laws perplex me to say the least. From this link it looks like there may be ways to reduce my UK tax liability, and/or at least make it count towards my US taxes. Surely, I am not the first one to go through this; pointers, tips, good/bad experiences? [more inside]
posted by costas on Apr 13, 2006 - 5 answers

What job should I look for in China?

I am an American planning on moving to Shanghai, China. What are my employment options if I don't know Chinese? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Where to go and what to do?

What should I do and where should I go when I flee the country? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Jan 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Then the heat disappears and the mirage fades away...

My little sister is going to Cairo, Egypt. For a year! I'm looking for some tips and information on living there. [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath on Jan 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Background on visit and possible move to South Africa.

ZAfilter: I am off to Cape Town soon, and might even move there. This is a request for more than just "what should I check out on a week long visit"... [more inside]
posted by bumpkin on Nov 11, 2005 - 2 answers

Where to live?

Help me determine how these cities would be to live in. [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Oct 20, 2005 - 38 answers

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