Top 10 Tips for Surviving Trump

Hello, friends. So you’re thinking about moving overseas?

I’m glad to hear it. And I hope I can help make your planet bigger. My goal here is to share with you as many ideas as I can to get you living as an expat.

That’s why you’ll find on this first post my 10 top ways for moving yourself abroad—and maybe staying there.

So let’s get started. I hope you find at least one tip that excites you. Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for Surviving Trump”

Taxes for Expats: 5 Essential Tips

As Trump and his billionaire cronies set about looting America, it may seem counter-intuitive to worry about paying your U.S. taxes.

In fact, you may not have to.

All over the world. These French union workers are protesting the end of the Wealth Tax, among other anti-labor measures.
Credit: Rebecca Martin

But it’s not as simple as that.

For one thing, you may want to collect social security. (Yes, social security is  still protected—unlike hundreds of other programs that’ll be cut  or eliminated entirely, thanks to the new tax bill.

So let’s take a look at how you, as an expat, can get what you’re due—and at your tax liabilities.

1) First, as an expat living overseas, do I have to pay U.S. taxes at all?

Yes, you do.

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Studying in France: 7 Steps to Getting Your Student Visa

Hi guys. Well, I finally did it. I got my long-stay student visa for France. I’ll be moving to Paris in September. (Yay!) I also have to tell you that getting your student visa should not take 7 steps. But I’ve got my false steps here to save you the grief.

Paris street artist JR made the Louvre Pyramid disappear, with these black-and-white photos installed on one façade of the pyramid.

Now first things first. If you’re from a country that France will let in as a tourist for 90 days and that’s the max you want to stay, you don’t need a student visa.

But if your intent is to study for longer, here’s how to get started.

Step 1. Determine if you can afford to study in France

Yes, you will need to prove you have enough money. Continue reading “Studying in France: 7 Steps to Getting Your Student Visa”

How to Teach English Overseas

Okay, guys, I said I’d talk about this so I guess I better follow through!

Seriously, teaching English overseas is a great way to get you traveling to places you’d never see otherwise. And meeting folks you’d never meet otherwise.

Innocent Bash, a student when I met him in Tanzania twenty years ago, then sponsored for college in the U.S. At home with his wife Jennifer in Dar es Salaam. Inno was recently elected to the Tanzanian Parliament.

So here we go…

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What You Need to Know—Residency-wise—about Canada and Mexico

Hi. This is following up on my more general post about visas. And it’s going to be shorter because I’m focusing on only two countries—but with very different requirements.

An old postcard and where one of my students immigrated to.

It’s also geared for Americans, as Canada and Mexico are our most popular destinations. Though the residency information is the same for you other folks too.

But if you are a U.S. citizen, you may be thinking…

1. Gee, Canada seems really nice to people, not like the bread and circus show we have here. How do I apply for citizenship?

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Visas: The Basic Info for Expats

Hello. Nice to see you again. Now here’s an important issue. Let’s say you’ve got a trip in mind. But you’re confused about the different sorts of visas you might need—for travel or even to live in a foreign country.

Well, it’s not that hard to understand. But let’s start with the easiest question first.

1.  Do I need a visa to travel as a tourist?

Yes, you do. Some of the time.

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