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Portugal: Long-Term Resident EC:

I have been reading about certain EU countries that have a visa category known as Long-Term Resident EC. This category allows a residence visa holder in say Portugal to move to say France without the need to apply for a standard French residence permit. I believe at least in some countries it also permits holders to work without a permit. From Wikipedia: "The status permits the holder some of the rights of free movement afforded to EU/EEA citizens in the participating countries; not all EU countries participate in implementing the Directive. The implementation of the directive is left to the participating countries, with some national variations in the requirements for and benefits of long-term resident status." In Portugal, the visa is known as "Residente CE de Longa Duração" and in France it is known as "Carte de résident de longue durée – Communauté Européenne" and requires a minimum initial residency of 5 years. Is this really an EU wide long-term residency permit?

Belgium: Belgium Immigration:

Does anyone know the current state of Belgium immigration for non-EEA nationals? I am an American nearing retirement who is looking to live and perhaps work or start a business in Belgium. But I have heard that applications for long-term visas for non-EEA citizens are routinely rejected. I would love to know more about this topic if anyone has experience.

Portugal: 4 month Schengen Visa:

jm, I assume you are referring to a THREE month Schengen visa? If there is a 4 month visa, please let me know more about it.

Portugal: Visa Requirements:

mondayschild, How do you know that cjmckay is not doing both?

Portugal: Visiting Faro Mar 28-31:

I will be visiting Faro from Mar 28-31. I am an American thinking of applying for residency under the global visa program. Is anyone interested in meeting up? I am interested in the practical side of expat life in Portugal as well as any discussion related to buying property either in the Algarve, Lisbon or Porto areas. Feel free to message me privately. Thanks, Kevin

Portugal: Electronics - US to PT:

My experience is that although voltage converters can work, they are big, heavy and ugly. Also, you will need them for a variety of household products such coffee grinders, mixers, etc. Also, I have read that they can damage electronic equipment over time although I have not witnessed this myself. If I had expensive gear, I would not want to take the chance. Maybe best to sell whatever you have and buy in Portugal. Also, keep in mind that some electronics are dual voltage such as the new Bose soundbars that I m thinking of buying in U.S. and taking over to Europe.

Germany: Need Advice:

You should be able to direct deposit your SS benefits but check with the US Embassy in Berlin. Also, I assume most US TV is available in Germany at a price. If you are on a limited budget, consider getting a VPN and watching TV from your computer. Otherwise, you may get stuck with CNN International instead of CNN US. I do't want to spend more than I can so I watch a lot of news on YouTube 6-8 hours after its live in US.

Portugal: Civility:

I hope the moderators are listening.

Ireland: Retiring in Ireland for one year:

Dave, can you provide any more detail on what you mean by non-investment income? Do you think that only pension income is acceptable? What about dividend income or rental property income? I believe that the language from INIS states "Investment sums are not normally reckonable – finances must be in the form of pension income or readily accessible funds. but the term "investment sums" seems to relate more to investment amounts rather than investment income. But who knows?

Spain: A Year in Spain:

Christopher, I looked into this visa briefly about one year ago. Perhaps you can provide more detail as I understood that 1) there is an income requirement of approx. $30,000 per year (not sure if this is per person or not) 2) have this sum set aside in a bank account 3) the visa issued in the US is good for only 90 days at which time you must move to Spain, obtain a permanent residence and then apply for the one year permission. Also, may I ask if the visa gives you permission to freely travel in the Schengen without restriction and whether the visa is a path towards permanent residence and/or citizenship? Thanks.


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