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Our much-missed member-on-sabbatical, Gayot Fow, has answered this on his blog. With permission, and for the benefit of the OP, I post the text of his answer here. Essentially the OP wants to purchase a house in the UK to attend cultural events and otherwise enjoy the offerings of this island. The OP understands that the 6 month Standard Visitor Visa (SVV) ...


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The bad news is: it's such a broad topic & there are so many insurers out there that it's very time consuming to understand which insurances are actually "good" for you. The good news is: I had the same problem & did loads of research, so read on! Regarding health-related insurances, you are looking for what is usually called an "...


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You need someone to check your mail for you, so the most convenient option might simply be to use the mailing address of a close friend or family member whom you trust, ideally in the same province/state/region as where you lived before, in case it matters for certain things like driver's licenses and such. Alternatively, it might make sense to get a post ...


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1 You don’t need a car for most personal local transportation I'm a resident of Berlin since birth (some 25–30 years ago) and I never owned a car. Imho the transportation system is perfectly sufficient under most circumstances. The exceptions are according to my experience: You need to transport heavy or unwieldy objects on a regular basis. You need to ...


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The Canadian Government provides a questionnaire to determine which possibilities you have to visit Canada and if a visa is required. In addition to your citizenship, there are a few other issues which may be relevant to determine the requirements, e.g. country of residence, any relationship with Canadian citizens, age or any previous permanent residence in ...


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From my recent experience with the official Toronto processing center (an efficient 15th floor operation which has been separated from the consulate for some time, thank goodness). There is basically one price, which varies only with processing time request and if it needs to be shipped back to you. The 10 year business (M) visa requires an written ...


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It's called a Private Mail Box (PMB) They are run by private companies. The number one player in the field is The UPS Store,* however many smaller businesses also exist. Your address becomes Your Name Their Storefront address #123** (your unit number) Their town, ZC 12345 These differ from a Post Office mailbox in several ways: They are more ...


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The key limit is three months. It has nothing to do with Schengen but is part of general EU law. As such, it also applies outside the Schengen area (i.e. to the UK, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia – and to Switzerland through a distinct agreement that was implemented even before the country became part of the Schengen area). Even in countries ...


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90 days (in any 180-day period) is in any event the longest you can stay on a Schengen visa. Schengen visas can be valid for up to 5 years but this has no bearing on the maximum stay, which is still at most 90 days. After that, it's usually necessary to leave the Schengen area for another 90 days before being allowed to return and use your visa again (at ...


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Much of this is answered on this FAQ of a visa company. It is not official info but it looks good to me. Also it seems to apply for US citizens only, but I assume similar for the other nationalities you list. Are there any special requirements for a 10-year visa? No. The requirement for a 10-year visa are the same as that of a 1 year visa. [...] ...


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I don't think there is anything specific for this length of stay other than figuring out where the most local classified ads are (Kijiji, Craigslist, something local) and trying to arrange something directly. As far as Airbnb goes, they have a specific site airbnb.com/sublets for this term of stay, advantage of using this over regular search tool is that it ...


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I've gotten Chinese Visas 3 or so times and recently helped my family get them too for a trip. This advice applies to the SF consulate, the only office I've visited. We had no problem getting the visas added to our new passports. Do you have to travel to China a few times on ordinary visas first? Generally not. Applying through a processing service can ...


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Can I get a 1 year UK long term visitor visa? It's a moot point because even if they did offer such a visa you would not qualify. The longer term visas are for people with a lengthy performance history and who have a really strong premise. You want to cohab with your boyfriend while he attends graduate school in the UK, depending on your cohab history ...


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It means maximum 6 months per entry. It means Nothing more. It means Nothing less. There’s no December January in this. Everytime you are granted entry and if the stamp says 6 months then you can stay for 6 months. Then you have to leave. You can again come back after that and be granted another 6 months if they decide to admit you again. However that’...


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I'm currently travelling long term. Your priorities may differ from mine, I'm a male and care about the look of my footwear to the extent that they don't stand out or look obviously inappropriate for whatever I'm doing. I'll tell you what's worked really well for me. All-black running shoes. As in, specialist running shoes. personally I went for Brooks ...


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I like to use trail/approach shoes as my all purpose shoe. They're flexible and soft enough to be comfortable long term, you can buy them to different levels of breathability/enclosed to cater to climates, and you can walk all day in them with their grippy, hiking boot like soles and air cushioning. You might have some difficulty getting in to nightclubs ...


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I just wanted to add the work for food and shelter method, briefly touched by some people in the thread. I was in Australia and really angry with the high cost of everything and found out about WWOOFers. Since then I use it all the time! Every case of people there is different and you might even ending up with a "real" job if that is what you look for. ...


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In general as a EEA national, you have the right to stay in all EEA countries, no matter how long if fulfilling certain conditions. However some countries ask you to report your stay, even if it is shorter than 3 months. As a general rule in the EU the same requirements apply to citizens of those countries as well. These countries according to the EU job ...


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Have you considered using solutions like renting to individuals? There are few websites allowing you to rent cars from individuals rather than regular renting companies. You get the same insurance and coverage but it is usually cheaper. Links : http://www.ouicar.fr/ https://carclub.easycar.com/


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Since one of us is an EU citizen, the whole family does not have to abide by the Schengen 90/180 days rule? Am I correct in assuming we do not have to apply for a residence card if we stay only 89 days in Spain, then cross over to France, and spend another 89 days there, then Germany for 89 days, even though no one gets a passport stamp proving that we went ...


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A P.O. Box is the best option. You can set one up at your local post office, and set up online payment so you don't have to visit the post office to pay rental fees. Also, I'd recommend you set up mail forwarding so that mail to your residential address goes to your P.O. Box instead of your house, and won't be returned undeliverable when your lease expires.


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That is the holy grail for travellers! It turns out there are quite a few opportunities but the ones acceptable and suitable depending on what you are willing to do and how much you want to make doing it. The real difficult part is getting paid well at the same time as you travel but I do know a handful of people who managed. Let's see what other answers ...


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How to do it? Probably almost as many possible answers as there are travelers. My approach may not work for others, or they may find it distasteful: Pay off all debts including late wife's medical bills. Get rid of TV and car; learn to bicycle or walk everywhere. (Bus/train/car rental/plane only when time is a problem.) Get medical care from the U.S. ...


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British citizens are certainly not limited to 90 days in any 180-day period. Before I explain the rules that do apply to you, let's consider where the 90-days-in-any-180-day-period limit comes from, namely article 5 of the Schengen Borders Code: Entry conditions for third-country nationals For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a ...


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Even if Relaxed is completely right with his answer, I'll try to simplify some issues and add a few other points you should consider: As a citizen of an EEA country, you have the unlimited right to stay and work in other EEA countries, but you have to fulfil some requirements. Some of the requirements may be covered by national law and differ between the ...


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Unfortunately, the best answer you probably will get is that 'it depends on the circumstances'. To be eligible for NHS benefits, you must be an 'ordinary resident' of the UK, but there is no definitive definition of the concept of ordinary residence. If in doubt, an NHS body will decide on a case-by-case basis. The NHS guidelines on determining ordinary ...


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A visa permitting a five-year stay would be a residency permit. Questions about that should be asked at Expatriates Stack Exchange. A multiple-entry, short-term visa could have five years validity period, but it would still only allow 90 days out of every 180 days in the Schengen area. These visa are usually granted only after several successful visits on ...


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There is no such rule for the UK. Immigration Rule V4.2 states “The applicant must satisfy the decision maker that they are a genuine visitor. This means that the applicant: (a) will leave the UK at the end of their visit; and (b) will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK their main home https://www....


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Great question and answers. In terms of accommodation, I didn't see house/pet sitting option listed yet. It may be a new(wer) thing since the question was posted. There are several sites where you pay an annual fee and have access to housesits all over the world. The owners of the home leave to travel themselves and sometimes even leave a car. You have a ...


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Viking offers a 245-day round-the-world cruise, which starts (and ends) in London. It visits 53 countries on six continents.


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