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  • how long can an am. citizen reside in another country?

    im an amercian ciziten. im currently in manila, philippines and i would like to know how long i can stay here. for an immigrant i know u can only stay for example in manila for a maximun of 6 mo. as far as being as a citizen now..how long can i stay here? can i stay here for as long as i want?or is it only for a yr? thanx alot. hope to here some responses.

  • #2
    I'm going to break your question down into two parts:-

    Q. How long can a USC reside abroad?
    A. Indefinitely

    Q. How long can a non-citizen reside in the Philippines?
    A. Don't know. Was an exit date stamped in your passport when you arrived?
    USC 7/14/2006

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    • #3
      indefinitely??r u sure? i can stay here in manila for as long as i want? how do u know this? just to make sure

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jazper_28
        indefinitely??r u sure? i can stay here in manila for as long as i want? how do u know this? just to make sure
        Yes, absolutely, as a U.S. citizen you can stay abroad as long as you want.
        There are no restrictions of any kind.


        However, as a U.S. citizen you still have to file a U.S. income tax on your worldwide income.
        N-400 [Chicago office, via Nebraska Service Cntr]
        Rec'd date: 12/06/2006
        FP notice date: 12/20/2006
        FP taken (Indianapolis): 01/11/2007
        2nd FP notice 09/09/2008
        2ndFP taken (Indianapolis) 09/26/2008
        Interview letter 01/24/2009
        Interview 03/26/2009 (completed)
        Oath letter rec'd 04/29/09
        Oath date 05/14/09 (completed)
        U.S. pssprt applied and rec'd (Chicago pssprt agency) 05/22/2009

        I am not a lawyer. Anything I say here is my personal opinion and should not be viewed as legal advice.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by boatbod
          I'm going to break your question down into two parts:-

          Q. How long can a USC reside abroad?
          A. Indefinitely

          Q. How long can a non-citizen reside in the Philippines?
          A. Don't know. Was an exit date stamped in your passport when you arrived?
          Agree. However, boatbod, my gut feeling is that jazper_28 is really interested in part 2 of your question - non-citizen residing in Philipines......

          Jazper_28 can you clarify your question? Are you interested in the answer from the point of view of US government (US law) or Philippines' government?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Superstring
            Agree. However, boatbod, my gut feeling is that jazper_28 is really interested in part 2 of your question - non-citizen residing in Philipines......

            Jazper_28 can you clarify your question? Are you interested in the answer from the point of view of US government (US law) or Philippines' government?
            Yup, exactly my thoughts, but since his original thread title was "how long can an am. citizen reside in another country" I figured I could at least answer that portion of the Q.
            USC 7/14/2006

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jazper_28
              indefinitely??r u sure? i can stay here in manila for as long as i want? how do u know this? just to make sure
              Jazper 28,
              I think the below link to via the State Department website should help clarify your question. http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwha006.html

              Quick summary: US citizen visiting Philippines for less than 21 days does not need a visa. If stay is longer than 21 days then a visa is needed and I would imagine that the length of stay would be governed by the duration of the visa.

              Good Luck!!
              japs

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              • #8
                Please clarify the IT question

                Baikal3,
                Could you please elaborate your below statement? Thanks in advance.

                "However, as a U.S. citizen you still have to file a U.S. income tax on your worldwide income."

                For example, if I move back to India and start earning Indian Rupees equivalent to $20,000 in India, what are my tax implications? Will I not be paying IT in India? Do I have to pay to IRS too? Isn't it double taxation?

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                • #9
                  U.S. Citizen can live anywhere they want for any duration, as long as the country they are residing gives them appropriate visas or exemption from visas. Just remember, as a U.S. Citizen you always have to file U.S. income taxes on your worldwide income!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BR2006
                    Baikal3,
                    Could you please elaborate your below statement? Thanks in advance.

                    "However, as a U.S. citizen you still have to file a U.S. income tax on your worldwide income."

                    For example, if I move back to India and start earning Indian Rupees equivalent to $20,000 in India, what are my tax implications? Will I not be paying IT in India? Do I have to pay to IRS too? Isn't it double taxation?
                    Regardless of where you are in the world, a US citizen is legally required to file a tax return (including worldwide income) with the IRS. If the country in which you reside has a tax treaty with the US, you may not owe additional taxes (e.g. the UK) however I have no knowledge of Indian tax laws or treaties, so you probably want to consult an accountant.
                    USC 7/14/2006

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                    • #11
                      sorry my topic is a little confusing. IAM an american citizen, i would like to stay here in the philippines for a while. i have a house here, im curious as to whether there is a limitation as to how long i can stay here n then would have to go back to the states. or im i entitled to stay here in the philippines for as long as i want to

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jazper_28
                        sorry my topic is a little confusing. IAM an american citizen, i would like to stay here in the philippines for a while. i have a house here, im curious as to whether there is a limitation as to how long i can stay here n then would have to go back to the states. or im i entitled to stay here in the philippines for as long as i want to
                        Unless you also (also) a Philipines citizen, the length of time you can stay will be dictated by the Philipino immigration authorities - presumably very dependent on the visa you used to enter the country.
                        USC 7/14/2006

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BR2006
                          Baikal3,
                          Could you please elaborate your below statement? Thanks in advance.

                          "However, as a U.S. citizen you still have to file a U.S. income tax on your worldwide income."

                          For example, if I move back to India and start earning Indian Rupees equivalent to $20,000 in India, what are my tax implications? Will I not be paying IT in India? Do I have to pay to IRS too? Isn't it double taxation?
                          bR2006,
                          India and US have a tax treaty which prevents double taxation. Your income earned in India will be taxed in India but you are required to file a US tax return as well. Do some research on the IRS website to see if you qualify.

                          Good Luck!!
                          japs

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jazper_28
                            indefinitely??r u sure? i can stay here in manila for as long as i want? how do u know this? just to make sure
                            Yes, definitely - as long as you are not violating the immigration requirements of the country you are living in. The constraints is not from the US but from the country you are living in.
                            Dist Off: San Jose
                            5/24/06: Priority Date
                            6/22/06: FP Date
                            3/19/07: Interview
                            4/18/07: Oath (US Citizen finally)

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