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Old 12-21-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Olde English District, SC (look it up on Wikipedia)
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EU citizens have a lot more options than US citizens. I have heard that for US citizens most of the easy places are in Central and South America--retirement havens like Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A few Asian countries also, like the Philippines, are supposed to be easy. Canada requires certain skills and a points system; most EU countries, I think you have to marry someone from there or be placed there by a job with an international company.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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Exclamation Netherlands

No country is easy to immigrate too, probably more-so for an American than many other nationalities. Residents who reside in a EU country can pretty much freely work, travel and live in many other countries in the EU, which is a lot of Europe.

I will say thought, for an American, there is one country that is FAIRLY easy. I say fairly, because it still requires a process and there is no guarantee it will work for everyone.

It's the Netherlands. Think Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hauge, Holland, etc. Since 1951 they have had a treaty with the United States called the "Dutch American Friendship treaty". The treaty basically says that any American who meets some basic qualifiers (listed below) can move to Netherlands to start a business.

Basically, you must invest at least EUR 4,500 (about $5,800 dollars) in a self-employment enterprise in that country. You can also start a corporation there with a minimum investment of EUR 11,500 (about $15,000 dollars).

Most people go there based on the self-employment clause. Basically, it is very similar to their current Self-Employment visa for those outside of American, except that as an American you don't need to prove that business would benefit the Netherlands and you don't need a intent to stay visa (MMV).

However, you cannot go there to practice a profession such as Doctor, Lawyer, etc. The DAFT cannot be used for that - you would need to use the Highly Qualified Migrant visa. Basically, you can go there to start a consulting business, a website business, a cleaning service, etc. You of course can start a brick and motor store as well, probably even a "coffee shop :-)".

Basically, the steps are:
1) Go to Netherlands as a tourist. Americans do not need a Visa for stays up to 90 days.
2) Find a place to stay for a while - probably gonna be a hotel because you cannot really rent an apartment until you have a ID card. They have short-stay apartments though I guess.
3) FIRST THING - get Health Insurance. It's required for any other steps. You can use a company called OOM at General information-OOM Verzekeringen. Very cheap, like $50 a month for me.
4) Start your paperwork. I'm not going to go into detail beyond this, as it's well documented on the internet. I suggest visiting these sites to learn more about the process and the steps:

Dutch American Friendship Treaty

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT|DAFTA)


Bottom line, it's probably the easiest way an American can move somewhere - unless you have a job offer. Trust me, job offers are not easy to come by either. In most EU nations, they have to prove they could not find anyone in any EU nation to do your job before hiring you. Good luck with that.

ALSO, while it won't get your immediate citizenship. You CAN become a citizen simply by residing in the country on your Temporary / Permanent residents card for 5 years (or marry a EU girl for 3 years) and you can apply to become a citizen of the Netherlands, which means you'll enjoy everything that comes with being a citizen of a EU country. You must, however, maintain your self employment for the entire 5 years. Your required to renew your Residence card every year, and you must show that your business is still active and your account still maintains 4,500 EUR to be able to stay.

About the Netherlands:
The Netherlands really is a great place. It's a mixed Capitalist/Socialist nation rules by a constitutional monarchy. What this means is that some areas of government are very socialistic, while much of the business is free trade / capitalism. Too bad American can't operate that way. You don't get FREE health care, but the insurance companies are limited to charging you a set price per month, and it cannot be higher than anyone else. Meaning they can't charge you more for having high blood pressure than they could a similar guy your age in perfect health. Insurance would cost probably less than $500 - $900 a year.

Look it up, you'll find that Netherlands is really neat. Plus, once you become a Resident, you can freely travel to any other EU country to work, play, whatever.

I WANT TO ADD: Please do not simply use the treaty as a way to get out of America and move to Netherlands. Only use it if you seriously want to start a business and run it from Netherlands, and where it will benefit the Netherlands in some way, at least by taxes. Don't do it simply as a means to immigrate there.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: The Present
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No country is easy to immigrate too, probably more-so for an American than many other nationalities. Residents who reside in a EU country can pretty much freely work, travel and live in many other countries in the EU, which is a lot of Europe.

I will say thought, for an American, there is one country that is FAIRLY easy. I say fairly, because it still requires a process and there is no guarantee it will work for everyone.

It's the Netherlands. Think Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hauge, Holland, etc. Since 1951 they have had a treaty with the United States called the "Dutch American Friendship treaty". The treaty basically says that any American who meets some basic qualifiers (listed below) can move to Netherlands to start a business.

Basically, you must invest at least EUR 4,500 (about $5,800 dollars) in a self-employment enterprise in that country. You can also start a corporation there with a minimum investment of EUR 11,500 (about $15,000 dollars).

Most people go there based on the self-employment clause. Basically, it is very similar to their current Self-Employment visa for those outside of American, except that as an American you don't need to prove that business would benefit the Netherlands and you don't need a intent to stay visa (MMV).

However, you cannot go there to practice a profession such as Doctor, Lawyer, etc. The DAFT cannot be used for that - you would need to use the Highly Qualified Migrant visa. Basically, you can go there to start a consulting business, a website business, a cleaning service, etc. You of course can start a brick and motor store as well, probably even a "coffee shop :-)".

Basically, the steps are:
1) Go to Netherlands as a tourist. Americans do not need a Visa for stays up to 90 days.
2) Find a place to stay for a while - probably gonna be a hotel because you cannot really rent an apartment until you have a ID card. They have short-stay apartments though I guess.
3) FIRST THING - get Health Insurance. It's required for any other steps. You can use a company called OOM at General information-OOM Verzekeringen. Very cheap, like $50 a month for me.
4) Start your paperwork. I'm not going to go into detail beyond this, as it's well documented on the internet. I suggest visiting these sites to learn more about the process and the steps:

Dutch American Friendship Treaty

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT|DAFTA)


Bottom line, it's probably the easiest way an American can move somewhere - unless you have a job offer. Trust me, job offers are not easy to come by either. In most EU nations, they have to prove they could not find anyone in any EU nation to do your job before hiring you. Good luck with that.

ALSO, while it won't get your immediate citizenship. You CAN become a citizen simply by residing in the country on your Temporary / Permanent residents card for 5 years (or marry a EU girl for 3 years) and you can apply to become a citizen of the Netherlands, which means you'll enjoy everything that comes with being a citizen of a EU country. You must, however, maintain your self employment for the entire 5 years. Your required to renew your Residence card every year, and you must show that your business is still active and your account still maintains 4,500 EUR to be able to stay.

About the Netherlands:
The Netherlands really is a great place. It's a mixed Capitalist/Socialist nation rules by a constitutional monarchy. What this means is that some areas of government are very socialistic, while much of the business is free trade / capitalism. Too bad American can't operate that way. You don't get FREE health care, but the insurance companies are limited to charging you a set price per month, and it cannot be higher than anyone else. Meaning they can't charge you more for having high blood pressure than they could a similar guy your age in perfect health. Insurance would cost probably less than $500 - $900 a year.

Look it up, you'll find that Netherlands is really neat. Plus, once you become a Resident, you can freely travel to any other EU country to work, play, whatever.

I WANT TO ADD: Please do not simply use the treaty as a way to get out of America and move to Netherlands. Only use it if you seriously want to start a business and run it from Netherlands, and where it will benefit the Netherlands in some way, at least by taxes. Don't do it simply as a means to immigrate there.
Don't you need to be at least fluent in Dutch as well?


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If you have enough bank you can easily get citizenship in Singapore.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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No. You do if you wanna become a citizen, which takes 5 years anyway. 5 years is plenty of time to learn. BUT YES - if you want to become a Dutch Citizen, you must be able to read, write, understand and speak Dutch. Plsu, if I understand it correctly, you'll have to renounce your US citizenship if you choose to become Dutch, as they only allow dual citizenship under extremely limited cases. But again, you have 5 years to decide - and you don't have to become a dutch citizen if you don't want too.

I would, however, suggest that anyone considering this at least learn to speak some basic Dutch before going. While 95% of all Dutch citizens speak English to some extent (English is mandatory beginning at age 9), you may run into people who are limited at English. If you intend on starting a business there where you will deal with Dutch people daily, you should know some Dutch.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Originally Posted by landondparks View Post
No country is easy to immigrate too, probably more-so for an American than many other nationalities. Residents who reside in a EU country can pretty much freely work, travel and live in many other countries in the EU, which is a lot of Europe.

I will say thought, for an American, there is one country that is FAIRLY easy. I say fairly, because it still requires a process and there is no guarantee it will work for everyone.

It's the Netherlands. Think Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hauge, Holland, etc. Since 1951 they have had a treaty with the United States called the "Dutch American Friendship treaty". The treaty basically says that any American who meets some basic qualifiers (listed below) can move to Netherlands to start a business.

Basically, you must invest at least EUR 4,500 (about $5,800 dollars) in a self-employment enterprise in that country. You can also start a corporation there with a minimum investment of EUR 11,500 (about $15,000 dollars).

Most people go there based on the self-employment clause. Basically, it is very similar to their current Self-Employment visa for those outside of American, except that as an American you don't need to prove that business would benefit the Netherlands and you don't need a intent to stay visa (MMV).

However, you cannot go there to practice a profession such as Doctor, Lawyer, etc. The DAFT cannot be used for that - you would need to use the Highly Qualified Migrant visa. Basically, you can go there to start a consulting business, a website business, a cleaning service, etc. You of course can start a brick and motor store as well, probably even a "coffee shop :-)".

Basically, the steps are:
1) Go to Netherlands as a tourist. Americans do not need a Visa for stays up to 90 days.
2) Find a place to stay for a while - probably gonna be a hotel because you cannot really rent an apartment until you have a ID card. They have short-stay apartments though I guess.
3) FIRST THING - get Health Insurance. It's required for any other steps. You can use a company called OOM at General information-OOM Verzekeringen. Very cheap, like $50 a month for me.
4) Start your paperwork. I'm not going to go into detail beyond this, as it's well documented on the internet. I suggest visiting these sites to learn more about the process and the steps:

Dutch American Friendship Treaty

The Dutch American Friendship Treaty (DAFT|DAFTA)


Bottom line, it's probably the easiest way an American can move somewhere - unless you have a job offer. Trust me, job offers are not easy to come by either. In most EU nations, they have to prove they could not find anyone in any EU nation to do your job before hiring you. Good luck with that.

ALSO, while it won't get your immediate citizenship. You CAN become a citizen simply by residing in the country on your Temporary / Permanent residents card for 5 years (or marry a EU girl for 3 years) and you can apply to become a citizen of the Netherlands, which means you'll enjoy everything that comes with being a citizen of a EU country. You must, however, maintain your self employment for the entire 5 years. Your required to renew your Residence card every year, and you must show that your business is still active and your account still maintains 4,500 EUR to be able to stay.

About the Netherlands:
The Netherlands really is a great place. It's a mixed Capitalist/Socialist nation rules by a constitutional monarchy. What this means is that some areas of government are very socialistic, while much of the business is free trade / capitalism. Too bad American can't operate that way. You don't get FREE health care, but the insurance companies are limited to charging you a set price per month, and it cannot be higher than anyone else. Meaning they can't charge you more for having high blood pressure than they could a similar guy your age in perfect health. Insurance would cost probably less than $500 - $900 a year.

Look it up, you'll find that Netherlands is really neat. Plus, once you become a Resident, you can freely travel to any other EU country to work, play, whatever.

I WANT TO ADD: Please do not simply use the treaty as a way to get out of America and move to Netherlands. Only use it if you seriously want to start a business and run it from Netherlands, and where it will benefit the Netherlands in some way, at least by taxes. Don't do it simply as a means to immigrate there.
Very interesting post! That just put The Netherlands up a half dozen notches in my book! Thanks for the great info.

Not that I'd personally pursue it, but it's interesting to hear about that option existing.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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Very intriguing. I love the Netherlands, and I have Dutch blood. Maybe someday...
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:28 PM
Status: "177th Anniversary of Freedom!" (set 11 days ago)
 
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The easiest country to emigrate to?

Strictly speaking, Somalia.

I kid you not.

They don't even have a government!

Of course, that could be a problem on other fronts, but as far as emigration go, it doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:45 AM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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Antarctica, good luck getting there though.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:22 AM
Status: "177th Anniversary of Freedom!" (set 11 days ago)
 
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The OP asked for a country and quite frankly, Antarctica is not a country.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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Antarctica is not a Country and has no year-round population. There people that live there during the "summer" (hahaha), mainly to do research - but that's it. Why would anyone want to live in Antarctica?

Somalia? lol. Isn't that where the Pirates are from that keep holding up the cruise ships and robbing them? I'll pass.
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