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Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Integrating the Germans

With German immigrants now constituting the largest minority in Austria as of 2010, the city of Vienna has decided to take action. The Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity and representatives from the German community now offer “information modules” every quarter at the Expat-Center to help Germans better prepare for life in the city. Until […]

Welcoming the Expats

Welcoming the Expats

It was an overflow house at the Semper Depot on Lehargasse in the 6th District on Monday, 12 November, as some 450 internationals gathered to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Expat Center, a project of the Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur) to ease foreign nationals adjustment to the city. Already a dramatic space, the former […]

Expatriated: Leaving the Land of the Free

Expatriated: Leaving the Land of the Free

Since 1996, the United States Treasury has been required to publish a quarterly list of people who give up citizenship or permanent residency. The process, undertaken by 1,800 people in 2011, is called expatriation. With the U.S. elections coming up in November, one issue on Americans’ minds home and abroad is taxes: Who should be […]

Democrats Abroad Austria

Democrats Abroad Austria

“Voter registration’s over here,” a bright voice chimes through Pickwicks on Marc-Aurel-Straße. We were at the voting party for the Democratic Primary, which was not especially exciting with an uncontested Barack Obama. But still, it’s part of the “use it or lose it” U.S. democratic process. Some Americans at the event had not voted in […]

Longing for Home

By January 2012, another million people had signed up to Skype, bringing the number of active weekly users up to 31 million, according to Phil Wolff of the online Skype Journal. By March, it was up to 37.5 million, an enormous jump in just 60 days, for reasons nobody really understands, except that Skype now […]

FATCA: The Long Arm of the U.S. Tax Law

FATCA: The Long Arm of the U.S. Tax Law

U.S. tax consultant James C. Sexton has come to Vienna on a mission: To educate Americans about their new obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. And there is plenty to learn. “This is the first time there has been legislation enacted where you have foreign banks [acting] basically as IRS agents,” he said, “just like […]

Vienna Circle: Hash House Harriers

Vienna Circle: Hash House Harriers

“Hashing” gets its name from the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, from where the first “hash” started in 1938. Because of its lacklustre food the club was also known as “Hash House” among the British community. The original Hash House Harriers, a group of expatriates, met for runs on Monday evenings, mimicking Hare and Hounds […]

Taxing the Expats

U.S. citizens living abroad are required to file income tax returns. The United States is in fact the only industrialized country in the world that taxes its citizens’ income overseas. Now, in hopes of upping federal tax revenue, the IRS is heightening controls abroad. Americans working abroad have long been protected, at least to some […]

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