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17 Jul
One of the most iconic simbols of France, The Eiffel Tower

Politesse, People, And French Culture As An American In Paris

This past week in Paris I found myself dealing with yet another automated system that I didn’t understand, this time at a bank. If you know me, you know that I’m not generally recognized as a people person. On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of automated systems either. From automatic checkout lanes […]

10 Jul

Portugal: The Golden Goose Of Residency And Real Estate

Portugal’s population density is greater than that of France or Spain, but it sure doesn’t feel like it on the ground. I’ve spent time on the coasts of all three countries and was reminded while in the Algarve last week just how tranquil this region is… despite all the tourists. This year there are more […]

12 Jun
Choosing A Jurisdiction For Backup Residency Overseas

Choosing A Jurisdiction For Backup Residency Overseas

Where Should You Plant Your Backup Residency Flag? One important piece of internationalizing your life is establishing residency in another country, either because you intend to move to that country or because you want a backup residency in your back pocket in case things go completely sideways and you decide it’s time to bug out. [...]
29 May
Colombia: One Of The World’s Easiest Residency Options

Colombia: One Of The World’s Easiest Residency Options

World’s Easiest Residency? We’re updating our guide to foreign residency and second citizenship. I’m reviewing the final chapters, and the new edition will be ready for publication soon. Meantime, writing a summary of some of the world’s current easiest residency options for an article for this month’s issue of my Simon Letter, I was reminded [...]
08 May
How Residency Rules Affect Your Second Passport Process

How Residency Rules Affect Your Second Passport Process

It wasn’t until after my son Jackson was born, nearly 18 years ago, that the idea of a second citizenship crossed my mind. Jackson was born while we were living in Ireland. As a result, he was both a U.S. citizen and an Irish citizen automatically. In fact, he obtained his Irish passport before he […]

06 Mar
ICE agent OFFLL

Why A Second Passport Is Today’s Smartest Protection Plan

Don’t Tell ICE, But My Name Is Ommar What do a British school teacher, a Russian Playboy model, and Muhammad Ali Junior have in common? They’ve all been stopped by U.S. immigration. The British school teacher was barred from boarding a flight from Reykjavik to New York. He’s a British citizen, but he’s Muslim... And [...]
09 Feb
the manana attitude and expectations overseas

Managing Your Expectations When Doing Business Overseas

Your Only Defense In The Developing World A talk show host in the U.K. has Julio Iglesias on as a guest. He starts talking to him about the Spanish language... They come around to the word mañana, and the host asks Julio what, exactly, it means to a Spanish speaker. Julio responds to explain that, [...]