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Where Is My Residence

Where is Your Permanent Residence -

If you travel outside your native country, the country of your citizenship, where is your official residence, if you are gone for a long time? I am an American, proud to say so too, but often I am outside the borders of the USA for one, two, three or more years at a time. If I am gone that long, most likely, I am with my wife and four year old son, in Indonesia. One might think that after a specific time, that makes my residence there, on the island of Java.

Ah, but life is not so simple. You see, in Indonesia you can never be a permanent resident , unless you are a citizen. To complicate matters more, Indonesia does not allow, dual citizenship. The USA allows dual citizenship as long as you never renounce your American citizenship officially, but at this time Indonesia does not.

Should be no big deal, right? Well I agree because I am always on proper visas or temporary stay permits when required by the country I am visiting. The only time I had a problem was in a dispute and disagreement with my own sister. But that is another story, for another time. I would like some feedback and opinions on this question , if you have an opinion, and have the time.

So where is my permanent residence when I travel outside the USA for a long and uninterrupted length of time?


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LadyDuck wrote on June 24, 2014, 11:57 AM

I am Italian, but my official residence is Switzerland. This is the country where I live more than 6 months plus 1 day every year, so it's my residence.

NeldaHoxie wrote on June 24, 2014, 12:01 PM

I have never thought of that. It must feel weird at times to list a residence that you infrequently visit.

Javaman wrote on June 24, 2014, 12:02 PM

For tax purposes I used to get special tax treatment for working, and/or being, outside the country for a certain length of time but as for residence it is not so easy when Indonesia is involved. They make too much money on visas, permits of many many kinds.

MaeLou wrote on June 24, 2014, 2:19 PM

I can only imagine how difficult it is to move from one location to the next. I've only ever lived in the US. Heck, I have never even visited outside of it

Btw, your image credit must provide a link to the page that the image is on. :)

nbaquero wrote on June 25, 2014, 5:20 PM

Javaman I am US resident but I am originally from Colombia, I have also lived in different countries, and similar to your case under several visas and work permits. In my opinion your residency is established depending on the laws of the visited country (of course beyond what is considered a short term tourist/business visit).

It seems that Indonesia will always consider you a non-immigrant visitor, unless you decide to become a citizen but I don't see the point, especially if you have to relinquish your US citizenship.

Javaman wrote on June 25, 2014, 9:56 PM

Thank you!

Have I corrected this properly now?

MaeLou wrote on June 25, 2014, 10:21 PM

Yes, just remember to do it for all of your images. We need to be able to go to the link you provide us :)

Javaman wrote on June 25, 2014, 11:38 PM

I believe that they are all done now. I will check again in the morning. Thank you!