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    My vacation is over ( been over for a couple weeks, but it takes a while to get back into the swing of things ),
    Now the planning stage begins. My plan is to start the process of Social Security here in the US and become an expat in Brazil. I have all the paperwork done and translated, just need to start the process. It takes 30 days to start the process and then up to 90 days to complete. I'll then apply for permanent visa. If my request for permanent visa is approved ( which they say it will be ) I will start the move there. I don't need much. Clothes, camera gear, computer In the meantime, its paying off the CC's and saving as much money as I can.


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    That is a big move. Good luck. I always wonder how people pack-up and move to another country. I have a hard enough time just changing states, which I have done several times.
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    Welcome back, but ... uh ... where are the pictures?!?!?

    Congrats on the big decision!!! While we've joked about making a big move at some point, I don't think either of us has the courage to pull the trigger on that. Looking forward to hearing more about your move!
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    I wish you luck... Had a friend do the same, although a bit younger. Moved his entire family to Uruguay. Had a lot of misconceptions about the "freebies" he'd be getting there... He lasted about 4 years and is currently moving back. Seems, the cheap living is only available to the natives in those countries, and American's are perceived as a resource to be taken advantage of... Maybe Brazil is different... Good luck my friend.

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    Good luck with the banking and Patriot Act issues. Not easily navigated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I wish you luck... Had a friend do the same, although a bit younger. Moved his entire family to Uruguay. Had a lot of misconceptions about the "freebies" he'd be getting there... He lasted about 4 years and is currently moving back. Seems, the cheap living is only available to the natives in those countries, and American's are perceived as a resource to be taken advantage of... Maybe Brazil is different... Good luck my friend.
    I'll be married to a Brazilian citizen. Might be a little different. And I won't be living in places like Rio or Sao Paulo where American tourists are targeted. There are no freebies, but cost of living is definitely cheaper than here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas View Post
    Good luck with the banking and Patriot Act issues. Not easily navigated.
    Banking seems to be no issue as long as I have the tax card and permanent visa. Social Security direct deposits to a bank like Citicorp which is worldwide. Money is automatically converted to Reals without fees.

    I don't know anything on the Patriot Act.. don't think it applies in Brazil. US and Brasil have a good relationship as of now. It might be different if I were moving to a country known to harbor terrorists.

    I've been looking into this move since 1998 I believe I have all my i's dotted and t's crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    That is a big move. Good luck. I always wonder how people pack-up and move to another country. I have a hard enough time just changing states, which I have done several times.
    I am one that doesn't like change or moving. I purposely stay put because of that. Different situation causing me to make a big move though ( and its not politics ) Although...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketCowboy View Post
    Welcome back, but ... uh ... where are the pictures?!?!?

    Congrats on the big decision!!! While we've joked about making a big move at some point, I don't think either of us has the courage to pull the trigger on that. Looking forward to hearing more about your move!
    I posted a couple... haven't quite gone thru all the sd cards yet. It was winter there, and raining a lot. So photo ops were limited
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    I recently had a very minor name change issue (due to a 30 year old typo) which required a Medallion Signature Guarantee due to P.A. regulations. Pulled it off with a lot of persistence and luck.

    Almost had to go to court to get my name changed to my real name in order to generate some proper documentation.

    Brazil must be a good place to go. A friend of mine just got back to the US from spending three years there with his wife and kids (on the 'lam' for a little Federal issue which sent a couple dozen folks to jail). Life was good for him while there, actually on a Brazil island I believe.
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