Your World

Finding a Visa

Traveling to most countries as a "short term" visitor or tourist is usually simple. Getting a visa is often an automatic exercise which can be dealt with at the point of entry. It does depend upon the passport that the traveler holds. A citizen of the United States of America can go to some 166 countries without needing a visa. However, not all easily obtained visas are free. Some countries charge a "reciprocity fee". This is levied on the holders of passports issued by countries which make a charge for a visa when a citizen of the country into which entry is being attempted visits the passport holder's nation. The basis of the fee can vary. It may be charged "per entry" or be good for the life of the passport. If such a charge is not expected it can seem very high. A U.S. citizen can expect to pay $160 for a visitor's visa for entry to, for example, Chile. A similar charge is made by the U.S. to citizens of Chile visiting America.

Some passports allow very easy entry to specific countries. The holder of an E.U (European Union) passport has the right of unfettered entry to all countries in that Union. There are now twenty-eight countries which are members of the E.U. which is a great increase from the original six members. This expanded membership now includes countries that were once part of the "Eastern Bloc" or "Iron Curtain countries" or those which were part of the old Soviet Union's sphere of influence in eastern Europe. Often entry by the citizens of previous colonial countries have easy access to the old colonies.

Some temporary working visas are also easily obtained. This is usually for seasonal work. Fruit picking is an example of such an activity. Visas for bona fide students are also among those which are normally issued without difficulty to qualified persons. None of the above mentioned visas accrue any right to permanent residency or citizenship of the countries which issue them. The length of their validity varies greatly. A short term visitors visa is often issued for ninety days (three months) and can frequently be extended. This is long enough for a "perpetual tourist" to enjoy a lengthy stay in a country of choice. Visits to four or less places can occupy a full year of traveling.

The only restriction imposed upon a temporary visitor is usually that an "onward ticket" is held or that the traveler can provide proof of the financial means of self-support. These are not onerous burdens and are the basis for the kind of lifestyle promoted by the SovereignLife organization. Certainly there is not the complex problems that arise and detailed conditions that must be satisfied in order to obtain permanent residency in countries where this is a possibility.

Living an "international" life is not necessarily an easy state to realise. Some countries try to retain a "claim" over citizens even if they wish to live abroad. The United States of America is one such country. Particularly with respect to its tax legislation the U.S.A. pursues a worldwide claim over a citizen's earnings rather than just raising taxes on territorial income. Also the increasing application of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) is making it very difficult for a citizen of the U.S.A. to make and continue with banking and other financial arrangements overseas.

There is only one answer to such problems. It may seem an extreme measure to many Americans but the only way to "escape" from the U.S.A. government is to relinquish or to renounce citizenship. This is not an easy measure to undertake. One of the best explanations of the process appeared recently in Doug Casey's International Man publication. The article was written in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. The articles provide a good deal of detail about the process with links to forms, other sources of information and to government web sites.

Getting Help

Before taking up the nomadic lifestyle suggested by Freedom Confidential it would be as well to investigate the reasons for proposing it and the consequences of adopting it.

"SOVEREIGNLIFE HAS BEEN SUPERCEDED"

The ideas and principles of the philosophy remain. They are continued as is the service to members at Freedom Confidential. It is recommended that you go to this site for a full explanation of what is offered. Current members of SovereignLife can take advantage of "free porting" to Freedom Confidential for a short period. This is worth $97 and is clearly well worthwhile.

For the moment the Reseller License is suspended and no longer available. Watch this space for later developments.

There are useful links at the "Resources" tab on this site and in the book "How to Retire in Your World" by Les Johns which covers more points and which can be purchased from this site.