Clearing US Debts Before Applying for Citizenship

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undertakerfreak
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Clearing US Debts Before Applying for Citizenship

Post by undertakerfreak » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:37 am

I was looking into applying for Finnish citizenship (which is still a long, long way down the road) because naturally, I'm in love with a Finnish woman and wish to move there eventually.

One of the requirements for citizenship is: "To be able to acquire Finnish citizenship you must have paid any applicable taxes, fines, student loans, hospital fees, and other such payments."

Do those include debts you have in the US? I have a lot of medical bills, and I owe a local college money because I had to drop out; I have to repay my Pell grant. Do I have to cover those before even thinking about applying?



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tavastia
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Re: Clearing US Debts Before Applying for Citizenship

Post by tavastia » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:59 am

Debts in Finland... and actually applies only to debts to the state.


betelgeuse
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Re: Clearing US Debts Before Applying for Citizenship

Post by betelgeuse » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:11 am

tavastia wrote:Debts in Finland... and actually applies only to debts to the state.
It's not only the state:
he or she has not materially failed to provide maintenance or to meet his or her
pecuniary obligations under public law;
The obligations could be, for example, towards the municipality.

https://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/kaannokse ... 030359.pdf


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