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    Quote Originally Posted by greyjoy View Post
    Could you give me some peace of mind for just how specific the standards for passport style photos are, please? On the advice of the internet, I went and had real passport photos done for my application, at a measly $13 charge for two. Now I need two more sets for my reply form, and at least another set for an International Driving Permit, and god knows for what else I haven't even gotten into yet. All of these applications and forms to various places cost money as well. I'm not going to go broke spending $40 on passport photos, but I'd really like to not spend any money that I don't absolutely have to at this point. What's the verdict on me just taking a picture of myself against a white background and printing out photos on photo paper, as long as I make sure that the picture is 2x2?
    The safest thing to do is just go to cvs or walgreens and pay for the pictures. You could print it on your own if you have a good enough printer and photo paper. There are always people who send in bad quality pictures with on regular paper. As long as your printer is good enoug, you can print your own. Just be warned that if the pictures arent good enough quality, you will have to take more anyway.

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    Also, factoring in the cost of ink and photo quality paper you'll probably spend more if you go that route. I heard mention that it's cheaper at places like Sam's club, if that's an option for you?

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    Also, factoring in the cost of ink and photo quality paper you'll probably spend more if you go that route. I heard mention that it's cheaper at places like Sam's club, if that's an option for you?
    If you try at Walgreens, cvs, Walmart, etc., I would recommend putting 3 pictures in a zigzag formation on a 4x6 jpg if you already have the picture on an SD card. That way you can get 12 for $1 as opposed to their overpriced $7 for a 2x2... Just cut it out afterwards using a ruler or cutting board... I did it this way not only because it was cheaper, but because I had a much better camera than the terrible 12 megapixel P&S Kodak they used at Walgreen's when they took terrible pictures the first time I went... Hope this helps someone.

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    I got really lucky and the guy at my university's passport photo booth let me get 6 sets for the price of one. The only problem with doing it yourself is that if you screw up, you have to do it again anyway. X/

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsabird View Post
    If you try at Walgreens, cvs, Walmart, etc., I would recommend putting 3 pictures in a zigzag formation on a 4x6 jpg if you already have the picture on an SD card. That way you can get 12 for $1 as opposed to their overpriced $7 for a 2x2... Just cut it out afterwards using a ruler or cutting board... I did it this way not only because it was cheaper, but because I had a much better camera than the terrible 12 megapixel P&S Kodak they used at Walgreen's when they took terrible pictures the first time I went... Hope this helps someone.

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    This is basically what I wanted to do. I can't see why it costs so much for a specific type of picture when I can duplicate it at home and print it at the same exact in-store printer after some minimal adjusting on photo editing software for pennies. I didn't want to risk it with my main application, but if these are just being used to give people an idea of what we look like, I don't see how it should hurt.

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    For passport photos - if you have AAA, you can get a free/cheap set done at any AAA office. They're usually quite cheap there to if you don't have a membership. Sometimes Plus memberships get as many as you want free.

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    So about the IRS form... What exactly is its purpose? The instructions say that it is to be exempt from paying taxes in Japan. What if we would rather pay Japanese taxes on our income instead of paying USA taxes on Japanese income? Specifically, I ask, because I don't know if I can qualify for this form because I will have spent a year teaching in Korea, and have thus been technically a resident of Korea rather than a resident of the USA. So again, what EXACTLY is the purpose for us filling out this form? Help please! @_@


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    Quote Originally Posted by createdtodance7 View Post
    So about the IRS form... What exactly is its purpose? The instructions say that it is to be exempt from paying taxes in Japan. What if we would rather pay Japanese taxes on our income instead of paying USA taxes on Japanese income? Specifically, I ask, because I don't know if I can qualify for this form because I will have spent a year teaching in Korea, and have thus been technically a resident of Korea rather than a resident of the USA. So again, what EXACTLY is the purpose for us filling out this form? Help please! @_@


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shincantsen View Post
    You will be exempt from paying taxes in Japan and in the US. You still have to file your taxes in the US, but you don't pay anything.
    Why did you ask the same question if you already got an answer and replied?

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    I'm sorry, I posted on both threads just in case someone saw one but not the other.


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    But my question still stands. I'm not sure that I will qualify for this, being that I have already done my best to prove to the IRS that I am currently residing in Korea, paying Korean tax in my Korean income, so that I wouldn't pay American taxes in Korean income. Wouldn't this form negate that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by createdtodance7 View Post
    But my question still stands. I'm not sure that I will qualify for this, being that I have already done my best to prove to the IRS that I am currently residing in Korea, paying Korean tax in my Korean income, so that I wouldn't pay American taxes in Korean income. Wouldn't this form negate that?


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    Seems about right. I know you can be exempt from paying taxes if you live in Japan for up to two years, of which after that you have to pay taxes. Don't know about your situation though. Best bet would be to call the IRS and e explain your situation and go from there.

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    The only thing in the small mountain of paperwork they've sent me I've had problems with is the fingerprinting. Apparently I live in an area where getting fingerprinting is a long and tedious process. I had to get my own cards. And oddly enough I have to show two forms of government issued ID just to get into the fingerprinting place. Which begs the question, why do I have to prove who I am in order to get a background check to prove who I am?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious-Cat View Post
    Help in the DC area! I've been looking for places to get my fingerprinting done by a technician, but no one in the area does it for Federal only. They do a combination for State and Federal, but the state of Maryland requires an authorization number before they are allowed to proceed and JET doesn't provide one. I thought I might be able to go into DC and have it done at the FBI office, but they don't seem to offer it either...

    If I have to do it myself, do I need special paper or will normal printer paper work? I'm worried I'm interpreting "standard paper stock" incorrectly...
    I actually had to call the embassy to try and figure out how to do this. You definitely need to print it out on "card stock". Meaning you can go to a local Kinko's/Fed-ex and buy some if they won't provide you with the forms at the place you chose to use.

    I actually got turned away because I printed the form out on regular paper. So make sure it is on card stock. Do not bend or get the paper wet in any way- or they may refuse to let you in. I have to go through this whole thing first thing tomorrow morning, carrying my forms in a special folder so it doesn't get bent or rained on.

    So yeah. Don't make my mistake and save yourself some grief.
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    My FBI Report - Fingerprinting Locations

    Not sure if this will help anyone, but this is the site I used to locate a Livescan fingerprinting facility. Livescan can tell immediately whether the prints are viable (might save you having to redo them) and doesn't require paper or ink. Apparently they can also print out a copy for you to send in with the FBI form.
    I had this done for the background check when I was hired by my local school district, and it was quick and easy. I'm sure not everyone will be close to one but at least this may help for some.
    Also... knowing reality you'll probably want call a few places to double check that they'll do things the way you need them done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminate View Post
    My FBI Report - Fingerprinting Locations

    Not sure if this will help anyone, but this is the site I used to locate a Livescan fingerprinting facility. Livescan can tell immediately whether the prints are viable (might save you having to redo them) and doesn't require paper or ink. Apparently they can also print out a copy for you to send in with the FBI form.
    I had this done for the background check when I was hired by my local school district, and it was quick and easy. I'm sure not everyone will be close to one but at least this may help for some.
    Also... knowing reality you'll probably want call a few places to double check that they'll do things the way you need them done.
    You must send in physical paper prints with your FBI background check or it will be denied by Tokyo after your Consulate receives it and forwards it over. The instructions my Consulate gave out were very specific about this. You can't just do the digital finger prints. I'm not sure if you mean they try to scan your paper/ink prints to make sure they're usable or not, but that certainly would be helpful. Just be sure to walk out of there with prints on the paper card regardless of what they say.

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    Though not widely known, it is possible to do the fingerprinting yourself. Print out the card, get a "gel" type inkpad, fingerprint yourself, and send it off.

    [Please note: My information may be outdated. This was the case when I applied five years ago, though. I did two sets; one was official, the other was DIY. Both worked.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by createdtodance7 View Post
    So about the IRS form... What exactly is its purpose? The instructions say that it is to be exempt from paying taxes in Japan. What if we would rather pay Japanese taxes on our income instead of paying USA taxes on Japanese income? Specifically, I ask, because I don't know if I can qualify for this form because I will have spent a year teaching in Korea, and have thus been technically a resident of Korea rather than a resident of the USA. So again, what EXACTLY is the purpose for us filling out this form? Help please! @_@
    I am in the same position. I've lived in Korea for two years and as a U.S. resident we are exempt from paying taxes from any "tax treaty nation" for two years. So, we were exempt from paying taxes in Korea (up to 2 years) and we will again be eligible for tax exemption in japan (up to 2 years).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorseFeathers View Post
    The only thing in the small mountain of paperwork they've sent me I've had problems with is the fingerprinting. Apparently I live in an area where getting fingerprinting is a long and tedious process. I had to get my own cards. And oddly enough I have to show two forms of government issued ID just to get into the fingerprinting place. Which begs the question, why do I have to prove who I am in order to get a background check to prove who I am?

    Ugh... Thank goodness I'm almost done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by word View Post
    Though not widely known, it is possible to do the fingerprinting yourself. Print out the card, get a "gel" type inkpad, fingerprint yourself, and send it off.

    [Please note: My information may be outdated. This was the case when I applied five years ago, though. I did two sets; one was official, the other was DIY. Both worked.]
    I don't know if this still applies. When I had my fingerprints taken for my FBI-BGC in late August I went to a NJ State Troopers Office with the fingerprint card I printed online and the Trooper had to sign and authenticate my paperwork when he was finished. Maybe that's just NJ, but i'd assume that applies elsewhere. BTW you can go to any State Troopers Office to get the fingerprints done...FREE...just complain how your local police department said it was the duty of the State Troopers and usually they will do it with no issues. I'm sure this also workd the other way around lol State and Local PD's always hassle one another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorseFeathers View Post
    I actually had to call the embassy to try and figure out how to do this. You definitely need to print it out on "card stock". Meaning you can go to a local Kinko's/Fed-ex and buy some if they won't provide you with the forms at the place you chose to use.

    I actually got turned away because I printed the form out on regular paper. So make sure it is on card stock. Do not bend or get the paper wet in any way- or they may refuse to let you in. I have to go through this whole thing first thing tomorrow morning, carrying my forms in a special folder so it doesn't get bent or rained on.

    So yeah. Don't make my mistake and save yourself some grief.
    I guess it depends on where you're getting your fingerprints from. I was able to do my fingerprints on regular printer paper at my local police station. I was told to call the person requesting the prints to make sure it was acceptable. I called the IRS and they told me regular printer paper was fine.

    The funny part is they made you bring your own form at this police department, but then in order to print it they had to fold my fingerprint card and tape it to a real card to get it to go through the printer.... They couldn't just use that card? I mean $20 for prints should cover a sheet of paper as well...

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