Thank you for your questions. I will be succinct with my answers due to time constraints. I do appreciate them, as it seems such a discussion is helping people in similar situations as myself.
> I have so many questions, For a start, if you get 2 3 month tourist visas (which is what i’m assuming you did) how do you think that makes you a resident of Malaysia?? or did you have a proper residence visa? It’s none of my business, but… how?
I have never been a resident of Germany. Many countries consider you a resident after X days spent there. On the off chance I did not automatically qualify for residency of Malaysia, then Australia would be my only residency, as it is my home country and citizenship.
Malaysia offers Australians 3 month visa-free, which can be renewed indefinitely providing each visa run is over 7 days. They consider you automatically a tax resident after 182 days in a calendar year.
Australians can renounce their Australian residency by performing certain procedures (withdrawing from vote, closing all ties with Australia, closing all bank accounts, informing the Australian Tax Office, and so on), which I had done. Once done, your residency is then considered generally to become the country in which you spend the most time within.
Many countries however offer official rather than automatic residency options, such as Panama and Vanuatu which offer them affordably.
> How did you even sign up for N26? they required my German Meldebescheinigung documents while in Germany to even sign up.
I signed up for N26 in 2013 or 2014. All that was required then was an in-app video interview, then going to the German Post Office to verify my passport.
> Where is your address registered with N26? cause it sure as hell wasn’t anywhere outside of the EU, tried that one before.
The post has screenshots of the various inputs that N26 accepts and does not accept. The only address that they do not accept changing is the mailing address, which must be in Germany. In order to receive the N26 Black card when I was in Malaysia, I was advised by N26 Support to just use a mail forwarding service or a friend, which is what I did.
> Did you have a valid international motorbike licence?? Which, from what I learnt in Bali, EVERYONE was surprised I actually had it, because no one usually does, and police were scratching their heads because they couldn’t get a bribe out of me. Because no matter which insurance you’re with, that would void your insurance if you didn’t have it, weren’t sober, weren’t wearing a helmet, etc.
Correct. I have a motorbike license in Australia and had the international drivers license variant of it. I think Australians are more switched on to Asia, due to Australia’s proximity, as well as that flights to Asia from many Australian locations (west, north, far north, mining towns) are generally cheaper and quicker than flying to Australia’s own capital cities. Asian locations like Bali as such have come to function as a second home to Australians over the decades, especially for many fly-in-fly-out miners which elect to reside in Asia. For many Australian miners, their life is a 200kAUD salary, with 2 weeks in the mines, then 2 weeks in Bali, then repeat.
> and N26 aren’t responsible for an article on FORBES saying it’s for digital nomads. They say just frequent traveler, and it seems that they do cover frequent traveler.
That is correct, however I suspect such pieces are paid for press releases. Regardless, would you say that N26 lived up to their own claims? I certainly wouldn’t.
> I do hope you’ve recovered well, and are doing fine, but I’m still so confused with your reality.
Thank you Wesley. My only remnant from the accident is the non-functional scarring. I’m very lucky in that regard.