Adsense - Moving to Another Country

Updated on September 14, 2018
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How to update Adsense when you immigrate

If you are relocating to a different country where the currency is the same as your existing currency, then relocating is a simple procedure. It’s a matter of signing in, clicking on the gear icon > payments > payee profile > edit > country > then choose your country, save, and that’s it.

When you relocate to another country where the currency is different or where there are financial regulations differing in type between your home country and your new country, then Adsense will ask you to close your account in the country from which you are relocating and, once you have arrived in your new country, to reapply for a new Adsense account.

Google states in its information that there are three instances in which an old account would be closed and a new one would have to be opened. They are if the country has a different currency to the one you are in, if your original contract with Adsense didn’t include your new country, and, lastly, if you’re relocating to China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepak, Singapore, or Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka, you will have to take the route of closing your account.

As a result of financial regulations in different countries, Adsense is not a good option to earn for Independent Location workers.

When to close your Adsense Account

If you're relocating to another country, you will lose your accummulated earnings if you do not apply to close your account and get paid before you leave. I would suggest a good four or five months before you leave. Adsense states that it pays within three months. However, if something goes wrong (and it does), there is no room to wriggle. You cannot then phone Adsense and say, "Where's my check?"

When you get to your new country, you will then need to reapply for a new Adsense account.

When you go into Adsense, you will have click on the icon that says to close the account. You will state the reason that you are relocating to the other country. Google will ask you for either a bank account or a street address to send the check to.

Until you receive the money from Google, you cannot close the account. If you close/delete the account before receiving payment, despite having provided an address or a bank account, you will not be paid as Adsense does not appear to keep a record.

The same thing happens, by the way, if you are selling books on Google books.

When you get to your new country, the webpage only allows information for that country. So, for instance, in some countries, postal codes (zip codes) have seven digits. In other countries, they have four or five. Telephone combinations are also different.

The particular Adsense page you use for your information - name, address, banking details, etc. - will not accept information from your previous country.

When you have received your money, in order to close your account, you will need to sign in, click on account > account information > cancel account.

The moment you click the ‘close account, your account vanishes. At that point, you have no proof that Google/Adsense owes you any money.

I emphasize that you must wait until you have been paid before closing your account, and you have to be in the country in which you earned the income.


Adsense is not a good fit for location independent self-employment. This is a result of financial regulations in different countries.
Adsense is not a good fit for location independent self-employment. This is a result of financial regulations in different countries. | Source

Threshold amounts for cancellation

Adsense does not pay you if you are below the cancellation threshold. The cancellation threshold is different to the payment threshold. So, for instance, the cancellation threshold may be $10 while the normal payment threshold (if you don’t cancel your account) may be $100. You can check different thresholds for different countries here.

What Happens If I Didn't Request Payment Before I Relocated?

Should you decide to close the old Adsense account once you have reached your new country, you will need a bank account which is still active in your previous country.

However this can be tricky, especially if you emigrate. By law, many countries, including America, do not permit you to retain a banking account if you are leaving permanently. If you are a permanent resident, as opposed to a citizen, you will need to notify the bank every three months that you are still outside the States. You can, then, possibly, receive your money. However, you will need to ask for the check to be sent to a friend or family, and them ask friend or family to bank the check for you.

If you decide to leave your bank account open in order to receive payment from Adsense, be aware that hefty fees can be paid to transfer the balance to your new country, plus can be various costs to closure - depending on the country.

Also, bear in mind that most countries do not allow you to retain your banking account if you are relocating (or emigrating) to another country. In America, you can retain your account for three months before it must be closed. In the UK, the day you leave you need to close your account.

There are countries, like Spain, where you do not have to close your account. In fact, you do not have to live there in order to have an account. The same applies to Estonia.

It's important to speak to your banker to find out the exact rules for your country. Also, from experience, speak to three or four different people at your bank (preferably different branches). It's surprising how often one receives incorrect information. You need to double-check.

Tax

Sometimes, before you can be paid, depending on which country, Google will need to subtract the tax for you and send you the balance owing. This is likely to happen if your home country does not have a tax agreement with your new country.

Do not delete your account until you have received payment!

Reapplying for a new Adsense account in your new country

Unhappily, you cannot reapply with the same email that you previously used for your old account. This means setting up a new gmail account. While that doesn’t seem momentous on its own, if you have a youtube, google plus, or any other account attached to that email, it's an annoying difficulty.

It is problematic as no browser allows you to have two gmail accounts open at the same time (unless you are use different browsers or two different computers) which becomes very frustrating when you need to work with both.

Once you have been accepted, you can then add your previous hosted accounts linked to your previous gmail. This is not explained anywhere. So you do not lose your blogs or your youtube accounts just because you needed a new gmail account. You do, however, have to add these to your new Adsense account.

You do that by taking your blogger and youtube URL, going to my ads > URL channels > New URL channel > add url to pop up box > Add URL channels. Then check to see if it has been completed by clicking on gear symbol > site management. You should see your new blog, youtube, content site, or website added.

Reapply to Adsense here.


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Once you receive the acceptance email, you will need to verify it by signing in and activating, putting in your new address, and then waiting to earn the minimum threshold amount before completing your payment method.

Now you are all set to go.

© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger

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