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pasadenagal8 replied to the thread Moving to France - visa advice on the France forum:
atornabene initially posted:
Hi there! I will be moving to France - outside Paris in November and am researching the visa process. I was told by the French Consulate in New York that for a long-term stay visa of any kind, I MUST obtain a work permit from an employer there in France. I did get in touch with a possible employer when I was there and will contact her about a work permit but my question is, if I am not hired and do not have a job yet, can I be there on my passport, look for a job while there and then apply for the permit and visa? I was told I had to apply for the visa in the that true? This is only one set of questions I have but the most important at the moment. Any advice would be helpful, And more info - I have someone I will be living with, so I don't have to worry about living arrangements. Thank you! - AnnMarie
pasadenagal8 replied on September 15, 2014 with:
The key is to find the area that qualifies! Perhaps in Scandinavia?
atornabene replied on September 15, 2014 with:
So if I am a US citizen but want to travel every 3 months from France to England (a non-Schengen area), can I do that or do I have to come back to the US?
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katertots commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Paris, France
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
Having birth here was a wonderful experience for me. I was lucky to get into a private hospital which fills up very quickly. In Paris you have to call right away to get a spot. The care was wonderful and the birth was mostly done by a midwife. In Ob/gyn had to come in at one point to turn the baby's head, but she left after that and let the midwife take care of the rest. I stayed in the hospital 5 days and got lots of help with the breastfeeding. Apparently that is not the case in most French hospitals. I did have an epidural which I wanted and it was dosed perfectly so that I could push. I didn't want the episiotomy, but ended up with one anyway. France is really big on episiotomies, though my hospital less so. Still, considering I had the biggest of 10 babies that day, the fact that I ended up with only 3 stitches is pretty good! (Continue)
katertots replied most recently with:
Hello. I just moved to Paris 2 weeks ago, I'm 20+1 weeks into my 1st pregnancy, and have my first appointment with an OB on Monday. Can you tell me about doctor's appointments leading up to birth? Will they do the normal 20 week sonogram? Also, which hospital did you give birth at? I'm hoping to get into the American Hospital in Paris. Any info you have would be SO helpful!!
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xantippe replied to the thread Best cell phone provider on the France forum on September 12, 2014:
jrlilja initially posted:
I need to get a cell phone in France. Does anyone know the best provider for call quality around France and Europe? Orange or SFR?
xantippe replied on September 12, 2014 with:
I'd go for Orange. Much more reliable , if not the cheapest. You get what you pay for.
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fsutrill posted French taxes: 'Encaisse a l'etranger'- what does it mean? on the France forum on September 05, 2014:
Hi, When we arrived in France, we were told (by our boss at the time) that my husband's entire salary counted as 'encaissee a l'etranger' on the tax forms, as it is direct deposited from a US company into a US bank and then a portion is transferred to our French account to pay bills and such. Now, we are being told (by a different boss) that our salary is not all eligible for that, that ONLY the salary made while we are physically IN the US can be counted as 'encaissee a l'etranger'. Which is the case? To make it even more confusing, I now have an income as well (freelance writing/editing)- paid in France, but to my US-based company. How should I treat that on my taxes? (as just regular income or does that count as 'encaissee a l'etranger' since the entity receiving it (my US-based business) is American? We can't afford an accountant and the question is rather urgent, as we just found out about the change and may have to redo our taxes depending on the answer. Thanks for any help you can give!
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KrisB replied to the thread QRP for France? on the France forum:
KrisB initially posted:
Hi, my husband and I are planning to take early retirement in a few years and spend different periods of time in different locations in Europe and Latin America/the Caribbean. I have seen that in certain countries, it is relatively easy to get QRP (Qualified Retired Person) status, allowing a retired person to stay in the country for longer than the short period a tourist could. Does anyone know whether it's possible, and how easily, one could get a QRP status in France? I'm not sure it makes any difference, but I actually have lived in France for about 3 1/2 years total in my life, and speak fluent/near native French. But I have always been there on student visas/cartes de sejour. Thanks!
KrisB replied most recently with:
By the way, in another thread, someone posted this link, which was very helpful:
jrobbins replied most recently with:
Check the consulate web site nearest you. It is much easier than it used to be. You now can submit the documents in English. They need to include a marriage certificate, proof of health insurance and proof of income. You may also need a French address. In San Francisco you can now make an online appointment and show up with the documents, your passport, pictures etc and they will send you your "QRP." Do check the website.
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The Bilingual People Language Recruitment Fair, sponsored by , is the largest and most exciting exhibition of its kind dedicated to bilingual and multilingual recruitment. Bilingual People returns to Paris this year again at Cite de la mode et du design on September 18th in association with fair. This event allows you to meet and discuss international and local employment opportunities with leading recruiters Europe Face to Face. The event offers bilingual and multilingual professionals access to multiple available positions from leading international companies and recruitment agencies based in France and across Europe, in employment sectors such as Customer Service, Accountancy & Finance, IT, Sales, Marketing and Translating/Interpreting, plus many more. Whether it’s in France or internationally, we have companies at the fair who are looking forward to meeting you and looking at making your dream career move a reality. Why you should not miss the Bilingual People Fair : • Multinational Companies and Recruitment Agencies that are recruiting people with language skills for positions in France and across Europe • Industries ranging from Sales, Customer Service, IT, Tech Support, Accountancy/ Finance and many more will be present at the fair • You will be able to talk to leading employers and agencies face-to-face and discuss a wide range of employment opportunities. • Companies will be conducting interviews hoping to hire staff shortly after the event from the people they meet • Recruitment Professionals will be on hand to give you advice on your CV and Career Coaching. FREE online tickets will be allocated on a strict first come first serve basis. For more information about the fair and to register for your FREE ticket visit: We look forward to seeing you there! Bilingual People Team
LimousinCottage replied to the thread Where to locate in France? Help!!! on the France forum:
AnAmericanCliche initially posted:
I am mid- fifties, speak very little French but am learning. I bike, hike & love to explore. But love the big city life, as well. I am looking to move to France in 2015. I prefer rich French culture, architecture, but would like expat support too. Not a beach person & prefer moderate temperatures to heat. Suggestions?
LimousinCottage replied most recently with:
Our area (the Haute Vienne, Limousin), may meet your climate requirements and your love of hiking in the countryside. It is the French Lake District. There are many ex-pats around the area, some full time and others with holiday homes. It is also an area chosen by many Parisiens for their holiday home. As for city life - Limoges, Gueret or Brive are the three departmental capitals. Limoges is the capital of the Haute Vienne. But none of these are of course going to compare with the likes of Paris or Lyon! Perhaps it would be a good idea to rent first?
Samuel2 replied most recently with:
Hi there, I just did the same thing myself. I chose the Béziers area, particular because of the airport close by. This is a lovely area and I can strongly recommend it.
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paxhen replied to the thread Long Term rentals? on the France forum:
Exntrik initially posted:
Will ne moving to Paris 08/14. We are looking for a long term rental about 30 mins outside Paris. 2/3 bedroom, garden/ Looking for vintage look with some modern stuff. Websites, friends or experience appreciated. Thanks. Mark.
paxhen replied most recently with:
There is a great site too We used it to find our place in Asnières sur Seine, 7 min from Paris Saint Lazare and La Défense. An old Haussmannian building, the typical Parisian apartment . Great site, used by most French people in addition to It has similar features too
Lekitanin replied most recently with:
I envy you! What do you consider a "long term" rental? The site I use quite often is You can set up your requirements, wishes, etc and if there is a match you will receive updates from them. There are also few other good web sites but I do not have their addresses handy at this moment. If you wish send me a PM and I will give you some clues and also recommendations regarding "good" banlieus in Ile-de-France. Almost all landlords are asking for some verifiable references and security deposit. For rentals up to three months you can check
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cj222 posted ex pat health insurance on the France forum:
what company offers the best rates for retired people?
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