AGS Worldwide Movers

France Expat Forum

Immigrating and working in France

Topic Closed thread is now closed  
Post New Topic Newest First
edamphousse
10/11/2013 09:27 EST

Hi all,

I am looking for work in France as a software engineer (been doing it for 30 years now). My girlfriend (who is French) is moving back in a few weeks and the plan is for me to join her asap. I have been looking into the "auto-entrepreneurs" concept if I cannot find anyone ready to hire me.

I was wondering if any of you fine folks would have any advice, thoughts, ideas, experiences to share... , job would be nice to :)

BTW, I have dual Canadian and American citizenship, very fluent in both French and English

Have a great day,
Eric

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

CLP
10/15/2013 10:15 EST

I am American and moved here a few months ago. I am married to a French Citizen and was able to find a good job. I do not speak French but if I was fluent it would be much easier, so that's a huge plus that you speak the language.
Be certain to have all your documents to prove you can work in the EU. Without proper work authorization, you may have a challenge. Even being married and being a resident here, I had to go back to the USA to get working papers from the French Embassy because the waiting time in France was almost a year and in the USA it was one day. I think Canada may be easier though.:) As long as you have an authorized working visa I'm sure you will find something quickly. Good luck.

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

expat health insurance

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get quotes our partner, International Citizens Insurance, a trusted expat health insurance broker. They will provide you with comparison quotes from some of the biggest expat health insurers: Cigna, Aetna and GeoBlue.

Get a Quote

marier970
10/15/2013 11:39 EST

Hello,

I will be interested to know what kind of job you were able to get and where do you live in France. I am a us citizen and just got my french citizenship through my wife who is from France. We now live in the us but I would really want to move to France. My wife is afraid I won't find any job there. I speak pretty good French but can't read or write it.

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

edamphousse
10/15/2013 11:40 EST

hi CLP,

Dont worry about the French, you will pick it up, but its great news that you were able to find work though you do not master the language.

As for work, I dont have anything yet but I am looking into the Entrepeneur status and bring the work with me and with this I should be able to get a visa de long séjour

Its interesting (or not) about the fact that even married you had issues and I will heed your warning if we decide to get married.

As for Canada, I will let you know :)


Thanks again and have a great day,
Eric

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

edamphousse
10/15/2013 11:45 EST

According to our friend CLP, he does not speak the language but yet has managed to find work. From the research I have done, if you are in the IT field, you should not have issues finding work.

My girlfriend owns a home in Ile-de-France but if i need to be located elsewhere for work, so be it. I can always take the train :)

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

CLP
10/17/2013 07:29 EST

I work in digital. My job is a combination of digital strategy and communications for a French company who does business in Europe and North America.
I moved from NYC where I had a very good job. The transition of life here has been a challenge since the region of Haute Savoie is not cosmopolitan and very closed off...but that's another story. I agree with you that if you work in IT, digital or social there is a need in France. I am grateful to have found a position quickly despite the language. Good luck to both of you!

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

expat health insurance

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get quotes our partner, International Citizens Insurance, a trusted expat health insurance broker. They will provide you with comparison quotes from some of the biggest expat health insurers: Cigna, Aetna and GeoBlue.

Get a Quote

edamphousse
10/17/2013 08:26 EST

Small world ... I lived in NYC but had to move after 9/11 (lost the apartment.. right by the Towers) and moved to Virginia for work. Got back to Montreal, Canada for close to 2 years and now off to France :)

I am thinking that I might have better luck getting sponsored if I do as you did and look outside the big regions.

But I still think the idea of IT consulting work might be a good thing for me to do. I know that the French gov imposes a lot on companies trying to hire outsiders like myself (and rightly so I might add) but they (gov) should reduce the cost when French companies have no other choice.

Have a great one

This topic has been closed. Please post a new topic.

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in France.

International Moving Quotes

Moving to France? Get a moving quote.


Mail Forwarding to France

Mail Forwarding to France.


Expat Tax

Expat Tax Preparation, Expat Tax Professionals

Join Today (free)

Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move. It's FREE and takes 1 minute!

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in France from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

12-Expats-Talks-About-What-Its-Like-Moving-to-France12 Expats Talks About What It's Like Moving to France

Expats in France discuss the challenges and adventures of moving to France. From the high cost of living in France to what to bring when you move (and what to leave behind).
Expats in France discuss the challenges and adventures of moving to France. From the high cost of living in France to what to bring when you move (and what to leave behind). ...

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: France Ranks Highest Among Expats

Surveys and reports conducted by Expat Exchange, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, indicate that expats in France are more satisfied with their expatriate experience than any other country in the world.

Surveys and reports conducted by Expat Exchange, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, indicate that expats in France are more satisfied with their expatriate experience than any other country in th...

Expats-in-FranceHealthcare in France

Expats often ask if health insurance is free in France or if you need health insurance to go to France. Here is basic information about the French healthcare system.

Expats often ask if health insurance is free in France or if you need health insurance to go to France. Here is basic information about the French healthcare system....

Retirement-In-MarseilleAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Marseille, France

A retiree in Marseille says that the cost of living is lower than you would think. He rents and housing is his biggest cost. If you try to speak French, you'll find that locals will be friendlier and more welcoming.

A retiree in Marseille says that the cost of living is lower than you would think. He rents and housing is his biggest cost. If you try to speak French, you'll find that locals will be friendlier an...

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal