I am facing what is maybe a common situation, which I struggle to find the answer to. I am non-EU citizen (American) living and working in France on the work permit. I recently got married to a French citizen. I was then told to change the status of my visa from [...]
Requests for French nationality mainly are now being met with stricter requirements from French government.
I have been addressing the question of the issuance of the carte de séjour, which grants the right to a foreigner to stay and often to work in France. My experience is that all current requests are reviewed with more [...]
We are American citizens and residents, and would like to move our primary residence back to France. We each have a French carte de résident. You have provided us with a lot of information and we are planning to qualify as residents based on time spent in France this year.
I just [...]
In recent years the number of automatic radar units monitored by the French police has increased considerably and the number of fines has risen accordingly. The government’s latest innovation is a website where speeders can pay tickets online: https://www.amendes.gouv.fr/portail/index.jsp?lang=en. You can browse the website in English. The [...]
Granted, understanding the subtleties of the law is never easy. But if you have to do it in a foreign language, and deal with the logic and principles that are often just as foreign, it can become a downright nightmare! In an effort to help you find your way in the maize that is the French [...]
I am a Brit and have been here over three years and have understood many things along the way, mainly by struggling with the help of my ex-boyfriend (that was useful!) as well as asking friends. I find myself in a pickle now, though. As a freelance foreigner, getting accommodation is hard work. [...]
I am American and I have been living in the same building for decades as a tenant. Less than two years ago, I learned that a small apartment a couple of floors above mine was going to be sold. Before it even made it onto the market, I made an offer to the [...]
I have been studying jazz for seven years in France and I am now getting a little bit of recognition as a saxophone player. Up to the present, I have been able to renew the student carte de séjour thanks to the various courses I have taken. Many of my classes are related [...]
I am an American living in the U.S.A.. Over the years I have visited and worked in France (as an assistant de langue), and I am very interested in moving back soon.
I just earned a master’s degree in political science, speak French fluently, and very much want to move back to France [...]
My parents recently bought an apartment near the American University in Paris, since I have attended this school for a year. The plan is that it will be rented or sold when I graduate. I have changed my plans and am staying in Paris with my girlfriend, and working rather than attending the [...]
Could you give me some enlightenment about assurance-vie plans in France that are sold through the banks and that are linked to the stock markets. I do not understand what they are, since they are clearly not life insurance policies even though that is the exact translation. For about two years now, their [...]
I am an American and have lived in France for almost ten years, first as a student and then as a professional with the related status at the préfecture. The last time I went to renew my carte de séjour, the préfecture gave me a negative answer and asked me to leave the [...]
I have had a carte de séjour in France for over six years: one with a student card, the rest as an employee. These last two years have been very rough. I have been employed most of the time but have changed jobs several times and I was underemployed for almost a year. [...]
Over a year ago I signed on for the new status of auto-entrepreneur. Even though I was already self-employed, I wanted to benefit from the preferential tax treatment. As an American in France, I need to renew my carte de séjour every year. Since I have not changed the nature of my activity [...]
One’s identity is a crazily complex thing. Among other factors, it is invariably linked to your family, where you grew up and where you find yourself now. To grasp just how abstract and undefinable the concept of identity is, try to provide a concise answer to the question “Who am I?” While this may [...]
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