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Hi all, I am currently in the process of moving from the UK to Grenoble where I have been lucky enough to find work. I am finding it very difficult to find any kind of private rentals of houses. All the adverts I seem to find are for holiday rentals. Does anyone know of any particular sites etc where I may be able to search for properties.

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Try the Particulier à particulier site: IMMOBILIER DE PARTICULIER A PARTICULIER. PAP.fr Annonces immobilières d'appartements et de maisons de particuliers. Location, achat et vente en immobilier.

Click on Locations, and then you get a search form where you can specify a "maison" and the town or postal code.

Pap is popular because it's for people looking to sell or rent directly (i.e. no agent fees). The other option is to check the various estate agency sites (e.g. Century 21) but often they only list properties for sale on the site, even if they do handle rentals.
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Where were you lucky enough to find work? I'm currently looking...

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Sarah, any British citizen has the right to live and work in France, thanks to the EU. We Americans don't have the right to work there until we've find a job where the employer will support our visa application. That takes time and money on the part of the employer, so it's no wonder they're not particularly interested in hiring Americans.

Your best bet is to have some skill or experience that is somewhat unique and will justify an employer jumping through the necessary hoops to support your visa application and wait a couple months or more between hiring you and when you can start work. English language skills aren't enough (because the Brits have that market sewed up).
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Sarah, any British citizen has the right to live and work in France, thanks to the EU. We Americans don't have the right to work there until we've find a job where the employer will support our visa application. That takes time and money on the part of the employer, so it's no wonder they're not particularly interested in hiring Americans.

Your best bet is to have some skill or experience that is somewhat unique and will justify an employer jumping through the necessary hoops to support your visa application and wait a couple months or more between hiring you and when you can start work. English language skills aren't enough (because the Brits have that market sewed up).
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Thanks, Bev! I realize that I need to have an employer first. I was just hoping to get the name of a company that might hire an English-speaker. Any little lead might help.

I'm a little bit at a loss for what I might be able to do for work. I'm currently a nurse practitioner by profession, but I know that I can't work as a nurse. But, it provides me with a fairly unique skill set that I can apply to any type of work.

I thought maybe teaching English would be an option. I contacted a company, but they want people with experience in teaching English in a business setting?? I don't have that experience, but I do speak English and have some experience in lecturing/providing education.

I also have experience in healthcare research and I studied Latin language as my first college degree. I have 2 Bachelor degrees and a Masters. I was about to start a PhD program before we decided to move to France. So, I have potential for learning. But really, at this point, I don't care what I do.

I know no one will sponsor me for a visa to work retail or bartend or do housework, but would it be possible for me to do that kind of work once I'm over there? I would love to be a daytime nanny for a family, but I don't want to go through an au pair agency.

My husband and I will be spending several days in Grenoble at the end of next month to set up a bank account and to look for housing. I am hoping to set up interviews and look for work while we are there. Do you think that's possible? Do you have any other suggestions?

Any help will be appreciated!

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Sarah,
Had to check back to see what your precise situation is - but have you checked the terms of your visa? If you're coming over as a dependent on your husband's visa, you do NOT have any right to work in France. (It's the same with people going to the US on a student visa - they can bring their spouse and children, but none of the dependents have any right to work while in the US.)

Plenty of folks in your situation teach English under the table while in France. But, by doing so, you kind of limit yourself to private tutoring, or to working for a fly-by-night language school that won't insist on a TESOL or TEFL certificate and will only pay you a pittance because you're working for them "off the books."

One condition for granting a student visa for your husband is that you must have the money for tuition and living expenses available without you (or your husband) having to work. If you're just looking for something to do, check into the various associations and/or expat groups in Grenoble. Many expat groups have programs to allow their volunteers to gain experience they can use on their resumes when they return - but it's all unpaid work.
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Had to check back to see what your precise situation is - but have you checked the terms of your visa? If you're coming over as a dependent on your husband's visa, you do NOT have any right to work in France. (It's the same with people going to the US on a student visa - they can bring their spouse and children, but none of the dependents have any right to work while in the US.)

Plenty of folks in your situation teach English under the table while in France. But, by doing so, you kind of limit yourself to private tutoring, or to working for a fly-by-night language school that won't insist on a TESOL or TEFL certificate and will only pay you a pittance because you're working for them "off the books."

One condition for granting a student visa for your husband is that you must have the money for tuition and living expenses available without you (or your husband) having to work. If you're just looking for something to do, check into the various associations and/or expat groups in Grenoble. Many expat groups have programs to allow their volunteers to gain experience they can use on their resumes when they return - but it's all unpaid work.
Cheers,
Bev
I'm trying to figure out the visa thing. I realize that as a dependent I won't be able to work. That's why I'd like to get a work visa. We will have to have school loans to pay for my husbands school, so we may borrow extra to support both of us if I cannot work.

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