Originally Posted by Bevdeforges
What sort of visa are you going to France on?
The landlords want French payslips basically because those are paid into a French bank account, from which the landlord will take your rent payments each month. The US payslips do him no good because the money is over in the US.
Your tax situation is going to be very complicated, you know. If hubby will be 19 weeks in the US a year, he won't qualify at all for the FEIE - needs to be a bona fide resident outside the US for an entire calendar year or 12 consecutive months with no more than 30 days back in the US. France, on the other hand, considers you tax resident in France with 183 days a year physical presence in France. You definitely want to figure out the tax side of this arrangement before you go much further.
Competences et Talents. Our visa appointment is tomorrow. I have reason to believe we will get it.
This year I know we won't meet the residency requirement, but next year and subsequent years he will definitely be able to meet the 183 days. We'll definitely hire an accountant in France to sort this year out. We want to be totally legit even if it means lots of pain this year. I'm guessing other people go through this when they apply for the visa after 1/2 the year has passed. (?) We've been in contact with his employers in France and they seem genuinely keen to help us get the social security issue worked out, etc. We're in contact with someone from the Mairie's office who handles social security issues/payments and cotisations. We're still in the process of sorting it all out.