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Old 13th June 2019, 08:47 AM
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Hi All,

I thought I'd tell some people about my experiences so far in moving to and living in France.

I arrived here in 2017 on a tourist visa with the intention of trying to change it after the 1st year to an independent working visa. This was under advice I had from an immigration specialist in Paris. I was knocked back from an Independent working visa in Australia. No reasons were given. But I still wanted to come here.

I did manage to change my visa status this year. On the second year of my renewal. Maybe it was lost in translation but the lawyer told me it was possible, but only after the 2nd year of being in France. I requested a change of visa status. I prepared a big dossier. I had some help from the local Mayor and I had a strong dossier. Living in a small town helps to meet people.

It is possible to change a "visiteur" visa. But it takes time and you need all the right documents and papers. It is more common in Paris than in Chambery where I have to go.

So now I am allowed to work in France. I am registered with all the right departments (I think) I have my SIRET and social security numbers etc

I had my lawyer do the registration for me to help speed up the process. From the time he registered me online to the time I received all my numbers and confirmations it has taken about 2-3 month. My request to change status was approved in February.

I have all the registration, done. My new ID or Titre de Sejour, I still don't have. They haven't notified me to come and pick it up. Approved in February, they say it takes about 2 months. I have the receipt and I should follow up the prefecture.

I am now used to things taking time here in France. I am still waiting for my driver license to arrive. That has been 12 months now since I submitted my Australian license to exchange it.

I was sent an email only 2 weeks ago that it was approved and is being made, and will be sent in the post and I need to sign for it.

When it comes to taxes, the paper work is fast. I received my first tax declaration only 2 weeks after registering. So something are faster than others in France.

So as some of you read different posts here in the forum, you'll read from Bev or Everhopeful that things sure do take time in France. I can confirm they do. Just keep all the documents and receipts etc. You'll become very organized. It makes life easier.

Also improving your French takes time to. All my friend here mostly speaks English with me. But I have improved a lot. One thing I can recommend. If you have the time. Is to become a volunteer. I become a volunteer through the local tourist office. I've helped out at all the local events here. Hardly any of the volunteers spoke English. Well, only basic English. So it forced me to speak French. I know it has helped a lot. Plus I've done some amazing things and met some great locals. One being the Mayor, who helped me. The second was flying in a helicopter taking photos for a national cross country skiing event in my valley!!

I am now looking to find a French teacher online with italki to speed up my French. Now that I know I can stay longer.

So things in France, do take a long time, but it worth it. If you really want to be here, dealing with the administration is part of the price we pay to live here.
I still hate going to the prefecture.

But good luck to everyone who is following some crazy idea or dream to live in France. All my friends think I'm crazy they want to live in Australia.

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Old 13th June 2019, 09:24 AM
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Thanks for the update, Ash. Your path to being allowed to work in France is far from usual, but I suspect (can't recall) you have some special skills and are perhaps working as an independent. Just a note for others, it is generally also possible to change your status to Passeport Talent from within France and of course vie privée et familiale. The key, of course, is that you meet the requirements.

Fantastic to hear about your volunteering and your life in France through volunteering.

Now you need to make every effort with your French, including I suspect at least attempting to speak to your friends in French rather than English

Courage, your determination will get you there.

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