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Hi everyone,

I am an Australian citizen currently searching for research work in France. Once I have found a suitable job, I assume that it shouldn't take too long or be too difficult (fingers crossed) to organise a long stay visa and work permit.

The catch is that I want to take my partner (she is also an Australian citizen) (we're not married) with me. I have been scouring the French Embassy in Australia website searching for the appropriate visa for my girlfriend.

From what I understand (please correct me if I'm wrong) we have two options:
1) She applies for a long-term visa but then cannot work at all in France;
2) She applies for a working-holiday visa.

The problem with option 2 is that according to the Embassy website the working holiday visa is "not intended for any other purpose such as joining your partner/fiancé in France..." etc.

Am I missing something? The ideal situation would be that while I am working, my girlfriend can find a part-time job and also formally study the french language. Does anyone have any ideas on what our visa options are?

Merci d'avance.

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If you were married and your wife wanted to accompany you to France, there is a reasonable chance she'd be on a visa without working privileges. As a "researcher" it would depend on the nature of the job you found - if you qualified for a certain type of "scientific or researcher" visa, she might get a visa allowing her to work, but that category of visa is limited to those with jobs with certain specific French institutions and to researchers "with protocol" (whatever that is).

Officially, France doesn't admit to granting "dependent visas" to unmarried partners. Normally when they do, they require considerable proof of a "de facto" long-term relationship - having lived together for several years, co-mingled assets and bank accounts, etc. etc. Don't know how or if any of this applies to your situation. But the best you can hope for is for your gf to be treated like a spouse, and that means no work visa unless she finds her own job and sponsor for a work visa.

The other possibility is for her to go for a student visa to take serious French classes (like at the Sorbonne or Aliance Franšaise). That would allow her to work up to 20 hours a week outside of class hours. Only caveat is that you have to pay up your classes ahead of time, and the serious programs can be rather expensive. It obviously also requires that she find suitable classes near where you will be working - and not all research centers in France are in the Paris area (though there are quite a few).
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If you were married and your wife wanted to accompany you to France, there is a reasonable chance she'd be on a visa without working privileges. As a "researcher" it would depend on the nature of the job you found - if you qualified for a certain type of "scientific or researcher" visa, she might get a visa allowing her to work, but that category of visa is limited to those with jobs with certain specific French institutions and to researchers "with protocol" (whatever that is).

Officially, France doesn't admit to granting "dependent visas" to unmarried partners. Normally when they do, they require considerable proof of a "de facto" long-term relationship - having lived together for several years, co-mingled assets and bank accounts, etc. etc. Don't know how or if any of this applies to your situation. But the best you can hope for is for your gf to be treated like a spouse, and that means no work visa unless she finds her own job and sponsor for a work visa.

The other possibility is for her to go for a student visa to take serious French classes (like at the Sorbonne or Aliance Franšaise). That would allow her to work up to 20 hours a week outside of class hours. Only caveat is that you have to pay up your classes ahead of time, and the serious programs can be rather expensive. It obviously also requires that she find suitable classes near where you will be working - and not all research centers in France are in the Paris area (though there are quite a few).
Cheers,
Bev
Thanks very much for your advice Bev. As it turns out, I just got a job as a postdoctoral researcher just outside of Paris.

To give you some more background: My gf and I haven't been together anywhere near long enough to be treated as de facto, so that option's out. She's not a student, so I assume she can't get a student visa (but she could apply to be a student here in Australia and then organise studying in france, although as you say, the costs do appear to be possibly inhibitive).
What are your thoughts on the working holiday visa option that I mentioned in my first post? Presumably it couldn't cause a huge problem if she were just to live in one place for most of the visa's duration whilst working?
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She could certainly apply for the holiday work visa and, if she gets it, stay with you and look for work in the area. The only caveat is that at the end of the holiday work visa she will have to return to Australia and (IIRC) won't be able to apply for another visa for France for a certain period of time. (Check the exact terms of the holiday work visa on your consulate website.)

If your job lasts longer than her visa, you don't have any alternative to extend her stay.
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