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  1. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    I'll be applying for a french long-stay visiteur visa (1 year+) in a few months. I will move to France in January if all goes well, and register immediately once I arrive. I know that OFII will then eventually contact me with a date and location for a medical appointment. I have just learned...
  2. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    I am getting ready to apply for a long-stay visitor visa and wondered about the experiences others have had with either Exclusive / April and with ACS. For example, has it been difficult to get reimbursed for expenses? Are there services that weren’t covered that you wish you had, in hindsight...
  3. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hi there, in preparing my Long Stay Tourist Visa application, it gives the option to say that someone will be hosting you while you're in the country (instead of renting an apartment or buying property). I have friends who live in France who said they would be cool with me putting their address...
  4. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Saw this article in the Washington Post and thought I would gift it to the forum here. It applies to various European visas, but mentions France quite a few times. And do note the comments about "reactions" from online group members who can be a bit "discouraging" at the best of times. Also...
  5. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    English eblow Bonjour, Ma copine australienne est en europe avec un visa schengen de tourisme de 90 jours, et a un visa de long séjour "vacances-travail d'un an qui commence le mois prochain. Afin de démarrer son visa et d''avoir le tampon, elle doit apparement quitter schengen et revenir afin...
  6. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    I will be applying for a long-stay visitor visa (1 year) in late 2022. Making sure I have all my documents in order as early as I can though. The name on my birth certificate, drivers license and passport are the same (my maiden name), and I will be of course using that name when I apply...
  7. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    After searching this lovely forum I havent found the exact answer to my question so I thought I would open a new thread. I will be applying this summer for a long stay visa in France. I work freelance/ independent contractor for a company in the usa. My earnings are usually between $5,000 and...
  8. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hi everyone, I would like to apply for a long-stay visa to live and work in Montpellier - I lived here as an assistante d'anglais in 2017. I have already begun my application for a salarié détaché visa, but I would like some advice on whether this is the best visa for me to apply for. I...
  9. Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in AU
    I will be applying for a series of visas for my parents in the following sequence 1. Visitors Visa 600 Family sponsored - Will request for 3 years 2. Contributory Visa 143 3. Parents long stay Visa 870 - 5 year option Is this the ideal sequence? Will any of the applications have a detrimental...
  10. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello everyone. I am a New Zealand national living in the United Kingdom on an Ancestry visa, with my French national partner. We are getting married in 2 months and are currently in the process of our publishing our Banns. Once we are married we are unsure how to then actually move to...
  11. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    My family and I (my wife, our baby, and our dog) would like to relocate to France and live there for a few years. We love the country and visited it almost every year (except the last summer of course due to COVID) and finally we have a chance to live there as I just started my own business...
  12. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello, We are an American retired couple coming to live in France this year. We have our Visa application and all required documentation completed but not yet submitted. I am hesitating on the application form that asks for 6-12 months or more than 12 months. Is it more difficult to obtain a...
  13. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Dear Fellow Ex-pats, I hope everyone is starting off the New Year well and no one was hit by the "gastro" epidemic we all seemed to get in Loire Atlantique :p I have a quick question about insurance. My mom is going to be applying for a long-stay visa to come live with us in France. I...
  14. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Yesterday my husband and I had our appointment at the VFS office in Los Angeles. Our appointment time was 11AM. We got there at 10:30, and we were called to the customer counter at 11:15. We were both done and out of there at 12:15 which included getting our biometrics (photo and fingerprints)...
  15. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello all--- My husband and I went to our VISA application appointment last Monday, and I wanted to share the experience to help anyone who may be about to do the same. First, one really nice thing about the new system, with VFS Global processing the applications, is that you are not assigned...
  16. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    So I am currently stressing a bit over this "Proof of Accommodation" for the OFII appointment for a long stay visa. We currently have this lovely lady who is renting out a part of her home to us as a small ground apartment for as long as we are not within the summer months as she warned us...
  17. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello all, It's my first post here after following the forum for a while, I hope that someone can share some ideas. I have just received the refusal of my long stay student visa application from the French embassy today, and me being optimistic, I want to submit an appeal to see that if they...
  18. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    My husband and I and our 16 year old son (soon to be 17 in May) are applying for our long stay visitor visas for France this month at the French Consulate in Chicago. As part of the application process, there is a requirement that states "Enrollment in a school for the children." Does anyone...
  19. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello, I'm currently getting together my documents to apply for my long stay visitor visa at the Vancouver consulate. Before going to my appointment i wanted to come on here and get any last minute advice. My story: This is my 3rd visa application for France. Previously been granted a visa for...
  20. France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France
    Hello, friends! The website for the French consulate specifies that people applying for a long stay visa (visa de long séjour) need to present a "deed of [a] house/apartment in France." From your experience, is it necessary for renters to present an actual signed and notarized one-year lease...
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