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Hello Everyone,

I am a 26 yr old Australian citizen with a degree in civil engineering and arts (majors in Spanish and French) - I've been out working now for 2 years since so I dont have a huge amount of experience yet.

When i was studying i did my end of studies project over in France (Grenoble) and managed to pick up the language fluently but now I want to go back to work (and live) but i dont know how or even if it is possible with the way the system is now. How likely is it that a French company will hire/sponsor me to head over and work for them? I've applied for a few positions online - I'm not sure how interviews would happen apart from over the phone, but would that be enough for companies? If i can't get a job by applying from here, how should i go about it? Also what would a likely starting salary be over there?

My grandfather was Welsh which i believe lets me get at least a UK 5 yr ancestry visa (I dont think that extends to the EU though), so if i applied for that and headed over to the UK would it make it easier to transition across to France? Even if i had to live in UK for 5 years I'd consider it, but i'd much prefer a direct route.

Thanks for any help anyone can offer
 

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Unless you can get yourself an EU passport, having a visa for the UK probably won't do you much good in finding a job in France.

First thing I'd do is hold off a bit until the elections are done here (figure June, since there are assembly elections after the presidential). Right now they are tightening up all the immigration rules as part of the campaign. Once we know who is going to be in charge we'll have a somewhat better idea of how tough things are going to be for foreigners looking for work.

In general, though, getting the type of job that will lead to a visa is not terribly easy even in the best of times. Unemployment is still pretty high amongst young adults, which means folks up to about the age of 30 or so. To beat out a French engineer for a job, you really have to have some sort of unusual training or experience to justify hiring you over a qualified European.

Keep on applying for jobs in any event. You only have to hit just the right job for things to turn your way. You may also want to make plans to make yourself available at some point for any interview that might come your way. Saving up for a vacation trip to France, and then mentioning in your applications that "I will be in France in the near future" can be an opening wedge to see if there is interest in your CV. Most employers won't pay to fly you in to interview, but hey, if you're going to be in the area anyhow...

You might also think about whether you would be willing (and able) to pay some or all of your own moving costs. That's the other big charge that keeps employers from hiring foreigners. You have to make it easy for them to hire you, cause the paperwork side of things is a real pain for them.
Cheer,s
Bev
 

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[Thanks for the response Bev,

Unfortunately I've no way to get an EU visa so I'm stuck trying for a working stay visa. I had read about the immigration laws tightening up but it sounded mostly directed towards non-French people with French university degrees, if that's happening i suppose it doesn't leave much hope for me when i don't even have a French diploma.

I will still keep applying though, it's like you say - I might just send an application to the right place at the right time and get lucky, but if not I've lost nothing by trying. Do you think I should put that I'll be visiting France in the near future and that I'm willing to pay my relocation costs into the Lettre de Motivation? I'm never really sure if in French the LM needs to follow a certain structure - at the moment I've just written how i would apply to somewhere here in Australia - I hope that isn't hurting my applications too much.

Thanks again,
Ben
 
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