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10 Expats Share Their Biggest Mistakes After Moving to Paris

10 Expats Share Their Biggest Mistakes After Moving to Paris

You can live and learn, or you can take the advice of those who have “been there, done that” before you in Paris. Hear what these foreigners say they wish they knew before moving to Paris.

Freelance in France: Set Up Your Auto-Entrepreneur Status

Freelance in France: Set Up Your Auto-Entrepreneur Status

A step-by-step guide for self-employed or freelance workers in France. Get your micro-entrepreneur status, SIRET number, and learn how to invoice companies and declare your taxes.

Carte de Séjour Guide for American Spouses

Carte de Séjour Guide for American Spouses

Before celebrating your one-year anniversary in France, you need to apply for a carte de séjour to ensure you can stay. What a lovely gift from the French government! However, the process of preparing begins many months before your visa expires.

How to Get Your Securité Sociale & Carte Vitale in France

How to Get Your Securité Sociale & Carte Vitale in France

Once you’ve lived in France for three months and established residency, you’re eligible for French national health coverage — Woohoo! But to reap all the benefits, you’ll first need a numero de securité sociale and a carte Vitale.

Why Getting Married “For Papers” is Actually Incredibly Romantic

Why Getting Married “For Papers” is Actually Incredibly Romantic

When the person you love comes from a different country, there are challenges to your relationship that most couples take for granted.

10 Differences Between French and American Work Cultures

10 Differences Between French and American Work Cultures

As I learned, bouncing into your new job with your American working style and enthusiasm probably isn’t the best way to proceed. But good news, some of the differences are wonderful!

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Moving across town is stressful. Moving to another continent will test your mental stability. Six months ago, my French husband and I made the jump from the United States to France, and let me tell you I learned some things!

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

*UPDATE 2019* The Formation Civique process is now four sessions long. As reader Shay pointed out in the comments, the first two days are still the same, but now there are two additional modules. You will receive a mandatory Day 3 (full day) date at…

Moving Guide

Moving Guide

I made the permanent move to France in June 2017. As I continue to share my experiences, I’ll add articles to this list that are helpful to others trying to make the move! Write me if there is a topic you’d really like to hear…