I’m happy to present you the first edition of the Expat in France linky. The goal of this linky is to gather expat bloggers views living in France on a specific topic. This month’s topic is The Top Things I’ve Learnt Being an Expat in France. Moving abroad is not a fairy tale and it is full of challenges. It makes it a great opportunity to learn about a new culture but also about ourselves. Let’s see what our first bloggers shared with us.
You first came to France to study and you are dreaming to stay in France and make a living here. If you have graduated with a French diploma, your dream may come true! I’ll tell you how you can stay in France after studies with a specific visa granting you the right to work for one year ever before you find your first job to sponsor your permit!
Did you know there were compulsory insurances in France? In many instances, you will be requested to take out insurance, even though it is not mandatory. Also, you may even already be insured without knowing it. Here are some pointers to help you decide whether you actually need to take this insurance or not. Make sure you have the compulsory insurance in France, then, the choice is up to you.
French cheese is a jewel of French gastronomy. French people love it and eat it every day. When it comes to food, the French eating etiquette rules and the cheese doesn’t make an exception. Here is everything you should know to be able to buy, serve, eat and keep your cheese the French way!
Six months ago, on 1st April 2020 exactly, I launched Expat in France website! My baby is 6 months old today! I have been wanting to start my own project for a few years now, without knowing how or even what to do. I now feel that Expat in France is giving me purpose …
You have been dating your French partner for some time now and you are planning to move to France? In bi-national relationships, expatriation and marriage are often the only way to continue making plans together in the long term. I will detail for you the main options to request a French spouse visa whether you are already married or planning to marry your French lover.
Mastering French is often one of the big challenges for expats arriving in France. Speaking some French will facilitate your integration and your daily life. Taking language classes is often a budget, so I have listed for you some good deals and tips to find free French classes in France.
You have experienced some French rudeness since you live in France and you may not always know what triggered this reaction and how to react… I’m giving you my tips as a French person. This is the way I personally act to avoid rudeness and also defend myself. These are not infallible rules, but they can help you to understand the French mentality, how to navigate the Frenchness and not get off on the wrong foot.
Relocating with a family to France can be very costly and many expat do not expect that they can receive child benefit in France to help with many different types of family related expenses. I explain the main family subsidies you can claim from CAF, the requirements and how much to expect.
Taste and eating well and healthy is considered as a skill that we learn in France. It’s something mainly taught at home but also reinforced during the school lunches. You may have heard about the France schools lunches but you don’t know what to expect for this “rentrée” for your children or even how to get them registered, the French school canteen is explained here.