Ok I know you guys in the network give honest feedback, so please feel free to share.
I'd like to hear from people who have made it through the initial phase of getting into the system and are living and working in France.
Any Australians or US citizen, with no EU links or family help, please share
I would like to live and work and France. I have been to France a few times on work trips (I was taking Australians on tours of the Alps) and I lived in a small village for 6 month (summer not winter, it's a ski village). I have a few friends in the village.
I would love to live and work there(not doing the tours), the only way I can work is to have my own business, set on up or buy into one.
I have posted a question before about running a business in France, so thanks to the people that shared.
But on top of that, there is the dealing with the carte sejour, bank account, getting a tax number, getting into the health system (carte vitale), drivers license etc etc.
I am going to be navigating this on my own, my french is basic, but I pick it up quickly.
- Do the people in the administration help and speak any English to you, or is it all in French.
From the research I have done, my prefecture will be in Grenoble and some admin will also be in St Jean de Maurienne also (maybe).
Please give it to me straight. : )