First post here, so go easy.
Unlike you Brits with your Brexit issues etc us Saffas have other reasons for wanting to Escape to France. The first point I want to make is that it certainly is true that we all have a unique path that we will walk to arrive in France. However like some our first step is obtaining a One Year Long Stay Visa.
I would like some clarity on a Long Stay Visa. Getting a renewable long-stay visa vs. a 12-month long-stay visa that cannot be extended. I have read people getting a visa that states “exempt” related to the requirement of getting a resident permit from the OFII once in France, in other words it’s clear from the beginning that the visa won’t be renewed once the original 12-month validity period passes. I want to make sure that we apply for and are successful in getting a long stay 1 year visa that can be renewed. The aim is to renew every year for 5 years, then apply for a permanent resident visa, which is good for 10 years as I understand.
One more question regarding work and a One Year Long Stay Visa. I totally understand that YOU can’t work, however how does this relate to online work such a blogging, youtube channels etc. I have read that it is totally legal to do this sort of work as you aren’t taking work away from any French citizen, and I have also read that this is illegal and that a work permit would be needed.
Any advice on the above matters would be much appreciated.
From a sunny 25deg in Cape Town in the middle of winter.