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Make A Stress-Free Move To France

January 6, 2011 by drewloupsen · Leave a Comment 

Now that you have decided to move to France, you can begin to look forward to a new life in this beautiful country. France, like any other country, has their own set of rules and regulations for moving into the country. France is one country that requires a great deal of paperwork before allowing expatriates into their country. Just remember that these things take awhile to process and the more organized you are, the quicker things will go. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and begin preparing to move to France!

If you have vacationed in France, you did not need a formal visa. However, it will be different now that you are actually relocating and shipping to France. If you plan to live in France for over three months, you need to apply for a long-stay visa. In order to obtain a visa, you must be living in your country, and you will not be permitted to enter France until you are granted the visa. This will be handled by mail and can take up to two months to process.

It is important to make sure you have the required documents in your application packet before sending it off. As an example, you need to include your passport, along with three photocopies of it. You also need several copies of the application form and four passport photos. You must also include proof of financial independence, the address where you plan to stay in France, a copy of your marriage license, proof of health insurance and proof from your local police station proving that you are not a criminal. Once you submit these documents and are approved, your passport will then be returned to you with your visa enclosed.

While you are waiting on your visa, you need to contact worldwide moving to make arrangements for your belongings to be moved to France. Plan to do some research and get several estimates before making the final decision on a moving company. If you plan on car shipping overseas, then you need to find out about that as well. It should not be a problem to find a moving company that will move your car, as well as your belongings. Only hire a moving company that specializes in international shipping. Otherwise, they may not know all of the regulations and policies of moving into the new country and you will end up with frustrating delays.

Once you obtain your visa and arrive in France, you will need to take this particular visa to your local prefecture when you will obtain a carte de séjour or residency permit. There are also particular visas that require you to appear at the local prefecture within a certain period of time. Once approved there, you will be able to live in France for one year with this permit and then it must be renewed.

You can register with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, once you have arrived in France. This is not required, but it would be in your best interest in case you need information from them or they need information on your whereabouts. Also, when registering at the embassy, they will make a note of your passport details and it will then be easier for you to get a replacement passport if yours is missing or stolen.

This all is not really as confusing as it may seem at first. In fact, so many people have moved to France that things are very well set and easier than ever to understand. As the world grows smaller through the use of the internet and mobile phones, more people will be relocating. This is already becoming apparent as more countries make it easier for people to move into their countries.

Most importantly, take the time to keep good records and organize your documents. Moving should never be a rush job. On the other hand, with careful thought and preparation, you will soon find yourself in the lovely country of France.

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