Immigration + Visa

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.

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Everyone told me the first year in Paris is both the most exciting and most challenging. And no matter how much you try, things will never turn out how you expected. Having lived it myself now, I can say for certain that advice was right.

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: The possibility you could be separated against your will by the government. Not having all the time in the world to get to […]

10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture

10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture

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!

Life in Paris vs New York City

Life in Paris vs New York City

Just as Americans are enamored with Paris, French people also look at New York with awe. So I’m often asked to compare my current and former home. The differences are deeper than just choosing bagels or baguettes.

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

As 2018 rolled into Paris, I was full of cheese and champagne. Which is about as French as an American girl can hope for. With a kiss from my husband, I said “bonjour” to my first year as a resident of France.

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!

Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Moving to another country can be a transformative experience, but it is not without challenges to consider. If you’re thinking about making the jump overseas, ask yourself these five questions before packing your bags.

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

La Formation Civique: Your 2 Required French Civics Modules

As part of signing the integration contract with France (un contrat d’intégration républicaine or CIR) at your OFII meeting, you have to complete two required modules on French civics.