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LIVING

6 Tips for Receiving Gifts in France (Without Paying Customs Fees)

Around the holidays, I always see lots of posts in various Facebook groups for expats. “Help! My parents sent me Christmas presents and FedEx wants me to pay €100 in taxes on the package!” Unfortunately, the French border control has begun cracking down on imports of goods from outside the European Union, and not everyone […] Continue

WORKING

Stay in France After Finishing Your Degree with an Authorisation Provisoire du Séjour

If you’re working on a master’s degree in France and would like the opportunity to stay in France and work upon obtaining your diploma, you can be eligible to apply for an “Authorisation Provisoire de Séjour” to enable you to search for a job once your program ends. The Authorisation Provisoire de Séjour, or APS, […] Continue

TRAVEL

Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue

BUREAUCRACY

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What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

Warning: Make sure you meet the student visa requirements for France

Whether you're coming to France for a semester in an American program, or coming independently for a year or more, you'll need to get a long stay visa at your local French consulate several weeks before you leave. Visa appointments at all consulates must be made online several weeks in advance, meaning you should plan ahead. The visa […] Continue

LEISURE

30 Free Things to Do in Paris in November

Looking for something free to do in Paris in November? Here's our pick of the best free (or under €5) expositions and performances this month: An exposition of artisanal works by Norwegian and Parisian artists. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through November 10. Gallery Collection, 4 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd. Metro Chemin Vert, line 8. Exposition of the […] Continue

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