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Moving to France

Immigration to France. Description of visa programs in France. Questions and answers. Processing of documents. Options for moving to France
The difficulty of moving
Not the easiest of the EU countries to move and immigrate
Enough expensive life, one of the most popular places for tourism
Comfortable climate with a variety of areas - from sea beaches to ski resorts

France visa programs

Information about resident visas: study visa, work visa, Tech Visa, family reunification, visitor visa

Immigration to France

A handy compilation of practical information

Imigrata Immigration Specialist
Visas to France:
All entry restrictions have been lifted, and all visa visas are being issued.

Transit conditions:
Transit is allowed without restrictions, but entry to France is closed to tourists arriving from Brazil, India and South Africa.

France has banned flights of Russian aircraft over its territory, flights from Russia have been canceled. You can get into the country through Turkey, the UAE or from other European countries.

Epidemiological situation:
  • entry to France is allowed with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 24 hours;
  • Janssen, Sinopharm or Sinovac-Coronavac vaccination certificate is required from Pfizer, Spikevax, Vaxzevria, Sinopharm or Sinovac-Coronavac;
  • you will need medical insurance covering a possible Covid-19 disease.

The best cities to live in France

The top 5 best cities to live in France include:
Paris is the capital of France and the most visited city in the world, the center of fashion and art and just a legendary place with a centuries-old history, the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower;
Toulouse is a "pink city" with a high standard of living, universities, an art school and a developed industry. There are many enterprises of the space, aviation, electronic and biochemical industries located here, and the average salary is 2000 euros;
Bordeaux is a tourist center and the second city in France in terms of the number of monuments of historical and cultural heritage, and it is also a leader in the field of IT, on the territory of which the Ford automobile concern, the MICHELIN plant are located, the aviation, space and defense industries, shipbuilding and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are developed;
Rennes is the capital of the Brittany region with a population of about 215 thousand people and low rent for housing. Slavs are treated well here and the unemployment rate is quite low;
Nantes is the administrative center of the Loire region, clean, beautiful, with many historical attractions, museums and parks with a mild climate. There are a lot of ancient architecture, castles and cathedrals of the 13th-15th centuries and a good ecological situation.

Pros and cons of moving to France

Advantages of living in France:
  • France is a recognized capital of fashion, culture and art;
  • A highly developed post-industrial country with a stable economy, one of the founding states of the European Union, a nuclear power, a member of NATO and the UN Security Council;
  • In the first place in France - family and human well-being;
  • French cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, it's not worth talking about French wines - everything is obvious here: champagne, cognac, dry wines - everything appeared here;
  • Fresh, natural, very high-quality local products, including fish, shrimp, lobster, oysters and many more seafood that are appreciated all over the world;
  • A high level of higher education and a huge number of excellent universities located in different regions of the country;
  • France is the most visited country in the world, and Paris is the most visited city by tourists, which allows France to be one of the undisputed leaders in the service sector, restaurant and tourism business.
Cons of living in France:
  • Not the most budget-friendly country to live in;
  • High taxes, the total amount of which is collected from obscure state and local fees for non-Frenchmen, however, there are benefits that allow small businesses with low incomes, private doctors and teachers, representatives of agriculture, fisheries and employees of several other areas not to pay VAT;
  • Frequent and large-scale strikes are not scary, but it is unusual for many;
  • A lot of paper bureaucracy;
  • Migrants - there are really a lot of them in some regions of the country and they manifest themselves vividly.

Housing in France

Renting a house in France for a long time is not very easy.
  • as a rule, the lease agreement is concluded for one year and is automatically extended if one of the parties does not want to terminate it (serious justifications are needed for termination by the landlord, for example, the sale of real estate or proven damage to real estate caused by the fault of the tenant);
  • in 50% of cases, you will be required to confirm your financial solvency. If you come to France for work, an employment contract or an account statement will do. Recently, tenants from the Russian Federation have been asked to pay at least 2-3 months of rent at once, in some cases it may be necessary to pay for housing for six months. The deposit is usually equal to the payment amount for one month;
  • you can haggle and try to lower the price.

In France, the labeling of housing is slightly different compared to Russia. What we used to call a "one-bedroom apartment" will be called a studio, and a two-bedroom apartment will be called a one-bedroom apartment. In France, it is traditionally customary to indicate not the number of rooms in total, but the number of separate bedrooms. The living room, in any case, will be attached to these bedrooms, more often, with an American-style kitchen, that is, combined with the living room.

The cost of renting an apartment:
as in any other country, it depends on the location - the more prestigious the area, the more expensive it is to rent a house.

The cost of utilities:
the cost of house maintenance, garbage collection, cleaning and cleaning of the pool (if there is one in your house) is most often included in the rent and is approximately 50-70 euros per month, depending on the commune. Electricity and water are paid separately and is approximately 200-250 euros per month.

Housing prices vary depending on the region and start from about 350 euros per month, the average price in France is 700-1000 euros for a one-bedroom apartment. In most cases, this cost will include the Internet, which is not very fast in the country, so if you need to work from home with the transmission of large amounts of information over the network, specify the possibility of increasing the speed and power of the Internet additionally!

Where to look for housing:

Medicine in France

The French healthcare system is recognized as one of the best in the world in terms of accessibility for the population.
The main problem of free medicine in France is queues, so sometimes you have to wait a long time for a specialist's consultation, but this issue is solved with the help of private medical centers where you can purchase insurance. It is also important that if you have such insurance, you will easily be able to visit Russian-speaking specialists, of whom there are enough, so you can not be afraid of the language barrier in matters of medicine.

Regardless of their citizenship, they have the right to free medical care:
  • Working foreigners;
  • Children under 18;
  • Pregnant women.
Medicines in pharmacies are not cheap, but if you come with a prescription from a French doctor, they will sell them to you at a significant discount (40-60%, and sometimes 90%) or even give them out for free.

Education in France

Education in France consists of four stages:
preschool education for children from young age to 6 years;
primary school education for children from 6 to 12 years;
secondary education for teenagers from 12 to 16 (general) or up to 18 years (professional or preparation for university admission);
higher education.
Up to 3 years of age, they will help take care of children in public and private nurseries and kindergartens.

Preschool education in France is not mandatory, but from 3 to 6 years of age a child can be sent to a specialized school, which are of three types:
  • public (free),
  • private (tuition is paid by parents),
  • private with partial funding (part of the costs is borne by the state).
Despite the fact that attendance at these schools is not mandatory, the vast majority of French children attend such educational institutions where they learn to read, write, communicate, and sometimes begin to learn a second language, most often English.

Higher education in France has three stages:
  • bachelor's degree, which in France is called Grado;
  • Master's degree or specialty: plus 1-2 year courses for a Master's degree;
  • Doctorate, or Doctorado — plus three or more years of study after obtaining a master's degree. An analogue of the Russian postgraduate school, as a result, implies the defense of a dissertation.
Diplomas of French universities are recognized in all European countries.

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