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Moving from France to the UK in September - taxes and tax breaks given the different years?

This is a specialisation of the How to handle moving between countries with different tax year dates question, for what seems like one of the specific edge cases from it. France uses calendar years ...
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French Post: What is the difference between “post export” and “lettre prioritaire” [closed]

I am sending small items, less than 50 grams, from France to the US mostly, and normally use "lettre Prioritaire" which takes 1-4 weeks for 1.78 Euro. I just sent something "post export" for 6.73 ...
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Obtaining a copy of the “attestation d'accueil”

My friends in France obtained and filled out the attestation d'accueil form which I need for my Schengen visa application, however they sent it via the postal service instead of scanning it in and ...
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Moving to France, American resident (Finnish Citizen who has never lived there)

I know I can technically move to France, but since I have not been living in the EU- is there anything I need to be aware of? For example, how to register as a resident, how to obtain public health ...
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Does anyone know about the “Carte de commerçant étranger”?

I'm looking at the Carte de commerçant étranger, a French long stay visa for those who are able to make their own business/living in France. I'm wondering if anyone on here has ever done this, how did ...
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Mobile carriers in France and how they work across the EU

I am planning to move to France and I am a bit curious, how do cellular carriers/networks operate in the European Union? If I have a mobile from Orange, will it stop working once I leave France? Is it ...
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Notarizing a signature for a document to be sent to the US (AZ) while in France

I need to get a certified copy of my Arizona driving record. This requires me to complete this form and send it to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (AZ MVD) along with a check. The form ...
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Ohio>Arizona>Germany>France driver's license conversion?

I originally took my driving test in Ohio at the age of 16 and received an Ohio license. While I was in college in Arizona, I converted that license to an Arizona one. Last year, I converted the ...
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Exchanging an American driving license for a French one

A friend of mine is a dual US / UK citizen, but did his driving test in the USA so holds an Ohio driving license. He has been living for some time now in France. Recently, he's been finding some ...
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Until what date do you have to pay rent in France when vacating a flat?

As I came to understand, when you are vacating a flat in France, there can be many key dates: The date on which you would like to leave, that you write in your letter, The actual date that ...
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My father is French can I get French citizenship?

My father was born in France (to French parents) and has a French passport. I am a 26yo Australian citizen. Can I get French citizenship? I have read a lot about it on various forums but was unable ...
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Postal Service in France

I am having a really tough time in France since my French is survivalist at best and that doesn't seem to work with locals. I thought I'd post this on expats.SE and hope that I receive help. ...
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

Can a French national becoming a US resident legally keep their life insurance? Is there any legal restrictions, other than having to inform the bank and the IRS (because of FATCA)?
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

I'm a U.S. citizen looking at studying in Europe. Right now France or Germany seem like the best/cheapest places (but open to suggestions!). I've had a few people tell me that if you graduate from a ...
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As a foreigner opening a first bank account in France, how long to get a cheque book?

Thanks to the answers in How to open bank account in France if I don't have address of residence yet, I think I now possess the required documents in order to open a French bank account. Yey! As ...
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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my “contrat de travail” if I work outside of France?

I've just arrived in France, and I'm looking to rent somewhere for the few months that I'll be here. Based on the answers in Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), I've managed ...
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Are there alternatives to a cheque for “caution” (deposit) when renting as a new arrival in France?

I've been in France a few days now, and I'm looking to rent somewhere (hotels etc being a little expensive for the long term). Having spoken with a few agents, they all seem to want a Euro denominated ...
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Financial aid while studying in France

I am going to study in Paris for a year (Erasmus). My sending institution will cover some part of my expenses but until I am able to find a job I will be living off my savings. Are there any ...
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Bound accounts in France and Canada

I am a resident in France and am considering moving back and forth to Canada in the next years. I currently have a bank account in France. I am looking for a bank that would offer an account in both ...
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Delay in Long Stay Visa Processing (for France)

I have a job offer (as researcher) from a lab in France. The offer was made on the 17th of Jan 2014 and I received the documentation (convention d'accueil) on the 17th of March 2014. I went ahead with ...
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As an EU citizen living in France, how can I register to vote (eg EU elections)?

As I understand it, as a citizen of another EU country living in France, I'm eligible to vote in some elections, but possibly not all. European Parliament elections should definitely be allowed, and ...
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Tracking French long stay visa application status online

I am looking to find a way to track my French long stay visa application. I had my visa interview/appointment on 3/24/2014 at the Consulate general of France in Chicago. From previous experiences ...
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If asked for ID in France by the police, as an EU national what is considered valid?

On the rare occasion when I've seen people in France challenged by the police about their identity, they've always seemed to show their Carte nationale d’identité sécurisée (CNIS). However, since I'm ...
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What do I need to do to move my pets with me to France?

I'm Israeli with a European citizenship (Romanian). I'm thinking of moving to France to live and work long-term. I also have 2 dogs that I would like to keep with me when I go. What is the ...
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How to find an English-speaking general practitioner in France?

I'm in need of a general practitioner visit and I'm in Paris. Is there any way to know which ones speak English, because it's quite uncommon that people speak English well here, and I don't have ...
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Using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in France

I came from Denmark to France. I have Danish health insurance plus I have the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) from authorities in Denmark which is supposed to cover you overall in EU for your ...
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Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), from abroad before you move?

For my planned upcoming move to France, to somewhere other than Paris, I'm looking to find somewhere to live. Based on advice in a few of the other questions here, I'm thinking of finding a flat share ...
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How do I pay with a French cheque?

I am used to always pay with cash or credit card and I never had to pay with a cheque. I am not comfortable with it and I would like to know what are the parts I should fill, if I have to be very ...
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How to prove I am out of the country - Ministry of External affairs, India and Government of France

I was planning on posting this in the "chat" section but I thought maybe it is a worthwhile question. Here is some background I am an Indian citizen in the USA on an F1 visa. I have received a job ...
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How do I pay French taxes if I'm leaving the country before receiving the tax form?

I worked from April 2013 until now (March 2014) in France, but now I am moving abroad (to Italy). How can I pay my French taxes on revenue for 2013? What about 2014? I have not declared anywhere in ...
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Where do I file my tax when participating to the International Internship Programme (VIE) if non-French

International Internship Programme (VIE) is a type of contract that offers to many European citizens to work abroad. From the program description, you are officially employed by the French Ministry of ...
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When do I have to register for French taxes, if I'm a new arrival working in another EU country?

I'm currently thinking of moving to France, for something like 4-6 months, to try to get my French to a higher standard. This would only be a temporary move, and I'd remain employed in another EU ...
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How long can I drive a EU registered car in France for?

What are the rules around how long you can spend driving in France with a car that is registered elsewhere in the EU, before you have to go about taxing/registering/etc it? And does it make any ...
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How long can you live+drive in France before you have to change your EU driving license?

If you move to France, and hold a driving license from another EU country, how long can you drive in France on your existing license? Related - when that time is up, what is the process you then have ...
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As an EU national just moved to France, how do I get a “Attestation d'accueil” for a friend's visa?

I'd previously said to an Indian friend that they ought to come over and stay with me in the summer. At the time, I'd thought I'd be in the UK, and I'm fairly happy about how to go about helping them ...
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Is it true that having speed camera alerter is illegal in France? [closed]

I have heard stories of people that drive around Europe, that particularly in France you can get fined for using any Navigation system or device that comes bundled with, fixed Speed camera alerts. Is ...
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“Address in France” for Long stay french visa for researchers

I am faced with a conundrum. I have recently received my convention d'accueil (or "Welcome document") from the research lab I will be working with betwee 5/14-5/15. I am to take this convention d'...
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Can a French national living in the US be tried twice for the same crime?

From expatica.com, According to the French criminal code (code penal) every crime that is committed abroad by a French national is punishable in France. This has allowed the government to prosecute ...
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When trying to rent in France, what is this “dossier” I keep hearing about, and how do I get/produce one?

I've just started researching how to rent in France, and I've found a few references to needing something called a "dossier". When I've mentioned to a someone French where I was planning to move to, ...
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As an EU national moving to France, what are the rules about registering?

Within the EU, for EU nationals, there is a right to freedom of movement, which (slightly simplified) means you can visit, live and work in any other EU country. Depending on the country you go to, ...
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As a new arrival in France, will I have problems using a non-French Euro bank account?

I'm thinking of moving to France quite soon, and based on this question on opening a French bank account, I've some idea of what'd be involved in opening a new account there. However, I already have a ...
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Freelancing in Canada without work permit

I am a EU citizen and I expect to visit Canada for an extended period (I am allowed to stay up to 6 months without a work permit). As this is a rather long period, I would like to do some freelancing ...
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Getting a “mutuelle” in France with EU health insurance

I have my European (Czech in my case) governmental health insurance, which covers me during my stay in France as much as how local people are covered by "securité sociale", which is 60% of medical ...
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How to open bank account in France if I don't have address of residence yet

I just moved into France from another EU country. I wanted to open a bank account, but traditional banks want a confirmation of address (either from the landlord or e.g. an electricity bill), and ...

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