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Obtaining citizenship and then "overstaying" old visa

Would there it be a problem in this case? No. EU countries aren't supposed to stamp EU passports, so virtually no Italian (or other EU citizen) leaving France (or other Schengen country) has any ...
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My father is French can I get French citizenship?

Yes, you are French, and the reason is your dad was French the day you were born (at least it seems very likely it was the case). As you are French, you can request a passport or national ID from ...
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

It's relatively easy, yes, but there are several caveats: You need to become a resident in France before you apply (and this requirement is assessed more broadly than residence for, say, tax purposes)...
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I recently became an EU national from a country different of the one I live. How do I get insured?

Your citizenship is irrelevant, you only get a EHIC through affiliation with one of the EU's statutory healthcare/insurance systems. You could therefore have gotten one as a Brazilian citizen and ...
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Ohio>Arizona>Germany>France driver's license conversion?

I had a resolution to this matter a few months ago, so I thought I'd post the answer. The short answer: it is possible to use the original license state as the source of reciprocity. The long version:...
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Why do landlords in France sometimes ask for a RIB?

Merely knowing your bank account details is not enough to set up a direct debit, the bank would require your consent (autorisation de prélévement). If you haven't signed such a form, the landlord ...
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Born in France before jus soli was repealed (but in the same year)

That part of the law only became effective later, after the “décret d'application” was published (I think it went into effect on January 1, 1994 as provided in the law itself but certainly not before ...
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Grandfather served in the French army for 4.5 years: Can I get French nationality?

It's difficult to tell based on the information you present but my guess is that you will not be able to use your French citizenship, if you have it. The reasons for that are a bit complex but I will ...
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Is changing the surname important after getting married in France for applying spouse visa?

Even though many (possibly most) women take their husband's name upon marriage: This is far from universal, and definitely not mandatory On all official paperwork (ID cards, passports), they keep ...
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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my "contrat de travail" if I work outside of France?

An “attestation d'emploi” or “attestation de l'employeur” should be enough, if producing your work contract is not practical. Here are a few templates from various real estate agents (PDF) that seem ...
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Exchanging an American driving license for a French one

Since the license is from outside the EU, EU law does not specify exactly what the rules are so there might be differences from one country to the other within the EU. Being an EU citizen does not ...
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Good public school to learn French in Paris?

Free French Courses I am not aware of publicly advertised free French courses in Paris, and a quick google search seems to agree with me. However I can speculate that you could find local cultural/...
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Will it be possible to get French citizenship?

Ius sanguini in French nationality law (or “droit du sang”) does not quite work in the way implied by some of your questions. Nobody can “get” citizenship by ius sanguini after the fact, you either ...
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U.S. citizen living in France w/ French work permit - is it illegal to keep working for U.S. company?

First point is that if you work in France, you are supposed to be affiliated to French “social protection” system. That entails paying income-dependent mandatory contributions but also benefits (...
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Coping with an emotional shock as a Foreign student in France

It's difficult to know exactly what happened. It's entirely possible that you met some rude people and that miscommunication made things worse or that your interlocutors felt bad about the situation ...
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Mailing an envelope overseas with return postage

The common solution to the general problem of how to send mail to a recipient in a foreign country and pay for them to send it back to you is the International Reply Coupon, which is overseen by the ...
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Can anyone tell if an EU driving licence has been exchanged from a non-EU country?

Yes, normally they can tell that the license is exchanged because there is a mention at the back, on the bottom part, (at the very least, for the new, credit-card format licenses) with a code ...
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Can I ask my home EU State for a duplicate licence if it has been taken by another Member State?

The logic of the system is simple: In the EU, only the state where you reside is competent for driving license issues. As a rule, other member states — including the one where you originally obtained ...
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Postal Service in France

Despite the word “lettre”, “lettre prioritaire”, “lettre verte” or “lettre recommandée” are not types of envelopes but service levels (with different prices/stamps) “Lettre prioritaire” is the ...
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

In the US, there's an excise tax on foreign insurance policies. The tax rates depend on the kind of insurance, for life insurance it's 1% of the premium. You can find more information in the IRS ...
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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?

The dossier is just a bunch of documents. Generally they ask for: a work contract, or some document proving you have a job proof of your salary (either 3 last paychecks, or your work contract again) ...
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T2 / F2 / F3 / ... - Appartment size codes in France

Here is a translation of the corresponding explanation on the French Wikipedia site: T1, T2, T3, etc: T is used for Type, and corresponds to a type of apartment with the number of main rooms ...
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International money transfer online from a French bank

What you describe is not universal, but it is not unheard of either. Remember that France is still a country which makes heavy use of cheques - this is somewhere with some very modern banking features,...
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Can We Move To France Although We Don't Live In The EU?

You have a right to live in France under EU rules if you qualify in one of four ways: working, having sufficient resources, studying or being the spouse of another EU citizen who qualifies. The ...
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Coping with an emotional shock as a Foreign student in France

I do not find this weird. I am not arguing on the rudeness, I tend to think French people may be rude for no reason. But you should understand that in France, administration and responsibilities are ...
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Carte de séjour in France if I already have a long-stay visa--what's the point?

I don't have a full answer for you, or a full understanding of the situation, but here are a few useful bits of information based on personal experience. The carte de séjour will also serve as a visa ...
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Dublin Regulation - is there a way we can stay in Germany?

You really need a lawyer to deal with this. The best solution to know about your options and find a lawyer is to approach a refugee support group like the ones mentioned by Zach. As far as your ...
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Is there a type of French visa to bridge the gap between two visas?

A few options: Apply for an autorisation provisoire de séjour. Provided she graduated and her diploma meets the requirements, she can use that to look for work for up to 12 months. The fact she would ...
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Mobile carriers in France and how they work across the EU

A few years ago, roaming within Europe was quite expensive. Since then, the European Commission have identified roaming as a notable impediment to the single market, so have been taking some strong ...
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