Learn the Truth About Expats Moving to France in the next 60 seconds

Along with its recent rapid increase in popularity as a permanent residence destination with many of the expat community, comes a lot of inaccurate and incorrect information about the basics of moving to France.

Don’t despair, in just sixty seconds we can clear up some of these popular urban myths about being an expat in France today.

Myth Number One – High VAT rates make living in France very expensive

Whilst at first glance, many current U.K. residents are deterred by the high V.A.T. (value added tax) on most goods and services in France, one needs to also consider the implications of this tax. France has relatively low barriers to entry economically and as such has developed an extremely competitive free market environment boasting world class goods and services at comparatively competitive prices.

One may also consider that this high V.A.T. has also created a safer living environment as well as free basic education and healthcare, making France a top contender for value for money and quality of life.

In conclusion, France offers a comparatively affordable lifestyle when all factors are considered.

Myth Number Two – France has many barriers to entry for Expats

If you are moving to France permanently, or for more three months, you will have to apply for a French Visa or a French residency. As with all visa and residency applications, this includes a clear criminal record and meeting certain basic requirements. For permanent relocation, you will have to apply to the “SécuritéSociale.”

Generally, when compared with other popular expat destinations, France offers a very responsive visa service, and these can usually be obtained within three months. Once residing in France, all nationalities are required to register with the local authorities, and this may take slightly longer and be a more involved process than the initial visa application. Outside of Paris, it often depends on the legislation of your specific region within France as to the finer details of this compulsory registration process.

Myth Number Three- France is an inhospitable environment for English speakers

Though there are elements of truth in this myth, one possible barrier to entry for expats, is that it is of utmost importance to have a basic understanding of the French language. Particularly if you intend to study or work in France, it may be worth considering well in advance of your move.

However, bringing your French language skills up to date is easy and affordable. Particularly in a highly competitive job market, a good command of French is essential. Even the large and popular French recruitment websites require a basic knowledge of French to get started. The French themselves are rather infamous for preferring to speak French over English!

It is not difficult to find an online, or physical French tutoring facility in your area, to meet your specific needs. French is a popular language and the demand for French language schools has created an abundance of facilities to learn French at your convenience.

5 Reasons Why Expats Like Moving to France

France has a long history of being a country rich in Culture, Arts, History and Entertainment. France makes for a popular destination with the Expat community, either as a permanent home or a holiday destination. Whilst Paris is the largest city on the European Continent, the French countryside has become a popular destination for long or short-term Expats abroad.

The top 5 reasons that France is a popular destination for Expats make a convincing case!

# Reason One: Low Crime Rates

With crime on the increase in the United Kingdom, many expats are drawn to France as it offers a comparatively safe living environment. For retirement age expats, personal security is an important factor when considering possible relocation. For younger families, a safer community is of paramount importance when considering the effects of an increasing crime threat within the United Kingdom

France offers a comparatively “free” living option for expats abroad, without the constant concerns and effects of crime.

# Reason Two: Cost of Living Lower than the U.K.

Despite a relatively large value added tax system on most consumer goods, France is a highly competitive global economy. Low profit margins keep the general cost of living considerably lower than the cost of living “back at home.”

The large consumer tax is also a crucial contributor to the overall safety and security within France, as well as their high quality of public healthcare and education.

# Reason Three: Good quality of life

France is well known for being one of the best cultural destinations worldwide. Its competitive economy makes for a great variety and quality of products and services on offer, at reasonable prices. With 22 different regions, France also offers a diverse cultural lifestyle, and a wide choice of communities to best suite your personal expat needs.

France continues to be a global trend setter for fashion, arts and culture, and is constantly buzzing with the latest industry leaders, celebrities and trendsetters. Consider this in addition to being a vibrant global economy with relatively low barriers to commerce, and France should be top of your list!

# Reason Four: Excellent Public Healthcare System

Public healthcare in France is the responsibility of the “l’assurancemaladie.” France’s public healthcare legislation was recently updated to become a “universal healthcare system.” This means that all residents in France, included foreigners, are covered by the public healthcare facility. This is a major advantage that France boasts over other possible destinations that expats may be considering. Especially as British residents are so accustomed to the National Healthcare Services, this is often an area that is not investigated when considering possible destinations abroad, despite it’s obvious importance.

# Reason Five: French Education Considered one of the best Internationally

France also boasts one of the top education systems worldwide. This is a major consideration for many expats comparing possible permanent relocation, either as a prospective job seeker or as parents considering their children’s future and education prospects. It is surprising to learn that in addition to being one of the top global education systems, basic education is both compulsory and free. For all residents of France, including foreigners, free basic education is available.

Excellent standards globally in both healthcare and education, as well as a safer living opportunity for the elderly and family orientated concerns, make France a compelling destination to consider when planning your future as an expat in today’s current political climate.