Hints on helpful websites for new expat arrivals in France

Published:  31 Jan at 6 PM
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Becoming an expat is a challenge, especially as regards the twin hurdles of bureaucracy and total confusion as regards getting everything sorted.

France has always been a favourite destination for British expats, drawn by the culture, the cuisine, the clement weather and the laid-back lifestyle, all of which combine to confuse brand new arrivals however tempting they may sound. Fortunately, especially when dealing with French bureaucracy, the internet is every newly-arrived expat’s best friend with its literally hundreds of online guides to settling in without any hassle.

The Expat Hub is good for general emigration and has a dedicated section on emigrating to France. Features include the real experiences of real expats brave enough to post the do’s and don’ts of .adjusting to new experiences and a new lifestyle. There’s also a helpful forum covering all aspects of expat life and giving useful tips for newbies. Angloinfo is a global network aimed at all types of expats anywhere in the world, including France, and offers advice on every single aspect of moving overseas. Currency exchange, house purchase, healthcare, money matters, working and much more is covered, and blog posts from experienced expatriates deal with problem-solving and give region-specific information.

Expatica is a long-established, Brit-aimed website providing general information about France and many other expat destinations as well as featuring yet more helpful blogs covering both practical information and actual experiences. It’s especially useful for the serious things in expat life, such as legislation, immigration and coping with different French systems, and also includes arranging internet access, electricity, registration, local healthcare, finance, education and accommodation as well as the cultural aspects of living in the country.

Internations aims to provide an online community-based one-stop-shop for everything expats need to know about their new countries of residence. From useful advice through the exchange of information to networking and finding online friends, joining in local community meet-ups and organising help groups for people in need, it’s globally accepted as an invaluable resource for new arrivals as well as established long-term expatriates.
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