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Old 27.10.2008, 11:11
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live in france, what do i need?

hello
we have recently moved to geneva and after looking at the rental market would like to live in france and commute.
I have searched the forums here and elsewhere but cant find any info on what i need to live in france but work in switzerland.
we are canadian and have a swiss work permit.

1.were told that we need a french long term visa to reside in france? unfortunatley we dont know of anyone that actually lives in france that is a canadian citizen (non eu), the WHO sos help centre was clueless on how to proceed.

2.can we rent in france without a permit or visa?

3.what happens daily when you cross the border in your car or the bus? do they check for a permit or visa?

4. assuming i need some sort of visa what happens with french taxes if i work for a UN organization?

5. who what where do i apply for the visa to live in france?

thanks in advance for your help.
please include links to any previous answers posted elsewhere that i couldnt find.

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Old 27.10.2008, 11:56
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Re: live in france, what do i need?

Hi,

CERN has this information on their website which may be useful: https://webh12.cern.ch/hr-services/s...#attributionFR
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Can I work in Geneva and live in France?
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hello
we have recently moved to geneva and after looking at the rental market would like to live in france and commute.
I have searched the forums here and elsewhere but cant find any info on what i need to live in france but work in switzerland.
we are canadian and have a swiss work permit.

1.were told that we need a french long term visa to reside in france? unfortunatley we dont know of anyone that actually lives in france that is a canadian citizen (non eu), the WHO sos help centre was clueless on how to proceed.

2.can we rent in france without a permit or visa?

3.what happens daily when you cross the border in your car or the bus? do they check for a permit or visa?

4. assuming i need some sort of visa what happens with french taxes if i work for a UN organization?

5. who what where do i apply for the visa to live in france?

thanks in advance for your help.
please include links to any previous answers posted elsewhere that i couldnt find.

G
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Old 27.10.2008, 12:38
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Re: live in france, what do i need?

thanks for the advice but im looking for actual information please to my questions.
if you have found answers on this site please post the links, Ive searched the entire forum with all kinds of key phrases and words and cannot find a solid answer that doesn't end up in a diluted thread of gibberish about a used audi or a romanian national wanting to purchasing a house in france.

Surely there must be someone who has dealt with this before.

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Old 27.10.2008, 13:38
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thanks for the advice but im looking for actual information please to my questions.
if you have found answers on this site please post the links, Ive searched the entire forum with all kinds of key phrases and words and cannot find a solid answer that doesn't end up in a diluted thread of gibberish about a used audi or a romanian national wanting to purchasing a house in france.

Surely there must be someone who has dealt with this before.

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A clue may be englishforum.ch, why would you presume a forum for people living in Switerland would be full of experts on French matters. I would suggest one of the French equivalents that deals with French residency issues, would be a better place to look. Want absolute fact try the embassy, want to rely on opinion from an annonymous forum try the assylum.

I do live in France, have a place in Switzerland, and have taxable income in both countries, so can tell you that all the information is out there if you look in the right places and the EF isn't it. If you put as much effort into you investigation as you have your intro' to the forum I'm not to suprised your coming up short, and if you haven't spokento anyone who has done what you want to do, do you think there may be a reason.

I can condense it to: it's complicated, accomodation is cheaper, but generally of lower quality and way less protected, cost of living is marginally cheaper, and the commute is a potential bind...
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Re: live in france, what do i need?

I am quite surprised that you found the link I sent you useless. It has links to French government websites with actual information about resident permits.

If you work for a public international organisation you do not pay income tax in the country in which you live, regardless of whether it is Switzerland or France.

But by choosing France you lose some of the privileges that you get if you live in Switzerland -- spouse employment on a Ci permit, for example.

What other actual information do you need? Yes, they may stop you at the border and ask to see your visa or your residence permit. Or they may not. The more time you cross it, statistically your chances of being stopped increase.

I would say that you need to sort out your work-related issues first -- will surely need a copy of your contract when renting a flat wherever it is. Then go and talk to real estate agencies that deal with rentals on the French side -- there are dozens if you go down the main street in Ferney-Voltaire, and I am sure they can enlighten you further.
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