The types of people who tend to move to other countries also tend to be the types of people to want to go it alone. To do it themselves. To prove that they are capable of surmounting all of the challenges of getting a visa and learning the language and figuring out the local culture.
We tend to be the fiercely independent types. The adventurers. The optimists, and the dreamers. The ones who think that if we just put a little bit of effort into it, everything is figureoutable. Everything is possible.
And we’re not ones to take no for an answer.
We need proof that nothing can be done.
For the most part, these traits are positive – hell, it’s how we got here in the first place, isn’t it? We know that people move internationally, that they learn to speak foreign languages fluently, that they find foreign partners and that they thrive in different environments. Alas, French bureaucracy isn’t infamous because it’s easy and straightforward.
It may not always be easy, but there’s always a way.
It’s just that finding a way isn’t always easy.
It can be lonely. It can be frustrating. And even though we know we CAN go it alone, sometimes we wonder if we have to.
Our friends and our families don’t always understand, and they don’t always know how to support us. They wonder why we’d even bother if it’s so hard and causes us so much angst.
Because even when we know exactly what we want – moving to France, studying French, working internationally, creating a business or a life abroad – we don’t always know the next steps to getting it. And we don’t always know how to make it happen on our timeline. Sometimes, we have to wait for the pieces to fall into place. And sometimes, we have to locate all of the pieces first.
For other people, the ones who already have it all figured out, or who are staying right in their home country and don’t have to figure out these things, and the fears and disappointments that go along with them, our constant pursuit of our dreams can seem too naive, or too intense, or too difficult. When we have difficulties, we don’t always know where to turn. And as much as we want to rant to someone about how the préfecture sent is making us come back because we need another document or our justificatif de domicile is a week too old, sometimes they just don’t understand.
Moving to France, or living here, is a dance, and sometimes, it can be exhausting.
There are so many moving parts, from the visa, to fighting with the landlord over the security deposit, to figuring out the language, to understanding whether you even CAN start your own business with your immigration status.
But here’s the thing: just because you WANT to prove you can do it alone, and just because you COULD figure it out on your own, doesn’t mean you have to.
Others have come before you. We know the way. We’ve forged the paths, and found the shortcuts, and painted arrows on the trees. We know the pitfalls and cliffs. We’ve felt the dispair. We’ve waited in line at the préfecture at 5 AM and we’ve gone back 7 times to file the same form because every time we get a different person who wants something else.
We get it.
And that’s why Paris Unraveled is here to help.
I know you’re capable, but sometimes, you want someone to hold your hand, and tell you what to do, and explain what the next steps are. Sometimes, you need someone to find the loophole you need, or to listen to you vent about the préfecture or the bureaucracy or the customer service or any one of a million different things that are hard about living in a different country.
(And just because you choose to live here, you don’t have to love everything about it, or even like it sometimes. That’s life. There are plenty of things I don’t like about living in France, sometimes, but it’s still the place I choose to make my life.)
It’s not all rosé and éclairs and sparkling Eiffel Towers.
It shouldn’t have to be – it’s life.
So I’m here to hold your hand. To help you with what you need. To get you your visa, and your health insurance, and your electricity bill sorted, and to do all of the things you need to make your life in France easier.
To keep you on track.
So you can live the life you want, without the stress and the angst that comes with not knowing what to do, or how to do it in French, or how on earth you’re going to figure it out.
I’ve got you covered.
You just have to get in touch.
Paris Unraveled’s four France Assistance plans provide you with continuous administrative support throughout your time in France, depending on your needs.
If budget is your priority and you can figure out most things yourself, you’ll probably be happy with a limited amount of assistance per month, for the security of knowing I’m here when you need me. If you’re starting a business or applying for a complicated visa (like freelancing or passport talents), you’ll need one of our more advanced packages to ensure we can provide all of the assistance you need.
Here’s how it works:
Choose a package, and cancel any time. No hard feelings. If you sign up for a monthly package, the hours you pay for are valid for one month from your date of payment (e.g. March 7 through April 6). Hours don’t roll over, but they reset every month.
If you choose a yearly package, you can use the time whenever you want. That means that if you’re on the budget package and need 12 hours in the first month, but don’t need any more assistance until month 4, that’s fine – you still get the full benefit of the hours you’ve paid for until the anniversary of your contract.
As long as you’ve provided complete information, any tasks assigned up to 3 calendar days before the end of your contract will be completed. That means, in the example above, that if you give us a form to complete on April 3 and your hours expire April 6, we’ll finish it.
Once you sign up, you can set up an initial brief phone call to go over the first things you need help with. Allison will create a Basecamp account to track communications and to share documents, and she’ll give you a list of things to upload so we can get started right away. She’ll also give you regular reminders to contact her with questions and things you may need to get done, so you can anticipate and stay on top of all of the French paperwork you need to handle.
And if you’re not sure which package may be right for you, complete the form below to have a 10 minute call with Allison, so we can determine together how to best meet your needs.
Like anything that’s totally worth it, living in France can be difficult and frustrating at times – but I can have your back. Just make sure I know to watch it.
First, check out the package options:
- Does it cover your visa type?
- Does it cover the types of administrative help you need?
- Does it provide in-person assistance like accompanying you to the préfecture if you need it?
Next, sign up below:
You’ll schedule your first call right in my calendar to go over the first things you need assistance with. The sign-up process will also walk you through a questionnaire about the tasks and projects we can work on. (You can scroll down to see all of the options).
Not sure which package is right for you?
Complete the form below and schedule a ten minute call to discuss your needs with Allison, so she can recommend a package and identify a reasonable timeline for the projects you need done.
What happens next?