FAQ


What is Paris Unraveled?
What exactly does Paris Unraveled do?
What are your qualifications?
Can Paris Unraveled answer my questions about …..?
Can Paris Unraveled help me with my insurance / my health insurance / my landlord / my French taxes?
Can Paris Unraveled help me find an apartment in Paris?
How long does it take to find an apartment in Paris?


What is Paris Unraveled?

Paris Unraveled is, first and foremost, a website that offers hundreds of articles of free information on living, working, and studying in France. It started in 2010 as a way to share information on how easy it is to move to France as an independent student, and has grown into a database of information on all of the practical aspects of living in France, from getting health insurance to finding housing to renewing your carte de séjour.

Paris Unraveled, EURL is a French limited liability company that assists foreigners in France with moving to France and resolving administrative and bureaucratic issues. We provide advise on a consulting basis on various topics related to living in France, and we provide services directly to individuals who would like personalized assistance in obtaining or renewing a visa or various other aspects of living in France.
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What exactly does Paris Unraveled do?

Our main business activity is providing services to English speakers who would like to move to France or who already live here and need assistance with practical matters.

But the second part of our job is just as important: explaining how France works to the non-French. We understand that France and dealing with French administrations can be frustrating – we’re used to it.

You’re not used to it. And it’s up to us to explain how things work in France and how long you can expect certain things to take, whether it’s transferring your driver’s licence or getting a reimbursement for healthcare.

Currently, our complete list of services is as follows:

Paris Unraveled is committed not only to assisting with whatever administrative problem you’re having, but also setting clear expectations (or as clear as we can with French administrations!) about the potential outcomes and the timeline for getting a resolution.
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What are your qualifications?

Allison has been living in France for 7 years, and her experiences have run the gamut: study abroad with Columbia University, studying independently in a French university (public and grande école), teaching with TAPIF, babysitting, working full time, marrying a French guy, and most recently, having a French baby. She started writing Paris Unraveled when she was still a student, to help others find their way to France.

Since beginning Paris Unraveled, Allison has helped numerous students and expats with a variety of situations: getting accepted into several different French universities, finding appropriate language school courses, assisting with problems with an insurance company, with inappropriate tenants, with assurance maladie, with leaving a job. She has experience dealing with all kinds of French administrations, and her familiarity with the different visa types comes from several years of interacting with many American and Canadian expats and their experiences applying for all types of visas.
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Can Paris Unraveled answer my questions about …..?

If it has to do with living in France, we can probably answer it, since we’ve been battling French bureaucracy since 2007. Unfortunately, though, we receive many requests for we can’t answer every personal email inquiry that comes our way.

If you’d like advice or feedback on your particular situation, feel free to schedule a 45-minute Pick My Brain session. Once you book a session, you’ll be taken to the calendar to book an appointment, and you’ll receive a questionnaire with your preferred method of contact (phone, Skype, Google+) and an inquiry into the types of questions you’d like answered during your session, so we can be prepared.

You can book a Pick My Brain Session here: www.parisunraveled.com/pick-my-brain/
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Can Paris Unraveled help me with my insurance / my health insurance / my landlord / my French taxes?

Paris Unraveled does not have a lawyer or an accountant on staff, and we do not practice law.

However, very few administrative tasks require the assistance of an attorney or a certified professional, and Paris Unraveled is qualified to assist both in standard immigration and consular procedures as well as liaising with the tax office. Paris Unraveled can assist and advocate in most French administrations: from applying for, renewing, or changing a carte de séjour status, to assisting with problems with insurance, internet, phone, or other service providers, to helping to deal with a difficult landlord. We can attend the entry or exit état des lieux, assist with getting your security deposit returned (or a justification of amounts withheld as under French law), or other housing-related issues.

In the ‘legal advice’ arena, we can assist with researching questions you may have, including providing information from Services Publiques and French legal forums, or with getting legal services from actual practicing French lawyers.

Similarly, Paris Unraveled can draft official correspondence in French and advise you on how to give notice to leave your job, your apartment, cancel a contract, etc.

Finally, we can advise you *very generally* on your obligation for filing US and French tax returns and point you to the appropriate professionals who can help you prepare your declarations, as well as advising you in what circumstances you may want to consult an accountant or an attorney.

If you would like Paris Unraveled’s assistance, please complete the form below. We will evaluate your request and our capacity to complete it, and reply with a fee quote.

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Can Paris Unraveled help me find an apartment in Paris?

Unfortunately, no. Finding housing in Paris as a foreigner is notoriously difficult, and we have been unable to develop a satisfactory service that meets our clients’ needs. We recommend you contact Allo Student Rentals for assistance with finding student housing.

Once you have secured housing, however, Paris Unraveled can assist with getting settled in Paris through our Paris Launch Service.
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How long does it take to find an apartment in Paris?

It depends how picky you are, how much money you have, and whether or not you have a guarantor (co-signer) in France. Unfortunately, it can take quite a while. Our best advice is to reserve a short-term rental or hotel room for 10-14 days upon arrival in Paris, and pursue all options (agencies and private rentals) relentlessly. You can download apps like PAP (Particulier à Particulier) and Le Bon Coin for iOS and Android, and set up alerts to be notified immediately when something that meets your criteria becomes available.

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