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 advice 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 relocating.
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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.

We provide full-service packages like Franceformation and the French Business Accelerator to assist with clients’ visa and administrative needs.

For clients on a budget, we also offer do-it-yourself programs like the Complete French Business Incubator and answer questions and provide tutorials in the FrancoFiles community.

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.

Since 2013, she has been administering the Americans in France community on Facebook, where she has grown the group to nearly 6,000 members and provided over 17 full days of administrative and visa support by answering members’ questions (that’s over 25,000 questions!)
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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, please join the FrancoFiles community and ask your questions in the relevant forum, or sign up to attend one of our twice-monthly virtual office hours sessions to discuss your situation with Allison live.

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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 in answering your questions or drafting correspondence, please join the FrancoFiles community and ask questions in the forums or attend office hours.

Can Paris Unraveled help me find an apartment in Paris?

No. For our Franceformation clients, we coordinate with housing agencies geared towards foreigners in Paris, but we do not provide this service independently.

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