Many Americans, lured by images of the French joie de vivre, dream at one point or another in their lives of spending extended periods of time in France. Be it for their studies, for work or even to retire. What most are unaware of, though, are the intricacies, the bureaucracy, and often sluggishness of the French Administration when it comes to dealing with any type of paperwork! Bienvenue en France!
One person in the Seattle area can guide them through the process and even assist them in filing their paperwork. If need be, she will even make middle of the night phone calls to talk with a representative of les Impôts (French IRS) or any administrative office, usually open Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm and 2pm-4pm. (Lunch break is sacred in France). Subtract nine hours to those times if you are in the Pacific Standard Time zone! Read the rest of this entry »