I get tons of questions and comments every day on the Americans in France facebook group, in my individual consultations, and at the monthly Q&As about helping people to understand their visa and work options for moving to France. But there’s one topic has BY FAR the most misconceptions: working remotely.
With the rise of “digital nomads” over the past ten years, the creation of fully-remote jobs requiring only a computer and an internet connection, and the pandemic accelerating the ability to work from home even indefinitely, many people have taken advantage and have been empowered to work from anywhere, including from other countries. While it may seem exciting to be able to live anywhere, explore a new city and learn a new language by day, then work on your home company’s timezone by night, there isn’t a sole effective and legal way to do so. The fact is that remote work is relatively new and not well-defined or regulated by existing laws makes it more difficult to ensure you’re doing everything correctly.
There is A LOT of misinformation about what it means to “work remotely” and whether or not it’s truly possible to do so in France. And in many cases, when I talk to potential clients who want to move here to “retire,” they end up doing a lot of loophole-seeking to determine if agreeing not to work in France really means agreeing not to work in France, like, at all. (Spoiler alert: it does!)
So this week, I’ve recorded a short podcast episode explaining the ins and outs of working remotely – what people generally mean when they say they plan to work remotely in France, the risks of doing so improperly, and the limited ways it IS possible to live and work in France from your laptop.
Here are this week’s announcements: