Paris - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

I know many expats who have jobs on the local economy but most of them are Europeans or people who have found their jobs in their home country and then were sent here for work. For those of us at the U.S. Embassy, there is the "must have visa to work, can't work without a visa" conundrum. And I think it would be very difficult to compete with other applicants without fluent French. - Aug 2015

If you don't have EU work papers then you have to find a company willing to sponsor you. It helps if you have a unique or in demand skill set. Otherwise, there are always EFM jobs at the Embassy. - Feb 2015

Yes. - Jun 2013

If you speak French, yes. - Sep 2010

Hard to say. U.S. Embassy has de facto work agreement, but I know almost no spouses working on the local economy who aren't self-employed. The Embassy has a SNAP program, but it has not been able to help many spouses find work on the local economy. French language skills would help a lot. - Apr 2009

Without French working papers it can be tough. Multinationals are probably your best bet. - Dec 2008

I am not familiar with this, but the Embassy has a SNAP coordinator to assist with this. - Jun 2008


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