Your health care coverage essentially depends on your civil status in France. While French citizens may continue to be covered by French social security, most expats who were covered in France through a job or visa will have to rely on a private insurer. Note that for many destination countries health insurance will be required before entering the country.
If you are a French citizen or were working in France under certain statutes, you will want to verify whether you are eligible for Pôle Emploi compensation. For example, you could be compensated for three months during an expatriation in Europe, or if you return to France later you may be eligible to collect AER (an allowance granted for those wishing to return to work in France) or residual rights.
Expatriation almost always will affect your tax situation. It’s always best to plan beforehand and consider all implications given your citizenship(s), earnings in France, and your destination country, among many other factors.
Should you keep your French bank account? Open an account in your destination country? What accounts should you close? The answers vary depending on your situation and your destination country.
Notice periods and cancellation methods vary depending on the service and company. A departure abroad is in most cases legitimate grounds for cancellation without extra fees. Even so, your provider’s cancellation terms must be respected and you should send supporting documentation to justify the cancellation.
The notice period to terminate your lease generally varies from one to three months, depending on the reason for departure and the type of housing (i.e., furnished, in a tight real estate market, etc.). Remember to verify your lease termination conditions!
Whether you decide to keep your vehicle in France, sell it before you leave, or bring it, you’ll need to take certain steps before departure or upon arrival.
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Expateo’s Legal Specialists
Claubel, one of our legal specialists, has lived on all seven continents and obtained his diploma in procedural law in France. He likes to spend his Sundays peeling back the layers of administrative steps for expatriates – not everyone’s favorite hobby, but hey, to each his own.
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