You would be in good company in considering a permanent move to France. According to the American Embassy, there are between 150,000 and 200,000 US expatriates in France with the last reported figure being a total of new migrants of 29,000 in 2017.
Most settle in Paris, followed by the French Riviera and then Lyon. However, as more immigrants are looking at a move in terms of more esoteric lifestyle choices, Americans are finding their way to less well-known but equally fabulous places to set up home. Some are realizing the benefits of living in a luxury chalet in Megève.
Welcome to Megève
Megève is a charming village nestled in the heart of the Alps, in the Haute-Savoie region. It is an attractive ski resort but it’s quite quiet and exclusive with 3,000 permanent residents. Plus, it isn’t just a winter destination but an all-season resort making it a great proposition for those looking for more than snow sports. Obviously, the alpine scenery is spectacular and it offers the most wonderful background for leisure activities all year round.
The resort is a century old and despite the addition of new modern property, it has retained a certain chic olde-worlde charm, particularly in the pedestrianized Medieval center and its cobblestoned square and streets. It’s easy to imagine living in luxury among rustic yet chic chalets, upscale hotels, art galleries, designer boutiques and welcoming restaurants.
How Easy is It To Move to France?
Sadly, bureaucracy will come into play and you will need to follow a process but it is straightforward once you have made the decision to move. In order to visit France, a visa is required. This will allow you to stay in the country for more than 90 days.
If you intend to work, you will also need a work visa. Work visas are available for employed, self-employed and people who intend to start a new business.
Once you have decided to settle permanently in France and have found a property to buy or rent and have established yourself, you will be able to apply for a carte de séjour, the official residency permit.
The best way to facilitate your move is to work with a real estate agency in Megève. Not only will a good agency be able to help with your property search but they will also be able to help you navigate the immigration process.