The Vine: June 8, 2012
I could really use some advice, because I'm not having a whole lot of luck with this on my own. My husband Charlie and I want to move our family from the southeastern U.S. to Europe, preferably somewhere in France, although we're open to anything. Of course this hangs on my husband finding a job, which is the problem.
Charlie is in the information technologies field, making pretty good money working for the federal government. He's applied for numerous jobs in France, Belgium, Germany, and England, with nothing better than "You've made the list of the top five applicants…we'll be in touch if we decide to schedule an interview" as a response. As we've learned while doing our research, European countries, and France in particular, are known for their hesitance to hire Americans. So we're trying to figure out what our options are.
Some important information:
- We don't have a lot of savings, although we're trying to save $500 a month
- We could potentially make a $40,000-$50,000 profit from selling our house
- We plan to sell most of our belongings before the move, both for extra funds and ease of moving
- We have three school-aged children (15, 13, 8)
- We have pets (three dogs, three cats) that we don't want to leave behind
- We'll probably do a short-term rental for a month or two followed by a long-term rental once we learn about the area in which we settle
One thing we've considered is Charlie taking a sabbatical from work, selling everything, and moving to France without a job — I know you can only stay in France on a visa for one year without a source of income, but we could live on the profit from our house and belongings while Charlie looks for work (he's heard that it's easier to get a job in France or Europe in general once you're already there). If we did this, we'd head for either Toulouse or Grenoble, as these are two cities with a lot of high-tech industry. We're giving this option serious thought in part because Charlie's very unhappy at his current job, and we don't like where we're currently living, so we're eager to start fresh.
We would like to do this while we're still young and our kids are young enough to join us on an adventure (an adventure that we would prefer not to include homelessness, so). Can anyone offer any advice or personal experience?
Ready for Adventure
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