Bonus Episode 2.5: Student Visas, Vie Privée, and Teaching English with TAPIF


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In Episode 2 of Profiles in Franceformation with Morgane Walesh, we talked about how she came to France initially as a student to study French, and then, after the birth of her daughter, switched her visa status. She now works as a "local recruit" English teacher with TAPIF, the Teaching Assistant Program in France.
In this episode, I outline and elaborate on the administrative statuses we discussed:

  • How Morgane was able to come to France with a student visa to study French language, and why this path has become more difficult since 2012
  • The requirements for getting a student visa to study French in France
  • How to maximize your chances of a successful student visa application
  • The CampusFrance process
  • Why Morgane was able to easily switch her visa status from "student" to "vie privée et familiale - parent d'un enfant français mineur"
  • The criteria for getting the VPF visa as the parent of a minor French child, without being married or PACSed to the child's other partner
  • How Morgane's VPF status enabled her to get a part-time job teaching English locally, in Paris, and why TAPIF sometimes needs to recruit local teachers who already have the right to work in France
  • The basics of the TAPIF program, its advantages and disadvantages for teachers
  • Why you shouldn't expect to stay in France after doing TAPIF if you come with a work visa for that job specifically
  • How to apply as a TAPIF local recruit if you already live in France with the right to work.

As always, Foolproof French Visas identifies the different types of student visas and programs eligible for student visas, and discusses several temporary teaching positions available to non-EU citizens, along with their visa types. It can be purchased at or in paperback on Amazon.

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