Although there are reports of U.S. citizens finding legal, visa-sponsored work as English teachers in France, many U.S. citizens claimed that it was almost impossible. Up to now, it may have been an endurance test for many. The French government has changed legislation in favor of Americans who wish to work in France.
1. U.S. citizenship
2. between 18 and 35
3. BA in any field
4. TEFL Certification
1. Create your French CV/cover letter during your TEFL training.
2. Research the schools. We can help with school lists.
3. Contact schools with a 3-pronged approach by posting your CV, answering ads and sending your CV to schools.
4. During the interview process, you will tell the schools that you have a visa sponsor and that you are looking for a CDD (contrat de durée déterminée) for 3 to 18 months. It depends on how long you want to stay there.
5. The school must be willing to hire you full time with the current French minimum salary of 1,300 Euro.
6. Once the school is willing to give you this type of contract, an application needs to be filed with the nearest Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. The application processing takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
7. Upon approval, you can pick up your work visa at the closest French Consulate.
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