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3 months transition before moving from UK to France

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by pete-cake, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. pete-cake

    pete-cake New Member


    I am a French citizen I've been living and paying tax in the UK for almost 5 years. My plan is to go back to France in July 2020.

    I was recently laid off (redundancy) from the UK company I was employed but I found a job (software engineering) in France and they want me to start asap. The problem is that I can't be employed in France without living there and as mentioned I will only move there in 3-4 months.

    They want me (and I want) to start asap, so the solution could be to sign up as freelance (self-employed - sole trader) for a period of 3-4 months and I should technically be able to start soon and invoice at the end of each month.
    I have a bank account in France, to prevent exchange fees, would it be possible to take payment on my French bank account.

    We are talking about a 3-4 months activity, what would this imply in terms of tax ? Is there anything I should be aware of except registering as self-employed on the HMRC website ? What is the waiting period ?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. Lupita

    Lupita Member

  3. Alukard

    Alukard New Member

    To not understand this problem, I would advise you to direct all your efforts to move as soon as possible. But even here, everything depends on many factors. First of all, it depends on the money you are willing to pay. If you can answer that you want to move within a month, then a new problem arises related to the transportation of things. It will be pretty difficult to organize this because sometimes you will have to contact several companies simultaneously. For example, I have individual furniture movers in Singapore https://www.cheapmoverssingapore.com/ that don't carry anything else, which is a problem. In general, there are many pitfalls here, so I advise you to think carefully.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2021
  4. fadilale

    fadilale New Member

    How familiar your feelings are to me. I recently moved from America to Germany for work. It's hard to get used to a new place. Here it's like everything is different. It's not like here. Problems I had back in America, by the way. I had a problem with selling my house. Usually, it is not a problem in our area, but in my case, everything was going wrong. In the last weeks, before I moved out, I also got some water-resistant paint on the walls. In this condition, no one but the guys from https://www.thepropertybuyingcompany.co.uk/ did not want to buy my house. Although it was in great condition, all that was needed was to paint the walls. It was just the winter, and if I had painted myself, the paint would have cracked.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2022
  5. nicolacam

    nicolacam New Member

    wow, really
    I hear more often people moving to the USA from Germany than vice versa
  6. Owen Mills

    Owen Mills New Member

    All British citizens moving to France after Brexit will need to have a French residence permit (carte de séjour) if staying in France for longer than three months. The type of residence permit depends on the length and nature of stay.

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