Here are some testimonials from readers I’ve had a chance to help on their journeys:

“Stephen’s course is essential if you want to obtain a French long-term visa!  Stephen’s approach, from the minute details of the visa process, to the discussion of French customs and expectations, to an overview of the obstacles is indispensable if you really want to do this. Stephen discusses the “why” as well! Stephen helped me with the nuances of the paperwork and voila, I now have my visa in hand. Bon Chance!!”

Beverly Fisher

Stephen’s visa consulting services were critical to the success and approval of my visa application. His expertise and in-depth knowledge of not only the process, but also the nuances of French bureaucracy helped me feel more comfortable, confident and less stressed in my application. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also very friendly and personable. I highly recommend working with him!

Sarah Hansen

It’s been three years since I’ve been on-and-off trying to find a way to move to Paris and continue working as I was, freelance, back in Canada. First I tried the Working Holiday visa – but COVID shut it down, and it is actually a counter-productive long term solution for what I wanted. Then the Passport Talent was a little overwhelming. When I found out about the Profession Liberale visa I found myself feeling the visa in reach, perhaps.
I then realized there was not much info about it at all on government and official websites. Searching through blogs was the only way to find more tangible information. TAIP was the backbone and bible to my application. I had it saved on my bookmarks bar and revisited it every second day between work to refresh my memory, stay confident, and brainstorm my approach. There are actually a couple of other blogs out there – but TAIP is the most concise, neat and informative one – and his and his peers’ generous and intelligent online activity proved to be the most valuable.   
You must read, plot, re-read, get creative and study this visa to see how your profile fits into its conditions. Be patient and put lots of thought into it. I suggest a paid consulting call with TAIP to get you moving in the right direction — then ask questions — and one more call prior to submitting your documents for final notes. 
Three months later I am now in Paris enjoying the best wine and cheese on a sunny terrace. 

“I walked into my VFS appointment for my Passeport Talent with absolute confidence thanks to Molli Sébrier. She met with us just the day before and was able to help my husband and I go through our packet and pointed out the extra documents we needed. The application doesn’t list these items, like translated marriage certificates or university diplomas, bank statements, business plans, etc; but can you guess what the VFS administrator asked for? Exactly all those things! I was so relieved that I prioritized hiring a consultant, and that she knew exactly what she was talking about. Your peace of mind is worth every penny. I look forward to working with Molli again once we arrive in France. Oh yea, the visa was approved. :slightly_smiling_face: Thank you so much Molli!”

Vanessa R.

Consulting with Stephen was an incredibly smooth interaction for my needs to gather info about the administrative process once I landed in Paris. He was clear, incredibly knowledgeable, and receptive to all my questions about my transition into moving to France. It was such a relief to be able to speak with Stephen. He was amicable and had a very good, positive energy, and the cost to chat with him was beyond worth it. He even took the time to send me three follow-up emails and offered some of his contacts for my use as well. Prior to my experiences with Stephen, I utilized a book called “Foolproof Visas” and paid an exorbitant amount for the author’s VISA consulting services, and alas, got “fooled.” Stephen is the genuine article.

Vince Duque

Stephen reviewed my application for the entrepreneur/profession libérale visa. His advice was very constructive, it helped me to be more confident about my application and feel relaxed while I was waiting for the result. Now I’m about to start my dream life in France! I highly recommend Stephen’s services.

Serena C.

“I had a personal consultation with Stephen which was worth every penny! I had a myriad of questions about my personal situation, which he was able to answer. He also offered to send me the contact info of some people and services he knows of which would be helpful to me. Stephen seemed to really care— which he proved by taking the time to send me additional pertinent information a couple of weeks after our call. Bravo! He is a true professional.” 

Susan Duval

I found Stephen through a referral from a friend on his The American in Paris (TAIP) Facebook group. Which is also quite useful!

I feel so lucky to have had Stephen’s help, guidance, emotional support, positive attitude and understanding throughout the long term Visa renewal process. I would have been in rough shape without him! He is such a great guy, very well informed, able to explain the process in a way that is calming and reassuring, and really patient and responsive. You can tell that he genuinely wants to help and is on your side. He was able to provide information as well as contacts that were tremendously useful. I would absolutely work with him again and probably will for other Visa purposes in the future. I highly recommend working with Stephen and the services he provides.

Alison M.

Thanks to Stephen’s help I was able to apply for the Profession Liberale visa with pretty good confidence it was going to be approved. I was able to hand off my file to VFS and I got my visa a week later! While working with Stephen I was able to verify the files I needed, what they needed to say, and how to organize everything. He was able to review everything before my appointment and give tips on how I should present it to the consulate. If you plan on applying for the PL visa and want someone to help you through the process I can’t recommend Stephen enough.

Stephen is a great advisor in terms of visas and just about anything involving living in France. I was given a lot of misinformation about the visa process (there’s a LOT out there) that almost cost me hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Luckily, I found Stephen just in time. He was able to break down the process of getting a visa into clear understandable terms and steps. He also is humble enough to admit when he doesn’t have an answer about something super specific that’s beyond anyone’s experience, but he will point you in the right directions and/or who to talk to about it. He’s also quite funny and easy to get along with, so talking with him about all of this was a delight. Stephen’s guidance was worth every penny and more. I can’t recommend him more.

We had a consultation with Stephen at an ideal time, when my partner and I were deciding how and for how long to go to Paris. We didn’t know how to decide between a 3-month trip or getting a visa for a longer stay. Stephen gave us all the information we needed, including valuable details about the visa process. Most importantly, he asked us challenging but necessary questions about what we wanted. That is a question that we both often forget to ask, amidst obligations and other needs, so we were both so grateful that he pushed us to reflect more deeply about this. The consultation helped us settle on the best plan for us and gave us a concrete way to move forward. Thank you Stephen! 
Amelie T.

Not only is Stephen quite knowledgeable about the Visa process but he is extremely patient. He has talked me off the ledge quite a few times during my process. I reached out to Stephen two months before beginning the arduous task of applying for a three-year visa. We met in person, and at the completion of our meeting, I was no longer anxious about what lay ahead. I returned home and began gathering all necessary documentation. Even after hitting a few snags, Stephen was available to reassure and point me in the right direction. I’m thankful for Stephen’s guidance and vast source of knowledge.

Tracy King-Sanchez

I found Stephen’s blog because of a simple google search when I was first considering a move to Paris.  After exploring the wealth of knowledge to be found in his posts (seriously-do some digging on this site), I emailed him to ask for tips as I started a job search in the area. He gave valuable feedback via email and we even met up on my visit to Paris with my mom. He graciously met with my mom and I and entertained all our questions about what a move to Paris might look like- from finding a place to live to the best ways to learn French.  The most valuable piece of advice that I’ve held onto was about making the move- set a date and buy that one-way ticket!  Though I have not yet made the move a reality, I know that I will have a friend to help make that transition as smoothly as possible!

Brooke O.

I found Stephen’s blog just when I started thinking about how to make moving to Paris a reality for me. After reading through the wealth of his posts (and coming to look forward to new ones!) I booked a one-hour Skype consultation session with him to drill down into my personal questions. What I appreciated most about my time with him was the candor of the conversation as well as the explicit focus on how to go about things practically, when I do eventually arrive. In an hour, we managed to canvass a range of topics: what to do to find out what arrondissement I want to live in, what kind of visas might be appropriate to investigate if the broader political situation ends up affecting the proposed use of my UK passport, how to make French friends, the particularities of French business culture and what to focus on in my language studies…it was an illuminating hour!  In addition to the tangibility of the strategies he offered, he also helped me better elucidate my reasons for moving. This, more than anything else, was the real food for thought. Choosing to be an expat and to move away from familiarity (and for this Sydneysider: sun, space and simplicity) is no easy feat. I know now that preparation to do so entails getting just as clear on the questions of ‘why’ as much as those relating to ‘how’. It was a very valuable service and I highly recommend to anyone similarly considering taking their life in this same direction.

Bec S.

It was a pleasure to speak with you and I deeply appreciate your sharing your wisdom with me about the visa process, as well as tips and advice on taxes and health insurance. Since we spoke, I successfully jumped through all the necessary hoops at OFII in Bordeaux to obtain my “titre de sejour” or “carte de sejour” — some official looking thing in my passport that led to a long exhale by yours truly. The nice lady shook my hand, pronounced me finished with OFII, and passed me a long to the prefecture of the Pyrennes-Atlantiques for renewal of the visa mid-winter. 

Having someone pave the way and share “lessons learned” on living in France long-term is a true gift. I appreciate that you have been taking the time not only to share your experiences and resources on your blog, but also to speak one-on-one with folks like me looking to follow in your footsteps in realizing a lifelong dream. You are generous, optimistic and clearly well informed. What a perfect combination for helping to make dreams come true! 

Cindy P.

Stephen was a fountain of knowledge about both the ups and downs of relocating to Paris and was extremely generous with both his time, and sharing his experiences when I met with him. He also offered a lot of fresh perspective and ideas about employment and business opportunities for expats moving to Paris. Although, personally, I didn’t need to overcome any visa obstacles (yet! After Brexit, who knows?) Stephen was extremely well versed on the visa application process and would be an invaluable source of knowledge for anyone relocating, who needed some guidance in this area. I hope to meet Stephen again soon, sometime in the near future when I am back in Paris long term, and I would encourage anyone looking for either insider knowledge or some reassurance that moving to Paris can become a reality if you really want it to – to meet with Stephen for advice.

Claire B.

Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable and generous. He’s very easy to talk with and made me feel comfortable and at ease right away. He walked me step by step through the French visa and immigration process, answering all of my questions (even the most specific ones) in great detail and with personal anecdotes to back up his expertise. He’s the kind of person you feel you can give your trust to right away, and he genuinely wants to help you, going above and beyond by offering to check out a place or two for me while I’m still in the States and not yet able to see if the apartment might be a good fit. His blog is absolutely the most direct, clear, and thorough examination of the French visa process that I’ve ever come across. I was actually astounded when I saw how he had laid everything out so clearly and offered a concise road map for others to follow in his footsteps. The meeting I had with Stephen gave me confidence about finding a place to live, securing my visa, and progressing with learning French. I walked away from that meeting feeling renewed, excited, and like I had a super strong ally on the other side of the ocean. Absolutely worth it!

Jonathan S.

While researching possible pathways to move to Paris, I came across Stephen’s blog, The American in Paris. The blog resonated with me because Stephen is also an American, and more importantly, his blog was the was the most informative guide that I have found about moving to France. I met Stephen in person a few months later, while on a trip to Paris.My meeting with Stephen reminded me of going to see my therapist– someone personable, knowledgable, and insightful, whom I trust– except Stephen’s expertise lies in France and French immigration. Stephen provided a comfortable and open platform for me to ask any questions and voice any thoughts, doubts, and concerns I had about moving to Paris. We discussed a wide array of topics, such as the process of getting a visa, finding legal financial means to support myself, and acclimating to the Parisian lifestyle. When he wasn’t 100% clear on a topic, he would introduce me to someone who was able to better advise. For example, I was asking about a more obscure and difficult-to-obtain type of visa, the entrepreneur’s visa, and Stephen introduced me to his immigration attorney who was able to provide detailed and expert information.Besides his expansive knowledge about the immigration process, one of the things that I appreciated the most about Stephen was his sincere intention to help others going through the same process. I appreciated that he gave honest, helpful, and realistic guidance that was tailored to my present situation. After our meeting, I felt empowered and hopeful, and the path to living in Paris was brighter and more clear. Thank you, Stephen!

Mindy T.

Stephen, I appreciate all your help, your knowledge on the topic, and insight on the French immigration system.  When I was first preparing for my transition to France, I spent many hours searching long and hard for information about how the visitor visa system worked.  After reading numerous blogs and websites, when I came across yours, I could tell that you knew your stuff.  I have always found that if you ask ten people the same question, you will probably get multiple and conflicting pieces of information, but after researching who really seemed to be on the ball, I decided to contact you. Plus, you seemed like a nice and good person.I really enjoy living in France now, and your continued guidance on how to transition to a professional status has been invaluable.  I really appreciate it.  I look forward to your continued help on this journey.
Coleman B.

Meeting Stephen was heaven sent. I always wanted to visit and/or live in Paris and after meeting with Stephen, I knew that it wasn’t only a pipe dream and it could actually become a reality. Stephen is one of those natural born mentors with the tenacity of a stern parent to give you the ‘tough love’ you need to get yourself organized and focused on your goals. He is methodical and this quality has helped him succeed not only as an individual but also as a businessman living in Paris. Stephen isn’t selfish in sharing his successes and advising on his struggles (which could one day be your very own). In a short amount of time, Stephen managed to inspire me, give me confidence, and encouraged me to chase my goals and dreams.Any amount of time spent with Stephen, is time well spent; you will always walk away with new interesting insights as well as renewed confidence. He didn’t have an obstacle free journey but he never allowed that to defeat him and that’s exactly what anyone looking to succeed needs in their corner, the perfect peer & leader to assist you along your journey.

Like many people, I’ve dreamed of living in France for a long time. Finally, about a year and a half ago things started to fall into place (I suppose that I made things fall into place) to finally fulfill my dream. One of the first steps of moving to France is applying for a French Visa. This can be daunting – especially due to the lack of information available online and the fact that the requirements seem to vary depending upon which French Consulate office you need to apply to.

Feeling a little bit lost – but determined to find more information, I decided to do a Google search using the exact wording from the visa application. As a result, I found Stephen’s “The American in Paris” blog – and his post about applying for a long-stay visa at the French Consulate in Chicago. What a relief.

It was nice to read about his first-hand experience, and learn from his mistakes too.  He helped make me feel more confident about the whole visa process.

Fast-forward to January 2016, and I’m back reading Stephen’s blog about his experience in renewing his long-stay visa – and I realized that I should contact him to thank him for helping me fulfill my dream.

I met Stephen just a few weeks ago, and am so glad that I reached out to him. Not only was he happy to meet and chat with one of his readers, he unintentionally gave me a good “kick in the rear” at the same time. Which was exactly what I needed.  How did he know?

Life in Paris has brought me much happiness – in fact, I’m happier than I have been in a long-time. And I have Stephen to thank for helping me get here.

Patty S.

Stephen’s blog has been a great resource for me as a long stay visitor in France. The articles on visa application, renewal, and taxes were especially helpful as it’s difficult to find this information in plain English, let alone all in one place. Stephen also introduced me to a professional I’ve engaged with to file my French taxes. A great guy to know!

Michael M.