whewellite (whewellite) wrote in aupair,

Au pair/student visa in France, changing or extending it? Help!

Hey everyone, I am currently working as an au pair in France, and I'm debating on working for the family again, or trying to find a job and get my own place. My problem is the visa. If I have a student visa that is good until the beginning of the fall, is it possible for me to change or extend it into a working visa? I've heard one has three months past the visa date to leave the country. I've also heard to change the visa, it is necessary to fly back to the US and reapply, true/false? If I show up at some job with a student visa, are they going to tell me 'oh, well we can't hire you, it's just a student visa and you're only allowed to work _____ hours'? Or, if I am hired someplace, will I be allowed to stay after getting employment?

What happens if I stay in France past when the visa is valid? Honestly, I'm scared to ask the actual French consulate/visa people. But, if any of you can provide some insight or maybe experiences with those questions, please let me know. It would be greatly, greatly appreciated as I have to make this decision soon and there don't seem to be a lot of solid answers! Merci d'avance!
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