soleil (Sep 15 2009, 01:28 PM) said: > original post
You can only "piggyback" EU membership if you have a grandparent or parent who is a citizen of an EU country -- but check carefully, because it doesn't apply to every country (like France, for example). It's an outside chance, but if you have an Irish grandparent, for instance, you can apply for Irish citizenship...and by definition, EU citizenship and permission to work.
Second -- take everything you've ever thought about being here on holidays, put it in a great big box, and throw it away forever. Living here is night-and-day different than visiting, and unless you manage at least a working level of functionality in France, you'll not manage anything you'll need to accomplish to live here full-time -- and no one will hire you (even for a freelance job) if you can't even fill out the application forms. Friends are very well and good, but there comes a point when they're busy, or no longer willing to be your assistant, and you'll have to stand on your own two feet in a foreign language. I'm still a long way from fluent, but my horrible days are getting fewer and further between -- there will be days you'll question what you were thinking...up until now, you've been independent, intelligent, and self-sufficient. When you get here, you're still intelligent, but you will be functionally illiterate and completely dependent upon others for your day-to-day life, and there are days that will threaten to crush your soul. There are also places where they frown on having a translator seated alongside you...they'll accept it, but grudgingly.
If you can't take French lessons locally, then delay your plans until you can.
You've been directed a couple of time to the French Consulate website for Washington DC -- the information is spelled out there in English (except for the forms, which must be completed...in French).
It's, like, a really big deal to attain a titre de sejour and a permis de travail -- and I'm sorry to be harsh, but it doesn't sound like you fully appreciate the size of the bite you're about to attempt to chew.