I am an American woman (30 yrs old) who wants to marry (or pacs is maybe more for us--still discussing) my French boyfriend and settle long term in Paris, France. I'm hoping that someone who has had some recent experience in this process can give me some advice, because the information out there is so confusing and there is nobody to call for questions!
My Many Questions:
Do I need the Long Stay Visa with Intent to Marry in order to get the ball rolling? Does this count if we decide to PACS? Or can we marry on my three month tourist visa? Or do I need to apply for something else? Would it be helpful (or even possible) at all if we got married in France and then I make the actual move to France at a later time?
What's the first step for my boyfriend, who is French and lives in Paris? Do we need to get a lawyer to help us with this or can we do it ourselves? And what about "proving" that we have a real relationship (which we do!) Is that a real thing?
And as far as finances, what is it I really need to prove? How much is 'enough' to my name to be allowed to move into France? If I'm moving to France without a job waiting for me, does he need to prove the ability to support us both or do I need to?
I'm so confused!! And I'm sure there are bunch of other questions I should be asking but I don't even know them yet.
Any info AT ALL will be appreciated, even stuff I didn't know to ask.
Thanks for any help,