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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

If you receive temporary protection, you are entitled to financial assistance (ADA), the amount of which depends on the number of people in your family. You will receive ADA assistance at the beginning of each month. The ADA card is a payment card that allows you to receive financial assistance on a monthly basis. It can only be used for payments in France.
With this card you will be able to:
โ€ข receive payments;
โ€ข pay for purchases in stores.

However, you will not be able to:
โ€ข withdraw cash from it;
โ€ข pay for purchases in online stores.

Daily allowance consists of two components: a lump sum of 6.80โ‚ฌ per day for a single person, paid to every beneficiary, and an additional amount of 7.40โ‚ฌ called โ€œpรฉculeโ€. โ€œPรฉculeโ€ is reserved for asylum seekers who did not receive an accomodation due to the lack of places.

That is to say:
โ€ข If you accept the offer and the OFII grants you a house, you will receive 6,80 โ‚ฌ/day for a single person. For each other member of the family you will receive additional 3,40 โ‚ฌ/day.
โ€ข If your accept the offer but the OFII can not provide you housing, you will receive 14.20โ‚ฌ/day. (6.80 + 7.40)
โ€ข If you have a husband, a wife or children with you in France, you will receive extra 3,40โ‚ฌ/day per person + 7.40โ‚ฌ per day for your wife or husband if you are not hosted.

As soon as you get a job in France, you will no longer be eligible for ADA assistance.

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Housing subsidies can be received during the entire period of residence. Usually, the money is transferred directly to the homeowner, and the tenant pays the difference himself.

The amount of assistance depends on several factors:

โ€ข the cost of rent

โ€ข area and type of housing

โ€ข the number and age of people living there

โ€ข marital status

โ€ข wages of the tenant

The CAF`s service will answer whether a person can count on financial assistance and in what amount. If so, you need to make an online request mceclip0.png for assistance and create an account on the fund's website mceclip0.png.

How do I set up a bank account?

If you have a temporary protection, you can visit any branch and ask to open an account.
Itโ€™s likely that staff wonโ€™t speak English, even at large banks in major cities, so it might be a good idea to take a translator with you or ask to take the documentation away to complete it so you have time to understand it. Branches are typically open around 9amโ€“5pm Monday to Friday and close over lunch hours (some are open half day on Saturday).

You will typically be asked to show proof of:
โ€ข Your identity (e.g., passport or ID)
โ€ข Your address (e.g., French utility bill, rental contract for your home in France, a letter from the landlord that hosts you (""attestation d'hebergement""), or an attestation given to you at temporary housing provided by the state)
โ€ข Your residence status (e.g., an attestation of temporary protection, or a French visa)

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How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

You can withdraw cash at any bank and in ATMs in the city. Popular banks: BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole Group and Societe Generale. Withdrawal limits are determined by your bank.

To deposit cash on your French bank account you can go to your nearest office branch. In general, you can't deposit more than 990 euros per month. It is very difficult to exchange hryvnias to euros in France, as most of the banks will not accept them. You should do it before your arrival in France.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

If you work for a French company and stay in France you will have to pay taxes in France. If you reside in France, but work for an employer outside of France you can continue paying taxes in your country of tax residence for first 183 days. After that you will become a French tax resident and will have to pay taxes in France.

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If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

You do not need to pay taxes in France for the first 183 days if your employer is not based in France. After that, you become a French tax resident and have to pay taxes in France.

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How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from France to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.