WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the town," says Magali. She herself didn't fully speak English, so she took language classes in Waltham to improve her fluency. "I also decided to resume my studies. I was an elementary teacher in France, but I wanted to do something else. So I obtained a master's degree remotely from a French university and became an engineer in computer science." The Webers also embarked on that most American of pursuits: home ownership. "This is something that would never have been pos- sible for us on the French Riviera," says Magali. When Alain reached two years at Amadeus, he asked the company if they would help him apply for a green card, and they readily agreed. "We decided to settle in Weston as it is such a great place to raise kids," says Alain. "It's a small town and we like the ability to walk to the town center for grocery shopping and to the train station, as we do in a French village." So they packed their belongings at their home on the French Riviera, and arrived shortly thereafter with their three-year-old son and a two- year contract at Amadeus, a travel technology company. Their immigra- tion experience thus far was smooth. "I arrived with the L-1 visa, which is for intracompany transferees," explains Alain. "But after two years, we had to decide whether or not to return to France." The two years passed quickly. During that time, Alain became accus- tomed to the American way of working. "I really enjoyed the small team and the management style," he points out. Alain also immedi ately noticed that software engineers command more respect in the U.S. "There is a lot of freedom in your responsibilities to get the job done, in the way you want to. In France, managers make you explain how you're doing your job, and then they say, 'Oh no, you cannot do it that way!' As long as you do the job here, they're happy. It makes a big difference." Meanwhile, the couple settled their son into Weston Wing preschool, so he could assimilate quickly and learn English. "We were so welcomed there, and Oscar enjoyed preschool so much that we wanted to settle in Immigrated from: F R A N C E The Weber Family 76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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