Carte de Séjour Vie Privée et Familiale: Chambéry Version

Even though I just renewed my CDS at the end of March in Annecy, since we moved to a new département, I had to apply for a whole new card instead of simply changing my address on it. The last time I moved, I stayed within the same département, so they just put a sticker on the back of my card. I waited in line for over an hour at the préfecture in Chambéry yesterday to find out that I needed to bring in all of the documents I had just given to the Annecy préfecture 3 months ago.

Here’s Chambéry’s list of required documents for the VPF card due to PACSing:

  • Copy of current CDS (if renewing); entry visa; and passport, but not just the photo page – every single page that has a stamp or visa on it
  • Copy of ID card of partner
  • 4 ID photos
  • Birth certificate (but it’s not specified if it needs to be less than 3 months old – mine sure wasn’t! Nor is it specified that a translation in French is required)
  • Justificatif de domicile (facture EDF, eau, ou quittance de loyer)
  • Justificatif des ressources (tax returns and/or bulletins de paies)
  • Certificat de PACS (again, not specified it if needs to be less than 3 months old; I also gave a copy of the actual contract just to be thorough)
  • Attestation sur l’honneur de communauté de vie (provided by préfecture, but your partner must be there to sign it with you)

Today was David’s last day off before he starts work, so I wanted to get to the prefecture first thing this morning and hand over all the papers. I was a little worried about the birth certificate situation since it’s from 2006 and the translation was just a copy of the translation I had done in 2006 as well. But the lady didn’t even bother checking the dates. And luckily the certificat de PACS that I got in March was still within the usual “less than 3 month old” requirement (by one day!), so I lucked out on that one too.

And then the lady completely forgot about the attestation for the communauté de vie, so I had to remind her that David & I both needed to sign it to complete my dossier. I love having to tell fonctionnaires how to do their job.

I will be convoqué later on to go back and pick up my récépissé since apparently Chambéry does not print them right away for you like Annecy does. But of course, I got to keep my current CDS anyway, so it’s not like I really need it for anything.

One task accomplished so far. Only about 47 more to go.

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  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au/ Andrea

    What would happen if you didn’t notify of them of your change of address? Does it really matter?

    I moved to a different apartment 2 years ago but never told anyone. I still have my old address on my drivers license too. I really can’t be bothered to get a dossier together and wait in line at the prefecture.

    I can’t understand why you’d have to get a completely new card. That’s France I guess.

    Andreas last blog post..Hackers!

  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au Andrea

    What would happen if you didn’t notify of them of your change of address? Does it really matter?

    I moved to a different apartment 2 years ago but never told anyone. I still have my old address on my drivers license too. I really can’t be bothered to get a dossier together and wait in line at the prefecture.

    I can’t understand why you’d have to get a completely new card. That’s France I guess.

    Andreas last blog post..Hackers!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Andrea: If you receive CAF, you’d need to change your address on your CDS since that’s your legal residence. But other than that, I’m not sure if anyone else cares. I know the addresses on your CDS and carte grise don’t necessarily have to match. I’d just be worried about renewing my CDS next year in Chambery and having them notice that I’d been here an entire year without changing my address. I’d have no idea what they’d do, but I’d rather avoid problems.

    Do you still use your old address somehow when you renew your CDS each year? I don’t understand why they have to make a new card either. It’s such a waste!

    I didn’t even think about changing the address on my driver’s license either. Oh well. Though I think that one will be easier since there’s already a changement de domicile box on the back of it.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Andrea: If you receive CAF, you’d need to change your address on your CDS since that’s your legal residence. But other than that, I’m not sure if anyone else cares. I know the addresses on your CDS and carte grise don’t necessarily have to match. I’d just be worried about renewing my CDS next year in Chambery and having them notice that I’d been here an entire year without changing my address. I’d have no idea what they’d do, but I’d rather avoid problems.

    Do you still use your old address somehow when you renew your CDS each year? I don’t understand why they have to make a new card either. It’s such a waste!

    I didn’t even think about changing the address on my driver’s license either. Oh well. Though I think that one will be easier since there’s already a changement de domicile box on the back of it.

  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au/ Andrea

    My CDS is valid for 10 years so thankfully I don’t have to worry about that problem :)

    I don’t receive CAF or anything like that so I think I’ll just leave it as is for the moment.

  • http://www.destinationeurope.com.au Andrea

    My CDS is valid for 10 years so thankfully I don’t have to worry about that problem :)

    I don’t receive CAF or anything like that so I think I’ll just leave it as is for the moment.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Andrea: Ah, lucky you! I wish I could get the 10 year card. Maybe in a few more years… Yeah, I wouldn’t bother with it now either unless you absolutely have to!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Andrea: Ah, lucky you! I wish I could get the 10 year card. Maybe in a few more years… Yeah, I wouldn’t bother with it now either unless you absolutely have to!

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