Renewing Carte de Séjour Vie Privée et Familiale

We went to the préfecture in Annecy this morning to renew my Carte de Séjour Vie Privée et Familiale. Of course there were already 5 people waiting in line ahead of us when we arrived 5 minutes before the place  opened. We didn’t have to wait too long though, and I had all of the necessary paperwork, so I should receive my new card within 4-6 weeks. They didn’t even make me a récépissé since I should receive the new card before the one old expires in May.

I was actually a little worried when I saw that the nice man was not working today. Of all the 4,921 times I’ve been to that prefecture, it was always the same man who helped me and he distinctly remembers David & me because of the lost card fiasco of 2007. But this new woman was really nice too, and she works fast which is odd for the préfecture.

The only documents they actually took from my huge stack of papers was the new certificat de PACS, David’s birth certificate, our income tax returns from 2007, the last 3 pay stubs for both of us, and the water bill (dated December 29, 2008). Then we filled out another déclaration de communauté de vie which is just a crappy photocopy they provide (write your names and address and sign it because the water bill isn’t real proof that we live together??) and that was it. I’ve even got 2 photo IDs left over since they didn’t need them for the récépissé.

That’s one less thing to worry about. Now it’s on to worrying about when we’ll find out where the heck David will be working as a fonctionnaire (probably mid-April), when and where we’re going to move (probably beginning of May, but who knows where), making sure everything is ready for my trips to the Dominican Republic (need something to wear to the wedding!!!) and the south of France (should I buy a GPS?), and figuring out when to see Martha in Istanbul (June?) and how long to go back to the US for my sister’s wedding (2 weeks? 3 weeks?).

But I am en week-end now and still getting over this cold, so I’m just going to rest and relax for the next 4 days.

The ever-changing and often-confusing PACS laws

One of the lovely aspects of French bureaucracy is that when a law or rule changes, only some people seem to know about it. So while you try to stay informed and act according to the law, more often than not, you will be wrong when it comes to dealing with fonctionnaires and what they […]

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From Annecy to Chambéry in May

Finally some news about David’s training and job. David will be in Montpellier May 25 to June 12 for training, and then on June 15 he’s supposed to be in the city where his actual job is. We have no idea yet where that will be though!  We’re hoping to find out at the beginning […]

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The Second Half of March

We are more than halfway through March, thank goodness. I’ve always hated this month and can’t wait for it to be over. Last year, my car broke down in March and I had to pay 1200 € to fix it. That was nothing compared to the awful tragedy that happened this March though. I lost […]

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France chooses Annecy to bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics

It’s official! Annecy beat Nice, Grenoble, and Pelvoux to become France’s candidate city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The AP reports that cities in South Korea, Germany, Norway and maybe even the US will also bid for the 2018 JO (Jeux Olympiques). The International Olympic Committee will announce the winner in July 2011. www.annecy-2018.fr

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Just Matt

My former French professor from the University of Michigan-Flint passed away yesterday. Matthew Hilton-Watson collapsed while he was teaching a class and died on his way to the hospital. He had been suffering from pneumonia. He was only 40 years old. He was one of only two full-time French professors at the smaller Flint campus. […]

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Adjoint de Contrôle de la DGCCRF

David received his concours notes and proposition d’affectation today! And he got his first choice, so he’s going to be an adjoint de contrôle de la DGCCRF (La Direction générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes). He’s already sent back the form saying that he accepts the proposition d’affectation. […]

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The Joys of French Administration

I am in the process of gathering paperwork to renew my carte de séjour vie privée et familiale. I thought I had everything I needed, but no, of course not. David & I were running all over Annecy this morning so I could take my stupid ID photos and get a recent récépissé de PACS […]

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Mon Amour, le Fonctionnaire

David took a competitive exam (concours) to become a civil servant (fonctionnaire) in France. It began with a multiple choice exam in December, and since he passed that, he was able to go on to the interview in February. We found out on March 9 that he succeeded and that he will become a fonctionnaire!!!  […]

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Carnaval Vénitien d’Annecy 2009

Annecy is the Venice of France, so we have our own version of the Venetian Carnival. The Carnaval Vénitien is currently taking place in Annecy. David & I went downtown to see the parade this afternoon, but then quickly remembered what “parade” means in Annecy. The Masques walk very, very slowly through the old town, […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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