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.

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  • http://theduchessofearl.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    Wow, quick and friendly result at the préfecture and all of those trips coming up, sounds like Spring is agreeing with you!lol
    If you are passing near Beziers on your trip south, let me know!

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  • http://theduchessofearl.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    Wow, quick and friendly result at the préfecture and all of those trips coming up, sounds like Spring is agreeing with you!lol
    If you are passing near Beziers on your trip south, let me know!

    Rachelles last blog post..Trish Deseine…

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    yes to the gps!!

    Emmys last blog post..This week will be a biggie emotionally speaking

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com Emmy

    yes to the gps!!

    Emmys last blog post..This week will be a biggie emotionally speaking

  • ksam

    Actually the water bill isn’t concrete proof that you live together – all you have to do is call your water company and ask them to add M or Mme X to the bill et voilà, c’est fait, whether the person actually lives there or not. (Not that I think the EDF or FT bills are any more valid).

    And I vote yes for the GPS – I just bought one on amazon.fr for 90€ that covers 25 EU countries and I love it!!

  • ksam

    Actually the water bill isn’t concrete proof that you live together – all you have to do is call your water company and ask them to add M or Mme X to the bill et voilà, c’est fait, whether the person actually lives there or not. (Not that I think the EDF or FT bills are any more valid).

    And I vote yes for the GPS – I just bought one on amazon.fr for 90€ that covers 25 EU countries and I love it!!

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

    That’s actually what we did for both the EDF and water bills. David just called them and added my name, no questions asked. So I really don’t understand why some places are so crazy about only wanting an EDF or FT bill… it’s so easy to lie about where you live.

    The problem with EDF bills now is that we only get it once a year, in May, so I can’t even use it as proof because the bill has to be less than 3 months old. That’s why I had to use the water bill instead.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    That’s actually what we did for both the EDF and water bills. David just called them and added my name, no questions asked. So I really don’t understand why some places are so crazy about only wanting an EDF or FT bill… it’s so easy to lie about where you live.

    The problem with EDF bills now is that we only get it once a year, in May, so I can’t even use it as proof because the bill has to be less than 3 months old. That’s why I had to use the water bill instead.

  • Rebecca

    Sam, is this the same GPS that prefers to send you over every French back road in creation??

    We had one (300€ three years ago) but it died, and while it was useful, it was a little too useful. I still prefer maps.

    Jennie, I think I actually turned in fewer papers than you did this year: photocopies of ID for both of us, the new certificat PACS, three documents less than three months old with both of our names and the address on them, and the same crappy photocopy of the attestation de vie commune. (But you’ll most likely have your cds long before I will.)

    Lots of weddings and new locations in your future!

  • Rebecca

    Sam, is this the same GPS that prefers to send you over every French back road in creation??

    We had one (300€ three years ago) but it died, and while it was useful, it was a little too useful. I still prefer maps.

    Jennie, I think I actually turned in fewer papers than you did this year: photocopies of ID for both of us, the new certificat PACS, three documents less than three months old with both of our names and the address on them, and the same crappy photocopy of the attestation de vie commune. (But you’ll most likely have your cds long before I will.)

    Lots of weddings and new locations in your future!

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    YES of course get GPS!!!! It is a real lifesaver when traveling. I have maps for the US and Western Europe so that I can’t get too lost anywhere I go. Although navigating France seems much more difficult to me.

    Amerigirls last blog post..The funniest thing

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    YES of course get GPS!!!! It is a real lifesaver when traveling. I have maps for the US and Western Europe so that I can’t get too lost anywhere I go. Although navigating France seems much more difficult to me.

    Amerigirls last blog post..The funniest thing

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ Soleil

    When you get your GPS make sure you set it to the automobile setting. When my parents were here last month we had a real adventure getting out of Paris with the GPS, couldn’t figure out why it couldn’t keep up with our location and why it kept trying to send us down one ways streets the wrong way…. Well, when we found out what the problem was it was pretty funny.

    Soleils last blog post..Almost forgot….

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com Soleil

    When you get your GPS make sure you set it to the automobile setting. When my parents were here last month we had a real adventure getting out of Paris with the GPS, couldn’t figure out why it couldn’t keep up with our location and why it kept trying to send us down one ways streets the wrong way…. Well, when we found out what the problem was it was pretty funny.

    Soleils last blog post..Almost forgot….

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I am so glad that in Canada, we don’t have to renew our Permanent Resident status… Cards are valid for 5 years, and usually, we can become citizens in between. Go Canada!

    Zhus last blog post..The Food Saga: The Feast Era

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I am so glad that in Canada, we don’t have to renew our Permanent Resident status… Cards are valid for 5 years, and usually, we can become citizens in between. Go Canada!

    Zhus last blog post..The Food Saga: The Feast Era

  • Alison

    When I was an au pair in Paris this was my most dreaded day…..I fear I never quite understood the whole process but some how managed to muddle through.

  • Alison

    When I was an au pair in Paris this was my most dreaded day…..I fear I never quite understood the whole process but some how managed to muddle through.

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