Success! Again!

I would just like to say I’m sorry to everyone else in France who is having problems with their préfecture and getting/renewing their cartes de séjour. I went to pick up my new carte today, and it was very easy and painless. It expires when I thought it would, and I was also able to make another appointment soon to do a changement du statut. I now have a CDS visiteur valid until the end of March, but I need to change it back to a travailleur temporaire one like I had last year because I’m working for the rectorat again. The woman gave me the list of required documents, but since I already live in France and was an assistant last year, I don’t need to do the medical visit again or need to have a new visa! I just need to get my new arrêté de nomination and procès-verbal before my appointment on November 22. Then that new card should be valid until sometime in May, when I can do yet another changement for the vie privée et familiale card, which will give me the right to work in France for a year for the low price of 70 €.

So to make a short story even shorter, if you don’t want any problems with your carte de séjour, move to Annecy.

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  • Bolder

    I have a little secret, too… the prefecture where I have to go to for my CDS is wonderful (knock on wood). On a bad day I have one person in front of me and have to wait a whole 10 minutes. Plus, the woman there knows me by now and every once in a while I get a half smile out of her :) My CDS experiences are one department I can’t complain about here in France…

  • Bolder

    I have a little secret, too… the prefecture where I have to go to for my CDS is wonderful (knock on wood). On a bad day I have one person in front of me and have to wait a whole 10 minutes. Plus, the woman there knows me by now and every once in a while I get a half smile out of her :) My CDS experiences are one department I can’t complain about here in France…

  • Pat

    Oh no, I want to move where you all live!!! I think that the préfecture in Dept. 94 is THE worse in France!!!

  • Pat

    Oh no, I want to move where you all live!!! I think that the préfecture in Dept. 94 is THE worse in France!!!

  • EmilyH

    So, will you be able to get the Vie privée et familiale card because you’ve been PACsed for a year? I did the teaching assistantship 06-07 in Paris and met my boyfriend and although we didn’t pacs, we might when I move back to Paris in December. I’ve been looking for a job (impossible) and I think it will be easier for me to do an internship in France. I figure if I do a 12 month internship I would have the right to work and find a real job by the time it’s over (given that you are 100% given a work visa after being pacsed for a year). emyh@uga.edu

  • EmilyH

    So, will you be able to get the Vie privée et familiale card because you’ve been PACsed for a year? I did the teaching assistantship 06-07 in Paris and met my boyfriend and although we didn’t pacs, we might when I move back to Paris in December. I’ve been looking for a job (impossible) and I think it will be easier for me to do an internship in France. I figure if I do a 12 month internship I would have the right to work and find a real job by the time it’s over (given that you are 100% given a work visa after being pacsed for a year). emyh@uga.edu

  • Matthew Sephton-Pike

    Glad to see things looking up for you. Awesome!

  • Matthew Sephton-Pike

    Glad to see things looking up for you. Awesome!

  • The Late Bloomer

    Congrats! I know the bureaucracy can be crazy at times, but then there are those rare occasions when things go well — and you can’t help but feel grateful!

  • The Late Bloomer

    Congrats! I know the bureaucracy can be crazy at times, but then there are those rare occasions when things go well — and you can’t help but feel grateful!

  • Leah

    Lucky duck!

  • Leah

    Lucky duck!

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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