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!

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