Success! I think…

I think I might receive a carte de séjour visiteur without having to return to the US and get another visa. I went to mairie today and they still had no idea what to do with me since they had never requested a CDS visiteur as a PACS conjointe before. They called the préfecture who, of course, told them something different than they told me. But in the end, I should receive either a récépisse or an actual CDS visiteur, both of which should be valid until October. I told them I was in the process of renewing my teaching contract, but that I wouldn’t receive the actual contract until October… So let’s hope I do get it, or else I’m not sure what to do this fall.

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  • Samantha

    What’d I tell ya? If someone tells you something you don’t like just keep going back until you get someone who tells you what you want to hear! Rule #1 of living in France – use the fact that no one person will ever tell you the same thing twice to your advantage.

    Seriously honey, you have to learn to embrace the system, not fight it – things won’t ever change, so eventually you have to do what the French do, ie système D and all that jazz.

  • Samantha

    What’d I tell ya? If someone tells you something you don’t like just keep going back until you get someone who tells you what you want to hear! Rule #1 of living in France – use the fact that no one person will ever tell you the same thing twice to your advantage.Seriously honey, you have to learn to embrace the system, not fight it – things won’t ever change, so eventually you have to do what the French do, ie système D and all that jazz.

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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