Success (sort of) again.

Is it weird that I actually don’t mind going to the préfecture? Since I had finally received my new arrêté de nomination and procès-verbal (six weeks late, but no biggie, right?!?), I had to head back to the préf and do another changement du statut from visiteur to travailleur temporaire. I was a tiny bit worried they would ask for a new visa, but luckily they didn’t. I had all of the documents listed on the form they gave me last month… except now they are requesting a new medical visit. (I think because I’m changing back to a worker card – I certainly didn’t need it when I got my visiteur card this summer.)

I highly doubt my school has asked for an appointment at the ANAEM. Since I’m the only non-EU citizen assistant there, they tend to forget things aren’t as simple for me… which is weird since last year’s English assistant was American too.

Anyway, the man working there is quite pleasant and he remembers me because of the lost card fiasco this summer, so I like going to the préfecture these days. I received my new récépissé and autorisation provisoire de travail; now I just need to go to Grenoble and do the visite medicale, and I won’t have to deal with stupid paperwork again until March!

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  • IslandGirl4Ever2

    Hi Jennie,I just read your comment on Melbourne to Metz’s blog and I sooooo agree with you… Even though he will be out in 2008… I think it’s not soon enough! I am actually GLAD to NOT be living in the US anymore… though I really miss Targets, Peets Coffee, 24 Hour Fitness, etc… I just saw the film, “In the Valley of Elah,” today in VO with my friend and we both agreed that it was EXCELLENT!!! Go see it if you have a chance… Take care, Leesa

  • IslandGirl4Ever2

    Hi Jennie,

    I just read your comment on Melbourne to Metz’s blog and I sooooo agree with you… Even though he will be out in 2008… I think it’s not soon enough! I am actually GLAD to NOT be living in the US anymore… though I really miss Targets, Peets Coffee, 24 Hour Fitness, etc… I just saw the film, “In the Valley of Elah,” today in VO with my friend and we both agreed that it was EXCELLENT!!! Go see it if you have a chance… Take care, Leesa

  • The Late Bloomer

    What great news, Jennie — it’s nice to know that every once in a while these experiences can be positive. I have to admit that overall in the past it hasn’t been that bad for me either, but then again, *knock on wood* because I’m always worrying that there might be a first time!

  • The Late Bloomer

    What great news, Jennie — it’s nice to know that every once in a while these experiences can be positive. I have to admit that overall in the past it hasn’t been that bad for me either, but then again, *knock on wood* because I’m always worrying that there might be a first time!

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