Thursday, 20 March 2008

Trip to the Préfecture number 6

What a surprise. My carte de séjour didnt arrive in three weeks as the woman said it should last time. So off I trotted again to renew my récépissé. Lucky we also live very close to the Préfecture. The good news is that my carte de séjour has been issued in Paris and should be here within a fortnight. The bad news is its a one year carte as I had expected and it will expire in July. So that means if I collect it in April, I'll have two whole months before I have to go back to the Préfecture again to start renewing it.

7 comments:

Guera said...

I can't believe how long and involved the process is! It's a bit of a joke that it takes you 10 months to get a 1 year visa, but at least you can happily live there while you wait. Aaaah, bureaucracy! Part of the joys of being an expat!

steph said...

je n'ai pas tout compris, sauf que tu découvres les "joies" des démarches administratives en France!!! sinon, ça va bien?

Penny said...

Steph - tu as bien compris! C'etait le sixième fois que je suis allée a la Préfecture pour ma carte de séjour. Tout ira bien, mais quand la carte arrivera en avril, elle va être valable jusqu'au juillet. Et puis, je doit faire tous les choses encore!

:)

Function of Time said...

Sounds like really good times (can you hear the sarcasm?).

Speaking of this: A lawyer friend of mine said there was an American living in France for 20 years with no visa.

Do you think when you qualify that you would apply for a passport (or permanent residence)?

Penny said...

Colleen - really, I shouldn't complain as I've had it pretty easy being the wife of an EU citizen. I didn't need a visa to enter and have only had to deal with the Préfecture.

Do you mean the american was living here illegally for 20 years? I'd be too scared to do that!

I am hoping to get my italian passport in a couple of years. I am entitled to one as David is italian by birth. We need to be married for 3 years before I can apply. Once I have that, I wont need a carte de sejour at all. I cant see myself applying for french citizenship - it sounds even more complicated! But I am hoping that maybe next time when I renew my carte de sejour, I might be entitled to a 5 year one. One woman at the Préfecture suggested I might be able to get one after having had the one year carte. I guess I just have to wait and see :)

Le Tigre said...

Oh la la! Well, sounds like you'll become good friends with the staff there as you will be there so often! We are still waiting on the translation of our marriage certificate so we'll have to begin all that stuff very soon (I'm getting a bit worried actually as my visa expires at the end of July and as you know these things take six months or so!).

Jennie said...

hehe, sounds just like me! i have to keep going back every few months because by the time i receive a correct CDS, i need to renew it or change it!