Carte de Sejour
Thinking ahead of some problems that may be encountered after Brexit, we had decided to apply for our Cartes de Séjour in advance. This has also now been recommended by certain other English language papers (Connexion) etc, since our decision was taken.
No one really knows what will happen in the months to come, so it may be just as well to look into this yourselves over the coming weeks.
We found a list of the required documents on the préfecture website at Limoges, (our local préfecture) and duly started collating this information.
The list is long and we ended up with approximately 63 sheets of A4 each, each person is different due to the way things work in France (nom de naissance for married women etc).
(List we submitted is in the copy of the letter in PDF format below)
Along with this Sally contacted the office concerned by telephone and we were informed we could take our dossiers and hand them in personally. Off we went to Limoges as we thought this would save time in the post! Well we were overjoyed when the receptionist said that was not the case upon our arrival, but agreed to take them anyway.
We asked for a receipt, but were informed they could not give one for these dossiers. Deciding we badly needed a coffee at this point, we adjourned to a local café where we discussed the pro’s and con’s of what we had done. Only to decide to go back and retrieve our dossiers and send them by “Lettre Récommandé” as per the receptionists original suggestion. Luckily for us she still had them on her desk, so off home we traveled with said dossiers.
They were put in the post that afternoon and at least we had the receipt from the Immigration Office as confirmation that they had been received a few days later.
A couple of weeks after that we received a rather abrupt letter from the office concerned, basically saying that they were inspecting our dossiers and if we had not heard from them in 4 months time, that our application had been refused.
About a week or so later we received yet another letter from them stating that we have our rdv’s on the 18th June, with a list (small) of supporting documents required. Each rdv being of 40 minutes duration and that we could have someone to aid us with interpretation if required. We also need to take our Passports and a “justicatif” from EDF or some other, dated within the last three months. We will print that off from the EDF website the day before we go for our meetings. Just as an added extra, we will also print off our latest bank statement as support!
So now we only have to wait for the allotted day to arrive and will update as and when after that. From anecdotal evidence we have seen on other websites, the conditions of the application vary tremendously between the various préfectures. For example, someone took their applications into Guéret and handed them in after a brief chat. They were given temporary cards and had received the full cards about three weeks later! Not only that, they did not have to pay for any translations either. Seems like a re-run of our change of Driving Licences, comparing Limoges with Guéret all over again! SIGH!!
PDF draft of our letter:
You could use our letter as a template and just add your own details where the text is red.
Please be aware, as stated earlier the difference between Préfectures can be quite dramatic and you need to look at your own Préfecture’s website to verify their requirements.
WooHoo! We went for our rdv on Monday 18th June as planned and were seen by a very helpful and pleasant young lady. She was going to take photocopies of our Passports and a couple of other documents, until we pointed out that they were already in our dossiers. So she then double-checked our details before entering them onto her computer, followed by taking our fingerprints electronically. This did not go particularly well, but we got there in the end! Once the paperwork side was completed, she then went and made our temporary CdS ‘s and gave them to us. During the whole process she was very chatty and it took maybe 40 minutes for her to do both applications together. (Sally’s was due to be 40 minutes after my appointment.)
Just as an aside, we met a couple that Sally knew and they were just coming to do their interview, having been through the same process as we had just completed. However, they had to return that day to bring copies of their parents and their children’s Birth Certificates for some reason! Also, they received their temporary cards through the post. Just goes to show that everybody’s experience seems to differ, so be prepared!!
We hopefully will collect our cards in two or three weeks time. They are full cards, which are of 10 years duration. Bon courage à tous.
UPDATE: 2nd August 2018
Apologies for late update, we went and collected our cards a couple of weeks ago and are now happy that we’ve done all we can to say here legally. This may or may not be the case of course, it all depends on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations after all!
Please be aware, due to the nature of varying departments and communes the above information is subject to change & you will have to personally verify the above details regarding your specific area of France.