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Registering with French Prefecture 13 Jan 2018 01:41 #96264

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Just now finished reviewing all that pops up with the use of "carte de séjour" and I am feeling better. This is the only thing that could throw a monkey wrench into our plans. In getting my visa in Belgium it was expensive and when once my residence permit was obtained (for one year and needing to apply each year) the "host" town suggested strongly that I find another town next year.
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Registering with French Prefecture 13 Jan 2018 01:36 #96263

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Tim Horchler wrote: Would like to hear from any members who have needed to register with a French prefecture because you wanted to live in France and had no problems doing so. My wife is an EU citizen ...
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Tim,

Visit the Knowledgebase and click on Living in France. It has only just been written and uploaded so possibly would not have been there if/when you looked previously. Here is a quote which I think is pertinent but there is lots of other information in various links which I hope will help.

Relatives and partners of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals
Spouses and dependant relatives of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals have the same entry rights (i.e. they don't need a visa to enter France), even if they are not from the EU themselves, but must apply for a residence permit (carte de sejour) within two months of arriving in France. See our guide to joining relatives or partners in France for more information.

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Registering with French Prefecture 12 Jan 2018 20:18 #96261

Although I don't have any experience with this matter, while you are waiting for those who do, if you type "carte de séjour" in the 'Search' facility available on the main menu (it will give more results than the Forum Search), you will have plenty to read to test against any new information.

My apologies if you've done this already.

Ian & Lisette
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Registering with French Prefecture 12 Jan 2018 15:41 #96260

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Would like to hear from any members who have needed to register with a French prefecture because you wanted to live in France and had no problems doing so. My wife is an EU citizen and from information on the French consulate web sites here in the US it says:

American family members of European passport holders

Please note that you do not need any visa to enter and live in France for longer than 3 months if :
• You hold a valid U.S. passport;
• And you are the legal spouse (acts de marriage/French marriage certificate);
• And you are accompanying your spouse who is also moving to France.

However, you will have to apply for the residence permit ("carte de séjour pour membre de famille d’un ressortissant européen") within 2 months of entry into France, at the Préfecture of city of residence. Note that it is always advisable to contact the Préfecture BEFORE leaving the U.S., in order to get a complete list of documents to provide to apply for such permit.


I have attempted to get confirmation from several consulates by email and phone. Yesterday the fellow in Atlanta said "lots of luck. I don't think they have answered a phone all day." Chicago said send an email; I had already; he said send it again. If one can go by the reviews online, none of the US consulates get many good comments.

So we intend to just come on in, go to our wintering port and do the paperwork with the controlling prefecture using the marina's address. Any towns where you had problem? Or easy success?

I am hoping we will have smooth sailing as this is a lingering concern despite what the rules above say.

Tim

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