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Getting a carte de 'séjour permanent'
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EU CITIZENS who have been in France for more than five years are entitled to apply for a carte de séjour UE – séjour permanent, a measure which some experts have told Connexion may be useful in the case of a ‘Brexit’.
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So, how is it done?
The basics can be found at: service-public.fr.
The aim of all the pièces (documents) you will be asked for is to prove your uninterrupted legal residence in France for a period of more than five years (stays away are allowable, but France should have been your main home). Apart from consulting the link above and this article, you should also telephone your prefecture to double check what documents they will need. They will want photocopies of all of these, as well as for you to show them the originals. In the case of our staff member these included:
• Letter requesting the carte de séjour on grounds of 5 ans de séjour légal et ininterrompu
• Three passport photographs
• Work contract
• A bill (eg. EDF or other utility) showing your address in France, dated in the last three months
• Last three pay slips
• More bills (or similar proof) showing residence in France in each half-year during the last five years (eg. a bill dated in February of a given year and then another dated in September etc).
• French social security number (eg. present your carte vitale)
The point of an employee providing documents like a work contract and recent payslips is to show they have been legally resident, as, before five years, Europeans are required not to be a 'burden on the state' and must have a job, be self-employed of have independent means. A prefecture official told Connexion self-employed people are asked to give documents showing their self-employed income (revenus non-salariés), and early-retirees would be asked for evidence of having 'sufficient means' of their own (ressources propres).This could include tax assessments, she said.
Our staff member was told on the telephone to take all the items above to the main prefecture for the department and to go to a certain numbered accueil (desk). The desk in question is only open for limited hours each morning and it was necessary to queue for an hour-and-a-half. It is probably therefore advisable to go before the opening time to be nearer the front of the queue.
On reaching the desk the staff member saw an official who made an initial assessment of whether the request was reasonable and the correct pièces were provided. She looked at the documents rapidly – there was a problem; the work contract had not been rubber stamped at the end by the employer and this was an essential requirement. However on being asked if it would be necessary to queue the next time, the official said it was acceptable to come to the front of the queue and hand the documents in.
On a subsequent day, the staff member did as advised, having to explain themselves to people at the head of the queue who asked why they were ‘pushing in’. They were quickly directed through to a waiting area, where they were then able to see a second official, who listened to the request and looked again at the pièces.
This time the second official said they were in order - however she said the prefecture also requires a birth certificate extract dating from less than three months ago with first applications for a carte de séjour, which had not been provided. On further consultation with colleagues, however, it was accepted that this could be waived in this case.
A temporary récépissé (receipt), valid for six months, was then handed over while the card application was processed. The official said a text message would be sent when the permit was ready to collect.
In conclusion, make sure the officials know it is a ‘UE’ card that you are asking for and that it is for ‘séjour permanent’ (if they are unfamiliar with this, print out the information from service-public.fr or direct them to the site). Aim to obtain the full list of documents required before you visit in person and make photocopies of all of them. Check a work contract has been rubber stamped (with the employer’s name and address and Siret) at the end. Keep your cool and be firm about your rights.
If you have tried to obtain one of these, Connexion would like to hear how it went, at email@example.com