You Don't have to Give Me One Reason to Stay Here (in Paris).
There are lots of rules. Just entering the front door of the Prefacture de Police on Cite, there are rules. Only 10 people in the entryway. Then shed all your belongings and go through the machines.
Don't worry if you need copies. There are machines in the hall. Bring 20 centimes svp.
If your passport photos have a ding from a paper clip like mine last year, you can retake them in the hallway.
DO NOT FORGET to bring along your Convocation paper! I lost mine yesterday morning. Then I found it with a back page folded on top. Whew.
We did not have to wait long to see the receptionist who checks your papers. This is unusual.
You are given a number.
Take your seat and recheck your papers again and again.
I was missing a few copies. You need your originals and the copies to give the immigration agent for their file.
We only waited 1 1/2 hours! This is a short wait for the process.
Fortunately my clever visa lawyer complimented our agent (in French) on her mini fan and nicely broke the ice. We were holding our breath as she checked off each document 1-2-3.
We sailed through!
I return to the Prefacture in May to pick up, pay for my carte sejour.
Oh Happy Day.
Another year in Paris.
If you're serious about moving to France, I can recommend my American lawyer AC Dana who's lived here 25 years.
If you don't get your visa first go,
DO NOT take it out on the agent SVP.
I felt like the queen of Sheba walking out of there.
Time for an ice cream cone.
Ex-pat Baryshnikov was enjoying the sun on my island.
Maybe he just 'passed' his visa too?
Spring asparagus! Oh Happy Day.
The first Spring strawberry Fraisier at Gerard Mulot.
I tried to paint it. But had to run out and get a real one to study closely.
Bear says I should keep painting. Not there yet.
He's pleased he's staying on another year.