Immigration, Life in Paris

Peak Productivity :

It has been a red letter day, to be sure! I planned it yesterday, and I did it today : I renewed my visa! Or rather, I put in the request to renew my visa, to which I should receive a response in, well, some undetermined number of weeks. I want to take you through… Continue reading Peak Productivity :

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Immigration

Visa Victory!

Well, almost! As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not going to get a second master's degree next year. Every time I write that it sounds so ridiculous, but still, I had applied to do it anyway and I was officially rejected on Tuesday. With that knowledge in mind, I cracked open my visa dossiers and got… Continue reading Visa Victory!

Immigration

The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*

*For my specific préfecture in my specific situation in June/July of 2017. This always bears repeating, but any list of required documents you find on the internet regarding your visa situation even if you find it on the government's website is just a list on the internet. I recommend always, always going in person to your préfecture… Continue reading The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*

Immigration

Mornings at the Préfecture 

This is a lot harder to do when I actually have a job. Two years ago, I had time to waste an entire day sitting in various chairs, waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn.  This year, I'm writing this post from outside the préfecture, where I've been waiting for about an hour. Let… Continue reading Mornings at the Préfecture 

Immigration

Immigration Insanity

It's that time of year! I recently created a shared calendar for our household, and there are three upcoming meetings at the Préfecture scheduled for this week. By meetings, I naturally mean, "ARRIVE AT 7AM TO WAIT IN LINE UNTIL 9 IF YOU WANT TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF GETING TO WORK ON TIME!" I'm… Continue reading Immigration Insanity

Immigration, Life in Paris

French Elections for the Disenfranchised

It's Sunday, everyone! I, obviously, cannot vote in France. I'm a legal resident, not naturalised, and not a citizen. This is a hugely consequential election for France, and the turnout as of lunchtime are not looking great. While I look forward to voting in the 2022, the extent of my participation this round was to… Continue reading French Elections for the Disenfranchised

Challenges

Holding On

I checked my social media outlets, my texts, my messages, and everywhere is awash in bad news. The French debates were awful and people feel doomed, the American government is moving forward on destroying access to healthcare for millions upon millions of people. I meet at least a handful of people every day who say… Continue reading Holding On

Immigration

PACS Paperwork

Will it ever end? Probably not! I may have mentioned that E and I are getting PACS'd. That means we plan to enter into "un pacte civil de solidarité," which officially does very little other than legally defining our relationship as a household when filing taxes and taking on debt. We couldn't adopt a child… Continue reading PACS Paperwork