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 :
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!
*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*
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
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
I adore my lawyer and I'm recommending her to everyone. As you may have guessed, I met with my lawyer and had an amazing experience. She works entirely in French, in a small office near one of the train stations. Totally unassuming, with old wood floors and cloth covered couches. E and I went together,… Continue reading Meeting of the Minds!
Things are getting serious. I officially have an appointment with my lawyer this week and we’re going to discuss (in French!) the ~3 paths that I can pursue with the government so that my roots in Paris aren’t abruptly pulled up. I still have 6 months left on my current Carte de Séjour, but I want… Continue reading The Meeting Is Set!
Being precise about my particular immigration problem is emotionally overwhelming. My story seems complex, but I'm facing some relatively straightforward legal questions. My current visa can likely be transformed in three different ways, and I’m hoping to hear back from a very wonderful lawyer about which path I must take to achieve my overall goal. Writing… Continue reading Immigration Dreaming