They gave me a short-stay visa... but I need a carte de séjour
September 7, 2012 11:36 AM Subscribe
The French consulate in Toronto gave me a three-month visa, but I was planning on staying for 9 months to a year. I don't know why they gave me a three-month visa when I clearly stated I was planning on leaving in June, but someone just told me I can't apply for a carte de séjour with a three-month visa. HELP!
posted by kansakwens to travel & transportation around France (6 answers total)
I am in France now. I had no idea of this rule, the people at the international students' office did say that it was weird that I only had a three-month visa, but they didn't seem concerned. I was just having a drink with a guy I know here and he said you can only apply for the carte de séjour with a long-stay visa:
A carte de séjour (CDS) or titre de séjour is an official residency card in France. You must have a long-stay visa (Type D) in order to receive a CDS. There is a new law that states you cannot move to France and obtain a CDS without a long-stay visa even if you are married to a French citizen (either before or after entering France.) This law went into effect a few years ago, and not very many people know about it. So do not come to France with the intention of obtaining a CDS without a visa, unless you don't mind wasting money on a plane ticket to go back home just to get a visa.
Obviously I am emailing both the consulate in Toronto and the international students' office here, but since it's Friday, I don't expect a reply from them soon.
Canada and France have some kind of agreement (Visa 2B) so it might be different, but at the moment I have no fucking idea what's going on, why they gave me a 3 month visa and what the hell I do now.