Applying for your Titre de Séjours

Should I apply for a Carte de Séjour?

With Brexit  approaching this is one of the most relevant questions for residents. In most peoples opinion and the UK governments advice, the answer is yes. This may seem a daunting task, especially if your French isn’t up to scratch, even if it is, understanding the system and the forms that need to be completed can be a hard task in its self.

Once you have all of the relevant documents and they have been submitted to your local prefecture, the wait for the card is relatively short. Depending on your prefecture’s policy, you can send your application by post, I recommend that you use registered delivery with signature on reception (Acusé de Réception) or you may be able to take your application in person.

Please remember that this is the general procedure that may differ depending on your department.

What next?

How does it work, what do I need to do?
To apply, you need to have been a resident for a minimum period of 3 months. After this period all that you need to do is get all of the relevant documents together and send/take them to your local prefecture with a covering letter for your application for a “Titre de Séjour”. At this point there are no forms to fill in, once your application has been looked at you should receive the necessary form and any additional information they may require to continue to process your application. Fill in the form and return it with any other information that you have been asked to supply.

Below is a list of documents you will need, these are not required to be translated into French.

Residency less than 5 years if you are self employed

    • Valid passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Marriage certificate (if you are married)
    • Proof of address, i.e. electricty bill, water bill less than 3 months old.
    • 3 passport photos.
    • Proof of your business like:
      • Copy of your business registration document (K-Bis) from the Chambre de Métiers, Chambre de Commerces ou Chambre de Agriculture.
      • Copy of your affiliation to your social security regime (Carte Vitale),
      • Insurance contracts for your business,
      • bail professionnel,
      • Invoices for materials purchased,
      • Declaration of turnover, etc

There is the possibility that you may be asked for additional information like copies of bank/savings statements.

Residency less than 5 years if you are not employed

    • Valid passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Marriage certificate (if you are married)
    • Proof of address, i.e. electricty bill, water bill less than 3 months old.
    • 3 passport photos.
    • Proof of income (pension statements etc)

There is the possibility that you may be asked for additional information like copies of bank/savings statements.

Residency less than 5 years if you are employed

All of the above documents plus a copy of your contract of employment and payslips.

Residency more than 5 years

    • Valid passport.
    • Birth certificate.
    • Marriage certificate (if you are married).
    • Proof of address, i.e. electricty bill, water bill less than 3 months old.
    • 3 passport photos.
    • Documentary evidence of the continuity of your stay in France for the last 5 years: 1 document per  6 months (rental invoices, water or EDF invoices).
    • Proof of residency in France for the last 5 years (Avis d’impôts).

There is the possibility that you may be asked for additional information like copies of bank/savings statements.

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