The last month has not all been puppies and kittens. The race to get significant documents before the end of my first year in France has yielded a driver’s license, an attestation of public health insurance (until a carte vitale arrives) which has my French social security number, and today a récépissé de demande de Carte de Séjour. This last piece is a receipt showing that I’ve submitted all the necessary paperwork to renew my visitor’s visa, and is good for three months from today (ie to early September). I imagine this will produce a physical carte de séjour to replace the decorations in my passport that I’ve had to date. The system changed for non-EU visitors in 2009 – rather confusingly because it’s not a well-communicated change either to visitors or to the various branches of the public service who interact with them – and I’ve not encountered anyone else who’s come through the post-2009 system.
Back to the kittens and puppies: