No excuses!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Now (besides my lower than generally acceptable French skill level), I have no excuse for being jobless anymore. After a patience-testing wait at the prefecture late this afternoon, I was handed a half-sheet of paper that's proof of my application for residency, and that I will use as evidence of my right to work in France until my actual card arrives - hopefully within the next three months (we'll see how that goes). It's funny because we actually had an appointment with the same woman who set the appointment in the first place, whose awful people skills and overwhelming rudeness we both were blown away with last time. She seemed fifty times happier this time and even made a few jokes and got us in and out within 30 minutes of our appointment time. We think it had something to do with her imminent three-plus weeks of vacation.

We asked a few questions, most of which were answered with "we don't do that here," but the most important question was the one about my eligibility to work. At first, we were told that I couldn't work with just a récépissé (which is just a receipt that shows I've applied for the residency permit), but after inquiring a bit, she told us that, in fact, I could work with it and that my eligibility would be printed on the document. Man, I wonder if I'd have the same eligibility if we hadn't been brave enough to ask?

All in all, it went pretty smoothly. We only had to wait a couple of minutes after our appointment to be seen, and would you believe it if I told you (speaking to those of you who've gone through this before) that we actually had everything they required for the application EXCEPT a copy of the stamp indicating my entry into France with my visa? Would you also believe that that was the only thing not mentioned on the list of required documents to bring? Luckily, we caught our guichetiere on a good day and she was kind enough to make copies for us without much hassle.

Now, I'm just waiting to get the information for the infamous medical exam. If I'm lucky, I might just get my actual cds a few months before I have to reapply for the next one. Ah, the French.
I've never been so excited about being able to work; now, I'm off to do the impossible and find a job.


That last line says I can work! :)

8 comments

Candy said...

now you can bring home the bacon! congrats!

Bluefish said...

Yay!!! Congratulations!

Evolutionary Revolutionary said...

HOORAY!!! Was it air conditioned???

JV said...

As the song goes (I can't remember who sings it)...you gotta have faith, faith, faith!

Congrats!!

Now.........get to work!

Luv, Mum

misplaced texan said...

Thanks, y'all!

evolutionary: NOOOO, it wasn't even air conditioned!! I mentioned that to Gui while we were there, but thankfully your prayers worked and the weather was more than bearable yesterday!

I forgot to mention that after she told me I could work, she said that I need to get a job, now - making a joke that I need to start contributing ... as if finding a job is so easy in France! Pfff.

Emily Marie said...

Felicitations!! And now the official job hunt begins......

lulu said...

Felicitations et bon chance.
I am so excited for you. I wish you the best on you job search.

Irisa said...

Congrats! Now you can be a working slave like the rest of us! ;-)

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