As D day approaches, it seems to me that the only factual statements that can be made about the referendum are as follows:
1) no one seems able to accurately predict the result and 2) no one has got any idea about what is really going to happen if the ‘Leave’ camp succeed!
Obviously those organised people who’ve already taken French nationality are going to be unaffected but what about the rest of us? Ignoring some of the more alarmist posts I’ve read (my favourite being that all expats were going to be rounded up and detained!), it’s fair to say that a leave vote is bound to lead to extra administrative hassle. Any American or other non EU members will testify to the problems involved in getting access to things that we currently take for granted such as healthcare and residency permits.
One possible option is to obtain a ‘carte de séjour UE – séjour permanent’ - which is available to all EU citizens who have been in France for over five years. It states that you have the right to remain in France indefinitely; however, it does have to be renewed after ten years! But who knows what will have happened by then…
You can find the basic info on service-public.fr and the required documents are as follows:
• Letter requesting the carte de séjour on grounds of ‘5 ans de séjour légal et interrompu’
• Three passport photographs
• Your passport
• Work contract (ha ha)
• A bill (eg. EDF ) showing your address in France, dating from the last three months
• Last three pay slips ( ha ha ha)
• More bills (or similar proof) showing residence in France for each half-year during the last five years (eg. a bill dated February of a given year and then another dated September etc).
• Your French social security number (from your carte vitale)
but I’d suggest phoning / visiting the prefecture to see exactly what they require. We all know that things can vary wildly from department to department. And, as most of us don’t have salaried jobs and are either self-employed or retired, I should imagine that tax returns showing a declaration of income would suffice.
Has anyone done this? Are you going to? Is it a good idea? What do you think?