Getting a Carte Vitale


(Debra Archer) #81

If you are working, is CPAM the correct caisse for you to be applying to?


(Karen DebaxLatour) #82

So the latest is…my dragon has retired. Our new lady is lovely and was kind enough to explain.

I was not economically active so therefore my application went to a special holding centre where they sit on applications for years. As I now qualify for chaumage I am now economically active and they can process me locally.

Sure enough a few weeks later I get a letter. My nice lady explains it is a mistake, they are looking for a missing tampon. Rings the manager so I am expecting my photo request form soon.

Lesson. If you want a carte vitale get a days employment as anything, then it will be processed.


(Sue Young) #83

Don’t agree at all. We arrived already retired-no S1. When we applied for carte vital everything went through in about 4 months (including August!) Our papers all went to Nimes but we dealt with local smaller office with very helpful staff. I think it just depends.
By the way-I still appear as a dependant under my husband’s ameli account. I have my own card and I can print an attestation but only by going in under his number. Should I do anything to change this?


(Anna Watson) #84

Not unless you want to. Anyone who was registered as a dependent prior to the changes last year can continue as they are until the cut off date. Which I believe is 2020 but I’m sure they’ll tell you. But if you want to change over to cover in your own right before then, you can.


(Sue Young) #85

Thanks Anna-doesn’t seem worth doing it the moment as hubby gets his S1 next year and we’ll have to visit the CPAM office to sort that out so might do it then.


(Mike Bartlett) #86

Hi, Karen. Both my wife and I are under retirement age and have moved here. We applied jointly for our CV’s in January. Still waiting. Been told it could take several more months still.
We also have supplied them with the Newcastle letter showing that we are no longer covered by UK. CPAM told us to be prepared for a bit of a wait.
Have heard horror stories of this process taking up to a year.
Have you tried the CPAM English speaking 'phone number? Might help.


(Daisy Johnston) #87

Hi Mike, I’m just wondering how your journey to acquire the CV is going? We are in a similar situation and visited our CPAM with completed forms 736 and requested documents almost two weeks ago. Yesterday we received form 710 to complete along with a list of other documents they want. We aren’t fluent but muddle our way through with google translate and dictionaries! :blush:


(Mike Bartlett) #88

Daisy Johnston http://www.survivefrance.com/u/daisy_johnston
August 13

Hi Mike, I’m just wondering how your journey to acquire the CV is going?
We are in a similar situation and visited our CPAM with completed forms 736
and requested documents almost two weeks ago. Yesterday we received form
710 to complete along with a list of other documents they want. We aren’t
fluent but muddle our way through with google translate and dictionaries! [image:
:blush:]

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Hi, Karen. Both my wife and I are under retirement age and have moved
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it could take several more months still. We also have supplied them with
the Newcastle letter showing that we are no longer covered by UK. CPAM told
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Hi Daisy.
Thanks for getting in touch. We’re finally there with our C.V. We applied
in January at our local CPAM branch with a wheel barrow of paperwork. Our
French isn’t brilliant, but we got through. In April, we had a letter
asking for another wheelbarrow of paperwork. Some I think was sent on the
first batch. This we sent to Nimes within a few days after putting it all
together.
Last week, we recieved our attestation with our Social security number on
it. All in all it took 6 months.
Hang on in there, it just takes time here.
Best of luck.
Mike


(Daisy Johnston) #89

That’s brilliant news - well done! We realise we are only at the very beginning of our adventure, but will try and be patient. The letter we received has the beginnings of a no de sécurité sociale on it so at least we are on the system somewhere!

Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll probably be on here again in due course, either complaining or smugly congratulating myself… :joy: Time will tell!


(stella wood) #90

Daisy…

I’ve no idea where the letter came from, which requested more paperwork… but I would suggest you take the letter and the paperwork into your local CPAM rather than just posting it off anywhere…

That way the local office is kept in the loop… they can ensure forms are completed correctly…and by putting the papers into their hands… there can be no worry about stuff going adrift in the post.

Just an idea… worked well for us…:slight_smile:


(Nichola Rumble) #91

Thank you for sharing your experience Stephen, if I make it to France I have been warned.
Are things just the same with an S1?
My parents are both retired are want to move with me.


(Anna Watson) #92

I believe S1 applications are processed locally unlike applications from EU ressortissant residents which have a central processing centre in Nîmes. As long as France is sure a person has a valid S1 they’ll happily put that person on the books because he or she won’t cost France anything, the S1 confirms that UK is responsible for paying their bills. Nîmes checks more carefully to make sure you meet the criteria before it agrees to take responsibility for you. So your parents will probably be sorted before you are!


(Karen DebaxLatour) #93

An update for you, nearly 2 years in France and still no carte vitale. My case ís with assistance sociale. They promised I would finally get the document 6 weeks ago hah! They keep rejecting my birth certificate as no tampon, despite knowing no UK birth certificates have tampons and legitimacy is in the watermark. My diabetes is out of control and I cannot get a complimentere. I have an attestation des droits. My husband (French) got his in 9 months as he had his no de sécu already. I think this could be a record.


(Anna Watson) #94

If you have a valid attestation des droits, then it makes no difference whether or not you have carte vitale.