We arrive at our new permanent home in Deux Sevres on March 1 (after 11 yrs resident in Italy) and I’m trying to establish a sequence of essentials we need to do to establish a presence in France before March 29.
We’ll have bank accounts by the time we arrive - and I suppose the deeds to our property. Should our first asap calling-off point be the local Mairie to introduce ourselves ?
And then to the Prefecture to set the Carte de Sejour application in motion. Small window of opportunity - as the office involved is only open for two hours once a week. Is it simply a case of arriving and waiting ? Or are appointments generally necessary ? (We’re talking about Niort). See from their website, that Health Insurance, or a European Health Insurance Card is needed as part of the CdeS process. Are all private policies accepted ? On the basis that until we actually have a CdeS, we may well legally continue to be regarded as Italian residents - would our Italian Health Insurance cards be accepted as short/longterm evidence of medical cover ?
And anyone got any thoughts what - if anything - our status would be if - on the 4 available Mondays we have in March - we haven’t managed to lodge our CdeS applications. Thanks