Titre de séjour 2022

As so many people have said already Survive France is an excellent source of information as so many people are willing to share their knowledge and experiences. So I am very grateful for the help I’ve received so far. I am in the process of applying for a titre de séjour and I am sure there must be many others who have an EU spouse who will need to go through the same process.
I did come across a posting on survive France from an Englishman with a wife from Luxembourg. He went to the prefecture with his documents and apart from a complaint that he had no visa he had no problems. I have not been able to find this posting again to recheck it so maybe it was just my imagination or maybe it’s been deleted.
So I hope this posting will be helpful to others and to myself if any problems arise.
We did live in France three years ago and went to the local CPAM and tax offices and had no problems so I thought I’d do the same with the prefecture.
So I went last Wednesday with all my docs. Very disappointed to find that I had to have an appointment. I asked if I could make an appointment but no I could not except by sending an email. This is the address I was given

pref-etrangers-sejour@charente.gouv.fr

So I sent my request in on Wednesday evening. So far I haven’t had a reply or acknowledgement. The only question in my mind at the moment is how long do I wait before I send another email.

Geoffrey, you didn’t imagine the post (see below).- I was that Englishman with a Luxembourg wife. I had to book a meeting slot online for our prefecture. I don’t know if your prefecture requires the same, and if they do it might be worth checking on their website since you typically get immediate confirmation of your time/date. You could then cancel your email request. As well as a slight case of pursed lips from the prefecture lady at my not having a visa (not required in my case) , I was also told that I should have had my EU citizen wife with me. This is not a requirement either in the EU regulation for this type of carte de séjour, nor is it on the Immigration Ministry website’s list of required items to ‘bring’ with you to the meeting. However it does make sense since it is obviously only by virtue of the relationship with an EU spouse that you can claim this particular carte de séjour.

Here is my original post you refer to.

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Unfortunately, I have the feeling that the days are long gone when you could just turn up at the Préfecture and expect to be seen by someone for a titre de séjour. At best, you might get a general information person, who might tell you what you need to prepare the application file. Most Préfectures are severely understaffed, even more so in the Services des Étrangers. The online appointment booking systems also do not appear to be ubiquitously active on all Préfecture websites. For example, the Préfecture du Puy de Dôme only offers 3 types of online appointment, only 1 of which relates to immigration services, and even that is for informational purposes only. Having just checked the page, it specifically says that you can’t use that appointment booking service to apply for, or renew, a titre de séjour. There is a separate set of links on the main Préfecture page that you have to drill down through in order to apply for a TdS, which takes you to a form you then have to download, fill in, and send in by postal mail with all the other bumph they require for your application.

So much for the “transformation numérique” that the French government has been banging on about for the last 5 years. It is this individualisation of each Préfecture’s services that is probably the most frustrating for any would-be applicant.

I think imminently you’ll go here: Étrangers en France for everything like this, the whole system is being moved online to a central portal. I don’t think it’s currently active for every kind of visa/ titre since it’s still in its early stages, and clearly this is no help perhaps to the OP, but it is happening, and, afaik will include anything to do with WA cards too (loss/damage, renewals etc). Perhaps it’s this changeover situation that’s making matters even worse if you just turn up at prefectures, if there’s specific people who know what needs to be done what way at this moment in time they’re probably the ones behind the email address, rather than the first contact person at the desk.

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@geoffrey_Croshaw
We live in Charente and in 2019 for our CdS we had an email from the prefecture as follows:

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so the address you have is essentially correct (just the sejour element added).
I suppose you could copy your mail to the address without the sejour element to see if that works…

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@geoffrey_Croshaw

I would definitely second @graham 's suggestion to try the other email address.
When friends moved out of the Charente around the time we were all applying for CdSWA (ie brexit)… they got stuck with no replies to their e-mails to the Charente Préfecture.
Our Mairie (Dordogne) stepped in to help them and… hurrah… suddenly emails were answered by the Charente and the problems were resolved… double hurrah.
Seems that sometimes emails can drop into black holes… and a different route/address is what is needed.

best of luck

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I obviously must spend a bit more time learning to navigate SF. I don’t feel happy about doing nothing so I will try out all the your suggestions. Also you’ve prompted me to look at the Angoulême website and it came up with this

So I thought I would send a request by post containing a short letter and copies of my UK passport and my wife’s EU passport and proof of house purchase. That way at least they’ll be a bit of paper on someone’s desk which is not quite so easy to ignore as an email.

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