Diana, I have a couple of suggestions:
You take the time to go to France and find a home to buy, within the allotted 90 days of the visa, and though most people say the process takes about 3 months to complete, it is one way to gain the all important Address, which is needed for your Carte de Sejour.
The other way to do this, is to find a Gite or other accommodation that you can rent, and get the landlord (friend of otherwise) to write a note, as per requirements, stating that you are the tenant from this date onwards, for X months (yrs etc) and have this notarized (and in French) to present at the time of your application.
As you HAVE to have an address to go to…you cant just go there for a year and travel around, it appears, and you want to live there anyway, this is the route we figured we would take, when we have finally sold our home here.
Applying 3 months out is the only way, it appears, but some get their Carte within 5 -6 weeks, and you get the Carte in hand at the time of Interview, I understand. I also understand that you can ask them to add the date of your departure from the USA to the Carte, so you have the correct time allotted. The Carte has to be validated at the Airport in France upon entry, and you then have to reapply for the extension IN FRANCE within 3 months of it expiring. You will have to do this each year for five years, until you can apply for permanent residence there.
I don’t know if Macron is going to change anything…one can hope! It all seems so pointless, all the waiting and the bureaucracy takes SOO long to do anything.
I do know that you want to reapply for the extension in a larger city, as they will get more applications, and therefore be more up-to-date that some of the smaller centers, with any changes in information in regard to the Visa processes.
Keep us informed!
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