Long-Stay Visa

French Consulate VisaI’m in the process of getting my second Long-Stay Visa for France… this time for work rather than study. ย ๐Ÿ˜› ย I feel so official!! ย I wanted to write a little bit about how much of a mess I am. ย For some reason, since the moment I receivedย the email that I was accepted into the TAPIF program, I have had a hard time fullyย comprehending that this is REALLY happening.

First, I received a long informative email from the coordinator of the program. ย I saw the email, got excited about it, and then proceeded to forget to actually read it.ย  After nearly a month, I realized that in big bold letters the coordinator had stated that we needed to apply for an identity history summary from the FBI … ASAP!! Holy cannoli I messed up!!! ย Luckily, I applied thatย week and I do have my identity report in time for my trip.

So fastforward to awaiting myย arrรชtรฉ de nomination from my school.
I didn’t receive my contract in the mail for about another week after hearing from my Contract TAPIF, Work Visaschool contact. ย My Visa appointment at the consulate was exactly oneย week later. ย I’m a huge procrastinator, and come the Friday before my appointment I JUST started looking through the checklist for my Visa application!! ย Why, Shelby, why!

I was dogsitting for my cousin that weekend, and it nearly slipped my mind that I still neededย a passport sized photo. ย Sunday night, before my 9am appointment the following morning, I finally went to a Walmart and got a photo taken. ย In a rush of panic and anxiety, I realized that although I had all my paperwork and contract with me at my cousin’s house… I had left my passport back at home at my mother’s house, an hour away!!!

Thankfully, my mom agreed to meet me early in the morning to bring me the passport. ย Just before arriving for my appointment, I skimmed over the checklist one more time to make sure I had everything I needed. ย Turns out, I did not!! ย I hadn’t made copies of my driver’s license or my contract! ย Long story short, Fedex copy machines saved my life. ย Lesson learned – never procrastinate preparing for something as important as a work Visa!!!

I am down to 4 weeks and 2 days until my flight out! ย I am 90% sure I will be renting a flat in Lille and commuting to Wattrelos. ย I’m so excited!! ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Lille, France; 2013


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