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. ¬†ūüėõ ¬†I feel so official!! ¬†I wanted to write a little bit about how much of a mess I am. ¬†For some reason, since the moment I received¬†the email that I was accepted into the TAPIF program, I have had a hard time fully¬†comprehending that this is REALLY happening.

First, I received a long informative email from the coordinator of the program. ¬†I saw the email, got excited about it, and then proceeded to forget to actually read it.¬† 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!!! ¬†Luckily, I applied that¬†week and I do have my identity report in time for my trip.

So fastforward to awaiting my arrêté 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. ¬†My Visa appointment at the consulate was exactly one¬†week later. ¬†I’m a huge procrastinator, and come the Friday before my appointment I JUST started looking through the checklist for my Visa application!! ¬†Why, Shelby, why!

I was dogsitting for my cousin that weekend, and it nearly slipped my mind that I still needed¬†a passport sized photo. ¬†Sunday night, before my 9am appointment the following morning, I finally went to a Walmart and got a photo taken. ¬†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. ¬†Just before arriving for my appointment, I skimmed over the checklist one more time to make sure I had everything I needed. ¬†Turns out, I did not!! ¬†I hadn’t made copies of my driver’s license or my contract! ¬†Long story short, Fedex copy machines saved my life. ¬†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! ¬†I am 90% sure I will be renting a flat in Lille and commuting to Wattrelos. ¬†I’m so excited!! ¬†ūüėÄ

Lille, France; 2013


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