There is no longer a legal obligation for citizens of EU states to have a carte de SÃ©jour to live and work in France as it was when I first came.
The Carte de SÃ©jour was used as an identity card and could be used on internal flights in France or as a proof of identity, which meant that a passport didn’t need to carried at all times.
EU citizens (inclusing Swiss nationals) who are married to, or PACSed with a French citizen can apply for a “CE” Carte de SÃ©jour to live and work in any sector they wish in France – but it is NOT an obligation to have one.
For the first 5 years, the partner of a French Citizen can receive a “Carte de SÃ©jour – Toutes ActivitÃ©s”, which means they can work, or do business in any trade or profession in France?
After 5 years, a permanentÂ “Carte de SÃ©jour – Toutes ActivitÃ©s” can then be issued.
In order to receive the card, the following must be carried out:
1. Fill out an application form at your nearest PrÃ©fecture – you can also do this at your local Mairie, Sous-PrÃ©fecture or Commissariat de Police.
2. While the application is being processed, you will be given a proof of application, valid for 1 or 2 months, which can serve as identity in France.
To make an application you will need the following:
1. A valid passport
2. Proof of PACS (loans, rental agreement, joint bank account details etc.) or Marriage certificate.
3. 3 identity photographs
TheÂ “Carte de SÃ©jour – Toutes ActivitÃ©s” is free of charge, but it can take some time to arrive – just be patient …
There is a charge of 15â‚¬ made to renew an expired card, which must be paid by Â “Timbre Fiscal” available at a post office or a tabacÂ timbre fiscal “OMI” ou “ANAEM”.
Although there is no need to have a Carte de SÃ©jour for EU or Swiss citizens, it always seems to me, more desirable to carry (and risk losing or misplacing) one rather than my passport on a daily basis.