November 24, 2008

French Citizenship - One Step Closer

Just home from the sous-préfecture in Béziers with (pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming) Good News!

My French citizenship dossier has been accepted! I have a signed, dated and stamped récipissé in my hands, which means that it is now up to Béziers to process my application, then send it all on to another office somewhere in France for the second part of processing.
The gendarmes should be knocking on our door for an interview sometime in the next few months.

They have asked for a few more pieces of paper such as copies of my diplomas from high school and university and an attestation from my French teacher stating that I have indeed made an attempt at butchering studying the French language since moving to France, but these are easy to provide.

I was walking on air when I left the sous-préfecture. Then as I was driving home and came around the last bend on the road to our village, there was a slice of rainbow stretching over the hills.
A good sign. And a very, very good day.

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Ksam said...

Wooo!! Welcome to the (waiting) club!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful!!!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

That is brilliant news :-)and to see a rainbow as well, a very good sign.

I think the British government should take a leaf out of the French book..on citizenship, we let far too many people into this country!

Anonymous said...

Great news! You could still be waiting a few months though. The interview with the gendarmes should be fun -- we were grilled separately to make sure our stories were consistent :-) Remember the film "Green Card"?

Texas saraH said...

That's so great! I hope it's all downhill from here on out.

David said...

Your diplomas?? I guess they need to make sure that everyone wanting to live in l'hexigone is as smart as they are ; )

Anonymous said...

Wow, a rainbow. That IS a good sign :)

L Vanel said...

A rainbow is such a good thing to see. Great thing to see. L

Jenny said...

Hello, I saw your comment on Chitlins & Camembert and noticed you went by Loulou (what my kids call my mother in law, Lou--because she dislikes any derivation of Grandmother). WHat a wonderful blog and congrats.

Betty Carlson said...


I didn't have to show any diplomas! I guess that's the advantage of being married to a Frenchman...

Allie said...


Eudamon said...

Viva the French!

I am so happy for this milestone to be passed Jennifer.

Lori said...

Congrats! That photo is so amazing, just beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Thanks! Fingers crossed that we both have a smooth process.

It is great news!
My mayor wrote a great letter on my behalf, saying that I would make a wonderful citizen. Let's hope the powers-that-be believe him!

Hopefully the rainbow was a good omen. They are always a beautiful and unexpected sight!

Yes, the woman told me that once it leaves her hands (in a few months) it will take another year after that.
My husband isn't French and he isn't asking for citizenship. Do you think they'll interview him too?
I remember that scene in Green Card. Being interviewed separately must have been nerve-wracking for you!

Misplaced Texan
Here's hoping it will be a smooth ride!

Yes, they need to make sure that my brain is up to their standards. You would think that after 5 years of working with and figuring out their crazy systems, I have proven that my mind works and works well!

My Mélange
It is! And I could use some good luck with this process...

L Vanel
They are! A wonderful omen of good things to come.

Thank you for the nice comment and the congratulations. :)

Merci!!! Luckily I have them with me, so that is probably one of the easiest documents I have had to provide.

Thank you! I'm so relived, I can't even tell you...

Merci Max! It is very exciting!

Thank you!
I came around the bend and slammed on the brakes when I saw it. My new camera has come in very handy over the last couple of days.

Anonymous said...


Great!!! on your way to become a Francaise

I guess the gendarmes' visit will be to ensure that you do really reside where you say in your application and that you don't have any casier judiciare ( based on that civil address).

In my case, I had to pay for an agent assigned by the consulate to get the papers ( I found out that he went to the RCMP - the mounted police- to make his investigations).

I married a French citizen but I had to show proof of my diplomas also even though I made my request for citizenship outside l'hexagone

Bruce Anderson said...

congratulations...the rainbow was a good sign. I can't believe that they wanted your high schoo diploma? WTF to the french do with all the paperwork they ask for!

Anonymous said...

yey L L , so relieved for you. Not so lucky up north at the moment!!

Jennifer said...

The Beaver
I'm not too worried about the gendarmes' visit. I have nothing to hide! :)
The diploma thing isn't an absolute requirement, but a request. I'm happy to oblige.

We think that there is a giant pit in the middle of the country where they dump all the paperwork. That is our theory anyway.

I'm so happy they've been accepted! Yahoo!
Why not lucky? What's going on?

georgiegirl said...

Congratulations. I am happy for you.

Jennifer said...

Thanks! I'm happy too!

Katie Zeller said...

I'm doing a massive catch-up - since not being online for so ling. Congratulations!
I'm just in the procvess of redoing everything for the Lot-et-Garonne. Apparently they don't 'speak' to the Vendee....

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the congratulations!

I hope your new Carte de Séjours get to you before they're expired this time around. :)
Good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That must feel great!
I wrote an article on getting French Citizenship, feel free to give me any input.

Jennifer said...

Your advice looks good. My dossier included much more that what is on your list, however! :)

Odette said...


Nice site and its give me some hope ... any advice on this ...

Im South African and my father is french. It took me a year to prepare my dossier and I sent it to Paris in Feb 2009 but havent heard a thing from them, not even a confirmation receipt. Im really stressed about the length of time it takes as my residency visa is running out in Ireland and then I cant work anymore ... its a downhill slide from their ... any idea of how long it takes once the docs are in Paris at the Service de la Nationalite ... the embassy said a year ... Yikes ... :-(

Jennifer said...

If you haven't heard anything by now, I would start calling or take a trip to Paris.
Did you send the dossier registered mail?
Did you keep photocopies of the entire dossier?

I heard the process takes 12 months once it gets to a certain stage. But you have to be interviewed by the Police first.

Try to contact the offices in Paris to see if they received it. Good luck!