December 10, 2008

What We Have to Look Forward to Tomorrow Morning

We have been asked to come into the Bureau des Étrangers at the sous-préfecture in Béziers for an interview. The first time ever. Hopefully it has to do with getting the coveted 10 year cartes de séjours, but we really have no idea.

The thing is, they didn't give us an appointment. That means we need to leave the house by 7AM in order to arrive before 8AM to wait in line outside (morning temperatures are predicted to be about 32-34 degrees F) so when the doors open at 8:30AM we'll get one of the precious few appointments that they dole out to the smallest number of people possible to interview before closing for the day at 11AM.

Looking forward to it. You betcha.

I'm not even worried about the interview part. It's the thought of standing outside freezing while we wait to take a number that sounds so awful.
Layers. Must wear many layers. And a hat.

(of course, if they give us our 10 year cartes de séjours, it will all be worth it! Here's hoping.) Pin It


Anonymous said...


One stays in line whilst the other one enjoys a nice hot drink in a cafe . Then you do the switcharoo... :-)

Jennifer said...

That is a great idea! You're right, why should we both suffer?

Anonymous said...

aargh, what an annoying system! It sounds like something out of Soviet Russia. I can't remember ever having to do that for Cartes de Séjour.

In addition to the switcharoo, perhaps you should take a flask of hot coffee with you ...

Anonymous said...

Je croise les doigts !

Ksam said...

Do you think maybe it could be for the language interview portion of the citizenship app?

wcs said...


Jennifer said...

We should have had a flask of something warming! We had to sit outside for 30 minutes in very cold weather. But I think it was worth it! Fingers crossed!

Merci! Moi aussi!

I was wondering if it would be too, but it turned out to be the interview for the 10 year cds. It was painless. Phew!

Do you have your 10 year cds yet?