life sparkles a little brighter. I had a series of job interviews with a host of cafes in Paris, thanks to hospo.jobs and coffeepeoplefrance, and there was one prospect that particularly caught my eye.
But here’s the catch:
I need to renew my visa before they give me a job offer.
So now, the panic ensues! It’s me versus the French government, and time is not on my side. In fact, I have 22 days to renew my visa before it expires.
I have most of the paperwork in order:
- residence card
- photo id
- birth certificate (sent by my ma via Xpress post. Merci, maman!)
- health insurance
- bank statement
- CV & lettre de motivation
By the way, I’ve never been so thankful of being Canadian as I am now. When applying for a French visa, all documents need to be officially translated into French. NEWSFLASH: Canada is a bilingual country, which means documents are automatically written in both English & French, saving me a ton of time and money.
The last thing that is creating the most panic is securing an appointment with the Prefecture de Police (i.e., immigration office) to give them my paperwork. My housemate and I tried calling and emailing numerous times, but haven’t received a response. I guess the last resort will be to show up without an appointment and see what happens.
As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.