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Your seasonnaire carte de sejour, time to renew?

Brexit introduced various challenges for Brits seeking to spend time in France, both for leisure and professional purposes. However, with some additional paperwork, most activities can still be pursued as before.

One of the procedures that’s had the most advancement since Brexit is for the seasonaire visas and residency permits, allowing non-europeans to live and work in France for 6 months of the year, whilst remaining officially resident in another country. This visa system was tested en masse for the first time in 2022, with many seasonal workers successfully obtaining their visa and subsequently receiving a Carte de Séjour, valid for 3 years.

For those in possession of this card, it's important to consider renewal timelines and procedures. When should you begin thinking about renewal, and what steps should be taken?

When ?

The card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, and can be renewed from 2 months before its expiry, and the sooner you do this the better, as it can take some time. 

As an example, if your card was issued in February 2022, you need to apply for renewal in December 2024, so you ought to start preparing your documents in the autumn of 2024.

How ?

The renewal will start via the same portal you did your validation, option “Je demande ou renouvelle un titre de séjour”

You’ll fill out an application form online and provide your supporting documents. From then, you wait for a text inviting you to pick up your new card from your local prefecture.

What documents you need

  • Long-stay visa or valid residence permit

  • Passport

  • Proof of address less than 6 months old

  • E-photo code

  • Proof of payment of stamp duty (to be submitted at the time of issue of the license)

  • Ofii medical certificate

  • Copy of the work permits associated with your work in France

  • Commitment to maintain your habitual residence outside France

  • Proof of compliance with the cumulative period of residence of 6 months per year during the period of validity of the previous residence permit (stamps on passports, salary slips obtained during the 3 years, etc.)

  • Tax return*

  • Fiscal stamp for 75€

*This isn’t specified on the list of required documents for a generic carte de sejour renewal, however we have had confirmation from the tax office that as a CDS Pluriannuel holder you are required to declare your French income to the Tax office for non residents. We therefore advise you to do this to ensure a smooth renewal process. Have a look at our blog post about how to submit a basic tax return if you want to find out more.

How long does it take ?

Similar to getting the CDS in the first place, it depends on the time it takes the prefecture to turn it around and make the card, which will be dependent on the amount of applications going through at that particular time.

If you haven’t received your carte de séjour within the 2 months of application and therefore once your original card has expired, not to worry! Your proof of application for renewal, or “recipissé”, which you’ll be issued when you submit the online application, will allow you to continue to work legally under the same terms until you receive your new card.

Do you need help ?

If you need assistance getting the relevant documents together or have any questions about the application process, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you every step of the way.


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