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Old 19th December 2019, 07:14 AM
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Applied for a 10-yr card recently after 3 years of having the 1-2 year sejours card, interview went well. However, am a bit worried about something; we've been using my in-laws address as an official one for banks, correspondance and stuff but the hubs and I have been living in a secondary home, belonging to the in-laws but in a different commune 15 mins away. So far it's worked for us but that day We on purpose neglected to mention this but should we have?

The personnel did tell us there'll be some sort of investigation involving the marie and gendarme in my in-laws' commune - the same procedure I believe for applying citizenship.

Was this not a good call? Could something be done? Would they frown upon us telling this white lie?
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As usual I can only go on my personal experiences as what may have occurred with other posters here in applying for and receiving their Carte de Séjour (CDS). I have only one address in France the apartment I have lived in since I came to love and work here in April 2013 so I have not got the issue you mention. I had no problems with the CDS application and had compiled the required Dossier of Documents many of which were to prove my residence at the adddress declared by me on the form I completed for my application. So if you have for example Bank Account Statements, utility bills such as Electricty/Gas, Landline Telephone, Internet, and other such prooofs. I provided those at the Interview together with other documents proving my Employment and Source of Income, French Income Tax Receipts, translated Birth Certificate, my UK Passport was scanned . I assume you have the required Documentary Proof of Residence at your in-laws address.

I am not a Lawyer either in Britain or France but as this issue is obviously worrying you I suggest you consult a French Notaire on this matter for your peace of mind as I mean them no disrespect but the French Founctionaires (Civil Servants) can be very pedantic compared perhaps to those in Britain. Better to be safe than sorry.

As regards French Citizenship , which given the result of the General Election in the UK on 12th December I intend to apply for as soon as I can, I understand that in addition to the requirements for a CDS there is the need to supply documentary proof of a clean Police Record both here in France and in your Country of Birth and of a required level of Proficiency in the French Language and knowledge of French History, Culture and Institutions.

I am sure that there are other contributers to this Forum who can give you more advice on this matter.

Bonne chance.

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It probably depends a bit on the nature of the "residence check" they do. When I went for my nationality here, the "residence check" consisted merely of the local gendarmes coming by the house and dropping a "convocation" to the interview at the gendarmerie in the mailbox. I guess on the theory that if you weren't really living there you wouldn't get the covocation and thus wouldn't make it to the interview.

When a friend of mine went for her nationality by marriage, the gendarme followed her back home and had to do a "home inspection" to make sure she was really living with her French husband (and two French children). Poor cop was as embarrassed as he could be.

Since both properties are owned by your in-laws, and are relatively close (and, I assume, in the same departement) probably no big deal. If the issue comes up, you can always say that you are "staying at" the other property temporarily to give yourselves a bit more space. But you may want to consider for the longer term changing your address officially just to avoid any worries.

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