Hi everyone, we have found out that as AEs all medical cover and carte vitale issues are dealt with through the RSI and not CPAM office. We called CPAM who sent us back to RSI. RSI told us that the Carte Vitale would be with us in around 6 months but have sent us a declaration stating we are covered along with NI numbers. This document should be presented at any doctor, dentist or hospital where you receive treatment and gives you full health cover in France until your Carte Vitale is delivered.They keep changing the details, so it's hard to say exactly when and from whom you'll get your social security number and your own carte vitale card. It won't be from the OFII, though, (unless they change it yet again).
They should be able to put you on your husband's carte vitale pretty much right away (though having your OFII vignette will definitely help!) Even as a dependent you should wind up getting a card of your own - though in the meantime you can use his card if you need to see a doctor.
Are you sure you need a ss number to make use of the Pôle d'emploi? You can't actually "register" there are you're not eligible for benefits - but you don't have to register in order to make use of their resources (i.e. job listings, etc.). Normally, you won't get a ss number until you get a job, as it's usually the employer who sends in the paperwork that jump starts the process. They may want you to have your OFII vignette (to make sure you're here legally and have the right to work), but I don't believe they require a ss number unless you're looking to draw benefits.
On another issue....cotisations...we have now received ´Decalration Mensuelle de Chiffre d´affaires´ documents for the last three months which I have completed and declared all income for these months and returned with cheque. What is confusing me is that I was told to pay the ´prestations de services´ tax which is 24.60% as we are a furnished gite rather than the lower ´ventes de merchandises´ tax of 14% which appears to be for unfurnished rentals. I have just seen another expat forum where a gite owner is advising another that he pays the 14% tax on his earnings. Also, I am totally unsure about what I can offset against my earnings such as maintenance of the property, running costs, tax foncieres, etc. I know I should probably employ an accountant but it seems that many AEs manage on their own and if I can receive the correct information I need then hope to do so myself. I take it if I have overpaid taxes or paid the incorrect rate, they should refund me? Or am I just dreaming?? Any sound and accurate advice on this would be much appreciated. Ta!