Visa de Retour
I thought I had published this post but it seems I never hit the publish button 🤦🏻♀️ And I really want to make a post about this because it is such a mysterious process that someone on the internet needs to bring it up.
This information is almost impossible to find and I'm going to try to explain it as best I can because even I don't really understand it. I've tried. I've searched. I want to understand, but it’s one of those “for why?” situations.
There are certain circumstances where you are in kind of a purgatory. Let's say you are waiting on the decision of your residency permit, or you lost your residency permit, but you want to travel. Most normal people won’t travel because it’s just smarter not to, but the French government is also taking 90+ days to reach decisions and sometimes you want to freely travel in this timeframe. In this instance you have to apply for a "Visa de Retour" or Return Visa. I know what you're thinking because I thought it too; why do I have to apply for a visa when I have a carte de sejour? The answer? This is France, nothing makes sense.
Then the "instructor" has not looked at your file, and therefore you will not be entitled to anything. Yes, I know, it makes no sense because you can be in the above stage for months (one girl claims she’s been in this stage for 2 years 😒).