An Address in France

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An Address in France

The process of living in France begins with having an address. When we made our long stay visa application in San Francisco, they asked for our future French address. Because we had not yet come over to France to buy our barge, we did not have an address in France. We were lucky that a barge broker, who we had been corresponding with, provided us with a letter stating that we would have a mooring in their marina for a year after we purchased a barge from them.

Once you are in France and settled, it not a problem to change your address from the first one that you submitted at home. A letter from your port captain qualifies as establishing an address for your Carte de Séjour application. You can also use the same captain’s letter to open a bank account. You will need a bank account to start certain services, such as your telephone and Internet service. These companies require that their monthly bill be directly debited from your bank account. In our previous port of Roanne, we were supplied electricity by the EDF, (Électricité de France). The EDF also offers a monthly debt of your bank account, if you wish. The EDF bill, or a telephone bill, is what you will use to confirm your address, something that you will be asked for many times over for certain business transactions including the renewal of your long stay visa.