Changing carte de séjour address

I received my carte de séjour (residency card) in 2016, valid for five years, and had no problems gaining this with the prefecture in Avignon.Connexion has provided a lot of information about applying for a card but can you explain about changing address when you move?  B.M.

26 September 2018
By Oliver Rowland

A carte de séjour has the holder’s address on the back of it and in the case of third country (non-EU) nationals there is a requirement to update the card if your address changes.

Procedures for this vary – for example the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture says people have just eight days from the move to visit and  apply for an updated card while the prefecture of the Hauts-de-Seine requires people to book an appointment through its website.

However a spokesman for the section of the Interior Ministry which deals with foreigners’ residency, the DGEF, said that informing the prefecture about a change of address is not required for EU citizens who hold a carte de séjour.

In this case, he said you only have to notify the prefecture of your new address when the card comes up for renewal.

But, he said, that if you wish to have the card changed to show your new address you should make an appointment with your prefecture (or visit during the appropriate hours if your local office does not operate via appointments).

For a change of address on the card you will need your passport, the card and proof of the new address dating from the last three months. This could be a utility bill, for example, or a rent receipt slip.

Those who live free of charge with someone else should bring an attestation d’hébergement (signed statement from the host), a copy of the host’s passport or ID card or carte de séjour, and a copy of proof of his or her address (such as a recent utility bill).

A model of an attestation d’hébergement can be found at service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R39697.

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