xochipilli (a_xolotl) wrote in france,
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Traveling with a French récépissé/visa application/expired visa

Hello, this is a question concerning traveling while in the process of renewing/changing a French visa. I could really use any advice or suggestions you have, if you've had similar experiences or any knowledge about it. I'm in Paris, changing my student visa to a worker visa, but the process has taken quite a long time (over two months), and now the old visa is expired. I'd like to take the only opportunity I have until next summer to make a trip back to the US, but when I asked if I could travel the day after I have my rendez-vous at the préfecture right before Christmas (to leave my forms, application, and get a récépissé), the workers didn't know if I could or not, advising me against. When I said I was going back to the US, they said "ooh, that might be complicated, you should ask the American consulate to give you permission". So, I contacted the American consulate, who said it was completely up to the French préfecture and they had no kind of permission to give me, but they didn't think traveling with the récépissé/after my student visa is expired would be a problem.

So, if I fly back to the US for two or three weeks, and fly back, will I encounter any problems? Will I be refused at the airport and unable to enter the country? The préfecture employee's unsure but cautious response worries me. I also had someone tell me a friend wasn't allowed to take a train from Paris to London because she was renewing a visa, and was told she might not be allowed back into the country if she left. But then, the American consulate didn't think it would be a problem. So, I'm just not sure if I can travel on the récépissé and get back into the country, and no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer either. But if tourists can come and go, or just visit France for a few weeks, why would I be refused to enter the country just because I'm applying for a new visa? Anyone have info on this? Merci bien, ça va être apprécié!
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