Temporary residency papers!

In order to get these precious slips of paper, we had to:

  • renew passports / have extra pages added
  • 14 months meeting with an immigration lawyer (often weekly)
  • 4 trips to US Embassy in Dakar for required paperwork
  • 2 doctor’s visits for medical certificates
  • have lovely ID photos taken
  • write 2 letters requesting residency
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All the papers we had prepared over the last 18 months
  • meet chef du quartier to certify local residency
  • police station for certificat de résidence at our address
  • translate work contract into French
  • 20 visits to local print shop for various photocopies
  • 3 trips to Ministère de l’Intérieur office for extensions
  • 3 months working with an immigration consultant
  • 9 trips to immigration office (each time thinking we would get it that day)
Having been there SO MANY times, we knew the system and managed to get numbers 1 and 2 this morning. In and out in 30 minutes! In the past we’ve been there two to four hours.
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Now we’re (almost) as local as this kid!
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Celebratory imported fruit. Just our style.