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
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.
Now we’re (almost) as local as this kid!
Celebratory imported fruit. Just our style.