After a never ending struggle for obtaining a work permit in France, I have finally reached Paris. Technically, I’m 5 kms away from Paris in a place called La Defense. But then, why bother on accuracy when I have already travelled more than 5000 kms to reach this place!
The French work permit turned out to be more challenging than any of my previous projects. The work permit has many different stages. First, I submit all the relevant documents along with the application form. These are translated to French before sending them across to the French authorities. Then, you play a waiting game. When the authorities revert, you set up a personal appearance at the local consulate. They stamp the visa on your passport. Voila! You are ready to travel.
Even at the outset, there were delays for me. After submitting the documents on time, there was a delay in sending the document for translation. The French authorities took time to respond. When the work permit was approved, my passport was found to be unsuitable for EU. When I got a new passport, the French consulate gave a personal appearance date that was 40 days away! When I appeared on that day, I was asked to go to a different embassy. So, I guess you get the drift. Finally, I’m here!