You are a European Union citizen, and you wish to settle in Aude.
Here are some practical advises.
Citizens of all European Union countries can live and work on a temporary basis in the EU country of their choice. It is sensible to carry identification documents (passport or driving licence) with you as identification controls operate at certain sites such as government buildings and airports.
For children under 18 authorisation to leave your own country remains obligatory.
In France a carte de séjour (residence permit) is no longer necessary for EU citizens.
This liberty of circulation is still restricted for salaried workers from the 10 countries which joined the EU on May 1st 2004, except for Cyprus and Malta, who must still obtain a carte de séjour. This restriction does not apply to independent workers, students or retired people.
Ladies should note that on legal documents married women will be known by their husband’s name, and divorced women by their maiden name.
Préfecture de l’Aude – 52 Rue Jean Bringer – 11000 Carcassonne – Tél : 04 68 10 27 00 ou 08 21 80 30 11
Notification of your new address/administrative arrangements on line :
You must notify your new address to your local Mairie and to every public organisation with which you may have dealings.
To simplify administrative arrangements you can use the internet site www.service-public.fr. It is possible to notify change of address, file tax returns, etc. on line.
Electoral registration :
EU nationals over the age of 18 have the right to vote in municipal and European elections.
To qualify you must be domiciled or a permanent resident in France and eligible to vote in your own country.
Registration on municipal and European electoral lists must be made at your local Mairie.
The lists are revised between September and December 31st, but you may register at any time.
The procedures for registration on each of these lists are separate.
You must provide a copy of the following documents : passport, proof of residence (utility bill or local tax demand), and a written declaration which varies according to the election.
For municipal elections the declarations must include :
Your nationality and your address in France, and that you are eligible to vote in your home country.
For European elections the declaration must also include :
Details of your previous electoral registration, and a statement that you will only vote in France.
You will receive a separate voting card for each electoral list.
Contact : Go to your local Mairie taking with you copies of your passport, utility bill or local tax demand and of your written declaration. (some Mairies may provide you with a form to replace the written declaration).
Whether you are the owner or a tenant you must register at the local tax office and inform them of any dependents living with you on January 1st.
In both cases you are liable for the Taxe d’Habitation (combined with the TV licence)
If you are the owner you are also liable for the Taxe Foncière.
These taxes are payable for the entire year (in arrears) :
- by the occupant of the property on January 1st for the Taxe d’Habitation.
- by the owner of the property on January 1st for the Taxe Foncière.
For further information :
- on the calculation of the tax, contact your local Tax Office.
- for the payment of the tax, contact your local Trésor Public.
Every EU citizen benefits from the health insurance system of the country in which he works. He must pay his contributions there.
In France contributions are generally taken directly from the salary (see pay slip). The CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie) provides a Carte Vitale for presentation on visits to medical personnel and pharmacies.
The CPAM only repays a proportion of health expenses. To obtain full repayment you should subscribe to a complementary insurance (mutuelle). This will be especially important in the case of a hospitalisation.
Insured persons and their dependents benefit from social security whether they are independent workers, salaried or retired.
The rights of the insured and his family are exactly the same as those of the citizens of the country in which he is insured.
All contributions made in one or several countries of the EU are taken into account for eligibility for health and social benefits for the assured and his dependents.
Since June 1st 2004 various forms (E111 …) are gradually being replaced by the European card of health insurance. This card can be obtained from the local CPAM and is valid for one year. This card does not replace the Carte Vitale.
CPAM de l’Aude – 2 Allée de Bezons
Tél : 08 20 90 41 69
Authorisation to work permits and other information can be obtained from la Direction Départementale du Travail de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle.
Registration on the list of job-seekers is at Pôle Emploi.
Rue Jean Méliès – 11 000 Carcassonne – Tel : 04 68 77 40 44
AGENCES POLE EMPLOI :
Tel : 3949
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