I'm a British citizen living in the Charente area, my wife is from Russia and we arrived in France on the 12th of October 2016. The day after we arrived we had an appointment booked at the Angoulême Prefecture to apply for a family member of an EU citizen residence card, we arrived with all the relevant documents but were sent away as we didn't get the documents quite right. The next appointment that I could book was nearly three months later on the 10th of January 2017.
We went back for a second appointment, this time they accepted our application, but they made us pay 50.00 Euros in tax stamps but couldn't really tell us why! I did it for the sake of my sanity and we left, stupidly, without a receipt, all they gave us was a reference number scribbled on a piece of paper.
On the 31st January we received a text message to come and pick up the residence card. But, they want to charge us 290.00 more Euros. The first people I contacted were Europa and they confirmed that this type of card should be issued for free and linked me through to the French website which also states the same. http://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F19315
This morning I contacted the prefecture who have taken over a week to answer the phone and was met with an answer of “everybody must pay for a visa”, I advised them again that I was British and under EU law it should be issued for free, the woman repeated the same thing and hung up.
Is anyone else out there experiencing the same thing? Maybe someone can shed some light on why they are charging this much?
Many thanks, Chris Brown