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French Guiana: Information on the rights and obligations of someone who can live and work in French Guiana until 2001, and who has a "Carte de Resident" valid until 2001

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 November 1994
Citation / Document Symbol FRA19066.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, French Guiana: Information on the rights and obligations of someone who can live and work in French Guiana until 2001, and who has a "Carte de Resident" valid until 2001, 1 November 1994, FRA19066.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abb254.html [accessed 25 July 2014]
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In telephone interviews on 24 and 30 November 1994, a representative from the Embassy of France provided the following information about French Guyana, which is part of France. There is a temporary and a full "carte de resident" for foreign nationals in France. The temporary card is valid for one year; the full card for 10 years. After 10 years, the carte de resident may be renewed by the Prefecture, who is part of the Ministry of the Interior.

The holder of the full card is entitled to work anywhere in France and has access to health insurance, unemployment benefits, and family allowance. The holder is unable to vote, at any level, and may not become a civil servant. The only obligation is to avoid breaking the law, as residence status could be jeopardized by an illegality. A citizen of French Guyana is also a citizen of France, is eligible to vote, and may move to metropolitan France. A full card holder may also go to live in metropolitan France, but the card must be changed to reflect the fact that there will be a change of address.

A full card holder who wishes to leave France needs an "exit-reentry visa." These visas permit travel outside France for a period of 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year, and can be renewed. If the holder is out of France for more than 3 consecutive years, then the holder must reapply for a carte de resident.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Embassy of the Republic of France, Ottawa. 30 November 1994. Telephone interview with representative.

 . 24 November 1994. Telephone interview with representative.

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