I am an American citizen (Married to a French citizen) and have been in France since December - so around 7 months. I entered with a standard 90-day visa with the intention of moving permanently and acquiring a residence permit/visa privée et famille as my wife has a family home here. After lots of waiting/appointments/post offices/photocopies/and a fun home interview from an immigration officer, my paperwork is finally all submitted and being processed at the préfecture.
Now the préfecture said it should take a few weeks before we need to come to pick up my card. My question is: do you think it’s safe to travel to other countries inside the Schengen zone while waiting until we receive a call to head back for our appointment?
A flight to Barcelona or Rome for instance? I recognize since my original 90-day visa is up, I run the risk of a lengthy border conversation, but do you think showing our marriage certificate (certified in France)/livret de famille and explaining the process we’re in is enough to keep me out of any hassle?