Please can someone who knows, help me with a problem,
Being early retirees, obtained form S1 from UK and today we went to CPAM in Niort to register for the health service, duly armed as advised by Newcastle, to take our birth certificates and proof of residence.
Nice lady at CPAM, however, advised me a new directive came in 01/04/2012 stating birth certificates have to be translated into French and certified as true copy, also, that our birth certificates also need to be stamped as true copies. I had not heard of this and before going to CPAM checked loads of forums to see what we needed to take to make sure only one trip necessary as takes an hour to get there.
I was given details of translators and assume will have to now get these documents translated however, how is the translator going to prove its a true copy and, how do I get our original birth certifcates certified as true copies? I am also assuming it is going to be quite costly to do these.
In the meantime, we cannot get into the Health System and assume we are also not covered by UK system as S1 says cover started on 21 May.
Help anyone with advice or knowledge of what we do now?
Our French is not good and now have headache having tried to figure out what we were being told.
Paula and Alan