Did you know that expat children in France need to apply for a DCEM or Document de Circulation Pour Étranger Mineur? I didn’t!
After our first year in France, it was time to renew our Visa’s. Since you don’t actually get a new Visa, instead a Carte de Séjour, that poses a bit of a problem for kids. Only adults get a fancy residents card. So what about the kids? According the lady at the Préfecture, the kids didn’t need anything since they are residing here with their parents. We thought that was cool and went about our lives.
Fast forward to us trying to enter the Netherlands after a vacation in Ireland. Apparently, kids DO need paperwork saying they can come back into the EU. Thankfully, we weren’t given too much of a hard time. The customs officials just instructed us to get the kids documentation.