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Traveling without a Resident Permit

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So I realize that may people are out there trying to evade the law and then come on here asking for the best ways to do so. Let me just say, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE CASES!! I am an American who has recently married a British citizen and we are living in France near Geneva. I arrive in France at the beginning of September and shortly after that sent my documents and paperwork to the prefecture as advised by the French consulate before I left the States. Now here is where it gets concerning. I did my research and realized that it would take some time to get my permit and tried to get this done ASAP. However, the prefecture has sent back my things twice asking for things that weren't originally in my lists and my 3 months free stay is up. Now this usually wouldn't be an issue because I would usually stay put until my permit came in. But now the holiday season is upon us and my husband and I want to go home for Christmas. HERE is my concern. Since I don't have my permit and my free stay time is expired, will I be punished even though I have followed all the laws? Or will I just not get to see family for the holidays? Do I have options? If I bring all our documents and thugs with us will that be enough?
Anything will help! Thanks

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