registro ofii titre de sejour

Registration in the OFII, first titre de séjour

Registering in the OFII will be one of the first, if not the first procedure that you must do once in France. The OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration), created in 2009, is the institution responsible for the accompaniment and integration of foreigners in France. All holders of a student visa of more than 3 months are required to register upon arrival in the country to regularize their stay, since the visa granted by the embassy in your country of origin has a validity of 3 months only.

The procedure you must follow is very simple; with your visa you should have been given an application form (if you do not have it you can download it here. To complete your registration, you must send the following documents to the OFII:

  • Form filled out with your personal information, a postal address in France and your visa information.
  • Photocopy of your passport, as well as your visa, and the pages showing entry stamp to France. In some airports in Europe, immigration officers usually do not stamp passports, if this is the case it is important that you request this stamp, otherwise your visa will not be validated.

In the form you will find all the addresses where you can send these documents depending on the city where you live.

Once the OFII receives your documents you will receive by post an attestation of receipt of your request. This document serves as a visa while you receive the convocation from the OFII for the validation of your visa, which you must receive in maximum three months.

The day of the convocation in the OFII you will have to take the following documents with you:

  • Passport;
  • Proof of address (may be an electricity or phone bill under your name or the rent slips that your landlord gives you each month when paying your rent);
  • An ID photo;
  • Printed confirmation of the payment of € 60 in tax stamps that you must pay in this website

On that day the OFII will receive your documents, you will have to do some medical exams, and if everything is in order they will put a sticker on your passport. That will be your first titre de séjour and will authorize you to reside legally in France for the duration of your visa.

Is it possible to travel outside of France before receiving the convocation from the OFII?

This is one of the most common questions that all students ask themselves. The answer is yes, since the attestation sent by the OFII when receiving your documents legally accredits you to do so. Additionally, if your country of origin does not need a visa to enter Europe for tourism, you can move freely in the Schengen area even before receiving the attestation from the OFII. If your country needs a Visa to enter the European Union for tourism, you can still travel freely once you have received the attestation from the OFII since it serves as a temporary visa.

If you must return to your country of origin during this period or wish to travel outside France, it is important to note that you can only do it once you have received the attestation from the OFII, otherwise you must apply for a visa again.

In my case, the OFII took more than 6 months to convoke me for the validation of my Visa, I continued traveling with the attestation during this period, inside and outside the Schengen area, without any problem.


What happens when my visa expires?

When your visa comes to an end and you wish to continue your stay in France you have two options:

  • If your conditions have not changed, meaning that you are still a student, you can request a visa renewal for one additional year;
  • If you have finished your studies, but you want to stay longer in France you can request an APS (Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour), this is a 1-year work permit that allows you to look for a job related to your profession, which is an excellent advantage offered by France for foreign students.

These two procedures deserve to be described in detail, so I will make an entry about each one of them later.

I hope this information will be useful for your registration with the OFII, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask in the comments.


  1. I arrived to france on 20-04-2018 and my tourist visa expired on 20-7-2018 before the expiery date i applied in the prefecture and i send the needed documents to the ofii , meanwhile i stayed in france until i recieved the (aps) sayes the entery date to france ,and issued on 26-december-2018 valid till 26-6-2019 (duration of 6 months) and able to be renewed and allowed to work in france, my question is the gap of time between expiery date (20-7-2018) and date the aps was issued (26-12-2018) when i later on go back to my country lebanon and i want to apply for another visa to france whould this gap of time that the ofii took to give his desicion be a problem for me ? Thank you

    1. Hello Hussein,

      I honestly don’t think it will be a problem since the delay is not your fault but the time it took the to give you the APS. In order to be able to help you could you please give me more background on your situation, did you come here as a tourist and afterwars you applied for an APS? I understand you can only get an APS after finishing your studies. If you provide me with more information I may be able to give you a better advice.

    1. Dear Kevin, I’m afraid you can’t. Since it is a paritcular status, you need to ask for special permission to leave France. You cannot travel to your country of origin though.

  2. I have recieved my validation of my student visa,and i ask the ofii if i stiil need to have the ofii stamp on my passport and the response is that the last step is the validation of my visa. I wish to travel to Dubai and my question is can i return to France with my passport with out the stamp.i hope for you reply .its helpful

    1. Hello Cristine, Yes you need the OFII stamp on your passport, this will validate your visa as a long stay Visa. If you already registered in the OFII but your passport has not been stamped yet I would not recommend to travel to Dubai or exit the EU. ALthough technically you are allowed to travel, it varies from prefecture to prefecture, and laws are that complex that even inmigration authorities don’t know how to proceed. I would advise that you check with your local prefecture to be 100% sure if it’s OK to travel.

  3. Hi,
    I arrived in France in June and didn’t have to send any forms to the OFII. I was only required to validate my visa within the first three months of my arrival here –
    It took me 15 minutes to validate my visa as a residence permit! (No additional stickers)
    I only need to wait for the OFII to summon me (via email) for the medical visit. This medical certificate is a mandatory requirement in case if I want to renew my visa.
    Since Feb’19 everything is being done online.

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