What was the OFII Visa? OFII stands for Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration . (French Office of Immigration and Integration).
If you are a non EU resident, having a VISA for your study in France is a very stressful point. You absolutely need a VISA to come to study in France.
To get this VISA, you might need complimentary documents as proof of payment from your school or proof of accommodation. These documents are required for a lot of countries to get the VISA.
Acceptation of your VISA is great but it’s only the first big step. That’s why Feel Francais is here to help you with all the other steps of getting settled in France (getting an accommodation, getting a bank in, getting your VISA etc) and let you fully enjoy your stay in France !
In the past, the OFII process was very long and complicated. You had to wait 3 months to have an appointment and sometimes the documents to inform you about your appointment date were lost in the mail which causes a lot of problems.
Now, the French government is aware of those difficulties and is trying to improve the situation for foreigners in France.
Since February18th 2019, this mandatory procedure is totally dematerialized and is done exclusively online. It is therefore no longer necessary to make an appointment with the OFII to make the request.
It is necessary to have :
- A valid email address
- Provide information on the visa
- Communicate the date of entry into France and the address of residence
- A payment card online to pay the fee for issuing a residence permit or an electronic tax stamp that corresponds to the situation of the holder of the VLS / TS (for example, 250 euros for a spouse of French or a visitor, 60 euros for a student or a trainee, etc.).
The website is available in French, English and Chinese to facilitate the process.
Depending on the reason of your stay, you may be asked to complete additional formalities, pass a medical examination and / or sign a Republican integration contract.
I really hope you have a clearer view now about what is Visa Validation (ex OFII) and if you want to benefit from assistance during the totality of this process, don’t hesitate to buy a pack for more tranquility.
Mostly, Feel Francais will be here to assist you in each step.
Feel Francais help international students to get establish in France by facilitating all their administrative tasks. For more information on our pack or how we can help you through our services just shoot us an email.
Feel Francais help you through all your administrative: accommodation in France, VISA, Visa Validation, health insurance, banking, phone, house insurance, electricity and metrocard. We offer various advantages to our students:
-15€ on their first electricity bill
– a year or 6 months of free bank fees with opening of their bank account before their arrival and a sim card on their first day in France.
– Reduced rents or agency fees for some of our partners residencies.
And many mores!