Formalities upon arriving in France

Upon arriving at the French border, a sticker is affixed to the VLS-TS holder’s passport.

Upon arriving in France, once the visa has been approved, and no more than three months after entering French territory, the visa holder must register with the French Immigration and Citizenship Office (Office français de l'immigration et de l'intégration – OFII). A long-stay visa is only equivalent to a residence permit if approved by the OFII.

To obtain such approval, the foreign national must complete the OFII form (Délivrance de visa section) and send it by post with acknowledgement of receipt to the OFII regional office in their département of residence. The holder’s date of arrival in France, address in France and visa number must all be completed. A copy of the holder’s passport must also be attached.

From February 18th 2019, the validation procedure is now made online using the following website:

The foreign national is then asked to attend a compulsory medical examination and/or welcome visit.

Medical examination

Foreign nationals must attend a medical examination within three months of arriving in France, and bring the following:

  • A currently valid passport.
  • A recent passport photo.
  • An accommodation certificate or other proof of accommodation in France.


Helpful tip: On the day of the medical examination, a tax charged on first issuance of a residence permit, known as the ‘OFII tax’, must be paid. The amount of this tax varies depending on the category of VLS-TS.

Once these formalities have been completed, an OFII sticker is affixed to the foreign national’s passport allowing them to reside in France until the visa expires.

Republican citizenship contract

Holders of this type of visa must sign a Republican citizenship contract (Contrat d’intégration républicaine – CIR). Through this contract, the State undertakes to organize access to individual rights and the opportunity to learn the French language.