How to apply for OFII
Have you just arrived in France? Are you from a country other than Europe and on student visa? Then, have you already applied for OFII?
Since 01/06/2009, the students from non European country who wish to study in France for 3 months or longer have to have Student visa and once they arrive in France, they have to get a “sticker” that has same effect as “carte de séjour” from OFII within 3 months of their arrival.
I’d like to explain how to apply for OFII for those students who have just arrived in France.
- When you arrive in France, you have to receive a stamp that shows your date of arrival in France when you go through the immigration. If they don’t stamp, ask them to do it. If you arrive in France through the Schengen zone and get a stamp in Schengen zone, you’re considered to have arrived in France within 5 days of the stamped date.
- You have to fill in the “Demande d’attestation OFII”. Write the arrival date in France, your address and phone number in France, Visa number and visa validity, etc.
- You have to send the “Demande d’ attestation OFII”, a copy of your passport, a copy of the visa, a copy of the stamped page on your passport which shows your arrival date in France to the office of OFII which belong to the area you live in France by registered mail. (Recommandé A/R) It´ll cost approximately 7 euros. Once your post arrived at OFII, you´ll receive a postcard saying your post has arrived, so keep it well in case you might need it one day.
- You´ll receive a confirming letter “Attestation de dépot de dossier” from OFII. This letter proves your temporary legal stay in France until your visa is approved by OFII.
- Medical check-up. You´ll receive a convocation letter or email indicating the date of medical check-up. You have to go to the indicated place with convocation letter, passport, a photo (35mm X 45mm), proof of residence and a revenue stamp (58euros).
Proof of residence : Contract of the house and utility bills dated within 3 months if you’re living in a house where you signed the contract. A copy of landlord’s ID card, utility bills dated within 3 months and a certificate of residence written by your landlord if you’re living in someone else’s house.