Your VLS-TS is not a valid residence permit unless it has been validated. In order to complete this procedure, you must do the following as soon as you arrive in France and no later than during the following 3 months
- Complete the OFII certification application, which will be given to you together with your visa.
- Send this form by registered post to the regional office of the OFII for your place of residence in France. The address is given on the OFII certificate;
- With the form, enclose a copy of the pages of your passport that contain the following:
- Information about your identity;
- The stamp of the border police;
- The visa issued to you;
- A copy of your medical certificate, if applicable.
As soon as the OFII receives these documents, it will register your file and send you (via a simple letter) a certificate confirming that you have submitted your file at the address that you specified in the form.
You will then be called to go to the OFII, who will put a secure sticker and a date stamp in your passport. This sticker is equivalent to a residence permit for the duration of the validity of your visa.
Depending on the residence permit obtained (including the VLS-TS), you will have to sign a French integration contract.
You must pay a tax by means of a digital sticker which you can buy at timbresofii.fr (in French only) or tax stamps, which are sold in tobacconists.
When your VLS-TS expires and you still want to remain in France, you must apply for a residence permit from the prefecture within two months prior to the expiration of your long-stay visa.