New terms for certain long-stay visas [fr]
As of June 1, 2009, valid visas for individuals traveling to France for longer three months will exempt holders from requesting a residency permit for the valid duration of their visa.
Who do these changes apply to?
These changes apply to spouses of French nationals, visitors, students, and salaried and temporary employees.
These terms apply to French Departments, overseas and major cities, and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. However, they do not apply to people traveling to New Caledonia in French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna Islands, and Mayotte Island.
These terms do not apply to young Canadians traveling to France as part of the French-Canadian Youth Exchange.
What will change?
When the visa request is submitted, the applicant must present the duly completed Demande d’attestation OFII, which can be downloaded here.
Applicants should allow a minimum of two weeks, depending on the applicant’s nationality and purpose of stay, for the visa to be issued.
Applicants are no longer required to request a stay document.
These visa holders will be able to travel freely within the Schengen area during the valid duration of their visa, with a maximum duration of three months.
What will not change?
Long-stay visa application forms will not change.
Documents required related to prove the purpose of stay in France will not change.