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Validation of visas upon arrival in France

New online procedure!


Since the 18th of February 2019, the procedure to validate the Long Stay Visa equivalent to a Resident Permit (VLS-TS) has changed.

Who is concerned? How to proceed? We tell you everything you need to know!


If your visa bears the mention "Dispense temporaire de carte de séjour":

You have nothing to do.

If your visa bears the mention "Carte de séjour à solliciter...":

You have to ask for a residence permit upon arrival at the 'Préfecture'.

Otherwise, if your visa bears the mention "Passeport Talent", "Etudiant" or is listed on the following page:

You must validate your visa online within the first 3 months following your arrival in France.

Updated on April 3, 2019

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