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My OFII Experience

by Daley

I’ve been living in Bordeaux for about five months now, and this week I finally had my long awaited OFII appointment, giving me the legal right to stay in France!

While I completed all of the proper visa paperwork long ago, there was more work to be done when I arrived in France.

Because I’m married to JP, who is a French citizen, I hold the vie privée et familiale long stay visa. This gives me legal working authority in France and it’s a renewable visa, meaning I will be able to get a resident card when my current visa gets close to expiration and I’ll be able to renew without having to return to the US.

However, this initial visa was not valid until I got my sticker from OFII.

When applying for your long stay French visa in the US, there will be a residence form you have to fill out. You simply fill out the top portion and keep the bottom part blank until you arrive in France.

You’ll turn this form in along with your application, proper paperwork, and passport to the French Consulate. When your passport is sent back to you with your visa affixed inside, the residence form will be sent back as well, with a stamp given by the Consulate. Make sure to keep this form safe and make plenty of copies! It will be essential as soon as you arrive in France.

Once you arrive in France, you’ll want to start the OFII registration process ASAP. Your visa is not fully validated until you have completed the OFII procedure, and as this process can sometimes take a very long time (take me for example, whose visa is finally validated five months later…), it is extremely important to start this process as soon as you can. The OFII registration process will eventually give you a sticker affixed in your passport, serving as your titre de séjour and validating your visa, allowing you to travel in and out of the Schengen zone. Your first three months without a validation sticker, you’re still considered “legal” and allowed to enter and leave France. However, after this period you can be denied entry if you do not have the OFII sticker or a letter from OFII (“Attestation de dépôt de dossier”) stating they have received your documents and you have not yet been sent an appointment time. This temporary document is super important as it gives you the legality to stay in France while you wait for your visa to be fully validated by OFII in person.

To start your OFII registration process, you will complete your “Demande d’attestation OFII” form (aka the residence form) that you were given with your visa by filling out the last part of the form (“rubriques à compléter dès l’entrée en France et avant l’envoi à l’OFII). This will include your arrival date in France, address in France, telephone number and the full number of your French visa. Make sure you will have access to your written French address! OFII will later send a receipt that they have received this information (which serves as your temporary legality in France) in addition to later sending information about your mandatory medical visit.

In addition to your residence form, you will attach the following documents:

  • A photocopy of the first 2 pages of your passport (identity page + signature page)
  • A photocopy of the stamp you received in your passport upon entering France (or the relevant country of transit)
  • A photocopy of your long-stay work visa for France

You’ll mail the OFII form and appropriate photocopies to the OFII branch closest to you. To find the address of your closest OFII branch, check the second page of your OFII form.

Make sure to send your request “lettre recommandée.” This will give you a notification once OFII has received your paperwork. While it is a bit more expensive than normal postage, it will give you piece of mind in case OFII loses a form or something. This way you are blame free and can prove you have sent in all the proper paperwork as you wait for a response from OFII!

I sent all the paperwork to OFII within my first week of arriving in Bordeaux. I received an “Attestation de dépôt de dossier” several weeks later and finally, in late November, I received several letters including my appointment time and which documents I would need to be bring to OFII.

However, the appointment time that OFII had scheduled was during a weekend I was going to be in the U.K. visiting family, so I had to request a new appointment.

I went into the OFII office to do this (calling their office never worked, no one ever answered!) and was able to request a new appointment very easily.

I started to get a bit worried as December 28th came up because this marked my 3 months in France and made me somewhat “illegal.” I went into OFII to ask about this but the receptionist assured me I was fine and to just carry around my “Attestation de dépôt de dossier” if I were traveling in and out of France.

Still, time passed as I received no new appointment time from OFII! I went into the office again, to both check to make sure that my request for a new appointment time had been received and to update my address as I was now living in an apartment with JP and no longer at my homestay family’s place.

At the end of January (a few weeks after going into OFII) I received my new appointment time! However, the documents were sent to my old address rather than the new one, so OFII either never really updated my address or the address wasn’t updated quickly enough. Luckily my homestay family notified me of the mail and I was able to get everything sorted for the appointment in time.

I was given my appointment time and which documents I would have to bring with me:

  • Passport
  • Identity Photo
  • Proof of housing in France (quittance de loyer, facture d’électricite, de gaz, d’eau, etc…if your name is not on these bills, thing you will have to have an “attestation d’hébergement” filled out by whoever’s name is written on the bills!)
  • OFII stamp, which can be purchased online. If you are an assistant or student, this stamp is relatively cheap. However, my vie privée et familiale stamp was a whopping 250 euros.

Because my visa is vie privée et familiale, my OFII procedure may vary from those of you with student or assistant visas. One difference being the price of my OFII stamp!

From what I’ve heard, the OFII visit for students or assistants is a simple quick medical exam (general exam plus an X-ray portion), however, my appointment also involved a French exam and interview.

OFII is long for pretty much anyone who visits as they see hundreds of people a day, so you will be doing a lot of waiting–make sure to bring a book!

My appointment was scheduled for 8:30 am on Valentine’s Day (how romantic). JP drove me to the appointment and we arrived at 8:15 but OFII’s doors weren’t even open yet…they actually didn’t open their doors until 8:34, because hello, this is France.

I don’t think there’s any reason to get to OFII early. The order of your check-in doesn’t really seem to affect the order in which you will be seen and get out of OFII.

When the doors finally opened, JP and I said our goodbyes and I checked into OFII. I showed the security guard my letter detailing my appointment time and date, allowing me entry. I then checked in at the front desk where an employee checked my name off and directed me to a room in the back. (I don’t think any students or assistants had to do this part).

Each visitor had to speak with an employee and he asked a few questions, getting a basic idea of our French level. If your French was very poor, you were given the option to be interviewed in English. (The only other option I heard was English, though there may be other possibilities, I’m not sure).

Once we were all settled in our desk chairs, he spoke very slowly explaining to us how the day would go. First, we would take a walk to the Radiology building (about 10 minutes away from the actual OFII building) to have a lung X-Ray taken. Then, we would return back to OFII with a copy of our X-Rays. We would then take a 20-minute French exam and wait for our medical exam. We would also meet with another employee who would test our oral French and explain some French basics to us (social security, employment, etc). Finally, once we were given medical clearance, we would be given our OFII stickers.

The X-Ray was over extremely quickly, it was the waiting that took the most. Word of advice, don’t wear a dress! You will have to take off your bra and shirt and chances are you don’t want to be standing completely naked. However, this X-Ray only lasted a few seconds and the technician was super professional. So even though standing half naked in front of her should have probably felt somewhat uncomfortable, I wasn’t phased.

I then waited about 15 minutes or so for a copy of my X-Ray and headed back to OFII where I turned in the copy to the front desk.

After, I took the French written exam. This exam tests an A1 level of French, so it’s a very basic level of understanding. My French is not fluent by any means, and I still got a 50/50. If you do not pass this exam, you are required to take French courses paid for by the government. The minimum amount of hours is 50 with the maximum being 100. Still, I think it’s pretty cool that the government is this invested in you being able to understand their language!

Once the exam was finished, I waited to be called into an office with one of the OFII employees. He went over my exam results (because I fully passed, there wasn’t much to talk about) and started to go over French social security, employment, etc. Once I explained I had a job as a teaching language assistant, he realized my social security and employment were covered and because I had already applied for French social security, he didn’t have to explain the process to me.

I was expecting more questions or proof about my marriage to JP, but OFII didn’t require any documents in regards to this. All that was asked was how long we had been married, no other questions! (Though I guess I already had to send in a lot of proof to get the visa in the first place, so they did the vetting then).

I was sent back to the waiting room where I waited to be called on by a doctor for my physical exam. She looked at my X-Ray, determined it was normal and took my height, weight, and blood pressure. There was also a basic eye exam.

I then was seen again by the same employee from before in his office. He scheduled my two mandatory formations (I’m fairly positive if you are a student or assistant you will not have to attend these formations) and explained my rights with my visa now being validated.

The first formation I have to attend is “formation civique” where I will learn about French history and values. These formations are scheduled for late April and will last from 9am all the way until 5pm! The second formation is “vivre et accêder à l’émploi en France” going over how to find a job and live in France. Attendance is 100% mandatory!

The administrator was extremely nice about scheduling my formation times. He made sure to choose dates that did not conflict with my work schedule and when he first chose a date on JP and my wedding anniversary (OFII trying to kill my romance, first with Valentine’s Day then with our wedding anniversary), I asked if it could be changed and he switched it no problem.

Finally, he affixed my official OFII sticker inside of my passport and I was all set! I was given some papers about my formations and a copy of a contract I had to sign stating I would respect French rules and attend the formations. Plus, I was given my X-Ray copy.

I was told I can apply for a resident card two months before the expiration of my current visa.

The whole ordeal took about three hours, though I know some people got out sooner and others later.

I think it really depends on the staff and the type of visa you have.

I’m looking forward to not having to worry about French administrative tasks for a while!

Hope this was helpful!

If you have any questions about OFII, TAPIF, or living in France, feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail 🙂



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Tam February 20, 2017 - 8:43 am

Were you already working before your visa was validated by the OFII?

Daley March 13, 2017 - 11:22 am

Yes, I was about five months into my TAPIF contract by then!

Asad May 9, 2017 - 7:51 am


can you explain me i already do this process in 2104 but i will back to my home country and after again i apply my new visa and get new visa i go again ofii office but this time process is change first they just talk about french levels but when i ask i already have file from offi they go out and call me and said wait for another appointment for medical visit i receive now new medical appointment but its another place
can you help me what is this process

Asad May 9, 2017 - 8:20 am

and also my visa is expire in August

Daley May 25, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Hi Asad,
I’m sorry I can really only speak to my experience. I’m not an expert when it comes to visas, I have the vie privée and familiale visa. I believe the requirements and procedures are very different depending on your status and what visa you have. I’m sorry I cannot be of more help, but I really don’t want to give you the wrong information! I would contact the actual OFII administration.
Good luck, hope it all works out!

asad October 3, 2017 - 7:19 pm


i done my OFII very well now i am on the next step i have an other appointment for residence card its a big list for applying this but my file is almost complete i have a appointment 17 oct can you tell me how long they take can you help me for that


Daley October 12, 2017 - 2:22 pm

Hi, Asad. I had my carte de séjour appointment a few days ago. If you have all of the proper documents that have been requested, I don’t think it should take very long. First I had to send in documents by mail, then I was given my “récépissé de demande de carte de séjour” which serves as my titre de séjour/visa until I receive my actual carte de séjour. I was also given a convocation, informing me of more documents I would need to bring to the préfecture and the appointment date and time. My appointment was only 10 minutes long as I had all of the proper documents and was pretty organized. The person helping me told me they would send out a formal request for my card and I will then be sent a convocation telling me to come to the préfecture to pick up my card.
Hope that helps!

asad November 4, 2017 - 2:39 pm

Hi Daley
thanks again for the help
i also submit all documents and get recepisse for 6 month my case is family from my wife do you know how long i get my card and also i can travel with this if you know kindly guide me Thank you


Daley November 10, 2017 - 9:23 am

After receiving my recepisse, my following appointment was scheduled about 2 months later in early October. After going to the appointment, I received a letter 3-4 weeks later informing me my carte de séjour was ready for pick up. The carte de séjour will be valid for 2 years. However, I did not realize there will be another fee to pay for an additional stamp (€269) so I haven’t been able to pick mine up yet!

Fazal May 18, 2017 - 4:08 pm

I need information. My visa is type D but later my plan changed to stay in France for only 2 months. Now I m going back that is after two months. My question is that do I need the offii sticker ? And if I don’t get it than will they let me return to my country or stop at the airport?

Daley May 25, 2017 - 5:11 pm

Hi Fazal,
I’m sorry I don’t know anything about the type D visa. My visa is privée et familiale and I can only speak to my experience.
Contact the actual OFII administration or your local préfecture.
Hope it works out!

intan June 30, 2017 - 1:54 pm

Hi Daley,

Did you get sticker on your passport right after medical exams? I went to OFII 5 months ago for medical exams but they didn’t give me sticker yet, probably because ofii where I registered is different with ofii where I visit for med exam. (Not sure)

Daley July 2, 2017 - 8:08 pm

Hey! Yes, I did get the sticker right after my medical exam, however, the medical staff did not issue the sticker. I was taken into a separate office and once I answered a few questions posed by an OFII administrator, I received the sticker in my passport. Did you talk to anyone after your medical exam?

Kate August 1, 2017 - 12:53 pm

Just today, I received my administrative convocation to the OFII, but it seems that a medical exam is not necessary. Has anyone else experienced something similar? It seems like the medical visit is always mandatory, so I’m confused as to why they wouldn’t include this with the other paperwork they sent me–the convocation “pour l’attestation” and the “taxe perçue a l’occasion” document. Should I follow up with OFII to clarify, or just show up to my appointment and assume they will give me the medical examination there sans paperwork?

Daley August 1, 2017 - 8:54 pm

I’m no expert, but I’ve never heard of not needing a medical exam when it comes to your OFII sticker. I think following up for clarification definitely won’t hurt and will give you peace of mind! I had to have a certificate of my medical appointment to receive the OFII sticker and needed to keep a record of my medical certificate to later renew my visa.

Ingrid May 28, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Hello @Kate! I have the same issue! After sending my Demande D’Attestation OFII and other requirements, the convocation I received was not for the medical appointment but “Attestation par l’OFII….” and the tax thing.. Can I know what happened with yours? I would really appreciate your reply. Thank you so much!

natalie September 8, 2017 - 4:51 pm

Love the post! I also have spouse visa, got a job offer but can’t start working without the OFII stamp. I have my medical exam in 2 weeks after nearly 4 months of waiting…how did you get the carte de sejour? did the company help process that for you? thanks!!

Daley October 12, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Thanks for your comment, Natalie!
I began working before I had my actual OFII stamp, but I was doing TAPIF (Teaching Assitant Program in France), so I think they were more lenient about this.
I actually haven’t received my carte de séjour yet, but once I received my OFII stamp this served as my tître de séjour. Two months before the tître de séjour/visa expired, I applied for the carte de séjour. (This was back in late July). After applying, I received a letter telling me to go to the préfecture on a certain date and to bring in more paperwork for my CDS. They also made a point to explain this appointment was 100% mandatory and there was basically no way I could reschedule it. I just had my appointment for the CDS this week and I’m supposed to receive a letter relatively soon telling me my CDS is ready and I can go pick it up, it will last for 2 years.
Companies I worked for never helped with my visa or carte de séjour. It was all me! The paperwork seems daunting, but it’s very manageable. You just have to pay close attention to all of the documents that you’re asked to provide and the “due dates.”

Angela September 12, 2017 - 12:06 am

I married also a French citizen but I’m waiting for my appointment 🙁 they got my documents in July and I haven’t heard any news from them., I called them (préfecture de chartes) and they said it’s taking more than usual because they are changing the labels that goes usually on the visas… 🙁
Is there anyway I could start working or search for any jobs? its been two months since I arrived and I feel it’s taking ages….

Daley October 12, 2017 - 8:10 pm

Are you waiting for your OFII appointment or an appointment with the préfecture? I was able to start working before I had my actual OFII stamp, but the program I was doing was catered to foreigners. When I have searched for jobs in France, they’ve always required me to have the proper paperwork done by the time I was applying. Could depend on how patient the companies you’re looking at are…I would still apply for jobs in the meantime and explain that you are married to a French citizen and your paperwork is being sorted out. But, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to work or not yet. That’s a question for an expert and your employer!

Shirish Kandekar October 12, 2017 - 12:52 pm

Hi Daley,

Thanks for your post. It was very helpful. Can you tell me more about the ‘Attestation de dépôt de dossier’? I am in a situation where I have been waiting for an OFII appointment, but am not able to leave France because I don’t have the stamp yet. Will I be able to leave the country if I have the Attestation de dépôt de dossier? What is it exactly?

Daley October 12, 2017 - 2:46 pm

Hi Shirish,
If you have the Attestation de dépôt de dossier, you should be allowed to leave and re-enter France. The letter should be sent to you after you’ve sent in your OFII paperwork. It basically states that you’ve sent everything in and that they will be sending you an appointment soon, but it shows that you’ve done your part and you’re just waiting on OFII. Make sure if you’re traveling you carry the letter with you!

Ellie October 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Hi Daley! Thanks for this! Im wondering if all I need is: OFII form with stamp, photocopy of first two pages of passport, photocopy of long stay form (I’m a student), and scan of stamp I received upon arrival. Is this correct? I cannot seem to find other sources directly from the French embassy website….. Thanks!

Daley October 27, 2017 - 10:39 am

Hi, Ellie! I’m not sure about all of your exact documents, but you will definitely need to bring in your actual passport. You won’t be able to find that info on the French embassy website, you’ll need to go to the OFII website! This is what I found: http://www.ofii.fr/tests_197/quelle_est_la_procedure_1162.html
According to the website, this is what you will need:
• votre passeport muni du visa adéquat
• un justificatif de domicile
• une photo de face tête nue
• lettre timbre et timbres dématérialisés (que vous pouvez acheter sur le site http://www.timbresofii.fr) ou fiscaux (que vous pourrez vous procurer auprès des bureaux de tabac ou centres des impôts.) d’un montant total de 58 euros.
Hope that helps!

Carla October 30, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Hey, thank you very much! It was so useful! So when you go to your OFII appointment they don’t keep your passport? I am going to Bordeaux in the end of November and I don’t know if they keep the passport.

Carla October 30, 2017 - 3:00 pm

And also, I am renting an appartement so all I really have is the housing contract. Is that ok?

Daley November 10, 2017 - 9:19 am

Hi Carla,
No they do not keep your passport. You must bring it with you though and they affix the OFII sticker inside, then the passport is returned to you immediately.
I do not believe a housing contract is enough. You need a “quittance de loyer” which is more official than a housing contract or proof of housing by showing EDF bills or internet bills, etc. Also it must be no more than 3 months old!

Maggy November 20, 2017 - 1:48 pm

Hi there!
I recently did my 2 mandatory classes and about to start my 100 hours, im also on a spouse visa, and since ive been through i can say hell with the process of obtaining this ofii sticker in my passport that only lasts for 1 year, im already prepping myself for the carte de sejour process. Do you know if i would receive 1 year or 10 years?

Daley December 3, 2017 - 11:14 pm

Hi, Maggy!
The OFII process is very annoying! Unfortunately, so is the carte de séjour process, but it’s not nearly as bad. You receive the 10-year card after 3 years of marriage. I won’t have to do OFII again (if I continue living in France) and I’m about to receive a 2-year card.
I’ll be posting all about my carte de séjour process once everything is settled, so be sure to check back in!


Maggy December 4, 2017 - 9:09 am

Will sure do, thank you for that info! 🙂

Lizzy December 2, 2017 - 10:03 am

Hi Daley, your write up is really helpful, but i wish you also stated the kind of both written and oral questions you were asked. I have appointment for next tuesday at the OFIi and i am very nervous, my french is poor and would not want to attend the french class as i am a very busy person.

Daley December 3, 2017 - 11:10 pm

Hi Lizzy,
Before the exam, the employee asked me very basic questions, if I remember correctly. He asked what I was doing in France, if I spoke French, questions along those lines. He only asked two or three questions.
The written exam is equivalent to A1 level. You can google DEFL examples to get an idea.
Not every type of visa requires this process though, I believe it depends on how long you will be staying, as the government wants you to have a decent level of understanding of French if you’re going about everyday life in France for an extended period of time.
Hope that helps!

Chirag January 31, 2018 - 2:09 pm

Hi Daley,
Thank you for all the information in your blog it’s really helpful.
I would like to know about “Attestation de dépôt de dossier” as I submitted my documents on 17th of December in Nantes. And would like to know how long did it take for you to receive this letter?
Also wanted advice as I submitted my documents by physically going to the ofii office and not by most…but I also visited ofii office on 17th Jan and asked them about the application and the receptionist remembers us. But I am not sure as you have written they can lose our documents and we should have a proff!!!

Daley February 27, 2018 - 8:19 pm

Hi Chirag,
I’m afraid I can’t remember how long it took me to receive my attestation, but it was at least a month.
Did the receptionist say your documents had been recorded and anything about your attestation? It can’t hurt to go in again and double check! Even if the receptionist remembers you it’s not a confirmation all of the documents have been properly sorted, etc. so don’t be afraid to be persistent.I would see if there’s anything she can tell you about your attestation or the time frame you should be expecting.
Good luck!

Deepali February 27, 2018 - 8:22 am

Hello Daley! Very nice blog and helpful for us new comers to France. I had a question regarding the medical appointment before the Carte de Sejour appointment. I received my Recipes on 28th Dec 2017, and still have not received any letter informing me of the medical appointment date/time, my carte de seymour appointment is March 16th and I am worried. Is there any way to book this medical appointment yourself? Very worried! Thanks in advance for any light you can throw on the process.


Daley February 27, 2018 - 8:14 pm

Hi Deepali,
Thanks so much for your comment!
You can’t exactly book the appointment yourself but you can go into the OFII office and check on the status of your appointment. If the appointment doesn’t work for you because of a valid reason (you’ll be out of town, etc) you can request reschedule–at least I was able to and the receptionist had no problem with this. But keep in mind it always depends on who’s working so be friendly with them and hope for the best!
What kind of convocation did you receive for your carte de séjour? When I received my convocation for my first titre de séjour, there was also a piece of paper informing me of the medical appointment. Is your appointment at OFII or the préfecture?
Definitely go to the OFII office ASAP to talk to someone and explain the appointment about your CDS.
You’ll get a clear response right away in person versus trying to call!

gagan saxena March 4, 2018 - 7:32 pm

I have already done my OFII but recently I came to India and the immigration officer in India pointed towards a slight cut on my visa page and with concern I went to French Embassy in India where I was told to reapply for student visa again with new passport but I am confused as my all formalities are done from CAF to CPAM alongwith OFII.Now I have confusion as I have done with OFII how can I again come with new visa when I am legally allowed to stay in France with OFII and my visa also states about validity till Oct 2018.Please suggest me regarding this.

Daley March 4, 2018 - 7:40 pm

Hi Gagan,
Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your visa and passport. If the French Embassy told you that you have to reapply for a student visa, you’ll have to follow their advice. I don’t think this would affect your CPAM as you’ve already registered for a social security number, but I can’t say for certain. Really sorry I can’t be of more help but I’ve never dealt with this kind of situation. The French Embassy is going to be your greatest resource here.
Best of luck,

gagan saxena March 4, 2018 - 8:03 pm

Thank you for your help and wishes.

Vircan April 14, 2018 - 3:37 pm

Pls do reply me

Daley April 15, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Hi Vircan, I can’t seem to find any previous questions you’ve posted. I’d be happy to give my insight if you can let me know what you’re looking for 🙂

Kumar April 16, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Hi Daley, You are such a great support to everyone helping their queries.. Thank you very much for that…
I need some suggestion from your experience, I am here with full explanation of my concern below:
1. For doing my Doctorate I got my French Long term Student visa from Nov 2018 to Nov 2019. I travelled on Dec for 10 days classes and submitted all OFII related documents (kept registered post acknowledgement, OFII copy paper etc.,kept safe). I also took a Studio for 6 months contract for residence proof & bills.
2. I returned back to home country on end of Dec, and started watching for OFII appointment. Finally I got a letter on 2nd week of March confirming appointment on 5th April 2018.
3. Due to some family issues, I could not go to Paris on April 1st week, (my studio & bills for residence proof still paid every month). Sent email reply to the same & also posted the letter in French & OFII appointment letter requesting for another timeslot
4. Now i am ready to travel as soon as i see the OFII letter of appointment. But while i am checking internet, it says if my VISA is not validated by OFII within 3 months, then i have to apply for VISA again…
Can you please suggest:
1. If OFII considered my email & post for change of appointment or do i need to visit personally to get the new appointment?
2. If I travel on my current VISA, do they allow me to enter into France or not? (because 3 months already lapsed)

Kindly suggest with your comments…. Thanks in advance

Daley May 19, 2018 - 4:26 pm

Hi Kumar,
I would definitely not rely on e-mail with OFII or consider it to mean they’ve taken in your request! When I had to change my appointment I went in directly to OFII and got a document registered within their office that I had officially requested an appointment change. I think you’re going to need stronger proof of a paper trail. If you haven’t received any reply from them, then you should definitely go request a new appointment in person. Have you received an attestation from OFII at all stating you’ve requested an appointment? I was allowed to enter France back with my visa and this attestation until I had my actual OFII appointment.
Hope that helps!

Michelle Bressy May 11, 2018 - 10:37 am

Hi! Daley

I was read your Diary can I ask because I went to the OFFI last January 2018 after my arrival here in Paris I 2weeks after I apply my appointment to get the sticker of my passport because I was married to french national but until now I couldn’t get appointment from OFFI they said 4 to 6 months to wait for appointment because on August I have plan to get my son in Philippines our son of my husband I have 1yr visa is it possible to go in Philippines even without my OFFI sticker yet but I could get the OFFI sticker right away I can go to Philippines because i am worried.

Daley May 19, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Hi Michelle! I’m sorry I’m not sure if I quite understand your question. If you’ve been in France for over three months and haven’t had your visa validated or have an attestation that you’ve sent in your documents/have an appointment lined up, I believe you could run into issues trying to come back into France.

Carmen June 13, 2018 - 12:59 pm

Hi Daley!

Thanks for this blog I get to understand the procedures of the OFII better. I will be travelling to Paris soon and wonder if I can purchase the OFII stamp now rather than at later date when I am finally called for the appointment. Would you have any idea or advice if the OFII stamp can be purchased earlier or best to purchase only when I receive the appointment set?

Thank you!

Daley June 13, 2018 - 10:56 pm

Hi Carmen!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

I think you should have no trouble buying your OFII stamp ahead of time, though it’s really not necessary. If you do really want to buy it ahead of time to give you peace of mind, you can of course but you’ll want to make sure you’re purchasing the right one and the convocation that you will receive will tell you which one to buy.

Here’s a link if you do decide to buy early! https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R35168

However, if I remember correctly I received the OFII stamp almost immediately after buying it online as it was sent via e-mail. I would just wait if I were you.

Hope that helps!


Sharlen McCarthy June 13, 2018 - 10:00 pm

hello! What happens if I attend the meeting yet dont have the funds to pay for my stamp? I have an appointment soon but Im a bit tight on money as I just moved into a new flat. Any idea?

Daley June 13, 2018 - 10:59 pm

Hi! To be totally honest, I really don’t see it ending well for you if you show up without an OFII stamp. Worst case scenario they could invalidate your visa leading to a lot of issues. If you were told to buy the stamp before the meeting in your convocation, make sure to get the stamp. You could try calling the OFII office or going in person to see if they offer you any other options. Or maybe see if you can get your appointment moved to a later date so you have enough time to come up with the cash, but they’ll want a good reason to change the appointment.
I really hope you’re able to get it!

FERDI November 30, 2018 - 10:23 pm

Hi Daley!
is there any exam(test) after la formation civique for having certificate? La Formation is in French language and many people don’t able to speak so if there is any test i think it is not easy 🙂

Daley December 12, 2018 - 10:49 pm

So sorry for the late reply! For some reason I didn’t get a notification about your comment! There was a short exam in French after the formation but translators were available to explain what the questions and actual answers meant. Also, if I remember correctly they never even graded or handed back our exams! We just went over the answers together as a group afterward. I think it’s more of a formality 😉

Amrit Bastola December 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm

Hello friend I have a serious problem to share. I had an OFII appointment today but I missed it as I had been to Paris to meet my relatives and had injury in my hand felt dizzy and couldn’t get back to OFII office today. I am thinking of visiting OFII office near by me tomorrow. Can they help me to get stamp from here. Please give me genuine suggestions I am really in trouble.

Daley December 12, 2018 - 10:47 pm

Hi there. Sorry you missed your appointment! Your OFII appointment has to be in the area where you registered to get the appointment in the first place. I don’t think you’ll be able to get an appointment at an OFII office in a city you’re visiting. You’ll need to contact the office where you’re appointment was scheduled ASAP to find a solution! Good luck!


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