France – New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa

What has changed

Effective February 18, 2019, all foreign nationals in France holding unverified VLS-TS long-stay visas must verify their visa via a new online portal. To view the new online portal please click here.

Previously, applicants had to submit a VLS-TS visa verification application to the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) by post or email, then wait for an invitation to attend the OFII, buy a tax stamp, undergo an immigration medical, sign an integration contract and have a vignette placed in their passport.

Who is affected

Clients who have hired or intend to employ foreign nationals in France.

What to expect

The VLS-TS (visa de long séjour valant titre de séjour–long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit) is valid for six (6) to twelve (12) months. For longer stays, the VLS-TS must be converted into a residence permit.

Within three (3) months of arrival in France, verification must be completed to avoid having to obtain a separate residence permit from the local prefecture, and to receive a social security number to enable work and access to medical care and other social services.

For verification applications already received before February 18, 2019, for applicants who are not subject to an immigration medical and/or integration contact, and who have not received an invitation from the OFII, the applicant is invited to validate their VLS-TS visa online.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.