You must however follow the new procedures in order to validate your long stay student visa into a residence permit at the OFII office. You no longer have to go to the préfecture to apply for a carte de séjour, the procedure is henceforth simpler and more time efficient. Be reminded that this administrative process is obligatory and must be followed scrupulously. Failure to do so will render your long stay visa invalid and you will be considered by the French authorities as being an illegal immigrant despite your student status.
All non-EU students studying in France for over three months are obliged to apply for a residence permit within three months after their arrival in the country.
The permit is valid for one year and can be renewed upon or near the expiry date.
No residence permit is required to work or study in France (exceptions for citizens of Romania and Bulgaria who need prior authorisation from the Prefecture to work).
A help desk is open every day from the end of August until the end of October, in the International Mobility Centre (IMC), to welcome you and help you settle in Rennes and to provide assistance with "residence permit" applications in partnership with the Préfecture of Ille-et-Vilaine. Gather all the necessary documents, as well as photocopies, and book your appointment online.
Procedure must be completed within three months of your arrival in France.
Upon reception of your documents, the OFII office will send you a letter by post confirming receipt of your documents. Within a few weeks, you will be sent a second letter inviting you for a medical check-up. The medical examination includes a general medical check-up, lung x-rays and vaccine verification.
For this appointment, please bring along with you the following:
Rennes International Mobility CenterUniversité européenne de Bretagne (UEB) 5 bd Laënnec - 35000 Rennes
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +33 2 23 23 79 5 Fax: +33 2 23 44 84 55
International students Julien Robic Tel: +33 2 23 23 79 50
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