OFII VISA

The Visa Validation (ex OFII VISA) : what is it ?

Since February 2019, The OFII is now called Visa Validation and is done online between your day of arrival and 3 months after your entry.

OFII VISA

What was the OFII Visa? OFII stands for Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration . (French Office of Immigration and Integration). Once you step foot in France with a student visa, you must register to Visa Validation (ex OFII) to be able to travel back and forth into France after 3 months and during the duration of your Visa. Visa validation is also a step to convert your visa into a student residence permit. Before you had to get your OFII stamp in your passport within the first three months of your arrival in France is mandatory now you just need to register to Visa Validation online and will have a proof immediately after your registration. If not, you will no longer have the right to travel and come back to France.

Getting your Visa and your Visa Validation (ex OFII VISA) in France

If you are a non EU resident, having a VISA for your study in France is a very stressful point. You absolutely need a VISA to come to study in France. To get this VISA, you might need complimentary documents as proof of payment from your school or proof of accommodation. These documents are required for a lot of countries to get the VISA.

Acceptation of your VISA is great but it’s only the first Big step. That’s why Feel Parisien is here to help you with all the other steps of getting settled in Paris (getting an accommodation in Paris, getting a bank in Paris, getting your VISA etc) and let you fully enjoy your stay in France !

You just arrived in France, here is how to do your VISA Validation

In the past, the OFII process was very long and complicated. You had to wait 3 months to have an appointment and sometimes the documents to inform you about your appointment date were lost in the mail which causes a lot of problems.

Now, the French government is aware of those difficulties and is trying to improve the situation for foreigners in France.

Since February18th 2019, this mandatory procedure is totally dematerialized and is done exclusively online. It is therefore no longer necessary to make an appointment with the OFII to make the request.

To carry out this process online, simply go directly to the VLS / TS online validation portal.

It is necessary to have :

  • A valid email address
  • Provide information on the visa
  • Communicate the date of entry into France and the address of residence
  • A payment card online to pay the fee for issuing a residence permit or an electronic tax stamp that corresponds to the situation of the holder of the VLS / TS (for example, 250 euros for a spouse of French or a visitor, 60 euros for a student or a trainee, etc.).

The website is available in French, English and Chinese to facilitate the process.

Depending on the reason of your stay, you may be asked to complete additional formalities, pass a medical examination and / or sign a Republican integration contract.

I really hope you have a clearer view now about what is Visa Validation (ex OFII)  and if you want to benefit from assistance during the totality of this process, don’t hesitate to buy a pack for more tranquility. Mostly, Feel Parisien will be here to assist you in each step.

Feel Parisien help international students to get establish in France by facilitating all their administrative tasks. For more information on our pack or how we can help you through our services just shoot us an email.

Feel Parisien help you through all your administrative: accommodation in Paris, VISA, Visa Validation, health insurance, banking, phone, house insurance, electricity and metrocard. We offer various advantages to our students:

-15€ on their first electricity bill

– a year or 6 months of free bank fees with opening of their bank account before their arrival and a sim card on their first day in France.

– Reduced rents or agency fees for some of our partners residencies.

And many mores!

To have more information on how to settle in Paris or get help by Feel Parisien, check out our offer and what we do!

Got a crazy bill this month? Here’s a few tips to reduce your next one

You might not be aware of it but your home and your daily habits are extremely energy intensive. Not to mention the environmental concerns, those habits can have a significant impact on your electricity bill.

This article aims to give you some tips to reduce you electricity consumption and understand why you might receive a bill for regularization.

What is the regularization bill?

Your bill is calculated on an estimate of your consumption. During the year, your consumption is evaluated so that your electricity supplier can bill you your actual consumption over the year: through the regularization bill.

For example

Your annual bill will be between € 31 and € 50 per square meter. For a studio of 20m ², you will have to pay a bill spread between 620 € and 1 000 €, depending on you energy supplier.

For a 50 square meter flat, it will be between 23,5 to 36,2 € per square meter per year.

A schedule is established for the first eleven months of invoicing but in the 12th month, regularization may be necessary, depending on your consumption. If you consumed more than expected your electricity supplier will ask you to pay the difference, if you consumed less than the estimate, they will refund you.

How to save some electricity and some money at the same time ?

1) Unplug the devices in standby

TV, computers or microwaves in standby continue to consume electricity. It may seem convenient at first to have them plug at all time, but it will cause you a significant loss of money each year.  We therefore encourage you to unplug them to reduce your electricity consumption.

2) Use a power strip

Using a power strip to turn all devices off at once is easier then to unplug all your devices one by one. It will also help you reduce your electricity bill. So, think about buying one next time.

 

3) Find the ideal temperature

Heating is often the first energy consumption item in a house, temperatures vary from one room to another but they should be around:
• 19 ° C in the living rooms and 17° C in the bedrooms

Therefore, don’t overheat your home and make sure you have this numbers in mind next time. Sometimes, wearing an extra sweatshirt at home will actually help you reduce your electricity bill.
Lowering your heating by one degree will make you 7% of energy! Which means 7% of your bill! Save euros €€€€€

4) Take advantage of the off-peak hours rates

Off-peak hours are hours where electricity is 30 % cheaper. It will vary a bit depending on your city or district in Paris but it will generally be around 11pm until 7am.

Use this hours if possible, if you have to run your dishwasher or other devices.

You can find other useful tips here