Long stay visas
The long-stay visa it is a national visa that entitles you to live in France for more than three months for study, work, family reunion purposes, etc.
As the holder of a long stay French visa, you may transit through another country in the Schengen Area on your way to France and move freely throughout the Schengen Area for its entire period of validity.
Some categories of long-stay visa act as residence permits for the first year of your stay in France : study visas, some work visas, "visitors" visas. If this is your case, within the first three months following your arrival, you must register and validate your visa at the following address :
This quick and simple process will ensure that you are registered as a legal resident in France in order to complete your relocation.
You will need to provide :
a valid email address ;
your visa information ;
the date on which you entered France ;
your home address in France ;
your credit card details in order to pay a fee online for the issuance of your residence permit.
If you fail to validate your visa within the first three months following your arrival, you will no longer be considered a legal resident in France and will be unable to re-enter the Schengen Area.
Should your stay in France be over a year, 2 months before expiration of your visa, you will need to apply for an extension at your local prefecture.