Hindsight is 20/20: Navigating OFII

If you are a future TAPIF assistant, other language assistant, or future expatriate of France, then you’ve probably seen the acronym OFII thrown around quite a few times. OFII stands for Office Française de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration. If you are not an EU citizen, then you will be close friends with this office (or at least become rather close) throughout your expatriation.

All non-EU citizens are required to register with OFII before getting to France, and your visa will not be validated until after you have gone through the entire immigration process through OFII. You’re probably wondering how you do this. Well, my friends, as I mentioned in my post about applying for and receiving your visa , when you apply for your visa, you also have to fill out what is called a residence form, aka an immigration registration form. You can download this form and fill it out from the French consulate website. It should be an option on which you can click when you go to make your visa appointment here. The one that I’ve linked is to the French Consulate in Chicago, but all consulates should have it. Sidenote: be sure to fill out a visa application for ”lecteurs” and ”assistants.” 

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Hindsight is 20/20: Your birth certificate

When moving to France, no matter what country you are from or what job you will be working, you will be required to have your birth certificate and not just a copy. You will need an original birth certificate to bring with you to France.

Before, all language assistants, including assistants from English speaking countries, were required to have their birth certificates translated and apostilled, a type of stamp that says that the certificate is officially official, like it’s super official. I’m still not sure that I fully understand what it is, but it’s a pretty important stamp.

However, now, at least American assistants don’t need it apostilled. I’m not sure as to whether or not language assistants from other countries need it apostilled. However, just to make sure, I would double-check this information, because I think it depends on the country you are from. You should be able to get this information from the information packet you were emailed or from the person in charge of your country’s assistants. It is also a wise idea to double check information, even if you are mostly sure.

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Hindsight is 20/20: Applying for and receiving your Visa (carte de long séjour)

If you are not an EU citizen then it is absolutely, positively, and certainly obligatory to get a visa, specifically une carte de long séjour travailleur temporaire. Yes, that is a ridiculously long title for a visa, but c’est la vie. In order to apply for a visa, you need a few things first: a passport, that is valid at least 6 months after you plan … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: Applying for and receiving your Visa (carte de long séjour)

Hindsight is 20/20: Choosing a cell phone plan in France

I have some good news for you guys! In France, cell phone plans are generally much cheaper than they are in the United States or Canada. Also, most companies offer an option of having a non-contractual plan. The first thing you should do is to research different companies and their different plan options before you get to France. The most popular cell phone companies in … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: Choosing a cell phone plan in France