An American’s French Administration Guide : VLS-TS VPF

Everything I did administratively for my visa long séjour valant titre de séjour : vie privée et familiale within my first year of living in France.

Here you will you find a collection of my personal experiences with visa validation, OFII courses, sécurité sociale, creating my dossier for apartment hunting, renewing my carte de séjour and a terminology guide. 


How I got my visa long séjour valant titre de séjour vie privée et familiale.

Visa Validaiton

Validaing & paying for my visa upon arrival in France.

Sécurité Sociale

Applying for national health care as the spouse of a French national.

French permis de conduire

The process I went through to exchange my Ohio license for a French permis de conduire.

French Dossier

All the documents I need for my dossier & how I store them for easy access.

French Tax ID Number

Requesting my French tax ID number before filing my first tax return.

Carte de Séjour Renewal Application

The application process I went through to renew my residency card.

Carte de Séjour Renewal Appointment

My residency card renewal appointment and what I took with me.

Picking up my carte de séjour

Appointment to pick up my residency card and what I needed for this.

Visa Terminology Guide

Visa terminology and definitions for French visas.