Before celebrating your one-year anniversary in France, you need to apply for a carte de séjour to ensure you can stay. What a lovely gift from the French government! However, the process of preparing begins many months before your visa expires.
As part of signing the integration contract with France (un contrat d’intégration républicaine or CIR) at your OFII meeting, you have to complete two required modules on French civics.
UPDATE 2019: Since this article was first published, the OFII process has been changed in certain ways. Based on reader comments, I have put UPDATES in the relevant sections, so be sure to read thoroughly. However, I am not an immigration lawyer, so every change […]
UPDATE 2019: Since this post first came out, the French government has started outsourcing US visa applications to a company called VFS Global. The company has instructions on how to apply for French visas here. In the comments of this article, you can find readers […]