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Coronavirus epidemic: Extension of Validity Periods of Visas and Cartes de Séjour

Le 18 mars 2020
Coronavirus epidemic: Extension of Validity Periods of Visas and Cartes de Séjour
On March 16, 2020, by press release, the French Minister of the Interior announced certain measures regarding the visa/residency status of foreign persons in France as a consequence of the fight against the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus).

Legal article written by Sabah CHAOUI, jurist, and Haywood WISE, attorney at law

On March 16, 2020, by press release, the French Minister of the Interior announced certain measures regarding the visa/residency status of foreign persons in France as a consequence of the fight against the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus).

Given the health crisis, the duration of validity of residency cards (cartes de séjour/titres de séjour) currently in circulation , including long stay visas, asylum request certifiates and temporary stay permits (récépissés, autorisations provisoires de séjour) have been automatically extended for three months.

This measure does however not apply to foreigners who have a short stay visa (visa court séjour).

Since the Préfectures are no longer able to receive the public, the Préfecture’s services have been suspended and all appointments have been postponed to later dates. Persons with current convocations should remain vigilant since they will be receiving new appointment letter by regular mail or email.

These measures shall allow foreign persons to maintain their administrative rights in France (to reside and work in France, social rights, etc. as applicable) for this period of confinement and while the public services are closed.  

This extension concerns all residency permits who’s validity expires on March 16, 2020.

Please also note that the OFII administration has also suspended its activity and no longer receive the public (i.e.French courses or medical visits are cancelled).

It is strongly advised for all persons not to leave the territory, even those foreigners whose status has expired.

During this unusual time, our office shall remain available to answer your questions and concerns.

Other restrictions and modifications have been implemented for foreigners and travelers to and from France. Please follow the official recommendations and feel free to contact us should you have any question regarding your French residency or visa status.