Hey Au Pairs,
We finally filmed our most requested video ever. It covers everything you need to know about OFII and should make going through the process a little less scary.
In our book, which will be coming out SOOOOON (more updates on the blog about this also coming soon), we have an entire chapter dedicated to visas and OFII. But, we thought for those who face the process within the next couple of weeks, this video would be necessary.
So, check it out. It's a long one! Also, if you're finally in Paris, make sure to sign up to become an APOP Member - we can't wait to meet you and form a community in this beautiful city!
We'll sum up a few useful points below, but make sure to watch, comment and like the video! It really helps us out and we super duper appreciate it!
What is OFII?
OFII = L’Office français de l'immigration et de l'intégration AKA the immigration office.
Why Does it Matter to Me?
If you're a visa carrying au pair, you will be required to visit OFII. (If you're an au pair from an EU country, keep scrolling - this doesn't concern you and you don't need to go. You're lucky!)
When Should I Go to OFII?
Within three months of arriving in France.
What is the Process?
The consulate should have given you the correct paperwork to fill in and snail mail.
As well as the Demande d’Attestation d’OFII (which can be found online if you lost it.) You also need to snail mail:
A photocopy of your visa
A photocopy of the identity page of your passport
A photocopy of the page where they stamped you into The Schengen Zone
The address to send them to is:
Paris OFII Address:
Direction Territoriale de l’OFII
48 rue de la Roquette
What Should I Take with Me to the OFII Appointment?
Make sure to take all the correct documentation with you, this will include:
Your passport with visa
Proof of address- This can be tricky. Make sure whatever you bring counts as proof.
A French standard passport photo (can be taken in the photo booths located in major metro stations)
Timbres fiscaux for ~€60 or tax stickers, for exact amount go to www.timbresofii.fr
If necessary, a medical certificate if you took a medical examination before leaving for France
What Happens During the OFII Appointment?
For this information, make sure to watch Edwina's video where she tells you what happened to her. She begins answering this question at 4:25 in the video.
Did you get through your OFII appointment okay? HORAAY! Go and celebrate by buying yourself an ice cream.
You're officially OKAY to live in France for the rest of the year.
Have any questions about OFII or anything else? Send them, here! We will try our best to help you out and make the process pain free.
That's all for now,