A second date with OFII

Sorry for the late update, but I got some good news. Last week I had a second date with OFII. Finally they’ve decided to invite me for a rendezvous so I can sign my integration contract as a stranger in France. Now to be clear I went to the OFII of the Yvelines District not in Paris as at the moment my registered address in the Yvelines area.

So the day start with queueing up outside the door at 7.30 in the morning, nice and early. I have to present the invitation and passport at the reception at the front. Went up to another room where I was asked for my phone number and to show him the €241 timbre that I’ve paid (which is like a tax, you paid it online). Then I got sent to a conference room where you watched a video about living in France (in french) the translator machine was broken at the time so for me I understood probably 20% out of the whole thing. There were some presentations as well but all of them were in french so to be honest I have no idea what was it all about.

Next, I was called for my medical check-up, this was pretty straight forward procedures. They took urine test, X-Ray, eye check-up and the normal weighing and measuring your height. Now ladies just so you know during the X-Ray they will asked you to take your top off, as in bra and all, and you pretty much walk in to the x-ray room half-naked (I was warned by a friend of mine prior which was good so I was prepared). After that I was interviewed by a doctor, he asked me about my vaccination history and whether I am currently on any medication. He then gave me  a medical certificate, it’s important to keep this piece of paper, as you need it when you have to renew your carte de sejour.

After all the medical procedures are done, I went back to the conference room and waited until being called for the interview. My interviewer didn’t speak english very well so it was a challenge but we managed it somehow by me speaking broken french and she speaking broken english. But don’t worry if they don’t speak English at all they will call up your partner to help with the translation. Basically she stuck the titre de sejour in my passport (which works like a carte de sejour), the expiry date is the same as my long-stay visa. Then she asked  me to sign the contract, which I need to keep and use for renewing my card de sejour. Normally they will organise a language test and send you to a full day conference about your civil duties or something like that (sorry but I barely understood thing that she was saying), however mine was delayed as I am moving to Paris this week, therefore they have to transfer my dossier to the OFII in Paris, which will then organise these things for me.

Overall it was not as bad as I thought it would be, though the lack of English explanation was a little bit overwhelming and confusing for my part. But hey looking at the bright side as I was doing this not in Paris the waiting time was probably half of what it would be if I was doing it in the Paris OFII. We finished around 11.30 ish perfect timing for a nice lunch!


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