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21 of March 2020

France: Update on immigration rules in the context of the Covid 19 outbreak

In order to secure the presence on the territory of legal aliens, and to avoid any questioning of rights in a health context that does not allow prefectures to process their applications under normal conditions, the period of validity of several residence documents will be extended.

In view of the health context linked to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the reception of applicants for residence permits in prefectures is suspended until further notice.

In order to secure the presence on the territory of legal aliens and to avoid any threat to the rights conferred on them by the residence document they hold, in particular the right to work and the benefit of social rights, the validity of the following documents, which would expire on 16 March, will be extended by three months:

  • long-stay visas;
  • residence permits of any kind, with the exception of special residence permits issued to foreign diplomatic and consular staff;
  • provisional residence permits;
  • asylum application certificates;
  • receipts for applications for residence permits.      

This measure is applicable on the national territory.

Foreigners holding an expired permit and benefiting from this extension are advised not to leave French territory, as they may encounter difficulties in re-entering the country.


Situation for those who request a visa: all procedures suspended

Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, France has decided to suspend the issuance of visas until further notice. All visa types are affected: short stay Schengen visas, long stay visas to France, visas to overseas territories. This suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made.

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