French glossary of visa terms

Increase your vocabulary with this glossary of visa terms in French. This list can greatly help you during the different steps of the immigration process.

Read How to get a France long-stay visa to get an overall picture of the immigration process when relocating to France.

Make sure you check my sentences in French at the bottom of the page to know how to use the words correctly.

French TermEnglish translation
une autorisation provisoire de travail ou APTtemporary work authorization
une attestation d’accueil proof of accommodation given by the host of a foreigner
en cours de validitécurrently valid
une carte de résidentten-year residence permit
une carte de résident permanentpermanent residence permit
une carte de séjour or CDSresidence permit
une carte de séjour temporaireone-year residence permit
une carte de séjour pluriannuellemulti-year residence permit
un certificat médical délivré par l’OFIIOFII medical certificate
CIR ou le Contrat d’intégration républicaineadaptation pact between a foreigner who wants to live in France and the state of France
une convention d’accueilhosting agreement
un duplicatacopy of a legal document
l’espace SchengenSchengen area
un étrangerforeigner
l’immigrationimmigration
OFII ou l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégrationFrench office for immigration and integration
un passeportpassport
les pièces justificativesrequired documents
une préfecturelocal government office
un regroupement familialfamily reunification
un titre de séjour ou TSresidence permit
un titulaire de visavisa holder
un récépissédocument which proves that you applied for a residence permit
renouveler un visarenew a visa
un timbre fiscalexcise stamp
VFS Globalcompany that facilitates visa applications
un visavisa
VisabioFrench file system that stores biometrics data for visa applicants
valider un visavalidate a visa
un visa de court séjourshort-stay visa (< 90 days)
VLS ou un visa de long séjourlong-stay visa (between three months and a year)
VLS-TS ou un visa de long séjour valant titre de séjourlong-stay visa equivalent to a resident permit
un visa étudiantstudent visa
un visa non renouvelablenon-renewable visa
un visa stagiaireintern visa
un visa temporairetemporary visa
un visa visiteurvisitor visa

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Sentences in French

The following sentences will come handy when you need to renew your visa or your residence permit.

Je vous appelle car j’aimerais renouveler ma carte de séjour.
I am calling because I would like to renew my residence permit.

Bonjour, je voudrais acheter un timbre fiscal s’il vous plait.
Hello, I would like to purchase an excise stamp please.

J’ai une question concernant mon dossier de demande de titre de séjour.
I have a question regarding my application for a residence permit.

J’ai perdu ma carte de séjour et je voudrais obtenir un duplicata.
I lost my residence permit and I would like to get an official copy.

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Nathalie Nahmani

About Nathalie Nahmani

Nathalie is the creator of ma French Life. She moved back to France after living in Los Angeles for 20 years. She writes practical articles to help expats in France. Nathalie lives with her family in the French Alps near Grenoble.

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