If you were granted a long stay student visa or your visa has the mention E1 VLSTS VALIDER EN LIGNE  , you must apply on the online government platform and obtain the visa validation certificate. 

You must validate your visa no later than 3 months following your arrival in France.

This replaces the OFII procedure. 

Visas with the mention E1 VLSTS VALIDER EN LIGNE are the same as R431-16 13.  These visas must be validated online. 

In order to apply on the dedicated online government platform  https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/,

 you only need your passport and a bank card (for a €50 payment).

You will not be requested to upload any documents but you will have to provide the following information:

- visa #

- start and end date of the visa

- issue date of the visa

- visa type

- date of arrival in France (consistent with the airport stamp in your passport)

- marital status 

- full address in France

Once the online registration is complete, you will be provided a visa validation attestation which you have to upload on your Myregistrar intranet

To start the application go to https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/ 

Click on:

Enter your visa number here (you see it top right of your visa) and follow the steps:

Enter the visa details.

The regulatory reference for E1 VLSTS visas is : R431-16 13 

Continue to follow the steps and buy the fiscal stamp of 50 euros. Enter the fiscal stamp number in the platform.

If you continue to study in France after the validity of the visa in your passport: 4-2 months before the expiry date of your visa, you will have to apply for the renewal on the same platform.

More information on the renewal procedure: