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Good afternoon. I am an American and I have a Long Term Visitor visa for France. I arrived February 14, but had to return to the USA in April due to the passing of my mother. I had not submitted the papers to OFII although I did pay the tax online.
Although I left before the three month window, am I likely to be allowed back when I return in a few weeks? Any advice would be welcome. Thank you

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Chances are you'll be allowed back in - however you'll be admitted as a "tourist" on a Schengen 90 day visa, or so I suspect.

A visa only allows you to enter France. It's the residence permit (i.e. titre de séjour) that allows you to stay and take up residence here. Generally speaking, once you file your papers with the OFII, you get an appointment (depending on the type of visa - student, visitor, vie privée et familiale, etc.) and if you miss that appointment, they'll give you one more chance to reschedule. At that point, they figure you've lost interest.

You may want to check with the Consulate, but I suspect you may need to re-apply for a visa if you are intending on taking up residence in France at this point.
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Hi Bev
Thank you for that. I was wondering if they would even notice, but as long as you think I won't be turned back, I can work out the rest when I get to Vitre. Thank you

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Hi Again
Sorry to be a bother, but would you say it is pretty likely I will be allowed in? I have booked lodgings for 2 months. I guess doing the OFII online now would be a mistake as I suspect I wouldn't be able to explain why I had to leave.
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You will be allowed back in. After arrival make sure to send in your OFII paperwork straight away. You could include a letter with an explanation. If you are worried, get a copy of the death certificate, with a bit of luck OFII won't require it to be apostilled, but you could perhaps attend to that before you leave the US.
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Hi
Thank you so much for that. I am in Jersey for a couple of weeks and have asked my sister to send me a copy of my mother's death certificate, so I will have it should I need it to make my case when I enter France at St Malo. And yes, I will add it with an explanation when I send the form to OFII.
Thank you again; I appreciate it.
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Thank you so much for that. I am in Jersey for a couple of weeks and have asked my sister to send me a copy of my mother's death certificate, so I will have it should I need it to make my case when I enter France at St Malo. And yes, I will add it with an explanation when I send the form to OFII.
Thank you again; I appreciate it.
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Happy to advise and I am sorry for your loss. This is always a difficult and stressful time, plus there are many things to attend to.
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Thank you again for your help and your kind words.

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Just aware that there remains a possibility that you will be required to return to the US to apply for a new visa, but there is no reason why you should not be allowed to enter for 90 days. It will depend on the OFII. Not sure if I made that clear.
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Hi again. Thank you for that. I am hoping that OFII will give me a break if I include my mother's death certificate. My main concern is that the Douane will let me in; hopefully they will; if not, it's going to get messy for me.

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