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We are two Australians who have recently received our "Vacances Travail" (1year) visa and have entered France. We are currently in Aix-en-Provence learning French before we travel further.

Our visa requires "validation" by OFII within the first 3 months. The documents that we had suggested that we needed to submit a form (by mail) with photocopies of the pages from our passport showing: our ID, our visa (from the consulate in Sydney) and the stamp showing that we had entered France.

This we did, and sent it to the local OFII office (Marseille). They sent it back and we think they've said that we don't have all the required information and that we need to go to the prefecture. The exact words are these:
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Vous m'avez adresse par courrier deux formulaires «demande d'attestation OFII» en vue d'une validation de votre visa long sejour valant titre de sejour ainsi que les passeports originaux que je vous renvoi par courrier recommende.

Je vous informe que votre situation administrative be relève pas des conditions fixées par le décret #2009.477 du 27 avril 2009 relatif à catégories de visas pour un séjour en France d'une durée supérieure à trois mois

En consequence, je vous invite a vous rapprocher aupres des services de la prefecture de votre lieu de residence.

Je vous prie d'agreer, Madame, Monsieur, l'expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs.
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We've done all that was requested on the forms at this point. All we were expecteing back from OFII was a confirmation of receipt and a future letter or phone call for an appointment for an interview and/or medical in Marseille.

We intend to go to the Sous-Prefecture in Aix tomorrow morning. Has anyone been in this situation before or know what more they might be looking for? Our French is limited and we are concerned that we won't understand their requests.

Any information is appreciated (including pointing to threads on the forum that we may not have found).

Regards,
Andrew and Emma
 

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There are certain functions in France that simply cannot be handled by mail or phone. It sounds like this is one of them.

Go to the sous-prefecture and find out what's up. It may simply be that you're supposed to report first to the prefecture and then to the OFII (these things are always changing) if you're on a WHV. Each prefecture seems to have their own way of doing things.

If you can, bring a friend who can speak French. If not, just ask them politely (and probably repeatedly) to please "parlez plus lentement s'il vous plait." In Aix, they should have someone handy who speaks English as there is a large anglophone expat community there, but start out assuming you're going to have to do lots of pantomiming.

It will take some time, but if you keep cool and do everything to appear ready and willing to clear things up amicably, things will work themselves out.
Cheers,
Bev
 

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Hi Bev and everyone,
I seem to have lost the post I was just writing so here is the summary.

We didn't have to do anything more. The full page sticker in our passports IS the 'titre de sejour' and we can stay in the country till the expiry date. The fact it has MULTI written against the number entries means we can come and go. I have successfully left the country and re-entered last month. We had this fact confirmed by he sous-prefecture and by border check staff before testing it. I hope this post saves some heart ache for others with the same visa.

Happy travels and living abroad everyone!
 
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