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I have received, by email, a letter stating that my VLS-TS long stay visa validation has been register and that I have paid the €200 fee. I received another giving Information relating to the medical exam. There is no mention of an interview meeting tho I have seen plenty of references elsewhere. Is an interview still required and if so what can I expect during this meeting? Especially how advanced must my Fr. Language skills be and will they be tested? All my correspondence in this process has been by email. Can I expect that to continue? Thanks for any information.
 

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Maybe that appointment email for the interview will come after the medical appointment (Which I received a date for) is completed?
 

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Not sure what interview you are talking about, but I currently received an email relating to the medical exam too with a date on it. Here is an article that may help: https://www.americaineinfrance.com/2020/03/02/visa-validation-ofii-appointment/
Thank you, The medical exam requirement is clear. I am asking about an additional meet referred to on some sites as "OFII interview" during which , one brings the usual documents plus the stamped medical examination papers from your medical visit. During that interview language skill are evaluated, and civics training assigned. Is this interview still required?
 

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Yes, sorry! I just realized the interview you were talking about and edited my comment.

I have no idea and am in the same boat as you. I figure if it was still required, it would be mentioned in the email received when validating the visa...hoping someone who has just completed this process can respond too.
 

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It all depends on what sort of visa you are on. The VLS-TS is a designation common to several sorts of visas. If you are on something like a vie privée et familialle visa, then you'll have further meetings and classes at the OFII. If you're here on a visitor visa, the medical may be your only "in person" meeting before your titre de séjour is up for renewal a couple months before it expires.
 

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It all depends on what sort of visa you are on. The VLS-TS is a designation common to several sorts of visas. If you are on something like a vie privée et familialle visa, then you'll have further meetings and classes at the OFII. If you're here on a visitor visa, the medical may be your only "in person" meeting before your titre de séjour is up for renewal a couple months before it expires.
Sooo....Long stay visa.. deprives me of that opportunity, I take it...thank you... as per usual, a comprehensive answer..
 

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Just follow whatever instructions they give you. These things also have a tendency to change fairly quickly over time. They'll let you know if there is anything further you need to do.
 

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I have received, by email, a letter stating that my VLS-TS long stay visa validation has been register and that I have paid the €200 fee. I received another giving Information relating to the medical exam. There is no mention of an interview meeting tho I have seen plenty of references elsewhere. Is an interview still required and if so what can I expect during this meeting? Especially how advanced must my Fr. Language skills be and will they be tested? All my correspondence in this process has been by email. Can I expect that to continue? Thanks for any information.
Hello,

I am in France on a LSV-Spouse of a French National. I had to go through all of this. Here is what I can tell you thus far. I received my confirmation letter in the mail (a month or so ago) stating that I should show up at the medical clinic in Montpellier. After that, I was scheduled for my meeting on the same day (only a half-hour) later than my medical appointment. Luckily the OFII office is right around the corner from the medical center. I arrived at the medical center, not knowing where to go, or what to do, I went to the self service computer, they gave me a number, and I was then speaking with a receptionist fairly quickly. I was then told to wait, and my number would be called. I was called into a small room, given a chest x-ray, and was told to wait for my copy. Everyone was very nice, and very helpful. After I received my x-ray, I hustled over to the OFII office, I was about 15v mins. late, but I wasn't alone, as the medical center was pretty bust that day. I was directed to a classroom, where I was explained about a test we would be given, an assessment to see our level of French. Upon completing my exam, I was then seen by another doctor, who just asked me a bunch of questions about my health history in the US, basic stuff, nothing too personal. :) Upon my interview with the doctor, she gave me a medical paper that I will use for my renewal next year. She cleared me, and sent me back to the classroom. I then sat with an OFII case manager, we talked a lot, and she explained ,y "contract" that I was about to sign. It stated that I had to attend a two-day French history class, and also 100 hours of language class, as my French wasn't good enough to pass the A1 exam at this time. So now I go to class every Tuesday from 9-5, and get free French lessons! It's a nice mix of people, and the teacher is great. Everyone has been incredibly helpful, and I am impressed with how they are trying to integrate their "visitors". Once I complete the A1, I can proceed to the next level, and keep heading up the ranks, until I reach my B1, which would be needed for citizenship if I wanted to get that. I've been married to a French citizen for 25 years, but never studied the language, and we speak English at home unfortunately.

Keep an open mind, and smile a lot, it will get you far. It can be frustrating, but everyone wants to help.

Good luck!
D
 

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Hello,

I am in France on a LSV-Spouse of a French National. I had to go through all of this. Here is what I can tell you thus far. I received my confirmation letter in the mail (a month or so ago) stating that I should show up at the medical clinic in Montpellier. After that, I was scheduled for my meeting on the same day (only a half-hour) later than my medical appointment. Luckily the OFII office is right around the corner from the medical center. I arrived at the medical center, not knowing where to go, or what to do, I went to the self service computer, they gave me a number, and I was then speaking with a receptionist fairly quickly. I was then told to wait, and my number would be called. I was called into a small room, given a chest x-ray, and was told to wait for my copy. Everyone was very nice, and very helpful. After I received my x-ray, I hustled over to the OFII office, I was about 15v mins. late, but I wasn't alone, as the medical center was pretty bust that day. I was directed to a classroom, where I was explained about a test we would be given, an assessment to see our level of French. Upon completing my exam, I was then seen by another doctor, who just asked me a bunch of questions about my health history in the US, basic stuff, nothing too personal. :) Upon my interview with the doctor, she gave me a medical paper that I will use for my renewal next year. She cleared me, and sent me back to the classroom. I then sat with an OFII case manager, we talked a lot, and she explained ,y "contract" that I was about to sign. It stated that I had to attend a two-day French history class, and also 100 hours of language class, as my French wasn't good enough to pass the A1 exam at this time. So now I go to class every Tuesday from 9-5, and get free French lessons! It's a nice mix of people, and the teacher is great. Everyone has been incredibly helpful, and I am impressed with how they are trying to integrate their "visitors". Once I complete the A1, I can proceed to the next level, and keep heading up the ranks, until I reach my B1, which would be needed for citizenship if I wanted to get that. I've been married to a French citizen for 25 years, but never studied the language, and we speak English at home unfortunately.

Keep an open mind, and smile a lot, it will get you far. It can be frustrating, but everyone wants to help.

Good luck!
D
Thank you for this detailed recount of your experience! This is super helpful. I'm just curious about the language test. Do you know around what level you would have gotten the language classes waived? Or reduced in hours perhaps? Is your French fairly advanced or more beginner? i.e. do you speak regularly, get around town easily on your own, make social connections in French, etc? Just as some examples to understand your level :) I'm considering between applying for this visa as a PACSed partner of a French citizen, or considering also just staying on a visitor visa. The former is good because it would allow me to work should the opportunity arise, though that's not necessarily my plan. The latter is quicker and easier to do of course. If the vie privee et familiale will land me in a 1x weekly French class, that would be a decision factor for me, hence my digging for more details :) I'm a grad student online through a US university and while I would LOVE to better my French for free with others, my time is tight these days unfortunately.
 
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