However due to the situation, authorities have announced that all current visas and titres de séjour residency permits will be extended by three months.
With the country on lockdown and everyone ordered to stay at home apart from essential trips out, visits to préfectures to renew residency papers will not be possible.
But for those whose visa or carte de séjour is about to run out, there is a breathing space of three months.
This extension applies to
- Long stay visas
- Titres de séjour
- Requests for asylum
- Reciepts for requests for a carte de séjour.
These apply to all people who are already in the country and already within the visa/ titres de séjour system.
It does not apply to British people living here, who have a slightly different process to apply for a carte de séjour – they apply online via a special website, which is not set to go live until July.
The notice was issued by the Préfecture de Police, which deals with residency matters for people living in Paris, but also applies to local préfectures across France who deal with residency applications.
#Coronavirus | ⚠️Pour sécuriser la présence en France des étrangers en situation régulière, la durée de validité des titres de séjour actuellement en circulation (y compris VLS, attestations de demande d'asile et récépissés) est prolongée de 3⃣ mois à compter de ce lundi 16 mars. pic.twitter.com/P2sn69xWHH
— Préfecture de Police (@prefpolice) March 16, 2020
The police préfecture tweeted: “In order to secure the presence in France of legally resident foreigners, the period of validity of residence permits currently in circulation has been extended by three months from this Monday, March 16th.”