I am moving! What happens to my titre de séjour?

This is a very common situation and if you find yourself in such a situation, it is best to know what to do.

If you are planning to move, you should not forget that it is mandatory to make a change of address to the prefecture. The good news is that this process is quite simple and is done online.  

In your “Etrangers en France” account, you can easily make the change of address. 

If you don’t know this website, here I share it with you so that you can create an account and do the process: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/espace-personnel/connexion-inscription

The change of address does not take a lot of time BUT it could take some time if you have to change your prefecture.

The process does not cost anything nor is it necessary to order a new titre de séjour. If you prefer, you can ask to update your address on your titre de séjour but you will have to pay 25 euros for the production of the new document.

This process can be done at any time during the validity of your visa/titre de séjour or at the beginning of the renewal of your titre de séjour. 

The renewal process can take several months and if this is your case, I do not recommend you to change your address in the middle of a renewal.

The most complicated situation is when you live in an area where the prefecture takes a long time for a renewal or first application for a titre de séjour. 

As this process can take many months, some people decide to move when they are in the middle of the renewal. 

In this case, I do not recommend asking for a change of address because it could delay the process much longer. Since the prefecture where you live is in charge of making the decision, your documents will have to be transferred from your old prefecture to the new prefecture where your new address is located. 

Although the process sounds simple, this could add several months to your current process. For this reason, I would recommend that you wait until the entire renewal process is completed before making the change of address.

For some visas, you may be called for trainings or controls with the OFII and the call will be sent to your home address. This is one of the most important reasons that your address is up to date.

For your next renewal, it will be necessary to do the process in the address that appears in the system. If you do not have an updated address, you will not be able to renew your residence card without proof of your current address.

If you only make the change in the system, you do not have to pay anything. 

If you prefer to update your titre de séjour with your new address, the price is 25 euros which is for the manufacture of the new titre de séjour.

I hope you find this information useful and soon I will share with you much more information that may be useful if you live in France. If you have any specific question you can leave it in the comments and I will update this information.

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