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Refugee: residence permit, travel document and accompanying document

Verified 18 février 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

IfOfpra grants you refugee status, you receive a valid residence permit for 10 years. If you wish to leave France for a trip, a travel document may be issued. In addition, you also benefit from access to rights.

Title Nature

As a refugee, you are entitled to resident card allowing you to move freely in France.

How do I get it?

Upon receipt of the letter recognising you as a refugee, you must contact your home prefecture. They will provide you with a provisional residence document.

The prefecture has a period of 3 months from the date of the decision granting you refugee status to issue your residency card to you and your family members:

  • Your spouse, partner or common-law partner, who is already allowed to stay in France under family reunification
  • Your spouse or partner of civil union, at least 18 years of age, provided that the marriage or civil union is earlier than the date of your application for asylum.
  • Your partner, at least 18 years of age, with whom you had a sufficiently stable and continuous common life before the date of your application for asylum
  • Your children within one year of their 18th birthday or between the ages of 16 and 18 who say they want to work
  • Your parents (direct ascendants to 1to degree) if you are a refugee child and you are still a minor and unmarried

  Please note : until the resident card is issued, you have the right to work.

General case

Check your website prefecture the manner of filing: on site, by mail or by electronic means.

Documents to be provided

You

  • Civil status certificate (transmitted by theOfpra prefecture)
  • 3 photos. If the request is made online: enter the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Decision of the Ofpra or the CNDA granting you refugee status
  • Declaration on the honour of non-polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Certificate of payment of stamp duty (to be handed over at the time of issue of the title)

Family member

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless he already has a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (for example: Consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made online: enter the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Certificate of payment of stamp duty (to be handed over at the time of issue of the title)
  • Decision of theOfpra or CNDA granting him refugee status
  • Justification of the family relationship with the refugee:
    • Marriage certificate (full copy of the marriage certificate or family register)
    • Civil union certificate (copy of the civil union contract)
    • Proof of affiliation for children or  ascending (full copy of birth certificate or family record, natural child declaration or adoption decision)
  • If he arrived in France under family reunification: medical certificate issued by theOfii(at the latest when the residence permit is issued)

If your file is complete, you receive a reclaimed pending the prefecture's response.

Cost

You must pay €25 (stamp duty) by tax stamps.

Tax stamps are sold only in dematerialised form (the paper stamp remains usable only overseas).

Card Delivery

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture where you submitted your application.

Term

The residence card is valid for 10 years and renewable.

The receipt bearing the recognised and the resident card allows you to work in France.

If you wish to leave France for a trip, you can request a Refugee Travel Document (RST).

This travel document is biometric and valid for 5 years.

Application Location

General case

Check your website prefecture the manner of filing: on site, by mail or by electronic means.

Documents to be provided

  • Valid Resident Card: original and photocopy
  • Certificate of domicile to your name (water, electricity, rent receipt) or a certificate of accommodation and a copy of the host's ID
  • Proof that you are under protectionOfpra (example: decision on admission to refugee status)
  • For a renewal request: old travel document (original and photocopy)

Cost

You have to pay to issue the certificate.

You buy tax stamp of €45

Travel document territorial limits

The travel document that is issued to you indicates the country or countries that are not allowed to you.

In general, it is only your country of origin, but in some cases fears of persecution may have been established in relation to other countries.

In support of your application for a residence permit, you must submit the documents justifying your civil status and nationality.

If you are unable to submit such documents, Ofpra must prepare them.

Once the Ofpra has sent you your documents of civil status, you must present them to the prefecture or sub-prefecture in order to issue your residence permit.

Once you have obtained your residence permit and signed the Republican Integration Contract (CIR), you can be accompanied in your efforts to find a job and a home.

This support takes into account your level of vulnerability and the specific needs that arise from it.