Can an asylum seeker apply for a residence permit?
Verified 16 August 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)
Yes, you can apply for a residence card other than asylum.
Your application must be filed within 2 months of the registration of your asylum application. This period is extended to 3 months if you apply for a residence permit for health reasons.
The deadline runs from the date of the issuance of the written information at the time of registration of your asylum application. This information must be given against signature, in a language you understand.
The file must be complete in order to be admissible. You may, however, be allowed to file your file without presenting the documents justifying your civil status and nationality.
For applications for a residence permit for care, you must first apply in the prefecture and then send it to the Ofii: titleContent the medical certificate duly completed by your attending physician or hospital practitioner. The medical certificate must reach the Ofii within 3 months of the registration of your application in the prefecture.
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a receipt shall not be given to an asylum seeker holding a certificate of application for asylum.
In the event of an application filed late, only new circumstances may be invoked (contribution of 2 years to the maintenance and upbringing of a child, occurrence of a serious pathology, etc.).
- Code on the entry and residence of aliens and the right to asylum: R313-23Opinion of the College of Physicians of Ofii in connection with an application for a residence permit for care
- Code on the entry and residence of aliens and the right to asylum: Article L311-6Application for admission to a residence other than asylum
- Code on the entry and residence of aliens and the right to asylum: D311-3-2Deadline for lodging admission to stay other than asylum
- Circular of 28 February 2019 on the application of the law for controlled immigration, effective asylum and successful integration (PDF - 3.6 MB)Circular of 28 February 2019 on the application of the law for controlled immigration, effective asylum and successful integration