top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

How do you validate a VLS-TS visa when coming to France?

We look at what you must do if you intend to stay permanently in France

If you plan to stay permanently in France, you must validate your VLS-TS visa within the first 3 months Pic: Alexander Shutski / Shutterstock

If you come to France on a VLS-TS visa and intend to stay permanently, you must remember to ‘validate’ the visa in the first three months. 

This is carried out online at by clicking Je valide mon VLS-TS

Insert the visa number in the box. This can be found at the top of the visa in your passport. 

When completing this process, frais de séjour (residency costs) are due, eg. €225 for a ‘visitor’ or a spouse of a French person or €50 for a student or stagiaire. 

The fees are payable with timbres fiscaux obtained from a tabac shop or online at

While you have three months to do this it is preferable to do it as soon as possible. People arriving on visas requiring them to apply for a residency permit in the first two months, apply via this same website. 

People coming for a temporary stay of up to six months (usually) do not need to go through this ‘validation’ process. 

Related articles

Visas to stay in France for six months: Q&As on appointment process

Explainer: Make sense of six-month visas for France

Explainer: Long-stay French visas serving as residence permits

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France