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L'office francais
de l'immigration
et de l'integration

All you need to know about the CAI

The OFII's role, in terms of welcoming foreign people, was defined by the “Loi de programmation pour la cohésion sociale” (Social Cohesion Planning Act) of 18 June 2005, which established the legal basis of the CAI.

Today, the OFII presents each foreign person wishing to reside in France with an accommodation and integration contract signed with the Prefect, who represents the State.

Extract from the “Code de l'entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d'asile” (Code of Admission and Residence of Foreign Persons and the right to asylum):

Article L.311-9 of the French Code of Admission and Residence of Foreign Persons stipulates that foreign people admitted to stay in France, or who legally enter France for the first time between the age of sixteen and eighteen, and who wish to reside here, must prepare for their integration into French society. As provided for by Decree No. 2006-1791 dated 23 December 2006 (Official bulletin dated 31 December 2006), the foreign person enters into an accommodation and integration contract with the Government. This contract aims to establish "a relationship of confidence and mutual obligation" between France and the persons wishing to reside here.

The accommodation and integration contract has been compulsory since 1 January 2007.

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Siège : OFII, 44 rue Bargue - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 /// Tél. : 01 53 69 53 70 - Fax : 01 53 69 53 69