OQTF (Obligation to leave French Territory) and student status

Extract from Récit de Gabriela • 30 years old • Woman • Chilian

That was the time when I was closest to reveiving an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF)… at the time it was still called an “Invitation to leave…” They replaced “invitation” with “obligation”…

What saved me was that I had decided, at the end of a year of working, to return to university and study for a master’s degree. Before an OQTF could be sent to me I had become a student and things became much easier for me. The strict criteria that I had previously found difficult to achieve no longer applied because of my new status. In a way, my student documents made me feel protected.

 

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