What visa to come to France

For citizens who do not come from the European Economic Area (EEA), a visa is required. However, spouses of EU citizens are subject to special rules (see spouses of EU citizens).

What's a visa?

The visa is a permission given to foreigners by the French State to come in France. It comes in the form of a sticker, called “vignette” pasted on a passport page. It indicates the status and the period in which the person is authorized to come to France. Status determines the rights of the foreigner in France. So be very careful when applying for a visa and apply for the appropriate status according to your purpose in France.

How to apply for a visa to come to France ?

To apply for a visa to come to France, you must contact the French consulate of the country of origin. Some consulates put online visa application forms. Once the form is completed, it must gather all the required supporting documents and file all at the consulate.

The response times can vary. Refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/venir-en-france-22365/
 

When should I apply for a visa?

It is best to apply for a visa 3 months before the hypothetical date of departure.

The main visas

The “visa touristique” (tourist visa)

This visa for a period of three months is not renewable from France. There is no possibility to ask another status once in France.

The “visa concours” (contest visa)

This visa allows you to spend contests in France to enter a selective schools or colleges, for example an engineering school. The duration of this visa allows to wait for the results and if successful, it is possible to ask directly from France a student residence permit.

The “visa étudiant court séjour” (short stay student visa)

The “visa étudiant court séjour” (Short-stay student visa) bears the letter C and the word “student”. It allows to study in France for a short period but it is not renewable. If the student wishes to continue his studies in France at the expiry of the visa, he’ll necessarily have to return home to apply for a new visa. One must therefore be careful when applying at the consulate and indicate the appropriate duration of the wished stay in France.

The “Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour étudiant-VLS-TS” (student long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit student, for more information see VLS-TS)

The VLS-TS (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit) student bears the letter D and the word student”. It allows to study in France and have a part time job during the year or full-time a few months of the year. This is why the work is accessory. If the visa is approved in France by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), it is possible to apply for renewal in case of the study pursue. During the last year of studies in France, it is possible to request an “Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” (temporary residence permit) (APS Master) that allows you to stay one more year in France. PhD students coming to France with a “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement) may choose between student status and researcher status (see comparative table student / researcher status status).

The scientific researcher long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS) (for more information see VLS-TS)

The VLS-TS bears the letter D and the words “scientist-researcher.” It enables future researchers to come to France with their spouse and children. They enjoy the “private and family life” status which allows one to study and work in France. If the scientific researcher visa is validated in France by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), it is possible to apply for renewal in case of pushing further the researches. PhD students coming to France with a hosting agreement may choose between student status and researcher status (see comparative table student / researcher status status).

The “Vie Privée et Familiale” (private and family life) visa

Being the spouse of a scientific researcher or a French citizen gives you the opportunity to benefit from the “Vie Privée et Familiale” (private and family life) status. This status allows you to study and work in France. There is no need to request a change of status to study in France when you can benefit from “Vie Privée et Familiale” (private and family life) status.

The “Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour-VLS-TS”, (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit)

What is it ?

It is a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) waiver request visa upon arrival in France. Its duration is between 3 months and 1 year. Specifically, the holder of “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) does not need to go to the Prefecture when arriving in France. However, the “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) must be validated by the French Office for Immigration and Integration, called OFII (see sheet “thumbnail OFII”).

VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) with the letter “D” and one of the following phrases: “student”, “scientific researcher”, “Spouse of French”... the complete list of “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) is available on http://vosdroits. service-public.fr/particuliers/F39.xhtml


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How to renew the “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) ?

The “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) validated by OFII is considered to be the first residence permit. It is therefore possible to apply for renewal from France. The renewal must be requested at the Prefecture of residence, two months before the expiry of the “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit).

 For the Haute-Garonne (Toulouse):

For holders of the “student VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit)

From September to February : Take an appointment on the website of the Prefecture of the Haute-Garonne http://www.haute-garonne.gouv.fr/Demarches-administratives/Immigration-et-integration

The rest of the year, the appointment must be requested directly at the Prefecture

Once there, holders of a student VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit) must bring the student residence permit renewal form completed and signed and all the required supporting documents (copies and originals).

For holders of the “scientific researcher VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit), the host laboratory is in charge of contacting the Prefecture for renewal.

For more information on opportunities for travel and work with the “VLS-TS” (Long Stay Visa worth residence permit), check move within the Schengen area”, the OFII vignette” and work and study in France.”

Doctoral candidates benefitting from a “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement):

 Student” or Researcher” status

 

Which is the most advantageous status in relation to your situation?

 

Attention: Student and Researcher statuses are currently being reformed. It is possible that regulations will soon be modified.

 StudentScientific-researcher
Cost of OFII stamp “Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour” (Long Stay Visa worth Resident Permit) validation58€241€

Travel within the Schengen area
 
A VLS-TS with multiple entries, a residence permit or a valid renewal receipt permit to travel within the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a total of 180 days. Be careful, the receipt of the first application for a residence permit and the certificate of appointment to the Prefecture does not allow to move in the Schengen area



“Renouvellement du titre de séjour” (Residence permit renewal)
 
To renew his residence permit beyond 3 years of thesis, the Prefecture of Haute-Garonne takes into account a certificate of the supervisor (also provided with the student's demand for a renewal of the residence permit ).
Cost of renewing the permit for one year: 49 €
For the “renouvellement du titre de séjour scientifique-chercheur” (renewal of the researcher residence permit), the Prefecture will take the researcher’s “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement) into consideration. Even if the thesis is not completed by the end of the”convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement), the “titre de séjour” residence permit will not be renewed. It is possible to renew the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) with an ATER or post-doc contract. Cost of renewal of up to 1 year: 106€.

“Titre pluriannuel” (Multi-year permit)
 The duration of the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) can depend on the duration of the “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement).
Cost of multi-annual permit: 200€.

Employment rights
Permitted to work 60% of the “durée annuelle légale du travail” (legal annual working time), therefore 964 hours in a year. The student must therefore seek, on their arrival, a “autorisation de travail” (work permit) from DIRECCTE in order to work full-time during their entire “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement).Can work full-time as part of the “convention d’accueil” (hosting agreement) and if it is related to the research: doctoral contract, CIFRE or other. 
FamilyNo particular rights for the spouse and/or children of the student.A “titre de séjour Vie Privée et Familiale-VPF” (Private and Family Life permit) grants full rights for 1 year to a spouse and minor child(ren). This status allows them to work full time and/or attend school.
At the end of the first year, the “VPF carte de séjour” “Private and Family Life residence permit) is renewed for the same duration as that of the researcher’s.









Post-thesis defense
APS Master
“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” (Temporary Resident Permit))

 

Holders of a degree equivalent to at least master level may apply for an “Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour-APS” (temporary residence permit) at the expiration of their “visa étudiant” (student visa), but it is mandatory that the request be made ​ at least 4 months before the expiration of the current “titre de séjour” (residence permit). The APS (temporary resident permit) is issued for six months and may be renewed once.

The APS (temporary resident permit)  permits any employment (not necessarily related to the degree) within the limit of 60% of the “durée annuelle légale du travail” (legal annual working time) (964 hours per year).

Not possible to benefit from the APS Master (temporary resident permit).


Unemployment redundancy benefits
 

No unemployment benefits possible.
Possibility to enroll at Pole Emploi (unemployment service) and receive unemployment benefits.
This is possible only if the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) is still valid after the end of the employment contract (which is rarely the case).
The right to unemployment benefits (contribution’s having been made with a work contract) does not entitle the person to an “prolongation du titre de séjour” (extension of their residence permit).
Change of employment statusPossibility to ask for employee status two months before the expiry of the APS (temporary resident permit) (student status) or “titre de séjour” (residence permit) by proving the following:

That the person has a salary of at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage

The examination of the application of employee status can be a long process as it depends on both the Prefecture and DIRECCTE.

 

The OFII Tax Sticker

 

What is it?

The OFII sticker is a sticker of the size of a visa that the “Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration” (French Office for Immigration and Integration-OFII) sticks on a passport page.

Vignette OFII

What is it for ?

The OFII sticker confirms “Visas Long Séjour” (Long Stays Visas) called VLS-TS, of a validity of 3-month and more, that are “valant titre de séjour” (equivalent to a residence permit). These visas wear the letter D and the distinction “studying CESEDA R311-3-6” or the distinction “scientist-researcher”. Though they replace “titre de séjour” (residence permits), those visas confer to their recipients the exact same rights: social benefits, “autorisation de travail” (work permit), permission to travel within the Schengen Area. The “visas long séjour” (long stay visa) is worth “titre de séjour” (residence permit) only if it was validated by the OFII.

Beneficiaries are exempted from applying for a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) at the Prefecture. However, they must apply for “renouvellement du titre de séjour” (renewal of their residence permit) in the last 2 months before the expiry of the validity of the VLS-TS (long stay visa worth residence permit).

Is it compulsory ?

Yes. If six months after arrival in France, the student or researcher did not complete the OFII (Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration) formalities, he cannot ask for a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) within the French territory. He will be compelled to return to his country to reapply for a visa at the French consulate.

The OFII sticker, or “l'attestation de dépôt de demande de validation du VLS-TS” (the certificate of filing of validating the VLS-TS), is required to enter again into the Schengen area.

What about the procedure?

Upon arrival in France, you should contact the OFII to trigger the process and get your “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS-TS) validated. For that matter, there are several possibilities:

Through the Toul’Box: The “Student” pack includes many services including setting OFII appointments making the whole deal simplified and set forth. The summonses in the OFII as well as a list of documents requested for the procedure are handed to the student after a meeting with a Toul' box operator.

The international relations department or the schooling services of some colleges can help through in a matter of reasonable no time.

A student or a researcher can still send the validation request on his own but it may take longer to get the OFII sticker. The instructions and the steps are all explained in the OFII user guide (it’s given alongside the “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS –TS) at the French consulate). Once OFII receive the file a filing certificate for the validation of the “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS –TS) is mailed. A few weeks later, a summon to the OFII is mailed to the candidate.
He must then present at the OFII on the date indicated on the notice with all the requested documents to set forth the formalities.

Once there:

A medical examination is required (unless the OFII medical examination has already been completed in the country of origin)
The OFII sticker is affixed on the passport validating the “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS –TS)

How much does it cost?

At the validation of the “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS-TS), that enacts as a “titre de séjour” (resident permit), by the OFII, students are liable to a 58 € tax and researchers to a 241€ tax. Those fees are to be paid with tax stamps available at some tobacconist, tax services or online at https://www.timbresofii.fr/

Nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

The EEA and Switzerland nationals have the right to freely come in France by only providing a valid ID if they do not pose a threat to the French public order. Beyond a stay longer than 3 months, the stay in France is possible under certain conditions.

The first 5 years of residence

It is mandatory to:

  • Be enrolled in an academic program
  • Hold a sickness and maternity insurance
  • Have sufficient resources (including family members) to avoid being a burden to the French social system

The EEA and Switzerland nationals have the opportunity to work during their studies. However, the Croatian citizens are subject to transitional measures. They must apply for a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) at the Prefecture to have the right to work.

After 5 years

After 5 years of residence in France, nationals of the EEA and Switzerland get a right of permanent residency which exempts the 3 previous conditions. The right of residence is lost after a 2 years absence or disruption to the public order.

Residence permit

European and Swiss nationals have the opportunity to apply for a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) at the Prefecture. It is not an obligation but this title can be useful for some to justify such an address in France.

Algerian nationals

Specific rules apply to Algerian nationals under the Franco-Algerian agreement of 1968.

Arrival

Upon arrival, it is necessary to make an appointment at the Prefecture of the residence address to apply for the first residence permit. For the Haute-Garonne (Toulouse):

For students :

For researchers, it’s the host laboratory that has to contact the Prefecture

Renewal of the residence permit

The renewal must be requested at the Prefecture of residence two months before the expiration of the previous “titre de séjour” (residence permit). Setting an appointment for renewal is exactly the same as for the first application.

Algerians cannot request the “Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour Master” (an authorization that allows you to stay 1 more year at the end of a visa or a student resident permit) and neither benefit from a “titre pluriannuel” (multiannual residence permit, this is a residence permit valid from 2 to 4 years).

Work and study

Student status does not entitle the Algerians to accessory work. However, they may ask for permission, subject to conditions, with the DIRECCTE:

DIRECCTE Midi-Pyrénées – Service de la main d'œuvre étrangère
Cité administrative, bâtiment B,
Boulevard Armand Duportal
31074 Toulouse Cedex
Téléphone : 05 67 77 74 77
Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 11:30

Moving in the Schengen area

It is possible to travel in the Schengen area with a valid passport and one of the following valid documents:

  • A “titre de séjour” (residence permit)
  • A “récépissé de demande de renouvellement de titre de séjour” (receipt of application for renewal of residence permit)

Note: the “récépissé de demande de renouvellement de titre de séjour” does not allow travel in the Schengen area.
Travel within the Schengen area is limited to 3 months every 6 months.

Taxes to be paid

The amount of taxes is in € and depends on the nature and status of residence :

Status


OFII medical examination

1st “Titre de séjour” (Residence Permit)

“Renouvellement du titre de séjour” (Renewal of residence permit,
1 year validity)

Student

-

77

49

Scientist-researchers

-

-

106

 

“Renouveler/prolonger le titre de séjour” Renew / extend the residence permit

The renewal is the procedure to obtain a new “titre de séjour” (residence permit) from France while the extension is the procedure that grants a “récépissé” (receipt) allowing you to stay for a few weeks up to 4 additional months in France.

 

 

The renewal

 

This procedure is for those wishing to stay at least another year in France and fulfill the conditions required by the Prefecture of the place of residence.

The “renouvellement du titre de séjour” (renewal of the residence permit) must be requested two months before the expiry of the “titre de séjour” (residence permit). For the Haute-Garonne (Toulouse):

Holders of a student “titre de séjour” (residence permit)

Once there, holders of a student “titre de séjour” (residence permit) must bring the student “dossier de demande de renouvellement du titre de séjour” (residence permit renewal form) completed and signed and all the “documents justificatifs demandés” (required supporting documents) (copies and originals). You will find on the website of the Prefecture of the Haute-Garonne the full list of needed documents.

Holders of the scientific researcher “long stay visa worth resident permit” (VLS-TS)

the host laboratory is in charge of contacting the Prefecture for renewal.

Extension

The “prolongation du titre de séjour” (extension of the residence permit) is for those who wish to extend their staying in France but not for more than 1 year because they didn’t finish their entire current project at the expiry of the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) (thesis, internship...).

The “prolongation du titre de séjour” (residence permit extension) is to be submitted to the Prefecture of residence a few weeks before the expiry of the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) provided:

  • A valid passport
  • The previous “titre de séjour” (residence permit)
  • A proof of the need to extend the residence. For example: internship agreement, certificate of the supervisor indicating the date of the thesis

Mandatory taxes

Different taxes must be paid for the right to stay legally in France:

The OFII stamp is required to validate the “visa long séjour valant titre de séjour–VLS-TS” (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit). The VLS-TS (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit) validated by OFII is considered a “premier titre de séjour” (first residence permit)

The application for the “premier titre de séjour” (first residence permit) is made at the expiration of a visa which does not replace a “titre de séjour” (residence permit, eg a “visa-concours”, this visa allows you to have a competitive exam in France to enrol in a selective school or college like an engineering school. This visa allows you to wait in France for the results and if you passed it is possible to ask directly from France a student residence permit.)

The “renouvellement du titre de séjour” (renewal of a residence permit) can be requested at the expiration of a VLS-TS (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit) or a “premier titre de séjour” (first residence permit)

The “titre pluriannuel” (multi-annual permit) can be requested under certain conditions (see “multi-annual basis” section) at the end of a VLS-TS or a first residence permit.

The amount is in € and depends of the nature and status of the residence permit:

StatusOFII stamp (VLS-TS only)“Premier titre de séjour” (1st residence permit) (excluding “VLS-TS” long stay visa equivalent to a resident permit)“Renouvellement du premier titre de séjour” (Renewal of residence permit) for 1 year “Titre pluriannuel” (Multi-annual permit)
Student58774977
Researcher241260106200
Intern587777-
Employee241260106200
Family
(spouse of researcher)
241260106-

Travel within the Schengen area

The Schengen area is an area of free mobility for people and goods.

EEA and Swiss* nationals holding a valid passport or identity card are permitted to travel freely within the Schengen area.

For nationals of other countries :

  • For a visit of less than 90 days :
    Immigration rules for short stays are the same for all Schengen states (Regulation of 15 March 2001). The requirement of a visa, or its exemption, is based on the nationality of the citizen (see table on next page).
  • For a visit of more than 90 days :
    Each state retains its own jurisdiction to issue long stay visas - please refer to the laws of the specific destination country in order to know the regulations.

Please note: Ireland, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia as well as French and Dutch overseas territories outside of Europe (for example: Reunion Islands, Saint-Martin, Guyana…) are not part of the Schengen area.

*Switzerland is currently part of the Schengen area although its immigration policy is being modified.

Memberships of Schengen area :

Espace Schengen

Travelling within the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days
NationalitiesDocuments required
EEA + Swiss Nationals Valid passport or identity card
Other nationals (outside of EU and Switzerland)Nationals exempt from visa requirements

Andorra
Australia
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Bahamas
Barbados
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Canada
Chile
South Korea
Costa Rica    
United States
Guatemala
Honduras
Israel
Japan
Kosovo
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Nicaragua
New Zealand
Panama
Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Martin
Saint-Siège
Salvador
Seychelles
Singapore
Uruguay
Venezuela

Valid ordinary passports
Albania
Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Montenegro
Serbia (Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination are subject to visa requirements)
Valid biometric passports
Taiwan (holders of passports containing an identity card number)
Hong Kong and Macao (holders of passports issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Região Administrativa Especial de Macau)
Nationals of British overseas territories (holders of British Nationals Overseas passports)
 
Other particular valid passports
Nationals not exempt from visa requirementsAll nationals of States not listed in the category “visa exempt nationals”Valid passport + one of the following valid documents :
Schengen visa “Visa long séjour” (Long-stay visa) issued by a Schengen state
“Visa long séjour valant titre de séjour” (Long-stay visa replacing residence permit) from 1 Schengen state (the OFII validation stamp is not necessary to travel within the Schengen area)
“Titre de séjour” (Residence permit) from 1 Schengen state,
“Récépissé de renouvellement de titre de séjour” (Residence permit renewal request receipt) from 1 Schengen state
APS Master (temporary residence permit)
 

 

Working and studying in France

 

Is it possible to work in France on a “student” visa ?

Yes, student status allows you to work in France but under certain conditions:

DIRECCTE Midi-Pyrénées – Service de la main d’œuvre étrangère
Cité administrative, bâtiment B,
Boulevard Armand Duportal
31074 Toulouse Cedex  
Telephone: 05 67 77 74 77
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30-11.30am

  • It is possible to work up to 60% of the “durée légale annuelle“ (annual statutory working hours), or 964 hours (for example, having a part time job over the year or a full-time job a few months of the year). It is important to respect the maximum hour limit as working more than this amount can lead to the withdrawal of the “titre de séjour” (residence permit). It is possible to request a waiver for more work when it is necessary for the student’s studies. In this case, the person should address their request to:
  •  
  • Holders of “VLS-TS(long-stay visas) with “student” status must have their visa validated by OFII (see “OFII stamp”) in order to work
  •  
  • A “récépissé” (receipt) showing that the person has applied for a “premier titre de séjour” (first residence permit) does not permit employment. However, a “récépissé” (receipt) showing that the person has applied for a “renouvellement du titre de séjour” (renewal of their residence permit) does allow the person to work.
  • The employer must notify the Prefecture when hiring a foreign student. To do this, the company must send a declaration to the Prefecture via registered mail at least 2 working days before the date of employment.
  • In principle, it is not possible to receive unemployment benefits on student status

Is it possible to work in France on a ”researcher” visa?

A person holding a ‘researcher’ visa can only work within the boundaries of their research. It is not possible to have employment outside of this framework.

Is it possible to work in France with “family” status ?

Yes, it is possible to work with the ‘family’ status, full-time.

“Le titre de séjour pluriannuel” (The multiannual residence permit)

A multiannual residence permit is a residence permit with a validity ranging from 2 to 4 years.

“Le titre de séjour pluriannuel étudiant” (The student multiannual residence permit)

The Prefecture of Toulouse is currently testing the “titre de séjour multiannual étudiant”(student multiannual residence permit). It may be asked at the end of a “visa long séjour valant titre de séjour” (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit,VLS-TS) or a classic “titre de séjour étudiant”(student residence permit).

To qualify, foreigners must enroll in a course of a minimum duration of 2 years and prepare a Master, a PhD or an engineering degree. The “titre de séjour pluriannuel” (multiannual residence permit) will be granted based on the remaining period of their studies.

Example: A student arrives in France with a VLS-TS student (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit for student) for a M1. The following year, the M2, he obtained the classic “titre de séjour étudiant” (student residence permit). At the end of the M2, if he wants to pursue a PhD, he can get a “titre de séjour pluriannuel”(multiannual residence permit) of at least 3 years.

The “titre de séjour pluriannuel étudiant” (student multiannual residence permit) costs €77. To apply, you must follow the standard procedure of renewal (see “renouvellement du titre de séjour” (renewal of the residence permit).

“Titre de séjour pluriannuel chercheur” (Scientific-researcher multiannual residence permit)

At the end of a scientific researcher “visa long séjour valant titre de séjour” (long stay visa equivalent to a resident permit,VLS-TS), you can request a “titre de séjour pluriannuel” (multiannual residence permit) for the rest of the host agreement. It’s the laboratory that must contact the Prefecture to perform the process of “demande d’un titre de séjour” (apply for a residence permit).

The Scientific researcher “titre de séjour pluriannuel” (multiannual residence permit) costs 200 €.

Advantages

This procedure has the advantage of allowing students and researchers who have returned home for summer holidays, exited France to do an internship or to attend a conference not to worry about annually renewing their “titre de séjour” (residence permit).

“L’Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” (The temporary residence permit) Master (TRP Master)

What is it?

The “l’Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” (temporary residence permit) Master, also called “APS” (TRP) Master , is a permission that allows you to stay in France for 1 year maximum (6 months renewable 1 time) at the end of a degree equivalent to the Master.

What are the advantages of the “APS” (TRP) Master ?

The “Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” (Temporary Resident Permit) Master allows you to legally stay in France for 1 year.

It is also possible to work as high as 60% of the “durée annuelle légale” (annual legal duration), namely 964 hours (eg part-time employment over the year or full-time for a few months). If during this period, holders of the “APS Master” (TRP Master) find a full-time job related to their degree with a wage at least equal to 1.5 times the amount of the minimum wage, they may request, subject to conditions, the employee status.

Who can apply for an “APS” (TRP) Master ?

The “APS” (TRP) Master may be requested by foreign graduates recipient of a Master or a PhD.
Foreign PhD students under scientific researcher status cannot apply to the TRP Master.

How to apply for an “APS” (TRP) Master ?

Warning : The “APS” (TRP) Master must have a valid visa. No derogation is granted.

If the day of the appointment the student is unable to produce his Master's degree or a “attestation de réussite” (certificate of completion), the form will still be retained by the prefectural department until the student provides the missing documents.

To complete an application for an “APS” (TRP) Master, 2 possibilities:

  • The student shows up without appointment at the prefecture to bring the missing document in which case he has to drop them in the outside mailbox,
  • The student cannot complete his file because he remains physically unavailable. In that case, his School or college can mail the missing documents to the Prefecture at the following address

    Prefecture of Haute-Garonne
    DRLP - SII - BASE
    1 rue Sainte Anne
    31 038. Toulouse Cedex 9

    This address is used only for student records
    In this case, the school or university must provide:

    • The foreign students identification number
    • A photocopy of the original diploma or transcript
    • A letter certifying that the university or school made photocopies from the original diploma or transcript

The student must retrieve the “APS” (TRP) Master at the Prefecture in person. If the student is out of France when the “APS” (TRP) Master is issued and his “titre de séjour” (residence permit) expired, he will ask the French consulate a return visa to cross the border and collect the “APS” (TRP) Master at the Prefecture.

In this case, a tourist visa is plain enough. If the student is under a visa waiver program (see “move within the Schengen area”), it does not need to apply for a return visa

“APS” (TRP) Master may be withdrawn at the Prefecture on Monday only from 9am to 15h.

Loss / theft : “demande d’un duplicate du titre de séjour”(request a duplicate of residence permit)

Loss / theft abroad:

You must report to the French consulate. They will interrogate the prefecture that issued the “titre de séjour” (residence permit) to determine whether you have the right to return legally in France. If the answer is positive, a “visa de retour” (return visa) is granted abroad so you can cross the border and replace the lost/stolen documents.

Loss / theft in France:

You must go to the Prefecture to report the loss and ask for a copy
Cost of duplicates in €
 

“Titre de séjour” (Residence permit type)

Cost

Student, 1 year validity

49

Student Multiannual

93

Scientific-researcher, 1 year validity

122

Scientific-researcher, multiannual

216

“Vie Privée et Familiale” (Private life and Family)

122

Intern

93

Spouses of French, European national, scientific researcher

For a foreigner to be considered a spouse, he/she must be regularly married to a French citizen, a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a foreigner who has a scientific researcher status.

The spouse receives the opportunity to come in France only based on the marriage he/she contracted, which means that the spouse is dependent on both the status of the significant other and the existence of the marital union.

Spouses benefit from the “Vie Privée et Familiale-VPF” (private life and family status) that allows one to study and work full time in France without being subject to legal restrictions on the employment of foreigners.

Foreign spouses of French citizen

Visa in the country of origin:

If the spouse of a French citizen requests a visa from his country of origin, he/she cannot see the request denied only “in cases of fraud, annulment of marriage or a threat to public order” (Article L.211-2 CESEDA -1). The spouse of a French citizen must pass an assessment test of knowledge of the French language and values of the Republic. In case of failure, training should be followed in France.

Visa and “titre de séjour” (residence permit) from France:

If the spouse wishes to apply for a French residence from France, the procedure varies depending on the situation:

Case 1: foreigner arriving in France with a “visa long séjour” (long-stay visa, specified, for example, student) and married a French citizen during their stay.
In this case, he/she must present himself to the Prefecture to apply for a status change from student to VPF.

Case 2: the foreigner is already married to a French citizen and it has not arrived in France with a “visa long séjour” (long-stay visa). This may be the case for example of a citizen who is not subject to the obligation to hold a visa for a stay of less than three months (eg a Brazilian). In this case, the foreigner must request upon arrival a “visa long séjour” (long stay visa) at the Prefecture of the place of residence. Spouses of French citizens are not subject to the obligation to apply for a “visa long séjour” (long stay visa) from their country of origin if they regularly entered France and have been living with their significant other for at least 6 months.

“Renouvellement du visa et du titre de séjour” (Renewal of visa and residence permit)

Visa or “titre de séjour” (residence permit) are to be renewed two months before its expiry. For this, report to the Prefecture of the place of residence to request an appointment and get the list of the required documents.

After 3 years of marriage and living in France, spouses of French citizens can apply for a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) which is valid for 10 years.
 

Foreign spouse of an EU citizen

The foreign spouse of an EU citizen (EEA area and Switzerland) must request a “titre de séjour” (residence permit) to legally reside in France. The request must be made at the Prefecture of residence. The spouse must regularly enter France.

Foreign spouses of EU citizens are dependent from the status of their significant other. This means that he/she should have the right to stay legally in France. For this, the EU citizen must not disturb public order and not be a burden to the French social system.

Croatian are yet subject to transitional measures.
For more information http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F19315.xhtml

Foreign spouse of a foreign national with scientific researcher status

The foreign national spouse benefiting from scientific researcher status may apply for a “Vie Privée et Familiale-VPF” (Private and Family Life) status. For this, the spouse must arrive in France with a “visa long séjour” (long stay visa) and request the procedure 2 months prior the expiration of the visa.  All requests are to be made with the place of residence prefecture.

Spouse enjoys the VPF (Private and Family Life) status as her husband enjoys the scientist-researcher status.

French institutions

Consulate

French consulates represent France abroad. They can among other things issue visas. Visa applications must be addressed to them.

For a list of consulates, refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

Prefecture

The prefecture is the French institution that deals in particular with residence permits issues. It is therefore necessary to reach them for every “renouvellement de titre de séjour” (residence permit renewal). There is a prefecture in each department. For persons residing in Toulouse, it is the prefecture of the Haute-Garonne.

For more information: http://www.haute-garonne.gouv.fr
 

OFII: Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration (French Office for Immigration and Integration)

This office is in charge for administrating medical visits to foreigners and validates the “visa longue durée valant titre de séjour” (long stay visas worth residence permit ,VLS-TS).

For more information: http://www.ofii.fr

DIRECCTE: Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l'Emploi (Regional Directorate for Enterprise, Competition, Consumer, Labour and Employment)

DIRECCTE is in charge of foreign labor. It needs to be addressed in case of any “demande de permis de travail temporaire” (temporary work permit request).

For more information: http://direccte.gouv.fr/Unite-Territoriale-de-la-Haute-Garonne

Glossary

APS: Master: Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour (Temporary residence permit) Master. This authorization allows you to stay 1 more year in France at the end of a student visa or a student residence permit. It is possible to work with the APS 60% of the annual statutory working hours, namely 964 hours.

APT: Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (Temporary works permit). A work permit may be required. For example, foreign students with student working full-time status must apply for APT with the DIRECCTE.

BGE: Boursiers de Gouvernement Etranger (Foreign Governments Scholarship). Students who receive a scorlaship from their home country.

BGF: Boursiers du Gouvernement Français (French Government Scholarship). French students who receive a scolarship from the French Government.

CESEDA: Code de l'Entrée et du Séjour des Etrangers et du Droit d'Asile. (Code of Entry and Residence of Foreigners and Asylum Law). Law for foreign people and asylum seekers.

CDD: Contrat à Durée Déterminée (Contract of fixed-term duration). Employment contract for a specified period.

CDI: Contrat à Durée Indéterminée (Contract of indefinite duration). Employment contract for an unlimited period.

CIFRE: Convention Industrielle de Formation par la Recherche (Industrial Convention of research training). The CIFRE allows companies to receive a financial aid to recruit PhDs working on their thesis.

CST: Carte de Séjour Temporaire (Temporary Residence Card).

CTOM: Collectivités Territoriales d’Outre-Mer (French territory overseas).
 
EEA: European Economic Area. It is composed of 31 countries: the 28 countries of the European Union + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The EEA nationals and Switzerland may travel within the EEA by providing only a valid ID.

EES: Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur (Establishment of Higher Education). School in which you register in, when you have your high school diploma. 

DROM: Départements et Régions d’Outre-Mer (Departments and Overseas Regions).

LRAR: Lettre Recommandée avec Accusé de Réception (Registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt). This is a postal service that allows the sender of a letter to be informed of its good reception by the recipient, who must sign a paper.

LS: Lettre Simple (Simple Letter)

RF: Regroupement Familial (Family Reunification). Procedure for a foreigner wishing to bring back his family in France.

TAAF: Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (French Southern and Antarctic Lands). French territory situated there.

TD: Travaux Dirigés (Tutorials). Extensive courses in small group.

TS: Titre de Séjour (Residence permit). Document delivered by the French authorities that allows foreigners to stay in France.

UE/EU: Union Européenne (European Union). It is a voluntary association of European states in the economic and political sphere. The EU has 28 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

VLS-TS: Visa Long Séjour Valant Titre de Séjour (Long stay visa worth residence permit). This visa is for a term of between 3 months and 1 year. It must necessarily be validated by the OFII.

VPF: Vie Privée et Familiale (Private life and Family). If you have personal or family ties in France, you can get this temporary residence card.