Visas and Residence Permits

Since April 2021, international students can apply for an online visa on France-Visas.

* Before your arrival:

The administrative formalities to be completed vary depending on your situation, your nationality and the length of your stay. Do not hesitate to visit the links below for further information.
Enrolling as an international student
Do I need a visa?
Can I apply for an online visa?

* Upon arrival:

In most cases, as a student, you will hold a Long Stay Visa as a Residence Permit (VLS-TS) with the mention "student", which will allow you to stay in France from four months to one year and will exempt you from additional steps the first year.

With this visa, you will be able to:
- work part-time up to 964 hours per year
- travel between countries in the Schengen area

For VLS-TS holders, you must validate your visa online within three months of your arrival in France. This process is entirely paperless.


Log onto the website:

Click on "Validate your VLS-TS long stay visa" and have your visa, your date of arrival in France, your address of residence in France and a credit card with you.

You will be asked to purchase a 50€ tax stamp. If you have a credit card, you can make the purchase directly online on the same website. If you do not have one, you can buy it in a tobacconist's shop.

Once your information has been validated, you will receive an email with the validation of your visa to be printed and kept carefully.

CAUTION: If you have not done this procedure within three months, you will no longer be legally resident in France and if you are traveling outside of France, you will have to apply for a new visa to return to France.

Special case: Algerian nationals holding a student visa are not concerned by the online validation of their visa but must apply for a residence permit at the Prefecture du Rhône within two months of their arrival. This procedure is explained in the section below "During your stay".

* During your stay:

If your "student" VLS-TS is about to expire and you wish to continue your studies at UCLy, you have the possibility to renew it by completing the procedure four months before it expires. Since September 2020, this renewal procedure is entirely online.

Go to:

This time, click on "I would like to apply or renew my residence permit" and submit your application by following the different steps.

Once you have submitted your application, you will automatically receive a certificate entitled “attestation de confirmation de dépôt”. This document simply attests that your application has been submitted, but it does not constitute proof of legal residence and does not entitle you to any rights associated with legal residence.

The Prefecture will then examine your application and may ask you for additional documents if necessary.

Watch the Campus France video below that will guide you step by step through the process:

You need help with the online validation of your visa ?

You are facing problems with the renewal of your residence permit as “Student” or “Recherche d’emploi-Création d’entreprise ”  ?

You would like to check your documents before your appointment at the Prefecture or your online submission ?

The ISD offers a support to help you with :

  • The preparation of the needed documents to ask for your residence permit as a student or “ Recherche d’emploi-Création d’entreprise ” ?
  • The creation of your online account on the administration website ANEF (
  • Your online submission as “Student”
  • Your online submission for the residence permit “Recherche d’emploi-Création d’entreprise”
  • The documents scanning

You can come by our office :

- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

- Thursday, Friday: from 9am to 12am  

Don’t hesitate to come to see us at the ISD office !