Validation, renewal, change from status, specific situation.
Caution: if you are holding a touristic visa or if you are exempted from visa, know that your stay in France/coutries of the Schengen Area can only last 90 days in a 180 days period. It is not possible to obtain a visa/residence permit once in France.
Do not hesitate to contact the International Student Desk (ISD) if you need help and/or face difficulties. Contact at the bottom of the page.
Before your stay
During your stay
The validation of the long stay visa (VLS-TS)
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.
With this visa, you will be able to:
- work part-time up to 964 hours per year (about 20h/week)
- cross the Schengen area borders
For VLS-TS holders, you mandatory have to validate your visa online within three months of your arrival in France.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW?
For this procedure, you will need:
- your passport
- your visa
- a credit card
Log onto the website: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/
(available in English)
Create an account with your personal mail address and a password. You will receive a 10 digits ID (N°étranger).
Click on “Validate your VLS-TS long stay visa” and fill the information about your your visa, your date of arrival in France and your address of residence in France.
You will have to buy 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.
The “Référence réglementaire” (regulatory reference) to choose is: CESEDA R311-3 6° (for students)
Once your information has been validated, you will receive an email with the validation of your visa to be printed and kept carefully.
Note your “Identifiant” number (also known as your “Numéro étranger“), which is made up of 10 digits and begins with 99.
You will need this number for other procedures and when you will renew your visa.
CAUTION: If you have not done this procedure within three months after your arrival, you will no longer be legally in France and if you are traveling outside of France, you will have to apply for a new visa to return.
Special cases: visa "Mineur scolarisé" and algerian students
Algerian citizen: your “Student” visa is not concerned by the online validation.
Within 2 months after your arrival, you mandatory have to apply for the algerian residence permit on https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/ > “I would like to apply or renew my residence permit”.
The “mineur scolarisé/underage student” visa can’t be validated.
- You will turn 18 during the validity of your visa: you have 2 months after you turn 18 to make an appointment at the Préfecture on https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/premiere-demande-titre-de-sejour-prefecture-rhone and ask for your residence permit.
- You won’t turn 18 during the validity of your visa: at the end your visa, you will have to go back to your home country to ask for a new visa.
The visa and residence permit renewal
If your “student” VLS-TS is about to expire and you wish to continue your studies at UCLy/in France, you have the possibility to renew it by completing the procedure 3 to 2 months before it expires. This renewal procedure is entirely online.
From September 2023, if you have not submitted your renewal application within 3 to 2 months before your visa expires, you will have to pay a late fee.
Gather your documents and get your e-photo.
Caution: you have sometimes to wait 24h to 48h to use your e-photo code.
Connect with the login* (10 figures) and password you used when you validated your visa.
* Your identifiant is the “Reference” indicated on the “Confirmation of validation of long-stay visa valid as residence permit”, which you received when you validated your visa. It consists of 10 digits and starts with 99.
Click on “I would like to apply or renew my residence permit” > “I renew a residence permit for” > “Myself (aged 16 and over)” > “And I hold a residence permit / VLS-TS” > “You hold a VLS-TS as a “Student”. This permit is marked “ETUDIANT-ELEVE” > “I am applying to renew this permit”.
Step 1: Check your personal details
Enter a 10-digit French mobile phone number starting with 06 or 07.
Step 2: Reason for your stay
Fill in the information for the current year and the coming year.
If you haven’t your final transcript of records yet, select “En attente des résultats” in the section “Année”:
In the “Cycle of study” and “Level of study at end of year” sections, select “Other”.
In “I am entering the reason for repeating my year”, indicate the evolution of your French level per semester.
If you are going on a mobility programme in another European Union country:
Click on “Yes” under “I am a student and my studies include a mobility in the European Union”. You will have to provide a mobility certificate from your faculty/school/institute at the UCLy.
Step 3: Financial resources
You can choose several sources of income by clicking on “+add an income” (“Employed” and “Supported”, for example).
Remember: the total amount of your resources must be greater than or equal to €615 per month.
Step 4: Supporting documents
Upload the supporting documents.
Caution: If you provide a certificate of pre-enrolment, be aware that the Préfecture will ask you for a final school certificate when examining your application.
The certificate of pre-enrolement is given after paying a deposit. The school certificate is given after paying all the tuition fees.
If you are going on a mobility programm in another European Union country: upload the mobility certificate establihed by your faculty/institute/school at UCLy in the “Certificate of enrolment or proof of pre-registration” section.
The “Diploma obtained in France” and “Certificate of archivement” sections do not need to be completed if your faculty/institute/school at UCLy does not issue these documents.
ILCF students: You can upload the DUEF (Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises) in the section “Diploma obtained in France”.
Step 5: Summary
Read carefully the provided information.
In the “Comments for the administration” section, you can add details about your application. For example, “awaiting admission to Master’s programme / awaiting 2nd semester grades”.
Caution: Once you click on “Validate and submit my application”, you will no longer be able to add documents and/or modify your application.
Step 6: Confirmation
You will automatically receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application by e-mail, along with a PDF “Confirmation of submission”.
This document is proof that your application has been submitted. It is not a récépissé or residence permit.
What happens next?
The Rhône Prefecture gives priority to renewal applications for permits that are due to expire soon.
If there is a delay in processing the renewals at the Préfecture:
You will receive an “Attestation de prolongation d’instruction” no later than the day your visa/residence permit expires.
This official document extends your right to stay (including your right to work part-time if you have a “student” visa or residence permit) and allow you to cross the Schengen Area borders. Lasting 3 months and being renewable, this document is only valid with the detaining visa/residence permit.
If your application was incomplete at the time of submission (transcript/certificate of attendance not available):
The Préfecture will send you a request for additional documents. You will have 30 days to provide the document requested. If you do not provide it within 30 days, your application will be closed.
In case of agreement:
You will receive an “Attestation de décision favorable”.
This official document indicate that a card will be made (with validity date), allows you to work part-time and to cross the Schengen Area borders. This document is only valid with the detaining visa/residence permit.
4 to 6 weeks after receiving the Attestation de décision favorable, you will receive a text message on your French number indicating you that your residence permit is available at the Préfecture du Rhône. You will then need to buy a €75 tax stamp (online on https://timbres.impots.gouv.fr/ or in a tobacconist) and make an appointment to obtain your residence permit. Remember to bring the tax stamp with you on the day of appointment. No payment possible on site.
Watch the Campus France video below that will guide you step by step through the process:
Expired visas/residence permits
If your visa/residence permit has expired less than 6 months ago, you can still apply for your renewal online. However, you will have to pay a 180€ tax stamp penalty when you will get your card.
If you visa/residence permit has expired more than 6 months ago, you won’t be allowed to apply online. You will have to request an appointment with the Prefecture on https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/premiere-demande-titre-de-sejourprefecture-rhone so the Prefecture consider your demand. You will have to buy a 50€ tax stamp penalty to apply (online or in a tobacconist’s shop). No payment in situ.
Students from EU/EEA/Switzerland: residence permit are not mandatory. However, you may be aks for one for some procedures. You have to request an appointment at the Prefecture on https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/premiere-demande-titre-de-sejourprefecture-rhone
European mobility at UCLy : Non-European students holding a European residence card
Caution: You are not concerned by this procedure if you have a validated French long stay visa (see “Upon arrival – The validation of the visa” section).
You are concern by this procedure if:
- You are citizen of a non-European country
- You have a residence permit issued by a UE-country
- You are coming to UCLy as part of a European programme for mobility (UE-programme or multilateral programme or convention programme between UCLy and a European university)
Your mobility at UCLy lasts less than 90 days: you don’t have any procedure to do to obtain a visa/residence permit in France.
Your mobility lasts at Ucly more than 90 days:
If your European residence permit covers your mobility at UCLy, you will have to:
- Your institute/faculty/department at UCLy have to fill the 1st part of this application
- You will have to bring the application along with the following document:
- Copy of your passport
- Copy of your European residence card
- Proof of sufficient resources during your mobility (615€/month)
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof that your mobility at UCLy is part of a UE-programme or multilateral programme or convention programme between UCLy and a European university
- Proof of your nomination at UCLy
Applications have to be submitted to the ISD
Saint Paul campus – Ground floor – Office C 025
Tuesday and Friday: 9am-12pm | 1:30pm-4:30pm
If your european residence permit doesn’t cover your mobility at UCLy:
- You will have to ask for a “student” visa at your local French Consulate before your arrival in France
Caution: Applications for a residence permit at the French Prefecture will be refused.
After your studies
Residence permit / Temporary residence permit “Job seeker/ new business creator”
You just graduate and you want to stray in France and work or set up your own business ? You can ask for the residence permit or temporary residence permit (Attestation Provisoire de Séjour – APS) “Job seeker/ new business creator” / “Recherche d’emploi – Création d’entreprise” (RECE).
This (temporary) residence permit allows international students or researchers who obtain a French higher education diploma (vocational or Master degree) to stay in France and look for a job, work full time or set up their company.
Caution: It is not possible to reapply for a “Student” residence permit after obtaining a RECE card/APS.
Residence permit or temporary residence permit (APS) ?
The residence permit “Job seeker/ new business creator” is available to international students who have a “Student” or “Researchers” long stay visa or residence permit.
The temporary residence permit (APS) is available to international students/researchers who are citizens of countries that have concluded migration flow agreements with France: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gabon, India, Mauritius, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Tunisia.
CAUTION: European and Algerian students/researchers cannot require a “job seeker/new business creator” residence card.
When and how apply ?
You are in France : Before your “Student”* or “Researcher” residence permit expires and upon your graduation, you can ask for your (temporary) residence permit online: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/pref-rhone-demande-titre-sejour-recherche-emploi. Caution: This website is only available to students/researchers living in Rhône department. Students/Researchers living in other department have to ask their Prefecture about the process.
*If you « Student » visa/residence card expire before you receive your diploma or certificate of achievement: you have to request for a “Attestation de Prolongation”. To do so, follow the instructions in the section “The visa and residence permit renewal” above. Instead of the transcript of records and the scholarship certificate, upload a certificate from your faculty/school/institute indicating the date of issue of the pass certificate of achievement (to be requested in advance).
You are abroad: within a maximum of 4 years after obtaining your diploma, you may ask for a long-stay visa “job seeker/new business creator” at the French consulate. Caution: This visa can’t be obtained if you are member of a country that have concluded migration flow agreements with France.
More info about:
Residence card "Employee" or "Temporary employee"
To obtain a residence permit as “Employee” (Salarié) or “Temporary employee” (Salarié temporaire) after holding a visa/residence permit as a “Student”, you have to meet the following conditions:
- Hold a valid visa/residence permit as “Student”;
- Have a French higher education diploma recognized by the French State;
- Depending on your degree: have a (temporary) working permit (Autorisation de travail).
The conditions to obtain a residence permit as “Employee” or “Temporary employee” vary according to:
- Your degree (Bac+2/Licence/Licence professionnelle/Master or equivalent)
- Your nationality
General case: you can obtain a residence permit as “Employee” or “Temporary employee” if you meet all of the following conditions:
- You signed a working contract or you have a promise of hiring;
- You have a working permit (Autorisation de travail)
CAUTION: To obtain the working permit, your work has to be part of the list of sectors facing recruitment difficulties* OR 3 weeks after publishing the work offer on public employment service’s websites, no one respond to the offer.
Specific case: You are member of a country that conclude migration agreements with France: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Georgia, Mauritius, Senegal, Tunisia: your work has to be part of the list of sectors facing recruitment difficulties*.
*Consult the lists on the Public Service website (only available in French) > Licence
Master degree or equivalent**
You can obtain a residence permit as “Employee” or “Temporary employee” if you meet all of the following conditions:
- You signed a working contract 2 months before your visa/residence permit as “Student” expired or you have a promise of hiring;
- Your work is in relation to your studies and diploma;
- Your remuneration is at least 2.620,80€/month (gross)
If your remuneration is at least of 41.933€/year (gross) and your working contract lasts more than 3 months, you can ask for the residence permit as “Passeport Talent”
**List of degrees equivalent to the Master degree: click here.
Contact the ISD