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I am a PhD student

The procedure to follow for requesting a residence permit for PhD students from a non-European country (outside the EU, the EEA and Switzerland) may vary according to the particular situation of the student. Choose your situation below to determine the appropriate application procedure:

You are not registered at a French institution of higher education.

If you are a PhD student from a non-European country and you are not registered in a doctoral programme in France, you should have received a Long stay Visa with the designation "passeport talent". Depending on the information written on the visa, you will have to get your visa validated by the OFII or to request a residence permit at the local Prefecture.

More information on the validation procedure for the "passeport talent" visa".

 

You are registered at a French institution of higher education and you have a French contract of employment.

If you are a PhD student from a non-European country, you are registered in a doctoral programme in France and you have a French work contract for funding your research, you should have received a Long stay Visa with the designation "passeport talent". Depending on the information written on the visa, you will have to get your visa validated by the OFII or to request a residence permit at the local Prefecture.

More information on the validation procedure for the "passeport talent" visa".

 

You are registered at a French institution of higher education, but you do not have a French contract of employment.

In this case, you will need to have your “VLS-TS student visa” validated by the OFII ("French Immigration and Integration Office").

More information on validating the “VLS-TS student visa”.