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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”.

 

Procedure for renewing your student residence permit

If your stay is extended, your residence permit (and your spouse's) must be renewed at the local Prefecture within 2 months prior to the expiry of your current residence permit or visa.

If your dossier is complete, you will receive a receipt of your request for a "student" residence permit renewal. You will need to pick the permit up in-person, without appointment, at the Prefecture before the expiry of the receipt.

You will also be required to pay a €60 tax when picking up your new residence permit.  

For all subsequent renewals, you must follow the same procedure, submitting your renewal request within two months prior to the expiry date of your current residence permit.

Download the list of documents required for the residence permit renewal