Applying for a foreign student residence permit

You are a student from the European Union 

You do not need to apply for a visa to travel to France or a residence permit

You are a student outside the European Union who holds a Long Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit (Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour - VLSTS) *

You must apply for a visa on the  Etudes en France site

  • When you arrive in France :
    Students with a VLS - TS must validate their visas electronically and pay the issuance tax (Taxe de la Première Délivrance - TPD).
    TPD amount: €60.
    The visa will be validated after payment of the TPD.
    You will then be able to download a certificate confirming that you have completed your online procedures.

    Validate your visa online

Once these formalities have been completed (Passport with validated visa), you will be authorised to stay legally in France, during the visa validity period.

If you do not complete these formalities within two months following your arrival in France, you risk committing an illegal residence offence.

*this procedure does not apply to students who are Algerian nationals.

You are a student who does not hold a VLSTS but holds a Long Stay D Visa for one year

You must apply for a residence permit within two months following your arrival in France

Within two months following their arrival in France, Algerian students must apply for a "first application for foreign residence permit" (première demande de titre de séjour d’étranger):

  • The international student reception service, Mission d'Accueil des Publics Internationaux (MAPI), will give you an application form with the list of supporting documents needed to apply.
  • After you have duly completed your application and it has been examined, the MAPI submits it to the services of the Prefecture of Loire in Saint-Étienne:
    Préfecture de la Loire
    Direction de la Citoyenneté et des Libertés Publiques – Section des Titres de Séjour
    Bureau de l’Immigration
    2 rue Charles de Gaulle
    42022 Saint-Étienne Cedex 1
  • If your application is complete and accepted by the Services of the Prefecture, you will be summoned to the Prefecture where a receipt will be given to you.
    When attending this appointment, you will need to bring the original documents you used when making your application.
  • Your residence permit will be issued to you according to the Prefecture's time scale.