Residence card - Job search/company creation

Verified 01 January 2024 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you are a foreigner no European, whether you are a graduate of a French institution (master's or equivalent) and wish to work in France after your higher education, you can apply for a residence card job search or company creation. You have to have a certain level of education. You can also apply for this card if you have stayed in France with a multi-year residence card researcher.

Graduate

The temporary residence card job search or company creation allows you to stay in France to complete your training. It allows you to have a 1re professional experience or to create a company in a field corresponding to your training.

This residence card allows you to search for and hold a job in connection with your training or research. Your compensation must be greater than €2,650.38.

You are concerned if you fill in the 2 the following conditions:

  • You are (or have been) in France with a student residence card
  • You have obtained a professional license, a Specialized Master'S Degree, one Master of Science (labeled by the conference of the colleges) or a other degree at least equivalent to the master's degree

If you come from a country which has concluded an agreement on migration flows with France, you can apply for a provisional residence permit (APS) for a 1re professional experience.

Warning  

other rules apply if you are European or Algerian.

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You just graduated from France

You must submit your application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) before your residence card expires.

Who shall I contact

Warning  

It is not possible to carry out the procedures in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

You went abroad again after graduation in France

If you live abroad, you must apply for a long-stay visa.

The visa issued is a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit (VLS-TS), marked ‘Job search/company creation’.

VLS-TS Validation

Within 3 months of your arrival in France, you must validate your VLS-TS and pay a tax in addition to the visa fee.

The Internet approach makes it possible to be in regular stay and to be able to cross the border again from the Schengen area.

Validate a long-stay visa as a residence permit (VLS-TS) and pay the tax

Documents to be provided

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You just graduated from France

  • Passport (pages concerning civil status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas)
    or consular attestation with photo
    or photo ID
    or consular card with photo
    or certificate of nationality under 6 months with photo
  • Residence card student (or student - mobility program) valid, or a long-stay visa valid as an online validated residence permit
  • Diploma at least equivalent to the master's degree or diploma of professional license, obtained in the year (or certificate of final completion of the diploma if you present it later)
  • Health insurance voucher
  • Proof of a company creation project in a field corresponding to your training (if that is your objective)

If your file is complete, you will receive a receipt awaiting the response of the prefecture.

You went abroad again after graduation in France

  • Passport (pages concerning civil status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas)
    or consular attestation with photo
    or photo ID
    or consular card with photo
    or certificate of nationality under 6 months with photo
  • Long-stay visa as valid residence permit validated online
  • Diploma at least equivalent to the master's degree obtained in the 4 years preceding the application, or professional license diploma obtained in the year (or certificate of final completion of the diploma if you present it later)
  • Proof that you had the residence card student (or student - mobility program) upon graduation
  • Proof of sickness insurance covering the duration of the stay
  • Proof of sufficient resources to meet your needs
  • Proof of a company creation project in a field corresponding to your training (if that is your objective)

If your file is complete, you will receive a receipt awaiting the response of the prefecture.

Cost

You must pay a tax and a stamp duty €75 by tax stamps.

Card Delivery

The authorization is given to you by the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) where you submitted your application.

If your prefecture (or sub-prefecture) has not replied within 4 months, your request is refused.

The residence card is valid 1 year. It shall not be renewable.

When your card expires, if you have found a job, a job promise or a company, you can apply for a business residence card.

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You're creating your company

Researcher

The temporary residence card job search or company creation allows you to stay in France.

It allows you to complete your training with a 1re professional experience of or creating a company in a field corresponding to your research.

This residence card allows you to search for and hold a job in connection with your training or research. Your compensation must be greater than €2,650.38.

You are concerned if you are staying in France with a multi-year residence card researcher and have completed your research.

If you come from a country which has concluded an agreement on migration flows with France, you can apply for a provisional residence permit (APS) for a 1re professional experience.

Warning  

other rules apply if you are European or Algerian.

You must submit your application for a residence card in the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) before the expiry of your residence card researcher.

Who shall I contact

Warning  

It is not possible to carry out the procedures in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

Documents to be provided

  • Passport (pages concerning civil status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas)
    or consular attestation with photo
    or photo ID
    or consular card with photo
    or certificate of nationality under 6 months with photo
  • Residence card researcher (or mobility researcher) valid, or a long-stay visa valid as an online validated residence permit
  • Health insurance voucher
  • Confirmation by the research organization of the completion of the research work (you may present it at the time of submission of the card)
  • Proof of a company creation project in a field corresponding to your research (if that is your objective)

If your file is complete, you will receive a receipt awaiting the response of the prefecture.

Cost

You must pay a tax and a stamp duty €75 by tax stamps.

Card Delivery

The authorization is given to you by the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) where you submitted your application.

If your prefecture (or sub-prefecture) has not replied within 4 months, your request is refused.

The residence card is valid 1 year. It shall not be renewable.

When your card expires, if you have found a job or if you have set up a company, you can apply for a residence card in a professional capacity.

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You found a job

Tableau - Residence permit to be applied for according to salary (and other conditions)

Salary Amount

Residence permit

From €2,650.38 monthly gross and employment related to your training

From €42,406 annual gross

From €53,836.50 annual gross

Talent passport multi-annual residence card - EU Blue Card

You're creating your company

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