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Residence card - Job search/company creation

Verified 01 August 2022 - 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 graduate studies, you can apply for a residence card job search or company creation. You have to justify a certain level of education. You can also ask for this card if you have stayed in France with a multi-year residence card researcher.

Graduated

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 company in a field that corresponds to your training.

This residence card allows you to search for and hold a job in connection with your training or research. Your pay must be greater than €2,518.42.

You are concerned if you complete 2 following conditions:

  • You are staying (or have stayed) in France with a student residence card
  • You have obtained a professional licence, a Specialised Master, Master of Science (labelled by the conference of the major schools) or other degree at least equivalent to master

If you are from country that has concluded an agreement on migration flows with France , you can apply for a temporary 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 in France

General case
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Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

You went abroad after graduation in France

If you reside 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 fee in addition to the visa fees.

The online approach allows you to regular stay and to be able to cross the Schengen Area.

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

Documents to be provided

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You just graduated in France

  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (for example: Consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made online: enter the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Residence card student (or student mobility programme) valid, or long-stay visa valid online
  • Degree at least equivalent to the master's degree or professional degree, obtained in the year (or certificate of final graduation if you present it later)
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Proof of a company creation project in a field that matches your training (if that is your goal)

If your file is complete, you receive a reclaimed pending the prefecture's response.

You went abroad after graduation in France

  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (for example: Consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • Long-stay visa valid online
  • 3 photos. If the request is made online: enter the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Degree at least equivalent to the master's degree obtained in the 4 years preceding the application, or professional degree obtained in the year (or certificate of final success at the diploma if you present it later)
  • Proof that you had the residence card student (or student mobility programme) upon graduation
  • Health insurance certificate covering the length of stay
  • Justification of sufficient resources to meet your needs
  • Proof of a company creation project in a field that matches your training (if that is your goal)

If your file is complete, you receive a reclaimed pending the prefecture's response.

Cost

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

Card Delivery

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

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

The residence card is valid 1 Year. It is not renewable.

Once your card expires, if you have found a job, have a promise of hiring or have created a company, you can apply for a residence card on a professional basis.

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Researcher

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 build 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 pay must be greater than €2,518.42.

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

If you are from country that has concluded an agreement on migration flows with France , you can apply for a temporary 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 prefecture (or sub-prefecture) before the expiry of your residence card researcher.

General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

Documents to be provided

  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (for example: Consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • Residence card researcher (or researcher mobility programme) valid, or long-stay visa valid online
  • 3 photos. If the request is made online: enter the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Confirmation by the research organisation of the completion of the research (you can present it at the time of the card delivery)
  • Proof of a company creation project in a domain that matches your research (if that is your goal)

If your file is complete, you receive a reclaimed pending the prefecture's response.

Cost

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

Card Delivery

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

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

The residence card is valid 1 Year. It is not renewable.

Once your card expires, if you have found a job or have set up a company, you can apply for a residence card on a professional basis.

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You found a job

Residence permit to be requested based on salary (and other conditions)

Salary Amount

Residence permit

From €2,518.42 monthly and employment related to your training

From €40,295 annual gross

From €53,836.50 annual gross

Multi-annual EU Blue Card talent passport

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