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Temporary residence permit for a foreigner in France

Verified 01 janvier 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Coronavirus / Covid-19: extension of validity of residence permits

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the validity period of residence documents that expired between 16 March and 15 June 2020 has been extended by 6 months.. This measure concerns:

  • Long-stay visas
  • All residence permits (except special permits issued to foreign diplomatic and consular personnel)
  • Provisional residence permits
  • Receipts of applications for residence permits

This extension is automatic. It also extends social rights and the right to work.

If you are a foreigner and wish to stay in France for more than 3 months as an inactive person, you can get a residence card visitor.. This card is issued under conditions of resources if you commit not to work in France. It concerns in particular foreigners coming to exercise religious functions in France. It is valid for a maximum of 1 year and renewable.

Temporary residence card visitor allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months without being able to work.

General case

If you are a foreigner and want to come to France for more than 3 months, you must hold a long-stay visa valid as residence permit (VL-TS)) mention visitor..

You are concerned if you are a foreigner (except European or Algerian).

You must:

  • pledge not to work in France,
  • and have sufficient resources to live for the duration of your stay.

The minimum amount required for a single person is €1,219 monthly net, over a year.

It may be your own resources (annuities or pensions, real estate income, etc.) or those of a family member. You can submit bank certificates or sureties or proof of income from creditworthy individuals.

Housing conditions are also taken into account in the assessment of resources (landlord, tenant, free accommodation) and possibly bonds provided by solvent persons (including your family).

Family allowances are not taken into account (they are paid for the maintenance of children).

In particular, you can obtain this title as:

  • as a dependent parent of your children legally resident in France,
  • or partner of Pacs (less than 1 year of common life),
  • or that religious (priest, imam, etc.) if you come to exercise your duties in France.

Algerian

If you are Algerian, you can get a 1-year residence certificatevisitor..

European

If you European, you do not have to hold a residence card but you can request it..

Filing of application

You must submit your card application to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home, within 2 months before the expiry date of your VLS-TS. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to supply

  • Birth certificate (full copy or extract with filiation)
  • Your long-stay visa
  • Your passport (pages on civil status, validity dates and entry stamps)
  • If you are married: residence card (or identity card) of your spouse and marriage document (complete copy or extract with filiation)
  • If you have children: birth certificate (full copy or extract with filiation) of each child
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos
  • Supporting your resources
  • Your written commitment not to work in France.

Before traveling, find out more on your prefecture's website. Other documents may be requested depending on your situation (for example, if you are religious).

Cost

You must pay €225 (tax €200 + stamp duty of €25) by tax stamps..

Proof of payment of stamp duty is required at the time of delivery of the card.

Card Delivery

Your card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

This card is valid for 1 year and is renewable.

Filing of application

You must submit your card renewal application to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home, within 2 months before its expiry date. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

You must provide the same parts as at 1re request and present your residence card when it expires.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularize €180..

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Cost

You must pay €225 by tax stamps..

Proof of payment of stamp duty is required at the time of delivery of the card.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the prefect on your request

If the prefecture has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.