Residence permit application (upon arrival)

European students don’t need a residence permit to study in France.

Non-European students are required to apply for a residence permit to OFFI upon arrival. When the VLS-TS visa is issued, the consulate will give you an official form (with instructions). University Claude Bernard have entered into agreement with OFFI, (the “Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration“). You are not therefore requested to contact directly OFII, the International Office will process the application on your behalf. Following documents will be required:

You may be in addition requested to have a medical check-up before issuance of the residence permit.

The residence permit is a sticker on the French visa and is valid 1 year and allow you to stay up to 90 days in any country of the Schengen area. Both visa and residence permit must therefor be renewed in case you’re coming back to France for the summer break or Master Thesis (Semester 4).

Algerian students need to apply to a residence permit within 2 month upon arrival and will be also subject to this tax. However, because they do not obtain an extended-stay visa with residency permit, they may not use the virtual stamp purchased online. Instead, they must purchase the paper version.