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 Jean Monnet 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:

  • The official form you received from the consulate that issued the visa;
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area);
  • a fee of €58 will be charged.

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.

Visa renewal

CIMET students might need to required a renewal of their visa, in case their visa expire before their stay in France or if they plan to come back during fall semester 4 in France to undertake their Master Thesis.

Contact your administrative coordinator at least 3 months before expiration of your visa for visa renewal.

Application for a visa renewal must be submitted to and with the guidance of the UJM International Office – Incoming mobility (see address and opening hours bellow) for administrative check before submission to French Immigration Office. Renewal application must be submitted to the Prefecture, two months before the expiry date of the residence permit in force.

Supporting documents to be enclosed with the application are:

  • 3 ID photographs, bareheaded, bright field (3.5 cm by 4.5 cm)
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of  medical examination given by the OFII
  • Copy of a proof of residence
  • EDF (electricity) bill less than 3 months
  • Copy of registration or pre-registration at the university
  • Copy of valid passport pages
  • Copy of the OFII sticker
  • Resources evidence : bank declaration (warning statement prohibits account of € 615,00 / month over 10 months or € 6,150 for all students
  • Transcript or certificate of scholarship success
  • An envelope addressed to the applicant’s name and address (format 22.9 x 32.4 cm, stamped at € 1.90 fare)

New residence permit will be delivered on the date of expiry of your residence permit in force. A certificate of the deposit will be given to students by the prefecture and will allow students to return to their home country, however, they will have to apply for a return visa from the French Consulate; It is therefore imperative that students come back to France before the expiration date of respective residence permits.

International Office – Incoming mobility

21 rue Denis Papin – 2nd  floor
42100 Saint-Etienne
Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8: 30 am to 12:30 am and 01:30 pm to 05:00 pm
Open on Fridays mornings from 08:30 am to 12:00 am