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Visas - Residence permits

Our organisation helps you validate your long stay visa or obtain your residence permit, for the first time or for renewing it. Your spouse/husband can also benefit from our services.

PLEASE NOTE: here is a checklist of important documents for French administrations. Please bring the originals with you, translations in French and certified copies. Some documents requires "apostille" or "legalisation": contact us for more informations.

 

You have to validate your visa on Ministry of the Interior's official website.

 

To proceed to this formality together and to benefit from all the other services our organization provides, feel free to contact us.

 Failure to complete this formality would expose you to legal proceedings for irregular immigration, and would not allow you to reenter France in case of travel abroad.

 

 On the Ministry of the Interior's official website, you have a langage menu available at the top right (French English, Chinese). Before starting or during the process, you'll find the answers to most of your questions by clicking on "Help" (at the top right too).

 

 You'll be asked information regarding your visa (number, dates of validity) and your identity.

 

To validate your visa until its expiring date, the tax to be paid is 200€. You'll have to buy electronic stamps :

  • online, with a credit card OR
  • in a tobacco shop, by cash or by credit card, e.g. in Nantes : La pipe d'Ecume, located Strasbourg street, n°33 (Tramway line 2, "50 Otages" station).

 You can register your data, and complete the process later, once you've bought your fiscal stamps.

 

Once the payment has been done, a document called "Confirmation de la validation de l'enregistrement de votre visa long séjour valant titre de séjour" wil be issued. It's important to save this document, to print it and keep it into your passport with your visa. It makes your visa valid as a residence permit. It will be required for any travel when reentering France, and for renewing your visa, 2 months prior its expiration date (see chapter "renewing your residence permit").

 

 

Information for foreign driving license: to drive in France, you may have some formality to do. See our page "More services", chapter "Driving license".

 

 

 You have a long stay (D) visa TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" valid for a few months and up to one year. As soon as you arrive in Nantes, you have to validate your visa on the Ministry of the Interior's offical website, or contact us to proceed to this formality together.

Caution: you are NOT concerned by this section if your visa mentions C. SEJ A SOLLIC. In that case, click on the next section.

 

Please prepare the following documents (ORIGINALS + 1 COPY) and send us your documents by email :

 

  • The “Convention d’Accueil” (Welcome Agreement) completely filled out by the lab and signed on the back by the researcher
  • your passport: first page with identity and validity dates, visa and entry stamp in France
  • the wedding certificate if that is the case, and French or English certified translation of it
  • a recent proof of residence dated less than 6 months:

- rental agreement signed less than 6 months ago or energy bill, phone bill, internet bill dated less than 6 months
- or if not last bank account statement or any other recent document dated less than 6 months (letter from CAF, CPAM, insurance...)

If you are being provided accommodation at a third party, you have to provide:

- a written certification of accommodation dated less than 6 months and signed by the person
- his/her valid national identity card or residence permit
- his/her proof of address (see above)

  • 2 similar identity photos with clear background, complying with official standards (ISO/IEC 19794-s : 2005)

 

  • For your husband/spouse holder of a visa TALENT "FAMILY", add his/her passport (first page with identity and validity dates, visa and entry stamp in France) and 2 similar identity photos (with clear background, complying with official standards ISO/IEC 19794-s : 2005)

If your husband/spouse came to France later: all the documents indicated above + your residence permit, or if not your "récépissé" and passport (first page with identity and validity dates, visa and entry stamp in France).

 

We'll set up an appointment at our offices and then with the Prefecture so that they register your fingerprints. You'll probably get delivered a temporary document called "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" or "récépissé" valid for 3 months at least, and you'll be invited to get your new residence permit at Prefecture around one month later.

 

 

Information for foreign driving license: to drive in France, you may have some formality to do. See our page "More services", chapter "Driving license".

 

 

 You have a long stay (D) visa TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" available 3 months with the mention "C. SEJ A SOLLIC." ("Carte de séjour à solliciter" = Resident permit to be requested).

Please contact us as soon as possible after arriving so that you can start the process to apply for a residence permit at the Prefecture.

 

Please prepare the following documents (ORIGINALS AND  1 COPY) and send us your documents by email:

 

  • the “Convention d’Accueil” (Welcome Agreement) completely filled in by the lab and signed on the back by the researcher
  • the valid passport: first page with identity and validity dates. Make sure it is still valid!
  • the residence permit OR the "long-stay-visa-valid-as-a-residence-permit" (VLSTS) + entry stamp in France + the document called "Confirmation de la validation de l'enregistrement de votre visa long séjour valant titre de séjour" (see our chapter "How to validate your Visa Talent : Chercheur or Famille")
  • the "récépissé" or the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" if you have it
  • the wedding certificate if that is the case and French or English certified translation, if you didn't provide it yet
  • a recent proof of address dated less than 6 months:

- rental agreement signed less than 6 months ago or energy bill, phone bill, internet bill dated less than 6 months
- or if not last bank account statement or any other recent document dated less than 6 months (letter from CAF, CPAM, insurance...)

If you are being provided accommodation at a third party, you have to provide:

- a written certification of accommodation dated and signed by the person dated less than 6 months
- his/her valid national identity card or residence permit
- his/her proof of address (see above)

  • 2 similar identity photos with clear background, complying with official standards (ISO/IEC 19794-s : 2005)
  • For PhD students or ATER (Temporary Teaching and Research Fellow) with "Student" residence permit, MASTER diploma or temporary certificate  or marks spreadsheet
  • For the holders of a TALENT "FAMILLE" residence permit, please add your husband/spouse residence permit bearing TALENT "CHERCHEUR" status.

 

We'll set up an appointment at our office and then with the Prefecture so that they register your fingerprints. You'll be invited to get your new residence permit at Prefecture around one month later. If necessary, they will give you a temporary document (called "récépissé") to extend your current residence permit.

 

Information for foreign driving license: to drive in France, you may have some formality to do. See our page "More services", chapter "Driving license".

 

 

You have a residence permit OR a "long-stay-visa-valid-as-a-residence-permit" (VLSTS) that will soon expire : you wish to renew it with the status TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE".

Please check the list of documents needed. You can contact us by phone if you wish to make sure of your situation before coming to see us.

PLEASE NOTE: You must start preparing your renewal at least 2 months before your residence permit expires.

 

 

You must upload your documents directly on this page of the Ministry of the Interior's website:

  • the residence permit, and “récépissé” if you have one
  • the valid passport: first page with identity and validity dates Make sure it is still valid!
  • a recent proof of address dated less than 6 months :

- rental agreement signed less than 6 months ago or energy bill phone bill or internet bill dated less than 6 months
- or if not last bank account statement or any other recent document dated less than 6 months (letter from CAF, CPAM, insurance...)

If you are being provided accommodation at a third party, you have to provide:

- a written certification of accommodation dated and signed by the person dated less than 6 months
- his/her valid national identity card or residence permit
- his/her proof of address (see above)

 

SITUATION 1: For a change of address within Loire-Atlantique department (44), the Prefecture will send you a certificate confirming your change of address, to be kept with your current residence permit. The certificate is free. No new residence permit will be issued.

OR

SITUATION 2: If you were living in another department in France, the Prefecture will send you a convocation letter to get your new residence permit (25€).

 

 The process usually lasts more than 4 months. If your current projects/ applications require rapid processing of your change of address, then send us the number of your request filed online: our contact at the Prefecture will then process your request asap.

 

For information, your address can't be changed neither on the OFII sticker you may have in your passport nor on the "Confirmation de la validation de l'enregistrement de votre visa long séjour valant titre de séjour". When you will renew your documents, you will get a residence permit with the right address on it.

 

 

You have a residence permit TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" and you've moved house and thus address. It's mandatory to update your residence permit within 3 months after moving, or immediatly if you have other application to do (driving license's exchange, citizenship application, new professional situation,...).

 

 

 Your residence permit must be paid in fiscal stamps, which can be found in some tobacco shop, as La Pipe d'Ecume located rue de Strasbourg n°33 (tramway line 2, 50 otages station), or Le Rossignol, located Allée Brancas n°8 (Commerce station). You can also buy them online on Timbres.gouv.impots.fr

 

To validate your long stay (D) visa TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" : 200€

For a 1st TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" residence permit: 225€, or free for Algerian researchers

Renewal of TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" residence permit: 225€

Change of address: 25€ if a new residence permit is issued (see above the chapter "Change of address on the residence permit"). Otherwise, free certificate.

 

PLEASE NOTE: if you apply for the renewal of your residence permit after its expiration date, you could have to pay an extra fee of 180€.

 

 Your residence permit must be paid in fiscal stamps.

 

 

 

 

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