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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 come to our office with your passport.

 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 250€. 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 come to our office to proceed to this formality together.

 

Please come to our office during opening hours with the following documents (ORIGINALS + 2 COPIES):

 

  • The “Convention d’Accueil” (Welcome Agreement) completely filled out by the lab and signed on the back by the researcher
  • the work contract, signed or not already signed, or a recent letter from the lab dated less than 3 months specifying the dates of the working period
  • your passport: first page with identity and validity dates, visa and entry stamp in France
  • your birth certificate and French or English certified translation of it
  • the wedding certificate if that is the case, and French or English certified translation of it
  • a recent proof of residence dated less than 3 months:

- rental agreement signed less than 3 months ago or energy bill dated less than 3 months, or if not
- rental agreement signed more than 3 months ago or energy bill dated more than 3 months + last bank account statement or any other recent document dated less than 3 months (phone/internet bill, 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 3 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 birth certificate (and French or English certified translation of it), 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 with the Prefecture so that they register your fingerprints. You'll probably get delivered a temporary document "called "récépissé" valid for three months at least, and you'll be invited to get your new residence permit at Prefecture one or two months 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 "Titre de séjour à solliciter dans les deux mois suivant l'arrivée" (Request for residence permit within two months after your arrival).

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

 

Please come to our office during opening hours with the following documents (ORIGINALS AND 2 COPIES):

 

  • the “Convention d’Accueil” (Welcome Agreement) completely filled in by the lab and signed on the back by the researcher
  • the work contract dated less than 3 months, or the draft contract, or a recent letter from the lab (dated less than 3 months) specifying the dates of the working period
  • the residence permit, and “récépissé” if you have it
  • the valid passport: first page with identity and validity dates. Make sure it is still valid!
  • the birth certificate and French or English certified translation of it ONLY if you have a "long-stay-visa-valid-as-a-residence-permit" (VLSTS)
  • 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 3 months:

- rental agreement signed less than 3 months ago or energy bill dated less than 3 months, or if not
- rental agreement signed more than 3 months ago or energy bill dated more than 3 months + last bank account statement or any other recent document dated less than 3 months (phone/internet bill, 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 
- 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 with the Prefecture so that they register your fingerprints. You'll be invited to get your new residence permit at Prefecture one or two months 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.

 

 

For information, your address can be changed neither on the OFII sticker in the passport nor on the "Confirmation de la validation de l'enregistrement de votre visa long séjour valant titre de séjour".

 

To update your address on your residence permit, you have to get an appointment online on the Prefecture's website  or come to our office during opening hours. In both cases, prepare the following documents (ORIGINALS AND 2 COPIES):

 

  • 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 3 months :

- rental agreement signed less than 3 months ago or energy bill dated less than 3 months, or if not
- rental agreement signed more than 3 months ago or energy bill dated more than 3 months + any other recent document dated less than 3 months (phone/internet bill...)

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 
- 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)

 

 

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 three months after moving, or immediatly if you have other application to do (driving license's exchange, citizenship application, new professional situation,...). Please check the list of required documents here.

 

 

 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" : 250€

For a 1st TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" residence permit: 269€, or free for Algerian researchers

Renewal of TALENT "CHERCHEUR" or "FAMILLE" residence permit: 269€

Change of address: 19€

 

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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