Staying in France after your studies – the Autorisation provisoire de Séjour (APS)

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS PAGE IS NOW OBSELETE.
THE GOVERNMENT PASSED A FEW CHANGES TO THE LAW COVERING THE APS WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT LAST MARCH 2019. THE APS HAS BEEN CHANGED IT INTO A FULL-FLEDGED “TITRE DE SEJOUR” FOR JOB HUNTING. THE UPDATED PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Updated on 6 DECEMBER 2018

The Autorisation provisoire de Séjour (or APS) is a one-year visa (with exceptions) that is granted free of charge to foreign (non-EU / Swiss) students who have recently graduated (or about to graduate) with a masters degree from a recognized French higher education institution. Some countries have specific agreements with France that would allow you to have special conditions regarding the APS (details below).

For more information on transitioning from a student/APS permit to a work permit, read this page.

CONDITIONS: 

  1. Be in possession of a valid student residency permit  (titre de séjour étudiant)
  2. A diploma equivalent to a masters degree
    1. The diplomas equivalent to a masters degree or enumerated on a list that is published by decree, which can be found here.
      Check with your school to make sure that your diploma is recognized.
    2. Countries with special agreements regarding diplomas and APS renewal are listed here (in French)

PROCEDURE:

The APS is done upon request (often without a need for appointment) at your préfecture (or the Préfécture de Police for Paris) up until the last day of validity of your current student permit.

TC the cat!TC says:
If the préfecture requires you to send the request via mail/post, make sure you send it via registered mail (called lettre recommandée avec accusé de réception in French) so that you have proof that you sent in the application before your student titre de séjour expires.

Based on the new law that was passed in 2016, you would have to apply for the APS the year you get your diploma (it seems that the interpretation varies: the year you finish your studies or the year you get the physical diploma).
(e.g. you finish your program in 2017, you would have to apply for the APS in 2017).

You would need the following documents (with photocopies, of course):

  1. Passport
  2. Three (3) passport pictures
  3. Your current student ID
  4. Your diploma
    –> Note that you most likely will not have this yet BEFORE your visa expires. You can submit to the préfécture an attestation de réussite (a certificate of completion) and usually this suffices.
    –> Some have been required to go back with their actual diplomas. So double check.
  5. Some would request for a proof of accommodation (justificatif de domicile)
  6. Additional requirement (not on the official list): a “cover letter” of sorts, in French, that states why you would like to stay in France.
    1. This document is not in the official list but has been requested from many students. It need not be detailed but they ask it from you even though it has been removed from the requirements last year.

The APS is granted for a one-year period (some prefectures give it to you for 6 months, and you can renew it once) free of charge.

The delay before the prefecture makes it decision is supposed to be 4 months. Some grant it right away, some take two weeks, some take longer.

RIGHT TO WORK:

  • The APS gives you a right to search for a job and work for the entire duration of its validity, and is valid for ALL employers.
  • In much the same way as you would as a student – 20 hours a week (part-time) for one year. The alternative is 35 hours a week (full-time) for 6 months).
  • If you find a job that is related to your diploma, you can work full time, but it should be 1.5 times the minimum wage
    • As of this writing, minimum wage is EUR 9.76/hour gross or EUR 1480.27/month.
    • Thus, your salary has to be at least EUR 14.64/hour gross or EUR 2220.40/month.
  • With the APS you can start working right away once you have signed the contract (if you do not have the APS, you cannot do this).
  • Afterwards, you have 15 days to make a request to change your visa to a temporary working visa. The process is the same as changing status from student to work permit. 

TRAVELING WITH THE APS:

(based on https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F12189)

There has been some confusion regarding the right to travel for the APS. Based on information I received, these are the conditions:

  1. You can travel around the Schengen area with the APS.
  2. You can LEAVE the Schengen area with the APS and come back.
    HOWEVER, I highly recommend that you LEAVE and RE-ENTER the Schengen area VIA FRANCE in order to avoid hassles.
  3. Have a translation of your APS in in English (or your native language) handy in case of any issues with immigration in other countries.
  4. Suggestion: keep a copy of this circulaire with you when you are travelling to facilitate re-entry into France, as well as a copy of the Schengen Borders Code and highlighting article 2 paragraph 16 and article 39 paragraph 1
    1. These two paragraphs from the Schengen Borders Code basically mention that the APS is a valid residence permit (art. 2 paragraph 16: since it’s issued by France) and that the circulaire also states that it was mentioned to the EU by the French government, according to art. 39 paragraph 1.

TC the cat!TC says:
Once again, bring as many documents as you can when applying so as to avoid being refused the APS. The more, the merrier!

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446 thoughts on “Staying in France after your studies – the Autorisation provisoire de Séjour (APS)

  1. Amandeep Singh says:

    How long must i have studied in france to be eligible for the APS. In that, if my masters course is with a french university however it is a cooperation course with other EU nations with at least a semester in france and possibly another two depending on whether you get your internship in france and your dissertation supervised in france. Of course the case might be that you get internship in the partnering nation along with your dissertation supervised via a partnering university based in another EU nation.
    Would i still be eligible for APS if i am at the least getting one master certification from a french university.

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    • André says:

      You would need to get a recognized diploma (a master’s degree on the list of recognized degrees) and have a valid student permit when applying for the job hunting permit (which replaced the APS).

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    • Leonard Connors says:

      What happens if your APS expires and you stay in France? Also what happens if your APS is expired and you continue to work in France?

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      • André says:

        If you don’t change your status and your APS expires, then it means you are staying illegally in the country and/or you are working illegally in the coutnry.

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      • S.Nas says:

        Hello!
        I have an APS visa which expires in January. I have already worked full time for 6 monts with it. My company has offered me a CDI but they are not willing to pay any additional taxes or sign any documents on my behalf because of past experiences they had aiding other people. Is there anyway to change my status and pay myself since I have the contract?

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      • André says:

        Hi. I have heard before that you can discuss that with your employer if you wish to pay the fees yourself (and they would pay for it on your behalf). But it’s all hearsay and I am not in any way recommending or condoning a specific way forward on this.

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      • Leonard Connors says:

        What are the penalties for staying and working after my APS expires? I have tried finding the answers online but have gotten answers like: Don’t worry the French government will just send you a letter giving you 30 days to leave the country! There might be jail time until a court date, 1200 euro fine and not being allowed to travel in the Schendgen countries. Please advise!

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      • André says:

        Hi Leonard,

        There are overstaying fees if ever you manage to find a justification to change your status. Also, you can get an OQTF (“obligation de quitter le territoire français” or basically a self-deportation order), which is the letter about 30 days to leave the country.

        You could also get an ITF (interdiction du territoire français) – which means you won’t be able to come to France for a specified length of time. But this is in more serious cases.

        Also, this will of course have an impact on future French / Schengen visa applications as you will be flagged as an overstayer.

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      • Leonard Connors says:

        Andre,
        Thank you very much for your help! Your website helps clarify issues that are not explained well on government websites! Keep up the good work!

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  2. Ramana Tenneti says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the information. Appreciate that.

    I need a clarification please. I am currently on a student visa (Expiring in August 2019) and my course gets over in May 2019. However, I will be getting my official transcripts in September (College can provide me with a letter confirming my grades by June though). I got a call from a company any they asked me when would I be getting my APS so that they can help me apply for work permit. Till then they would recruit me through a CDD contract.

    My questions are:
    1. Can I apply directly for APS now (before my student visa expires) or Is is necessary to apply for carte de séjour first and then APS?
    2. can I sign a CDD contract with my student visa ( since it would take time for me to get APS)?

    It would really help if you could clarify on this please.

    Regards
    Ramana

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  3. Abhishek Ranjan says:

    I have done my masters in France now I am on my APS visa status and now I want go for further higher degree like P.H.D program here in France.
    Am I eligible to apply PhD program here in France ?

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  4. Aman says:

    Hello.
    I will start master in Finance in September 2019. My course is not RNCP Certified but the school where I’m going to study is triple accredited. So my question is will I be eligible to apply for APS upon completion of my course without the course being RNCP certified. The course is of one year, 90 Credits.
    Thanks a lot for your help.

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      • Aman says:

        Thank you very much for your reply and for this clarification. Is there any other option for the students to stay and search for a job after completing the master course if its not RNCP certified (something similar to the APS) ?

        Thank you

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      • André says:

        Not for job searching, no. If you find a job before graduation, you can change status directly to employee…but you would have to go through the normal procedure and not have any of the advantages of the APS / job hunting titre de séjour.

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  5. EUlaw says:

    Bonjour André!
    First, thank you so much for building this site. It is much more helpful than some of the official government sites. I hope you will continue to enhance it further.
    Second, I’d like to ask you about the APS particularly on the equivalent diplomas to a master’s degree. Do you know if an LLM program that is taught in English from a French university is accepted under this requirement?
    Lastly, if one graduated and acquired the LLM in May 2019 and then temporarily leaves France for a few months only to come back right before the student visa expires around September 2019, can he still apply for APS?
    Again, thank you for this very informative post.

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    • André says:

      Hi,

      It depends on the school and the program. I do not know a lot about LLMs, but the general rule is that the program has to be on the official list of recognized programs to be eligible for the new job hunting permit (the APS is now defunct).

      For your second query, yes. As long as it’s still valid when you apply.
      (and the new law has changed this and it technically allows you to apply for a job hunting visa up to 4 years after you get your degree. But I have no feedback on this since it is brand new).

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  6. Shiva says:

    Hi!

    Thanks for the information!

    Currently, I hold my APS visa but still yet to sign a contract, is the time period (15 days) mandatory to change the visa status to temporary visa? Also, is it mandatory to have a translation of APS before travelling within the EU?

    Kindly please advise me on the same as early as possible.

    Thank You!

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    • André says:

      Hi Shiva,

      Yes, legally you have to do the change of status once you sign a contract that is within the parameters set forth for the change of contract with an APS (1.5x the minimum wage, etc.).

      No, no need to have a translation fo the APS when travelling within the Schengen area. It is a recognized permit.

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  7. Felipe S says:

    Hello Andre

    I have a question. I just finished my master degree (waiting for the diploma) but I got the 16/08/2018 an extension of my carte de sejour pluriannuelle for 2 years (ending in 15/10/2020) I do not know why that much …. As I am technically done with my studies, DO I HAVE TO CHANGE TO APS?

    Another question, I am working with an interim contract by using the time of my student visa until the end of july (finishing the legal hours as student). If I change my student visa to APS in july, DOES THE COUNT START OVER AGAIN (talking about legal hours)? or WOULD I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE STATUS OF MY VISA CHANGES TO SALARIE TO WORK AGAIN? (i already found the company to work in CDD starting end of july)

    Thank you

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  8. Dave says:

    Hi Andre,

    Thank you for the details of the APS situation.
    I have a situation, i recently applied for my aps as i got the APS from my prefecture in nanterre for 6 months.
    I dont understand why they didnt give me a 1 year APS.
    But coming to the point can you tell me little more about this job hunting permit?
    Also if i get a CDD for 6 months can i work on a APS or i need to apply for a temporary work permit?

    Thanks a lot.
    Dave

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  9. MAQ says:

    Dear Andre,

    I know you have no feedback on the fresh changes in APS, infact I did my M2 from University Toulouse I, Capitole in 2015 and applied for APS in 2016 within validity of my carte sejour, however, I was denied to grant APS that time due to change of law – late application. Now, I found myself eligible to apply for APS on the basis of reply from Service-Public.fr, following is my correspondence with them for your reference.

    Bonjour,

    En réponse , vous pouvez vous rapprocher des services consulaires français pour vous diriger vers une demande de nouveau visa dans un cadre professionnel.
    Il vous est tout à fait possible de revenir , soit en tant que salarié, soit en tant que créateur d’entreprise.

    https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F16162
    https://www.service-public.fr/professionnels-entreprises/vosdroits/F22782
    http://www.ofii.fr/recruter-un-travailleur-etranger
    Cordialement,

    C. Morbois
    Service-public.fr

    Bonjour, J’ai fait le M2 de l’université de toulouse I, capitale en août 2015 et j’ai postulé pour un APS en 2016 (moins d’un an après le M2) pendant la validité de mon étudiant carte de sejore mais la préfecture a rejeté ma demande et ne m’a pas accordé l’APS. Je suis maintenant dans mon pays, le Pakistan, et j’ai appris sur votre site Web que votre loi en
    matière de carte de séjour – Recherche d’emploi / création d’entreprise a changé. Par conséquent, ma question est la suivante: “puis-je faire une demande d’APS en vertu de la nouvelle politique / loi? Vous recherchez votre réponse rapide et aimable, Cordialement,

    Now, my question is to you that if I’m eligible to apply then which kind of visa it would be in the category of long stay? and what documents I need to supply to French Embassy?
    Looking for your kind response,
    MAQ

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  10. MAQ says:

    The exact reason of refusal was not applied in the year of passing my M2 i.e. in August/Sep. 2015 but I applied in August 2016 before the expiry of my titer de sejor in Sep. 2016. Well the given link states that under new law a graduate/M2 from France can apply for titre-de-sejour-recherche-demploi-creation-dentreprise and you have also mentioned it on your above cited page so If I’m not wrong a person graduated from France in last fours can apply for this kind of ctied visa??

    https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F17319

    This is what I understand from the given link, please guide.

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    • André says:

      Right. Unfortunately, I think you ended up in a transition period between when the old law was still in effect and the new law was about to take effect. It would have been better if you had applied for the APS when you graduated and not upon the expiry of your titre de séjour (since it seems that the prefecture was using the law passed on March 2016 as the basis, which required that you apply for the APS the year you got your diploma).

      Yes, I am aware of what is in the link you gave me. Based on what I heard from lawyers (and this is based on their interpretation of the new law, and not in practice since the new titre de séjour recherche d’emploi is REALLY new), this applies only if you receive your diploma AFTER the creation of this new visa (hence, you should have graduated AFTER 1 March 2019).

      It seems that French consulates / embassies overseas aren’t issuing this visa yet and so nobody has any experience with it yet.

      Until then, I have to say that unfortunately, you are not eligible neither for the recherche d’emploi permit nor the new recherche d’emploi visa.

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  11. Aditya Panikker says:

    Hi Andre!

    I currently have a student visa that expires in September. My Master’s course is for two years, where I study for a year and I complete my thesis during the second (2017-2019). Fortunately, I’ve found myself a job and am currently on a full-time CDD contract for 6 months (Feb 4th-August 4th, 2019) and the company intends to convert this to a CDI contract. I have a student visa that is valid until September 30th and will get my provisional degree by June end. Ideally, I would like to get my APS by August, so that the company can convert my contract to CDI, without me having to take any breaks.
    Is this possible? I have heard that it is easier and often cheaper for the company to give me a CDI contract if I have an APS, instead of them applying for a work visa directly.

    Thank you in advance and your blog has been really insightful! 🙂

    Regards,
    Aditya

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  12. Riddhi bichu says:

    Hi André,

    I am currently a holder of the APS, I received my APS in November 2016 and have one that is valid for a year.
    I have completed my masters 2 from ESCE, and have been looking for a job since. Since I have done my master’s immediately after my Bachelors, I do not have much work experience and so finding a job has been tough. I was considering doing another internship and so I wanted to confirm if I could purchase a convention de stage online or elroll into another university.. could this be done under the APS? ( could I bypass the legality and undertake another internship despite having the APS?)

    Thanks a ton!

    Riddhi

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    • André says:

      Hi Riddhi,

      I saw that you corrected the year to November 2018 (and not November 2016).

      The Prefectures consider that since you applied for the APS last November, you have finished your studies. You would need a student titre de séjour to enroll in a university / school, not an APS. Thus, as you very well know, what you are planning to do is illegal, and would not recommend it.

      The only way to do what you want to do legally is to return to your home country, apply and be accepted into another university, and come back as a student.

      Finding a job is really tough, but not impossible (been through it myself). Good luck.

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      • John says:

        Hi André,

        I finished my M2 program from a French university this past April. My student visa will expire in August. I have an internship lined up at a French company in Paris starting in September. I am currently applying for a long stat internship visa for my time with the company.

        My question is Would I be able to apply for a job hunting titre de séjour visa when I return to Paris in September even though I am there on a new/different visa?

        Thank you!

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      • André says:

        Hi John.

        I need to specify: a visa is not the same as a titre de sejour.

        The visa allows you to enter the country and stay on a short-term basis (as a tourist or whatnot) while the titre de sejour (or resident permit) allows you to stay as a resident on a longer-term (usually considered as one year or more).

        Based on the new law, you cannot get the internship visa then convert it to the job hunting titre de sejour (because you would need to have a valid student resident permit to do that).

        Since you would have a French diploma, you would have to go back to your home country afer the internship and apply for hte job hunting VISA from the French consulate there.

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  13. Warraich says:

    Hello,

    How long i can stay out of france on APS? Like, i know
    i am not allowed to live more than three consecutive months out of france.
    My question is that is there any total limit of time define for staying out of france? I have APS I have already been to my home country, for time being i have plan to visit for more two months so will it be fine?

    Thanks

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    • André says:

      If you live more than 6 months outside of France, you could lose the APS as you technically lose residency in the country (this is technically for tax purposes).

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  14. Sultan Shakeb Khan says:

    Hello, I have completed my masters in France but I could not pass it. But still, I have a masters degree from my country and I would like to stay and work in France. Is it possible?

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    • André says:

      Hi. You can try and get a change of status to a work permit, but your employer will have to go through the normal process (and you do not get the advantages of the job hunting residence permit (titre de séjour recherche d’emploi).

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  15. Imran says:

    Hello ANDRÉ,

    I have graduated from France in November 2018 and I have got a job in the UK.
    Now I got a better offer from a reputed company in France. But they are not likely to sponsor for visa. If I have aps, they can hire me.
    So, my question is can I apply for APS from UK (as the new rules states that one can get aps within 4 years from their graduation date)?

    Thanks in advance,
    Imran

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    • André says:

      Hi Imran,

      Just as a clarification, the APS for graduates no longer exists and it has been replaced by a “titre de séjour recherche d’emploi”.

      However, laws in France are not retroactive…meaning that “normally” if you received your diploma before the law came into effect (in this case March 2019), then it will only apply to those who received their diplomas AFTER the law came into effect.

      However, since this titre de séjour is new, I have not had a lot of feedback on that (and whether students who received their diploma prior to March 2019 have successfully applied to get this new visa / titre de séjour from overseas).

      Thus, all I can say is I do not know, and you should go ask the French Embassy in the UK.

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  16. udaivir Singh says:

    Hello I was issued a student visa last year, I am an athelete in fencing sport, so I took the visa for training. Now my visa is going to get expired in September. And to renew the student visa I need an inscription in a college or university which I don’t have. Can you please guide me how can I get my visa extended here in France and the documents required.

    Merci

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    • André says:

      Hi. As you said, if you wish to renew your student visa, you would need to enroll in a university. I do not know what you plan to study (aside from fencing) so only you can look into that.

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  17. Gowri says:

    Dear Andre,

    I am an exchange student who studied first semester in France (Sep to Dec 2017) and second semester (from Jan 2018)in Italy. I got an internship in Italy itself so I renewed only the Italian Residence Permit. I still live in Italy but I am about to graduate in October 2019 from the French business school. Since it is illegal to have two Residence Permit, I didn’t renew the French Visa. But now I need to apply for the APS once I graduate and hence I would like to know if there won’t be any issue.
    Thanks for your understanding.

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    • André says:

      Hi. Just a quick note that the APS no longer exists and has been replaced by a new type of titre de séjour (see my home page for more details).

      In order to apply for the new titre de sejour after graduation, you would need to have a student titre de sejour.

      Based on the new law, your alternative is to apply for a “job hunting visa” from the French Embassy in Italy.

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  18. Aleja says:

    Hello Andre!
    Thank you for the information. It is really helpful.
    In my case, I will get my diploma in 1 or 2 months, and I got a CDD offer on my field (less than 1.5 times the minimum wage) for 5 months. My titre de séjour as a student will expire in July 2020. Can I accept this CDD without changing my status? Do I have to report to the French prefecture o do something else if I accept the CDD? How much time do I have to apply for the APS Visa after I have my diploma?

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    • André says:

      Hi Aleja,

      If the job is less than 1.5x the minimum wage, you will have to go through the “classic” status change switch and you will not get the benefits of the job hunting titre de sejour (which replaced the APS).

      You could, technically, keep your status as a student (but in theory, it’s only supposed to be part time, but in practice many students work 6 months on the student titre de sejour) but I know the prefectures do not like it (if they find out).

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  19. Taylor Cavale says:

    Dear, Andre.

    First, thank you so much for the wealth of knowledge you’ve made available on this site, it’s helped me a lot over the years!

    I’m currently living in France on an APS visa which will expire soon as I was unable to find work. I’m now preparing to leave the country (I’m considering enrolling at school and returning on a student visa). My question is this: is it possible to stay in France for 90 days as a tourist after the APS expires? I’ve read this elsewhere but of course I don’t want to take any risks.

    Thank you 🙂

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    • André says:

      Hi Taylor,

      This is one of those things that is a bit complicated. I have heard of stories (and some of my friends have done this) where this has been done (and since you are implying that you can enter France – and the Schengen area – visa free for 90 days) so technically it is doable.

      But in theory, you would have to be able to prove that you did not surpass the 90/180 day Schengen rule (that you did not surpass a stay of 90 days in the Schengen area over a 180-day period) through a stamp in your passport. However, since you would be going from an APS to a visa-free tourist stay, there would be no proof of that.

      Thus, there is a possibility that you might get questioned upon exiting the country (and it could have implications on future visits or stays in the Schengen area), but it seems that the French border police tend to be more lenient towards visa-free nationals such as Americans, Canadidans, etc. Visa nationals (Africans, most Asians, etc.) do not have this luxury.

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  20. Ziyin TANG says:

    Hello,

    I heard that nowadays, in four years after graduation we can still apply for APS, is it true? But in your article you said that we have to apply for APS within the year when we graduate, so I’m very confused… For example, if I graduate in 2019, and then I come back to my own country (China), but one or two years later I want to come back to France to search for job, is it still possible to apply to APS at that time?
    Thank you in advance for your reply!

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  21. M says:

    Dear Andre,

    Thank you for this very informative site!

    I currently hold an APS that is expiring August 20, 2019 (TOO SOON). I have really struggled to find a job in my field mostly due to my French abilities (or lack there of) and have been teaching English part-time on a CDII (Indeterminee) contract. I do not meet the minimum salary requirements to get a working visa. Once my APS expires, can I apply for an extension? If not, are there other options? What can I do? I really don’t know what to do at this point! I really want to stay in France (and ideally work with the hopes of getting a full time job). Please help.

    Kind regards,
    Maddi

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    • André says:

      Hi Maddi,

      Aside from a few countries which have bilateral agreements to extend the APS for its citizens (e.g. Indians), the APS cannot be extended (and I do not think that the new job hunting titre de sejour is either).

      You would have to meet the minimum salary and other requirements to change status from APS to a work permit.

      The only other alternative is to go through the family route, but that would imply having a long-term partner / PACS partner / spouse who is French or an EU citizen.

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      • M says:

        Thanks very much Andre!

        If I were to get a qualifying job after my APS expires, what would happen? Could I do this?

        Also, since the APS that I am on is no longer in place, could I transfer onto the new titre de sejour job hunting program?

        Kind regards,
        Maddi

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      • André says:

        Hi. If your APS is already expired, then technically your employer would have to go through the entire process of “introducing a foreign worker” and you most likely will have to go back to your home country.

        And no, I highly doubt that you will be able to transfer to the new job hunting titre de séjour. This is because the APS is not renewable and you are already on the APS. You can only convert it to either a work permit or a family permit.

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      • M says:

        Thanks Andre.

        What exactly does the “introducing a foreign worker” process look like? How does it differ from the transfer from the APS process?

        When my APS expires, am I legally required to leave the country? What happens then?

        Lastly, I was thinking about re-enrolling in another Master’s program but someone told me that it’s not possible to get another student visa once my APS expires. Is this true?

        Kind regards,

        Maddi

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      • André says:

        Hi Maddi,

        The process for “introducing a foreign worker” is pretty much the same, but you lose the benefits of the APS (see my post for that).

        If your APS expires and you are still in France, you are henceforth staying illegally in the coutnry.

        Oftentimes prefectures refuse a change of status back to the student one because it considers that once you applied for the APS, you were done with your studies. They often require students to go back to their home coutnries, then re-apply for a new student visa.

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  22. Bunthi says:

    Hello,

    I am a master student in Lille. Hence, my student visa will be expired in August 2019. At this moment, the school could assist us in extending the visa with Lille prefecture until December the same year align with our attestation 2018/2019. That way suits my siuation to complete internship, June – November.

    My question is, with extension of visa (recepissé), can i apply for job hunting visa/former APS in September or Octorber that means 3-4 months before expire date of “extended” visa? if yes, shall the process and required documents be the same as normal case?

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    • André says:

      Hi Bunthi,

      You would need to prove that you finished your degree and have your diploma / attestation de reussite to apply for hte job hunting visa. And yes, it will be the same documents.

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      • Bunthi says:

        Thank you so much for your reply André. So recepissé is not the issue to be considered for Job hunting visa in my understanding.

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      • André says:

        Hi Bunthi. I am not quite sure that I understand you correctly. What do you mean by: “so recepissé is not the issue to be considered for Job hunting visa in my understanding” ?

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      • Bunthi says:

        Let me clarify my siuation again.

        My student visa will expire in August and I will extend it until December. With this extension process, i will recieve recipiseé from prefecture. School state that it is provisional resident permit in line with school enrollment of 2018/2019.

        I asked them if i can apply for APS/job hunting document after that. They suggested that I can try but not confirm.

        So i am here to ask for your recommendation if i can apply for that with recipiseé or i should be in my first student visa for application of job hunting.

        Thank you in advance.

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      • André says:

        You would need to FINISH your program before you can apply for the job hunting permit.

        Once again, you would need to have proof that you finished the program, either with a diploma or a proof of completion (attestation de réussite). Without that, you cannot apply for the job hunting permit.

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  23. Nonye says:

    Hello, thanks for the information provided here.
    I have a question, is bank account statement required to apply for APS/ job hunting permit? I am preparing my documentation to make my submission and I will like to know if it is required as nobody seems to mention it as a required document.
    Thanks for your anticipated feedback

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  24. Esther says:

    Dear Andre,

    Massive thanks for the information. Very much appreciated.

    Can I ask you few questions regarding the post please?

    1. It is written in the post that I can work full time when I find a job related to my diploma, and it pays 1.5 times the minimum wage. Where can I find this information officially? I’ve been going through the websites of prefectures but can only find that I can work 60% of the legal working hour.

    2. Currently, I have 6 months CDD contract with my student visa (Etudiante – Eleve Autorise à travailler à titre accessoire). Does this has to do something with my APS ? I mean since I already worked 6months in 2019, I can’t work any more even though I get APS?

    3. LAST question : I have applied for APS in the beginning of April. I sent all the documents to the prefecture since they only take it by mail. I haven’t heard from them yet, which I guess it is normal. However, I want to know if it is okay to keep on waiting. Do you know if there is a way to track the process? Can I make a call? or make a visit?

    Thank you so much for your time and answer in advance.

    Sincerly,

    Esther

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    • André says:

      Hi Esther,

      1. The 60% duration is for when you are a student or a holder of the job hunting titre de sejour / former APS (or around full time for 6 months). The thing about the job related to your diploma and 1.5 times the minimum wage is stated in the circulars that the government sends out and on the government websites (see here: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2229

      2. The APS is no longer issued, and you can apply for the job hunting resident permit. Based on the text, it is per calendar year but I have not found any additional text on this. I will have to double check.

      3. You can follow-up with them via phone/e-mail/visit. It depends on the prefecture that you depend on (each one functions differently, so I wouldn’t really know in your case).

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  25. aurora says:

    Hi, I just finish my master 1 and its possible i looking for APS ? or o straight to working permit ? thanks . have a good days .

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  26. Nonye says:

    Hello good morning
    So if I intend to continue with a PhD, can I still apply for s new permit after obtaining this APS for job hunting

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  27. Sinthia says:

    Hi Andre

    After receiving APS, if I sign a CDD contract for 6 months and change my legal situation, what will be the duration of the new visa? Will the prefecture give me a working visa for 6 months only? Or, they will give me one year time as usual to look for another job after finishing my CDD?

    Thanks in advance.

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  28. echohong says:

    Hello,
    I am currently a master student in UK. I will finish the program in Sept. and graduate in November. However, I got the offer to start my Ph.D. from 01/11/2019 in France. Since I could not obtain my master degree then, could the document Highly Likely to Complete Letter work?
    Thanks.

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  29. Hyma says:

    hello André,
    I really appreciate your help for students like us….
    so coming to my query i have graduated from recognized university in 2017, and got my APS until jan 2019 (for one year) after, i went to change the status from student to employee but
    1.I have received a récépissé stating that (A demande la deliverance de un premier titre de seedier portant la mention etudiant ) for 6 months . The récépissé I have received Is that for work visa?
    2. Also, Am I eligible to apply Researcher as Ph.d candidate.
    I have asked various people, but I am confused… Could you please clarify.

    Hyma
    India

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    • André says:

      1. You requested for a change of status. That means that the récépissé if for the change of status to a work permit.

      2. In theory, yes. but it sometimes the prefectures require you going back to your home country and re-applying for a new visa.

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