Renewing your residence permit
Throughout the year, the Sciences Po residence permit office is available to answer your questions and help you complete the necessary paperwork for each phase of your stay in France.
How do I renew my student residence permit?
You need to complete your request for renewal two to three months before your residence permit expires, or one to two months before going abroad. Please note that if you have already begun the process at the prefecture, Sciences Po cannot take over.
Once your application has been received and processed by the International student and researcher centre of the prefecture (CRECI), you will be notified by email to come and collect your receipt (récépissé) (PDF, 114 Ko). At a later date, you will receive a text message inviting you to collect your definitive residence permit (PDF, 80 Ko) card from the prefecture.
Make sure you respect the specified date and time. If you want to travel outside the Schengen Area, you need to find out the conditions of entry to your destination beforehand. You are allowed travel within the Schengen Area for a period of less than 90 days and come back to France with the receipt for a renewal application. However, the receipt for your initial application does not allow you to travel outside France.
If you are unable to renew your residence permit before you leave, you will need to apply for a new student visa at the embassy or consulate of the country you are staying in.
If you fail to comply with this procedure, you will have to apply for a new visa in your country of origin.
We therefore strongly advise you not to leave France without a residence permit that will still be valid on the date you return to France.
Which documents are required ?
The set of documents (originals and photocopies) concerns your civil status, your place of residence, your studies in France and your resources. It takes about 30 minutes to have your documents checked at Sciences Po.
The forms are provided by Sciences Po (ETUD, CERFA, ETR) and must be completed in French and in black pen. Sciences Po will help you do this, and will then take care of sending your complete application to the prefecture (photocopies only). Please note that we won't do any photocopying for you, so you must bring photocopies of all your supporting documents with you. You will be given a receipt indicating the date you submitted your application at Sciences Po.
Forms to be completed in black pen:
- ETUD - Études poursuivies en France (PDF in French, 15 Ko)
- ETR - Formulaire de renseignement pour une demande de carte de séjour (PDF in French, 161 Ko)
The CERFA form cannot be downloaded. Sciences Po will give you one when you come to submit your application.
If you are applying for renewal after your resident permit has expired, the prefecture may add penalty charges (€180 less than six months after expiry and €340 more than six months after expiry). The prefecture takes at least three weeks to process your application.
The cost of renewing your residence permit will be indicated on the official notice of appointment from the prefecture, which we will send you by e-mail as soon as we receive it. You have to pay a tax and a stamp duty with ordinary fiscal stamps (fr.). In 2017, the permit cost €49 (annual permit) or €79 (permit for more than one year). The validity of your student residence permit cannot exceed the duration of your studies or the validity of your passport. You will be asked for proof of payment of the stamp duty and tax when the card is issued by the prefecture or sub-prefecture.
The principle is that residence permits are issued for a continuous period, so it will not be possible to renew your residence permit if you leave France for more than six months. In that case you will have to apply for a new student visa in the country you are living in or your country of origin.
Working in France
To work as a foreign student, you need your student ID card and "étudiant" written on your residence permit. You are allowed to work 964 hours per year while you are staying in France (about 20 hours/week). The minimum hourly wage in France is €9.61 gross/hour (in 2015). Your employer must make a prior declaration to the prefecture that issued your residence permit.
It is important to respect this quota or you risk having your residence permit withdrawn. However, if your programme of study requires you to work more, it is possible to request special permission from the Regional Directorate for Enterprise, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment (DIRECCTE (fr.)).
Temporary residence permit (APS)
The autorisation provisoire de séjour (APS) (fr.), or temporary residence permit, allows you to stay in France to round off your education with an initial work experience or start a company in a field related to your studies. For the period covered by your APS, you are permitted to work in a job related to your study programme (not limited to a single job or a single employer), which pays at least 1.5 times the minimum salary (i.e., €2,220.40 gross monthly) and respects the minimum collectively agreed wage or salaries offered in the industry.
You must submit your application for a temporary residence permit directly to the prefecture before your student residence permit expires.
If you lose your passport or residence permit
If your passport or residence permit is lost or stolen, you should report to the nearest police station as soon as possible to make a declaration. Next you must apply for a new passport at your embassy. We will then be able to help you apply for a new residence permit through the standard renewal procedure.
The re-entry visa is issued on an exceptional basis, chiefly mainly in the following circumstances:
when a student has lost their residence permit abroad
when a student started the renewal procedure before their departure but has left France without having collected his or her new residence permit
The issuance of this type of visa is subject to authorisation from the prefecture with jurisdiction in the relevant territory. The eEmbassy cannot guarantee the processing times for a re-entry visa. If the applicant has received no reply within two months, they may should consider their application refused.
Holders of an expired residence permit must apply for a new student visa (fr.).
Documents to download
- Application form for a OFII certificate (fr.)
- OFII procedure (PDF, 82 Ko)
- Application to renew a residence permit (PDF, 115 Ko).
- Attestation d'hébergement (PDF in French, 30 Ko) (statement by the person housing you as proof of address)
- Certificat de prise en charge (PDF in French, 31 Ko) (statement of financial responsibility from the person covering your costs)
- ETUD - Études poursuivies en France (PDF, 15 Ko) (required by the prefecture)
- ETR - Formulaire de renseignement pour une demande de carte de séjour (PDF, 161 Ko) (required by the prefecture)