Researcher from a third-party country

When you arrive in France
If you are from a third-party country, the steps to take will depend on the duration of your stay in France.
 
Stay between 3 and 12 month

If you have a visa for your long stay between three and twelve month, this Visa needs to be validated once you arrive in France. The Visa allows you to leave France druing the first three month and to return. After three month, if the Visa is not validated, you can be refused entry into France and must again request a Visa. The validation is therefore important!

You need to validate your Visa "Passeport Talent" VLS-TS online. Please choose "passeport talent chercheur" and the reference (référence réglementaire) R431-16 10°.

The tax stamps can be purchased online on the same website. (250€ for a Visa Passeport Talent)
Stay over 12 month

You have obtained a long stay Visa D "Passeport Talent". The visa will indicate L313-20-4° or L421-14 and C. SEJ. A SOLLIC. (Carte de séjour à solliciter = need to request a residence card). At your arrival in France and two month before the expiration of this initial Visa "Passeport Talent" (in general valid for 3 month), you must request a temporary resident card (carte de séjour) “Passeport Talent,” which is valid for the entire stay stipulated by the hosting agreement with a maximum limit of 4 years and it is renewable.


How to request a residence card "Passeport Talent"?


The Welcome Center can assist you with this procedure:
 
You need to request your residence card at least two month before the end of the visa. The prefecture migth apply an additional late fee. To complete your file, it is a good idea to go through the Welcome Center to validate the contents together.

The requests for a passeport talent card can be made online on the ANEF website according to this procedure.


Documents to provide

Please check if you need an apostille or legalization on your birth certificate.
 
It is no longer necessary to make an appointment at the prefecture or to go there in person to deposit your request. After making the request online, you can at any time consult the progess of your request on your online account, reply to any requests for additional documents and be informed on any decisions regarding your request.


Delivery of the card:

It usually takes around 3 months to obtain the resident card. The Préfecture will inform you by text message or email, when the resident card is ready. You will then need to make an appointment online to be able to pick up the "Passeport Talent" card in person at the Préfecture des Alpes Maritimes and pay a tax of 225 € (in fiscal stamps*; new rates as of January 1st, 2020).

* Fiscal stamps can be bought in Tobacco shops or
online.

Accompanied


Your spouse will receive a Visa labelled “Passeport Talent Famille” (L313-21 or L421-22). The formalities are different for the spouse. Depending on the lenght of the stay in France, the Visa will indicate if your spouse needs to validate his/her visa or request a residence card.
 

Validation of your spouse's Visa

If indicated on the Visa "Passeport Talent Famille" (L313-21 or L421-22), your spouse will need to validate their visa online.

The fiscal stamps in the amount of 250€ for the validation of a Visa "Passeport Talent - Famille" can also be purchased on the same website.

Request a Passeport Talent Famille resident card for your spouse


If indicated on the Visa, after their arrival in France and two month before the visa expires, your spouse must request a Passeport Talent Famille temporary residence card. In general, Visas delivered to spouses have shorter durations than those of the scientists, which necessitates the request of a temporary resident card (Carte de Séjour). If the delays aren't met, the prefecture might apply an additional late fee.

The requests for a passeport talent family card need to be made online on the ANEF website according to this procedure.

It is no longer necessary to make an appointment at the prefecture or to go there in person to deposit your request. After making the request online, you can at any time consult the progess of your request on your online account, reply to any requests for additional documents and be informed on any decisions regarding your request.
 

Delivery of the card:

It usually takes around 3 months to obtain the resident card. The Préfecture will inform you by text message or email, when the resident card is ready. You will then need to make an appointment online to be able to pick up the "Passeport Talent" card in person at the Préfecture des Alpes Maritimes and pay a tax of 225 € (in fiscal stamps*; new rates as of January 1st, 2020). You will also have to be present with your spouse, bring the original and a copy of your own passport, Visa and host convention.

* Fiscal stamps can be bought in Tobacco shops or online.

We also encourage spouses to register on our Euraxess data base as spouses of researchers hosted by UCA. This will help us better accompany them in all their undertakings.
 
Renewal of your residence card

And what about the renewal of a residence card?
 

Renewal of your titre de séjour

For the researcher, the "Passeport Talent" card can be valid for up to 4 years. You should make the renewal request between two and four months before the current card expires. You might be charged an additional late fee.

The Welcome Center can assist you with the renewal:

To complete your file, it is a good idea to go through the Welcome Center to validate the contents together before you make your request.

The requests for a passeport talent card can be made online on the ANEF website according to this procedure.

Documents to provide

It is no longer necessary to make an appointment at the prefecture or to go there in person to deposit your request. After making the request online, you can at any time consult the progess of your request on your online account, reply to any requests for additional documents and be informed on any decisions regarding your request.


Delivery of the card:

It usually takes around 3 months to obtain the resident card. The Préfecture will inform you by text message or email, when the resident card is ready. You will then need to make an appointment online to be able to pick up the "Passeport Talent" card in person at the Préfecture des Alpes Maritimes and pay a tax of 225 € (in fiscal stamps*; new rates as of January 1st, 2020).

* Fiscal stamps can be bought in Tobacco shops or
online.
 

Once you have accomplished the work on your research project (end of work contract or graduation from your PhD in France), you can request a temporary residence card "carte de séjour temporaire d'un an recherche d'emploi ou création d'entreprise". This card will be valid one year and allows you to look for work or create a company in France during this year. (75€ in fiscal stamps). The requests for this card need to be sent my mail to the prefecture of the place where you live. Please contact the Welcome Center for additional informaton.

Renewal of the spouse's residence card


Your spouse holding a Passeport Talent Famille card benefits from the same length of validity as your Passeport Talent card. The request for the renewal of your spouse's card need to be made between two to four month before the current card expires. You must also be present at the Préfecture to obtain the renewal of your spouse's residence card. The Welcome Center can assist the spouse with this procedure.


The requests for the renewal of a passport talent family card need to be made online on the ANEF website according to this procedure.

It is no longer necessary to make an appointment at the prefecture or to go there in person to deposit your request. After making the request online, you can at any time consult the progess of your request on your online account, reply to any requests for additional documents and be informed on any decisions regarding your request.
 

Delivery of the card:

It usually takes around 3 months to obtain the resident card. The Préfecture will inform you by text message or email, when the resident card is ready. You will then need to make an appointment online to be able to pick up the "Passeport Talent" card in person at the Préfecture des Alpes Maritimes and pay a tax of 225 € (in fiscal stamps*; new rates as of January 1st, 2020). You will also have to be present with your spouse, bring the original and a copy of your own passport, Visa and host convention.

* Fiscal stamps can be bought in Tobacco shops or online.