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Validating your visa / Applying for a residence permit in France

Validating your visa upon arrival

The steps to take depend on the category of visa you have obtained and the "Remarks" label:

Label "Dispense temporaire de carte de séjour"

You have nothing to do upon arrival.

Label "Carte de séjour à solliciter..."

You have to ask for a residence permit upon arrival at the 'Préfecture', as explained below.

Label "Mineur scolarisé"

You have nothing to do upon arrival. Once you reach the age of majority, you will have to apply for a residence permit at the 'Préfecture', as explained below.

Label "Etudiant", "Passeport Talent", or one of the labels listed on the following page

Within the first 3 months following your arrival in France, as soon as you have a fixed address, go to the website of the General Directorate of Foreign Nationals to validate your visa.

This procedure is mandatory, you will need your passport to complete it.

Also, you will have to pay a resident permit tax online by credit card (during the procedure or on https://timbres.impots.gouv.fr), or in a bureau de tabac by credit card or cash (ask for a timbre fiscal électronique “Titre pour étrangers”).

At the end of this procedure, a confirmation of the validation in PDF format (« Confirmation de la validation de l’enregistrement de votre visa long séjour valant titre de séjour »), will be sent to you by mail.
We advise you to print and always keep this document with you as it can be required while you travel or to follow your administrative procedures (CAF, Assurance maladie/healthcare).

For more information, please consult the dedicated FAQ of the General Directorate of Foreign Nationals web portal.

Worth knowing

During the validation process, you may be asked to contact your university in order to benefit from a preventive medical check-up upon arrival.

In Grenoble (except GEM students):

This check-up consist of a free tuberculosis screening (X-Ray).
The university Health Center on campus will offer you an appointment directly by email, along with the details of the procedure, by the end of October.
The screening will take place at the Centre Départemental de Santé (23 avenue Albert 1er de Belgique).

In Valence:
The "Centre Santé Jeunes" offers a free medical check-up and a tuberculosis screening (X-Ray) for each non-european incoming student.
Details of the procedure can be found here.

Applying for a residence permit

Residence permit applications are done either online (for students), or by appointment for other situations.


By appointment, for other situations: in Grenoble


By appointment, for other situations: in Valence


Updated on October 21, 2020

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