You must now apply for a "Passeport Talent" researcher or spouse of researcher residence permit online, via the national platform of the Directorate-General for Foreign Nationals in France ("Direction Générale des Étrangers en France").
To help you in this process, the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) of Université Grenoble Alpes will guide throughout this procedure.

Step 1: assemble your application file

Between 4 and 3 months before your current residence permit or long-stay visa expires, assemble your application file by referring to the list of documents disponible on the online national platform.
If you are hosted by someone, you can use the following template provided by the International Students & Scholars Office:
> "Attestation d'hébergement" template

Step 2: ISSO checks your application file online

Once you have gathered all the required documents, upload all the copies on our “démarches simplifiées” online checking platform. You may need to create an account to access the platform.
This step is optional, but strongly recommended - prefectures can take a long time to process your application, and if your file is incomplete you will have to start the whole process all over again.

If your situation matches one of the following:
  • You have an "APS Jeune Diplômé" or a "récépissé"
  • You have a "long term-UE" residence permit, issued by another European country
  • Your residence permit or visa has expired more than 6 months ago, or you do not have one
  • You are an Algerian national and have a "Scientifique-chercheur" residence permit, or a spouse of an Algerian national
You cannot submit directly your application on the online national platform of the DGEF.
You must upload your application file to ISSO via the link above, using the following list, and the "Fiche de renseignements" form.

Step 3: upload your application to the online national platform

Once you have assembled your complete application for a student residence permit and ISSO has checked it, you can submit it on the online platform of the Directorate-General for Foreign Nationals in France.
If you did not validate your long-stay visa online when you arrived, you will need to create an account on the website.  

Step 4: complete your application

Once you have completed all of the steps and uploaded your documents to the platform, you will receive an “attestation de dépôt” (submission certificate).
Important: This certificate does not constitute a valid residence permit and does not extend the validity of your current residence permit or the rights associated with your stay (work, social security benefits, etc.).

Step 5: the Préfecture processes your application

There are three possible outcomes:
  1. The Prefecture asks you to send an additional document. You will be notified of the request by email and will need to upload the requested document to your online account within 30 days.
  2. The Prefecture approves your application: you can then download your “attestation de décision favorable” (a PDF certificate of your approval) from your account.
  3. The Prefecture rejects your application or classifies it as “sans suite” (dismissed due to lack of action on your part). If this happens, you will be notified by email and will be able to view the grounds for the rejection on your online account.
Please note
The “attestation de décision favorable” (certificate of approval) grants you an extension of your old residence permit and the rights associated with it (work, housing allowances, travel, etc.) until you receive your new permit.

Step 6: pick up your residence permit

You can track the card production process via the national online platform, and will be notified by email as soon as your new residence permit is ready to be picked up.
Each Prefecture has its own procedures for picking up your new permit:

In Grenoble

Residence permits can only be picked up at the Isère Prefecture, located in the city center, by making an appointment:
Make sure you bring the following original documents with you:
  • Your passport
  • Your current residence permit
  • Your récépissé (if you have one)
  • An excise stamp ("timbre fiscal") (225€ for a "Passeport Talent" residence permit), purchased online or in most “bureaux de tabac”.
> Buy an excise stamp online (« timbre électronique »)  

In Valence

Instructions to pick up your residence permit will be mailed to the address indicated on your proof of residence document.
Updated on September 27, 2021