Since 1 March 2019, the temporary residence permit » job seekers or business creation » has replaced the temporary 12-month non-renewable residence permit issued to graduate students. The » job seekers or business creation » residence permit is mainly intended for students and researchers who have recently graduated or are at the end of their studies and who wish to look for a job in France or create a company.
This residence permit complies with Article 25 of Directive 2016/801/EU of 11 May 2016 (« student-researchers » Directive), which requires that a researcher or student be allowed to remain in the country for the purpose of seeking employment or setting up a business for a minimum period of nine months, and requires a specific residence permit.
Objectives of the « Job seekers/business creation » residence permit
The temporary residence permit for job seekers or business creation gives graduate students in France the opportunity to stay for a period of 12 months to:
– Complete their training with a first professional experience
– Create a company in a field corresponding to their training.
According to article L313-8 of the CESEDA the conditions to be met are :
– To be a foreigner: to be a national of a country that is not a member of the European Union
– To be a graduate in France: to hold a diploma from a French institution such as a professional licence, a Specialised Master’s degree, a Master of Science or another diploma at least equivalent to the Master’s degree.
In addition, foreigners who have left France after obtaining a diploma in France may benefit from the temporary residence permit « Job seekers/business creation » within a maximum period of four years from the date of obtaining the diploma in France.
– To be regularized: To have been a holder of a temporary or multi-year residence permit marked « student » or « researcher » and to have completed his research work.
– Proof of health insurance
The conditions for the first professional experience
Within the framework of the professional activity found, the student will have to justify a remuneration higher than a threshold fixed by decree and adjusted, if necessary, according to the level of diploma concerned (art. L. 313-8 of the CESEDA). This threshold is set at 1.5 times the amount of the minimum monthly remuneration (art. D. 5221-21-1 of the Labour Code).
After obtaining this card
Once the one-year time limit has expired, it is possible to apply for a residence permit if the foreigner has found a job:
Amount of salary
From €2,281.82 gross monthly and employment related to your training
|– Temporary residence permit for employees or temporary workers
– or multi-year residence permit talent passport – researcher
– or multi-year residence permit talent passport – artistic and cultural profession
From 36 509,20 € gross per year
|– Multi-year residence permit talent passport – qualified employee
– or multi-year residence permit talent passport – innovative company
From 53 836,50 € gross per year
|– Multi-annual residence permit talent passport – European Blue Card
or create a company:
It will be possible to apply for either an entrepreneurial/freelance temporary residence permit,
or a multi-year residence permit talent passport – business creation.
Other rules apply for Europeans or Algerians.
For foreigners from a country that has concluded a bilateral agreement on migration flows with France, it is possible to apply for a provisional residence permit (APS) for a first professional experience.
Provisional residence permits are issued in different ways depending on the agreements:
– 6 months renewable once: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Tunisia, Lebanon;
– 9 months: Cape Verde, Congo;
– 9 months, renewable once: Gabon;
– 12 months: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.
– Diploma at least equivalent to the master’s degree obtained in a French institution: Cape Verde, Congo;
– Diploma at least equivalent to the master’s degree obtained in a French institution or in the country of origin within the framework of a convention for the award of diplomas in international partnership: Lebanon;
– Professional degree or diploma at least equivalent to the master’s degree obtained in a French institution: Benin, Gabon;
– Professional degree or diploma at least equivalent to the master’s degree obtained in a French institution or in an institution in the country of origin as part of an agreement to award diplomas in international partnership: Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Tunisia, the Balkans.