As of 1 March, 2019, the ‘A.P.S’ document (‘Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour’) has become a residence permit marked ‘JOB SEARCH/BUSINESS CREATION’ (‘RECHERCHE D’EMPLOI/CRÉATION D’ENTREPRISE’) valid for 12 months.


  • Being an international student (except Algerian students), owner of a residence permit marked ‘student’ or 'researcher'
  • Having graduated (or graduate soon) with a master’s degree (or equivalent degree in a French Higher Education Establishment, within the list fixed by decree).


1/ You must submit a ‘JOB SEARCHBEFORE the expiry of your current residence permit by following the procedure below.
2/ A receipt will be issued by Prefecture when your application is submitted.
3/ Once you have obtained your diploma (if you have not yet obtained it when you submitted your application), the residence permit is produced.

This residence permit allows you to search for a job or work in relation to your studies or research studies after the end of your university education.

At the end of the validity of your card marked ‘JOB SEARCH’, you can apply for a change of status in order to get a residence permit marked ‘PASSEPORT TALENT’ or ‘SALARY’/’TEMPORARY WORKER’, depending on your situation.
To obtain it, you need to provide evidence of:

  • A job or an ‘offer letter’ with a remuneration higher than a threshold fixed by decree according to your level of qualification.


  • A business project in relation to your schooling or research.

N.B: You can apply for this residence permit up to 4 years after graduation if you came back to your home country. In this case, you will have to apply for a specific VISA at the French consulate.




Application form
> Download the application form

Fill in the form with ACROBAT READER© BEFORE then print it in order to add it to your application documents.



Build your application
> List of required documents

Additional Documents :
> Evidences of address
> Accommodation statement

STEP 3 :


New : Get an appointment online with SAIEC for the application:




During the appointment with SAIEC, our team will verify and validate your application.
If your application is complete, another later appointment will be made for you with the Préfecture of Hérault.
You will be given a récépissé (receipt) during this appointment with Préfecture.



SMS invitation

A message on your phone or a letter will be sent to you once your residence permit is ready, asking you to collect it.


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