Stay Back Benefits Of France
Post Study Work Permissions on Student Visa
There are different kinds of student visas existing for France and each kind of student visa has a built in eligibility of post study work permissions. Here’s a quick look at the same.
|Name||Post Study Work Permit|
|Visa de court séjour pour etudes||No|
|Visa de long séjour temporaire pour etudes||No|
|Visa de long séjour etudes||Yes|
Simply put, students who are planning to take up small and short term courses in France cannot stay on in France. Only students who are taking up long term courses like bachelors and masters and have a Visa de Long Sejour Etudes or Long Stay Study Visa for France get the permission to stay on in the country after completing the course.
|Students Completing Bachelor Studies||Not allowed|
|Students completing masters’ program||24-month post study work permit|
For master’s students, though, there is good news. While bachelor degree holders can stay on only if they have a work permit, the students pursuing Masters from France get an extra benefit. On completing the master’s course, a student can apply for and get a temporary residence permit – APS, for a period of 24 months. (It is important to note that earlier the rule stated 12 months and to which all students the 24 month period would be applicable is still not clear. The current visa holders already staying in France or about to start their course must seek clarification from the Visa Office.)
What is important to understand that this extended residence permit allows a student only to take up part time employment of up to 964 hours – as allowed to students already studying in French Universities. This relates to about 60% of full employment. If a student, in the interim, is able to find employment that is more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, she/he must then apply for a Work Permit. So when deciding on which country to study in, keep these advantages of French opportunities in mind.