Request for a residence permit - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Request for a residence permit

If you are not a national of one of these countries, it will be imperative to request a visa which will legally frame your entry and your stay on French territory.

Stamp of entry into the Schengen area: When you arrive or in another country of the Schengen area, make sure to have your passport stamped with the customs authorities. This stamp, which must be legible, will be proof of your date of entry to France, an essential element for the continuation of your immigration and integration procedures.


Please keep the boarding pass, train ticket, or any other proof of your entry into France.


For your visa application procedures and for all other procedures that will have to undertake in France, you will need:


  1. The certified birth certificate extract: apostilled or legalized if necessary
  2. Copy of you last diploma


If these documents are not written in French, have them translated by a sworn translator.

Once on French territory: Your administrative registration at the university must be validated in order to be able to apply for a residence permit, as soon as possible after your arrival in Bordeaux.

European student:

You do not need a residence permit.

: You must apply for a long student visa “long stay equivalent to a VLS-TS residence permit”, and have it validated within three months of your arrival in France (the price of the tax stamp to be paid depends on your nationality)

Please note that the one-stop student desk located at : 166 cours de l'argonne closes in December (Resumption of the desk during the month of septembre). The appointment booking site is suspended of this period. 

From December 21, student documents must be sent directly by post to the Gironde prefecture.

It is not necessary to make another step; the prefecture will come back to you for the instruction of your file.

Please note: Some students have a visa valid for a few months or a year (long stay visa equivalent to VLS-TS residence permit) and do not need a residence permit. They must have their visa validated on the site.


As soon as you arrive in France, remember to register with the consular authorities of your country. If your identity papers are lost or stolen, this will simplify your procedures.