France offers 5 years work visa to Indian students (PSW)
July 13, 2023: On the pre eve of Bastille Day Celebrations in France, Prime Minister Modi made a few very important announcements for Indian citizens at large, that also meant advantageous for French and international audiences.
Here are those important announcements:
- Indian students post their Masters in France, will now get 5 years post study visa instead of 2 years. The 2 years PSW was launched during PM Modi's first bilateral France trip in 2014
- India to open a consulate in France's 2nd largest city of Marseille, that will play a pivotal role in ease of living for not just Indians but also foreigners
In this article, with as much little info we have as of now (Given its been only 1 day of announcement and we await press release by French Govt, we will cover the information related to:
- What is PSW visa and How one can use it?
- Details about French PSW?, Eligibility Criteria, Where to apply?
- What is PSW visa and How one can use it?
A post-study work visa offers several advantages to international students who have completed their studies in a foreign country. Here are some of the key benefits:
Job Opportunities: A post-study work visa allows you to remain in the country after completing your studies and explore employment opportunities. It gives you the chance to gain practical work experience in your field of study, apply the knowledge and skills you acquired during your education, and enhance your career prospects.
Work Experience: Engaging in work experience after graduation is highly valuable. It provides you with the opportunity to develop new skills, gain industry-specific knowledge, and improve your professional network. The work experience gained during this period can significantly enhance your resume and make you more competitive in the job market, both domestically and internationally.
Financial Independence: Having the opportunity to work after completing your studies can help you become financially independent. You can earn income to support yourself, repay any student loans or debts, cover living expenses, and potentially save money for future plans or further education.
Cultural Integration: Remaining in a foreign country for an extended period through a post-study work visa allows you to immerse yourself further in the local culture and society. You can deepen your understanding of the country, improve language skills, and build connections with people from different backgrounds. This experience can be enriching both personally and professionally.
Pathway to Permanent Residency: In some countries, a post-study work visa can serve as a pathway to permanent residency or long-term work opportunities. By gaining work experience and establishing yourself in the local job market, you may become eligible for different immigration programs that offer a route to stay in the country permanently.
It's important to note that the specific advantages and conditions of a post-study work visa can vary between countries, so it's essential to research and understand the policies of the specific country you are interested in pursuing your studies and work in.
- Details about French PSW?
France offers a post-study work visa known as the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour Recherche d'Emploi/Creation d'Entreprise" (APS-RE). This visa allows non-European Union (EU) students who have completed a master's or higher degree in France to stay in the country after their studies to search for employment or set up a business.
Here are some key points about the APS-RE visa:
Duration: The APS-RE visa is typically granted for a period of up to 12 months (RENEWABLE)
Eligibility: To be eligible for the APS-RE visa, you must have completed a master's degree or higher from a recognized French institution of higher education. Additionally, you must have obtained a valid student residence permit ("carte de séjour étudiant") during your studies.
Job search: The primary purpose of the APS-RE visa is to allow you to search for employment in France. During the visa validity period, you are permitted to work full-time or part-time, as well as engage in internships or professional training related to your field of study.
Business creation: If you wish to set up your own business in France, the APS-RE visa also allows you to do so. You will need to provide a comprehensive business plan and meet the necessary legal requirements for starting a business in France.
Conversion to work visa: If you secure a job during the validity of the APS-RE visa, you can apply to convert it into a suitable work visa, such as a "Carte de Séjour Talent" or a "Contrat de Travail Salarié."
It's important to note that immigration policies can change over time, so I would recommend checking the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs or consulting with the nearest French embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information regarding post-study visa options for Indian students in France.
This work visa can be applied in France or even in home country, like India.
For any further details, please refer to the official French Embassy website in India, Campus France or reach out to our counselors for any queries.