The right visa is a good start, and then?

Mark, a non EU-citizen, received  on March 13 his Visa but is bothered by a small problem.

The note included in his Passport states that he cannot leave France until he gets his Residence Card. However he needs to travel to a EU state (Schengen area) in May 2018 for a business trip and to his home country in July 2018 for Work and Holiday.

What should he do? He would like to apply for his Visa to the EU state before March 20, 2018.

What does the immigration expert answer?

Well, right visa as a start!!!

Then, and as per the description of his immigration procedure:

In case his French 3-month long stay visa has expired (and even if he holds a receipt of first residence permit usually valid for 3 months that covers him pending the making of his first residence permit), he is no longer allowed to travel within the Schengen area. If he must travel outside of the Schengen area, an additional so-called return visa should be needed and is usually to be obtained at the French consulate in the visited foreign country. The said French consulate should examine his receipt of first residence permit and question the authorities in France in order to make sure that his residence permit application is currently under process. This can take up to 2 months, so we would strongly recommend him not to travel after the expiry of your 3-month D visa and up to the issuance of his final residence permit. 

Once the French residence permit is obtained, there is no more travel restrictions. 

Moreover and pending the process of his French residence permit applications and should he need to travel in a foreign country for which he needs a visa, it is very important to note that many foreign consulates in France request the applicant to hold the final French residence permit in order to process the foreign visa application from within France.

Yes, immigration is sometimes a tough subject.  In this specific situation, Anthony, our immigration expert, had a conversation with Mark and explained what had to be understood – actually, nothing to worry about!