This is a hot topic for almost all the students who are in France or planning to come to France.
Most of us take loans back home in hopes of finding a job here after studies, and to achieve that goal one needs sometime to find the right job. Finding a job is not easy, not impossible but also not a cake walk.
This article tries to explain a bit of what and why is APS important , how and when to apply, what to do and not do.
What is APS and why is it important.
NOTE: Not all schools in France are eligible for APS status for their students, so one must enquire with their school about this.
APS is issued only for students who have FINISHED their course i.e. finished their jury and have “attestation de réussite” or “attestation de jury” from their school. Finishing this is very important, APS can’t be given before the course is completed (which means it is issued only after the mandatory internship).
APS is issued 1 year + 1 year (specially for Indians, thanks to Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting this status for us in 2015).
Details here : (page no. 8, second paragraph according to document, page 16 actual number according to adobe reader)
Once the course is completed, ideally the student visa will expire soon. So this status allows students to live in France for some more time before finding a job and converting it to salaried status.
What to do inorder to get this - Once you have completed the course (get attestation de jury or attestation de réussite from the school), apply for APS at your prefecture as soon as possible with the following documents.
How much does it cost?
It is free - Merci beaucoup gouvernement française :)
How long does it take and how to apply?
It depends on the prefecture. there is two possibilities depending on different prefectures.
Important points not to forget.
Special thanks to Sourav Choudhury and Swetank Sourav for the details and motivation