I have a doubt regarding the visa status of a Titre de Sejour - Passeport Talent once you quit your job (so, perte volontaire d'emploi = demission).

Some préfectures say that there's no problem as you don't need to renew the titre de sejour in the short term, but once you need to do it you should have a job to be aligned with the objective of the visa (quite logical).

My question is, what is the status once you resign? Do you "automatically" lose your visa? Or also I think the prefecture should warn/alert to withdraw your titre de sejour.

There's no clear information online, nor do the prefectures have an aligned answer on this subject.

For my specific case, I quit my job a month ago and I actually just want to stay 1 month in France to pay my taxes, close all the accounts, quit the apartment (get my 2nd vaccine dose etc), but it's a bit confusing. And I will not need to renew my titre de sejour in the short-term.

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Do you "automatically" lose your visa?

No, it's never automatic in France.

Or also I think the prefecture should warn/alert to withdraw your titre de sejour.

Yes, this is how it works in France.

The clearest official source for all this I could find is this FAQ on service-public.fr:

Pendant sa durée de validité, votre carte doit ou peut vous être retirée, si vous vous trouvez dans l'un des cas suivants :

  • Vous ne remplissez plus l'une des conditions d'obtention du titre
  • […]

It says “peut ou doit” because there are slight nuances between the bullet points. Most relevant for you are the rules created by article L432-5

Si l'étranger cesse de remplir l'une des conditions exigées pour la délivrance de la carte de séjour dont il est titulaire, fait obstacle aux contrôles ou ne défère pas aux convocations, la carte de séjour peut lui être retirée par une décision motivée. La décision de retrait ne peut intervenir qu'après que l'intéressé a été mis à même de présenter ses observations dans les conditions prévues aux articles L. 121-1 et L. 121-2 du code des relations entre le public et l'administration.

I emphasized the key part: to strip you of your carte de séjour, the préfecture must take action and give you an opportunity to respond (unless there are exceptional circumstances or a national security issue). It's never implicit. At the same time, the wording in article R432-3 is a little stronger and if you do get a letter informing you that your permit has been invalidated, you would typically have 30 days to leave France and there isn't much you can do unless you can prove special circumstances. You are not entitled to stay in France for the original duration of your permit.

It's really up to the préfecture if and when they enforce this strictly (based on the priorities and instructions they receive from the ministry). That explains why you might get different answers from different préfectures and why they might be careful not to give people a misleading sense of certainty by posting more specific information online when they do retain the legal right to intervene when they want.

  • Super clear and insightful, thanks a lot for the detailed answer! Just to know also, if you leave France before the deadline of the title de sejour I suppose you need to go to the prefecture or changer d’adrrsse at least? And also how common it is that the prefecture removes Passeport Talent visas before renewals Jul 8, 2021 at 15:31

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