Entry conditions & Visas

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | France

 

The regulations on entry and stay conditions in France for the PhD students non nationals of the EU/EEA are very complex. It is essential to launch the most adapted procedure according to your situation before entering the French territory: a visa error could cause major difficulties once you arrive in France (legal impossibility to work and thus to receive an income, blocking of your health insurance, of your residence permit etc.).

 

 

As soon as your funding and the dates of your stay are confirmed, you'll have to ask your hosting laboratory in France to send you by mail a "Hosting agreement for visiting researcher". You'll have to present this document to the French consulate of the country you're living in, in order to obtain a "scientific-researcher" visa (short or long stay, depending on the duration fixed by your hosting laboratory).

The Consulate will affix its seal on your hosting agreement and will give it back to you with your visa. You must bring the original of this document with you in France.The hosting agreement is the only official document that proves your scientific-researcher status in France. It enables you to practice higher education and/or research activities.

Be careful: you can't apply for a "student" visa (since you won't be a student in France) nor a "trainee" visa (except particular case: mandatory traineeship in the frame of your cursus, with obligation of an traineeship agreement signed by the Préfecture).

Your family: if you have a hosting agreement (under the condition of sufficient income and accident-disease-repatriation insurance), your family (spouse and children) can automatically obtain a visa to accompany you in France.

Be careful: it is recommended to apply for all the visas demands at the same time to benefit from the "researcher's spouse and family" status (not to be confused with the family reunification procedure, which is to avoid).

  • Once in France, and if your stay is superior to 90 days, your spouse will obtain a "Family and private life" residence permit, which will enable him/her to work or to enroll at a French university.

  • If you're not employed in France, you and your family won't benefit from family benefits nor State health cover.

 

 

 

You are a researcher? You will find below all the necessary information on the type of visa to apply for according to your situation.

 

 

Whatever your nationality (including if it exempts you from a short-stay visa), you must ask to your hosting laboratory in France a "Hosting agreement for visiting researcher". As soon as your stay is confirmed (funding and dates), the laboratory will send it to you by mail. You will have to bring this document to the French Consulate of the country you're living in to obtain a "scientific-researcher" short stay visa.

The Consulate will affix its seal on your hosting agreement and will give it back to you with your visa. You must bring the original of this document with you in France. The hosting agreement is the only official document that proves your scientific-researcher status in France. It enables you to practice higher education and/or research activities.

Your family: As soon as you have an hosting agreement (under the condition of sufficient incomes during your stay and accident-disease-repatriation for the duration of the stay, and for each member of the family) your spouse and children can automatically obtain a visa to accompany you in France. Be careful, it is recommended to apply for all the visas at the same time to benefit from the "researcher spouse and family" status (not to be confused with the "family reunification" procedure, much more complex and uncertain, to avoid!).

Once in France, your spouse will obtain a "family and private life" residence permit that will enable him/her to work or to enroll in a French university.

For a long stay, and if you have to be employed in France, it is highly recommended to apply for a personal passport anda visa for each of your children. It will give you access to social benefits (which is impossible if the children are mentioned in the passport or visa of one of his/her parents).

 

 

 

 

USEFUL LINKS

France-Visas is the official website for visa applications for France, a portal containing all the necessary information to guide you through each step of your application (file preparation, entry, submission and follow-up of your application).

 

 

Information provided by EURAXESS France