Bienvenue on the FRENCH page or I would say in the country of love and craziness!
France has so much to offer, but moving there is a quintessential experience with French bureaucracy. We've lived it. As EIS’s members, we committed ourselves to make your life easier while moving from one country to another! Find below all the information you need such as VISA, BANKING, HOUSING,documentation and tips for faster and cheaper procedures... And a lot more! Without any further delay, please remember to enjoy and to relax if any problems arise, we got your back!
15 days to have the answer (positive or not), but it can be delayed for up to 2 months. The visa itself has no average delay, because it will depend on your nationality, the documents you submitted, and the reason you decide to come to France.
This will depend on your country of origin. To have an extensive and accurate list of documents required, you need to directly access the French embassy website, in the country you are from. Keep in mind that all official documents, if not in the required language for the application, must be translated by a sworn, official translator who works with the embassy. They will be able to provide details regarding this.
In general you will need:
– ID pictures (standard passport size) – Copy of your passport – Your passport – Visa request form – Proof of accommodation – Travel insurance – Attestation/bill of round-trip plane ticket – Income statement
Short term: 60€
Long term: 100€
What you can do:
– study – work up to 20h a week – have housing allowance – travel through Schengen space
You cannot do:
– you can’t be an auto entrepreneur – you can’t work more than 20h a week (964h a year) – you can’t vote
You can ask your school, reference the embassy website, or consulate in your country. If there is not a French Embassy in your country, then contact the nearest Embassy responsible for your country. There is a variety of contact information on their website, including phone numbers, emails, and their address. Make sure you do not try to get your long stay visa through a certified agency, it should be directly through the respective government authority (embassy, consulate, etc.), double check, always!
Do not procrastinate, get done as soon as you arrive in the country.
For all the grumblings we have about France and all their systems and protests and rats, we do have to applaud their automated process for their post-arrival requirements (don’t get too excited they still cost money). CVEC is necessary for everyone, the rest just for non-EU students.
CVEC: leave it to the French government to tax you for just being a student, if you want more information go here, and to obtain it go here, it costs €92.
Residency permit: another €60 out the door, this is important because it gives you access to the French health care system if you were to need it and makes you eligible for rent relief programs like CAF (we talk about that in the housing section). Here is more information, and here is where to actually get it done.
Social Security Card: finally something is free, do it here. This allows you to actually receive monetary reimbursements from the French government.
Should you even open one?
It depends on how much time you are planning to spend in France. If you are staying for one year or less, you will probably have more advantages through your original bank in your home country. For instance, you can pay your rent with whatever bank account, it doesn’t necessarily have to be French. However, if you are staying longer and you want to have a French phone number, or even transportation membership, it’s better to have a French bank account.
Please note: To open a bank account in France, you must have legal capacity, you must prove your identity, prove your domicile and deposit a specimen of your signature at the bank. If you are a non-French tax resident, you must declare this tax situation to the bank
The easiest path for non-French citizens is to open an online bank account with for example Monabanq, Boursorama, or Transferwise.
Otherwise, here is the list of the largest french banks:
– Valid ID card or passport – Address certificate – (as a student, they won’t ask you for an income certification)
What insurance do I need in France?
When you arrive in France with a student visa or a working permit, you are automatically connected to the social security system. The government will provide the right of French social security but you have to make the demand: https://www.ameli.fr/
You can also apply for a private heath insurance which are the “mutuelles”, we recommend :