Immigration

This page summarizes the main rules regulating the entry, residence and right to work in France (teaching, research and internships).

Entering France

  • Holders of a passport or an identity card from a State in the European Union may freely enter French territory.
  • Holders of a resident card or a visa issued by a State in the Schengen area may freely enter French territory for a period of no more than 90 days over a 180-day period.
  • Holders of a passport issued by one of the States listed here may also freely enter French territory for a period of no more than 90 days over a 180-day period.
  • In all other cases, a visa must be requested through the French Consulate closest to your home address.

Residing in France

  • Holders of a passport or identity card issued by a State in the European Union are free to remain on French territory with no restrictions to duration.
  • Holders of a resident card issued by a State in the Schengen area cannot reside in France unless they have obtained a type D visa through the French Consulate prior to arrival, except in exceptional cases*.
  • In all other cases, a type D visa must be requested through the French Consulate authorities in your home country prior to arrival in France.

Working in France

  • Holders of a passport or identity card issued by a European Union Member State are free to work in France with no restrictions.
  • Holders of a resident card issued by a State in the Schengen area cannot access the French job market without a work permit, except in very specific cases for short scientific visits*.
  • In all other cases, a resident card which authorizes working and/or a work permit are mandatory in order to access to the job market for a period of over three months**.

For a research / teaching stay

  • The visa status requested is "Passeport Talent - Chercheur" (Talent passport-researcher)
  • The supporting document is the "Convention d'accueil scientifique(scientific hosting agreement)

 Purpose of stay in France

Purpose of stay

Visa status and/or resident card must be requested

Supporting documents for visa and/or resident card application

Undergraduate and graduate students

"Etudiant"
(Student)

Enrolment in a French higher education institution

Doctoral student with a scholarship or using own resources

"Etudiant"
(Student)

Enrolment in a French higher education institution

Doctoral student under doctoral contract or with resources equal or superior to the net monthly minimum wage

"Passeport Talent - Chercheur"(Talent passport - researcher)

"Convention d'accueil scientifique"
(Scientific hosting agreement)

Doctoral student enrolled
at a foreign institution

"Passeport Talent - Chercheur"(Talent passport - researcher)

"Convention d'accueil scientifique"
(Scientific hosting agreement)

Research / Teaching

"Passeport Talent - Chercheur"(Talent passport - researcher)

"Convention d'accueil scientifique"
(Scientific hosting agreement)

Internship

"Stagiaire"
(Intern)

"Convention de stage"(Internship agreement)

Please note

In order to benefit from the Welcome Center for International Researchers' immigration related services you must be formally hosted by a French higher education institution in Bordeaux and be registered on the EURAXESS France database.

Updated on 25/07/2019

Contact

Welcome Center for International Researchers

166 Cours de l'Argonne
33000 Bordeaux

+33 5 56 33 80 88
Contact by email