Welcome Center

The Welcome Center for International Researchers is a dedicated service that acts as the intermediary between hosting laboratories and international researchers arriving to Bordeaux.

The Welcome Center for International Researchers (WCIR) supports researchers with essential procedures upon their arrival, such as finding accommodation, carrying out administrative tasks and completing general paperwork that is required for daily life in France:

  • Conditions of arrival in France
  • Obtaining a resident card
  • Social security and health insurance
  • Tax returns
  • Schooling of children


All researchers must comply with the conditions concerning the right to stay and work in France. For international researchers wishing to stay in Bordeaux, the main steps to follow are outlined in this summary table which provides information concerning the formalities to complete according to nationality and the duration and means of funding of a stay. If you are a scientist-researcher on mobility in Bordeaux, you should obtain the following in the order below (please note that these procedures also apply to your partner and children if they are accompanying you).

> Please note: citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area do not need a visa and therefore do not need to follow these procedures. In the same way, citizens of the European Union do not need a resident card.

Updated on 21/01/2019


Welcome Center for International Researchers

166 Cours de l'Argonne
33000 Bordeaux

+33 5 56 33 80 88
Contact by email

Online appointment

Do you wish to come and meet with us to discuss administrative procedures? Just complete the form and make your appointment online

More information

Download the guide and flyer to find out more about the WCIR