Immigration

This page summarizes the main rules regulating the entry, residence and right to work in France.

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 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.

*Holders of an EC resident card issued by another EU Member State may enter and remain in France without needing a long-stay visa (for visits of over 3 months). Those with a hosting agreement concluded in another European State may request a resident card at the Prefecture of their place of residence by presenting the hosting agreement drawn up with an organization 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 necessary in order to access to the job market.

*Scientists-researchers enjoy the right to intra-European mobility. If the hosting agreement was established in another European Member State (or an associated country), they may carry out their research over a period of maximum 3 months with their scientist-researcher resident card issued by another Member State or an associated country.

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

Doctoral student with a scholarship or using own resources

"Etudiant"
(Student)

Enrolment in a French higher education institution

Doctoral student under doctoral contract

"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)

Updated on 13/11/2017