How do I register on the Euraxess France database?
In order to register on the Euraxess France database, please consult this page. Registering will allow you to benefit from the WCIR’s services, as well as from the Euraxess housing platform and welcome services.
I’m an international researcher. How do I make an appointment with the WCIR?
Appointments are available in French or in English upon request for first time resident card applications or questions concerning social security and taxes.To schedule an appointment, please register on the Euraxess France database, and then consultthis page.
I’m an international student. How do I make an appointment with the WCIR?
Appointments for the student resident card unit are available as of July 1st 2019. To schedule an appointment, please consult this page. The student resident card unit will be open Monday to Friday from 8h40 to 16h20. As of December 20th 2019, please directly contact the Prefecture of Gironde.
Validation of a long-stay visa used as a resident card
Children accompanying a scientist-researcher going to live in France are subject to the same entry requirements for entering French territory.
Type C short-stay visa: for a visit of under 3 months
Type D long-stay visa: for a visit of over 3 months
Children do not need a resident card to stay in France, on the condition that one of their parents or their legal guardian is the holder of a valid resident card.
Movement Document for Foreign Minors (DCEM)
This document is not compulsory, however it facilitates administrative processes in France and French customs procedures. It is valid for 5 years, but it cannot be used as a resident card. Please note, the document does not allow parents to request a potential extension of their stay.
The “Caisse d’allocations familiales” (CAF - the Family Branch of the French Social Security System) is a national organization for family assistance. It can be used by families with at least 2 children or parents of children under 3 years. The conditions for eligibility are based on conformity of entry and stay of researchers and their families, and the level of their past and current earnings.
The following services are available:
Monthly allowance for families with more than 2 children
A birth bonus for children born in France
Financial aid for childcare for young children
Price reductions for extracurricular activities.
Some administrative procedures require a sworn translator for the translation of official documents, such as civil status documents or driver’s licenses. The translator must be officially sworn by a French Court of Appeal.
French embassies and consulates located in the country issuing the document,
Foreign embassies and consulates in France.
Multilingual documents issued by member countries of the International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS).
In Bordeaux there is a wide range of FLE (French as a Foreign Language) classes intended for non-French speakers. Certain schools can also prepare you for exams recognized by the French government (such as the DILF, DELF, DALF, TCF etc.) and offer immersion practice in French culture.