Students

If you are an international student in Bordeaux, you must request a resident card. Find out how!

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Student resident card - change of procedure

The procedure for applying for a “student” resident card will be dematerialized as of September 15th, 2020.

Students and trainees applying for a "student" resident card or its renewal in the Gironde region will therefore no longer be required to make an appointment online, or submit their application in person at the WCIR.

Applications will be submitted online in full. If the request is accepted, the Prefecture of Gironde will send the “récépissés” and resident cards to applicants by post.

Please note: for students and trainees whose resident card expires between June 15th and September 15th 2020, it is possible to send a renewal request by post to the address of the Prefecture of Gironde, in order to apply for a “récépissé” pending the implementation of the dematerialized process.

Don't be late!

Applications to renew the resident card must be completed within the 2 months prior to the expiration of the current resident card. Any applications made after the expiry date will result in a fine of 180€ in tax stamps.

Immigration & visas

  • EU nationals: you do not need a visa and resident card. A valid form of ID or passport is sufficient.
  • Non-EU nationals: please consult the French Embassy website in your country for information about the procedures to be followed. Upon your arrival, you must request a temporary resident card, specifying “student” status.
  • For more information about immigration procedures in France, please consult this page. Applications to renew the resident card must be completed within the 2 months prior to the expiration of the current resident card. Any appointments made after the expiry date will result in a fine of 180€ in tax stamps.

Updated on 29/06/2020

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