Before your arrival in France

According to your personal situation, different documents will be useful:

  • You have a « convention d’accueil », you must come to France with it. This document has to contain three seals: the host organisation, the prefecture of your place of stay in France, the French Consulate
  • A certified birth certificate for each member of the family
  • A marriage certificate or the family records
  • Certificates of vaccination, especially for the children
  • Your childrens’ school reports.
  • Diploma or certificate confirming the obtention of the PhD diploma.
  • Certificate of your private health insurance or certificate from your national insurance (European health card for the European Union nationals)
  • The certificate confirming that you will have a grant or you will have a financing from a government or an organism.
  • The incomes written proof of all the family during the previous tax year. (sheets of taxation or the last pay slips)
  • If you think you will drive in France:
    • Your valid driving licence (which one will permit you to drive two years in France) or an international driving licence.
    • The car’s international insurance document.
    • The car registration document or the car’s title deed.
  • Passport: please do not forget to check on the validity of your passport during your stay in France.
  • Recent and good quality passport photographs (at least 4) - full face and head uncovered 
  • Last advice: foresee several copies of all these documents and do not forget to take them with you at each administrative procedures.