A view of Paris

Coming to France

Make sure to find out the relevant information to make your arrival and stay in France as easy as possible. If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, as a general rule, a visa is required for entry and must be obtained in your country of residence before your departure. However, France is simplifying the issuance of "circulation" visas to "foreign talents": business leaders, university professors, scientists and artists.

Welcome to France

Business France, which supports the international development of the French economy, has set up an information service for international talents and their families, who have moved for professional reasons. The Welcome to France website is designed to guide you through the various steps required for your expatriation to France. "Welcome to France" is a useful source of information for international talents and their families when dealing with the following administrative formalities:
  • Visa, residence permit and work permit requirements
  • Taxation
  • Social protection
  • Practical aspects of daily life: schools, finding accommodation, etc.

Formalities for international students coming to study in France

In order to come and study in France, students from countries outside of the EU must obtain a student visa and be in possession of a passport. For those students from EU member countries, an identity card is sufficient. Each year, the enrolment period for international students is between 1st December and 31st January. If you plan on enrolling on a course, find out more information from the cultural service of the French embassy in your country and from Centres pour les études en France (Centres for Studies in France, or CEF): the conditions of admission are different depending on your nationality, your country of residence and the nature of your studies. Read more on Campus France website.


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