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Living in Europe, Working in EuropeEntry conditions/visasFrance

Get ready for your stay



You are coming to France as a researcher. Let's see how to best prepare your stay! 

Follow our checklist guiding you through the first steps of your say before and shortly after your move to France.


  • Upon your arrival in France, you must validate your long-stay visa as a residence permit and, if applicable, those of your spouse and children. For detailed information, consult our dedicated Entry conditions/visas page to find out the correct procedure to follow according to your situation.
  • Contact the EURAXESS center nearest to your place of residence to make the necessary arrangements.
  • Open a bank account in your name or a joint account if are in France with your spouse. For detailed information consult our dedicated page on theFrench banking system.
  • If you have a French contract of employment, as soon as you and your employer have signed your work contract, you can register with French health insurance coverage. For more information, consult our dedicated social securitypage.
  • We advise you to register with the consular authorities of your country in France.