Your move to France will necessitate numerous administrative procedures requiring certain documents. To facilitate these procedures, remember to check the following list of documents to bring along with you.
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checklist of documents to bring with you to france
o Hosting agreement
It is essential for you to bring the original copy of your hosting agreement, which grants you legal authorization to work in France.
o Passport and/or national identity card
o Visa: a visa may be required for the scientist and for each of his/her family members.
More information on obtaining a visa.
o Application form for OFII ("French Immigration and Integration Office") certification, stamped and delivered by the same French consulate having delivered the visa: this document concerns only those researchers holding a “scientist-researcher” or a "student" D-visa (with the exception of Algerian scientists).
o Any health insurance documents: European Health Insurance Card, proof of private insurance, etc.
Regarding healthcare coverage
o Birth certificate: a birth certificate (original copy) or a birth certificate extract is required for you and for each of your family members accompanying you to France. The certificate must provide the holder’s filiation information (identifying his/her father and mother); it must also be certified by apostille or authenticated, according to the country of issuance. If the birth certificate is not in French, it will also have to be translated by a sworn translator certified by a French court of appeal.
o Marriage certificate: If you are married and your spouse is accompanying you to France, you will need to bring along the original copy of your marriage certificate. Depending on the country of issuance, your marriage certificate may need to be translated by a sworn translator certified by a French court of appeal.
o Proof of income for the previous fiscal year: your pay slips or tax returns (as well as those of your spouse, if need be) for the previous fiscal year.
o The original copies of your university degrees.
o Vaccination certificates: for you and for each of your family members accompanying you to France (necessary in order to enrol your children in school).
o Your children’s school reports/records.
o Driving licence: Your currently valid driving licence or international licence, if you plan on driving in France.
o Vehicle papers: If you bring your vehicle with you to France, you will also need to bring:
- The international insurance card for your vehicle.
- The title deed for your vehicle.