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RESEARCHERS with a "SCIENTIST" VISA and their spouse

Social security registration

The Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM) is the branch of Social Security in charge of healthcare cover for employees. To register for healthcare cover you need to request a Social Security number from CPAM in Paris.

All the adult members of your family must be registered with Social Security. Once you have received your Social Security number, you will be eligible to receive reimbursement of any healthcare expenses incurred as of your first day of employment.


Non-European researchers ("scientist" visa) with a French working contract and their family

You need to send your application to CPAM Paris:

75948 PARIS CEDEX 19


Download the list of documents required by CPAM.

Once CPAM has received your application, it will be processed within around one month. Within the following 3-6 months, you will receive a document called “Attestation de droits” and an application form for the Carte Vitale. This will simplify your future reimbursement claims.


Non-European researchers ("scientist" visa) without a French working contract and their family

If you don't have French contract of employment, you can't register for healthcare cover.

If you are not covered in France by the Health organisation of your home country, you have other options:

  • Take a private insurance in your home country which will cover you and your family during your stay in France ;
  • Take a private insurance in France.