Various measures have been set up to facilitate the move to France of the scientist’s family during his/her long-duration research stay (over 90 days). Procedures may vary depending on the nationality of the family members. Below, you will find the procedures for each different situation.
The scientist's children
No special procedure is necessary for children from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
However, children from a non-exempted, non-European country will require an extended-stay D visa in order to enter France. This visa must be requested at the French consulate closest to your place of residence, at least 2 months prior to your departure for France. You may file this request when requesting your visa, should you require one due to your nationality.
No matter their nationality, scientist’s children under the age of 18 are free to stay in France without a residence permit.
However please note that if your child must travel outside of France, it is recommended to apply for a Document de Circulation pour Etranger mineur (DCEM) at the local Préfecture.
This document is valid for 5 years and costs 45€ (to be paid in revenue stamps). This DCEM will allow your child to come back to France after a stay abroad without having to apply for a French visa again. In order to apply for a DCEM, you must take an online appointment with the Préfecture. The child and at least one of his parents must be present to apply and to pick up the DCEM.
Check the list of requested documents for a DCEM.
Spouse from a European country
If your spouse is from Switzerland, the European Union or the EEA, he/she is free to stay and work in France without having to carry out any special administrative procedure.
Spouse from a non-European country
If your spouse is from a non-exempted, non-European country, he/she must request a visa at the French consulate closest to your place of residence, at least 2 months prior to your departure for France. You may file this request when requesting your visa, should you require one due to your nationality.
Find out more about the visa request
Requesting a residence permit for the scientist’s spouse
A scientist's spouse must follow the same process as the scientist. Depending on the information on the visa the scientist's spouse will have to:
- get his/her visa validated by the OFII ;
- or request a residence permit at the local Prefecture.
Renewing the residence permit of the scientist's spouse
Your spouse’s residence permit must be renewed at the local prefecture of your place of residence. A renewal application dossier must be submitted to the prefecture two months prior to the expiration of his/her current residence permit.