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.
Children from a non-exempted third country will require a long-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.
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 third country
If your spouse is from a non-exempted third 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.
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 OFII ;
- or request a residence permit at the Prefecture
(Scheduling of the appointment and control of the application through Espace Ulys - mandatory).
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. You must contact Espace Ulys to get an appointment arranged at the Préfecture.