Formalities and residence permits

What are the steps needed to prepare for your studies in France? Steps are required: enroll in an institution, obtain a residence permit and pass a medical examination. Start your steps at least one year before your arrival!

Formalities and residence permits
Coming to study in France : the administrative procedure.

There are three main things you must do : sign up at one of the education institutions, obtain or renew your resident’s card and have a medical check-up.

The different types of student visas are presented on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There is a guide for the public on, with a chapter on ‘Your rights and administrative obligations’ for people residing here in France.
The chapter on “foreigners in France” gives information on entry to the country and your stay here in France. The website suggests a list of answers to give to the usual administrative questions. It also gives you the opportunity of asking an administrative question or by phone 3939.

The Préfecture issues residents’ permits website
The department for students and foreign scientists will be open from March 1st to August 31 2010, from 9 am to 12h30 pm. 12 rue des Cuirassiers Lyon 3ème (métro Part Dieu) map

Document Translation For your administrative tasks, you'll need certified translations of your official documents. You can get by contacting: Inter Service Migrants (ISM)
32 cours Lafayette - 69003 Lyon Tel: 04 72 84 78 99 - Fax: 04 72 84 78 92
Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
ISM produces translations of documents including administrative and legal into over 60 languages. Rates: official documents (birth certificates, family books ...): 15 euros per document. Driver's license: 19 euros. Other documents (diplomas ...): 11,50 € / 100 words (minimum 23 euros to 200 words).

SOS NET is a legal aid website provided by the association Droit pour Tous. There is a chapter on foreigners’ rights.

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page 2 How to sign up
page 3 Residence permits
page 4 Medical test


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