Student Resident Card
How to obtain a Residence card
All students from a county outside the European Union, who studies in France for more than 6 months, will require a residence card.
All students from a county within the European Union, only require a residence card if they wish to work and will earn more than 450€.
Documents to acquire in your country :
- Photocopy of your passport showing the following : name, validity, long stay VISA and the entry date to France,
- Birth certificate translated into French by a certified translator from the French Embassy services or the French Consulate of your country (a Christening Certificate is not valid)
- 3 recent identity photos (3x4cm, in colour or white and black on a white background),
- Financial statement (to get a long-term VISA from the French Consulate of your country).
To renew your residence card you will also require :
- A photocopy of your expired card,
- Financial statement with a minimum of 450€ income per month. (scholarship, declaration of funds from parents, the last 3 bank statements, before renewal, from your French bank),
- A birth certificate is not required
Documents to obtain in France :
- University attendance certificate,
- Proof of home address (e.g. bill from EDF),
- An OMI stamp of 70€, only required at your first request excepting Algerians and EEE,
- One stamped self-addressed envelope,
- Completed application form for residence card.
Since June 1st 2009, some students with long stay visas, no longer need a residence card. These include foreigners with long stay visas (from 3 mths to 1 year) mentioned "student" for the whole validity period. For more information click here
A medical visit is compulsory for all foreigners requesting a first residence card. It must be done in France, by doctors from the l'Office de Migrations Internationales (OMI).