Checklist – Prepare your arrival in France !

Discover the infallible checklist to prepare your arrival in france!

It’s time to prepare for your arrival in France ! If the idea of navigating the French administrative maze makes you break out in a cold sweat, don’t panic! Dare&Go is here to help you. Read on as we reveal the secrets to getting your stay in France off on the right foot. 🎈

πŸŽ‰ Congratulations! Your French university/school is opening its doors to you. But before you celebrate your arrival in France, here’s a list of steps to check off:

The magic case of essential docs for your arrival in france :

Before boarding the plane ✈️, make sure you have these little treasures:

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Identity Card

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Passport

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Birth Certificate (the original and a certified official translated version)

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Driver’s license (if you have one)

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Certificate of registration to your establishment

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Documents related to your housing

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Copy of your health record

πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈ Our tip: Take photos of all those precious papers and save them on a drive. That way, you’ll never be caught unprepared.

Visa or no visa?

This is the big question! If you’re coming from outside the European Union, this is a crucial step. It takes between 15 and 45 days to get it. Find out if you’re concerned and what you need to do.

Finding a roof before your arrival in france 🏠:

Searching for a home can seem like a treasure hunt. The good news is that you can do it remotely! Check out our tools here !

And don’t forget: universities sometimes have good plans, like CROUS.

A guarantor for your home:

It’s like a superhero 🦸 for your accommodation. With VISALE, you get a free guarantor depending on the cost of your rent. That’s one less thing to worry about!

Home insurance :

Do you have a flat? Way to go, champ! πŸ† But don’t forget to insure it. Find out about the best offers with this comparison tool. See also our article on insurance.

The CAF :

Apply for caf quickly enough to qualify for housing benefit! We explain it all here.

Yes! As long as you are legally in the country (VISA, residence permit, or European student) and you pay rent for a French residence, you can receive APL! Just make sure you meet CAF’s eligibility criteria. You can test your eligibility for APL on this site.

If you weren’t aware of APL when you moved into your accommodation in France and haven’t applied for it yet, no worries! APL is retroactive, which means you can also receive assistance for the months you’ve already paid rent without applying. So, don’t delay in applying!

To register with CAF, you’ll need to provide:

  • a birth certificate (an original and a translated and certificied copy if you’re not French)
  • a proof of enrollment in a school or university
  • a visa or residence permit (for international students or non-European Erasmus students)
  • an identity card or passport
  • a rental certificate
  • a French IBAN or RIB
  • a French Social Security Number or a European Health Insurance Card


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