What kind of residence permit do you need to live in France?

What kind of residence permit do you need to live in France?

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While you need a visa to enter France, you must apply for a residence permit to be able to live in France. The type of residence permit you need depends on the reason for your stay.

A new type of multi-year residence permit – the Talent Passport – has recently been introduced to make France more attractive to foreign talent. You can find out more about the eligibility criteria in the various sections of this website.

 

Helpful tip: Citizens of a European Union or European Economic Area Member State or of Switzerland are free to enter and stay in France without requiring a residence permit. All they need do is register at the town hall in their place of residence.

Find the relevant town hall

Algerian nationals are covered by a specific scheme.

Please see accueil-étrangers.gouv.fr for further details. 



To find out how to apply for a residence permit, select the type of permit that matches your circumstances:

 

To get your personalized guide, go to the ‘My procedures’ section.