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Moving Services in France

There are complicated legal requirements to consider for coming to live in France. Visas are required to enter France for citizens of some countries, and these visas must be obtained at home from a consulate. However, visitors from Europe and the United States are among those who may enter France for three months without a visa.


The Schengen visitor's visa is valid for 15 countries in Europe, including France. A long stay visa is good for up to 6 months, while a circulation visa can allow repeated entry into France over a 5 year period. A stay in France of over 3 months is defined as residency, and requires a residency permit, except for European Union nationals who do not now need any permit for residency, though it will still help them to get one if they need any other kind of government assistance.


The residency permit is obtained in France from the local police station, foreign person’s office or town hall, and requires a long stay visa along with other documentation such as birth certification and work contracts, as well as a medical report, all of which must be in certified French translation. There are several types of specific residency permits, including both temporary and permanent residency.

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