When you arrive in France


Within the two months following arrival on French territory, you must request a residence certificate "Certificat de résidence Algérien Scientifique/Chercheur" at the Préfecture closest to your residence in France. You need to send your first request for a certificat de résidence to the prefecture by registered mail. The Welcome Center can help you prepare the request.


Documents to provide

When the file is duly completed, a receipt for the first request for a residence certificate is delivered. This is a temporary document which allows the applicant to reside and work in France while waiting to receive the visitor card.

Warning: Once the Visa expires, this receipt does not authorize travel outside of France.

The residence certificate must be picked up in person at the Préfecture in general within the three months following the submission of the file. The Algerian scientist is exempt of taxes and the fiscal stamp on the residence card for the first request.

Accompanied


Your spouse receives a Visa with the mention “Vie privée et familiale”. The formalities are therefore different.

Within the two months following arrival in France, your spouse must request a residence certificate ("Certificat de résidence Algérien") at the Préfecture closest to your residence in France.

Documents to provide

When the file is duly completed, a receipt for the first request for a residence certificate is delivered to your spouse. This is a temporary document which allows them to reside and work in France while waiting for the residence card.

Warning: Once the Visa expires, this receipt does not authorize travel outside of France.

It takes about 3 months to receive the residence certificate which is valid for a maximum of one year. If you and your spouse reside longer in France, the certificate must be renewed. The spouse must pick up the certificate in person at the Préfecture closest to the place of residence and pay a tax of 225 € in fiscal stamps for its deliverance (new rates as of January 1st, 2020). You must also accompany your spouse, with the orginal and a copy of your own passport, your Visa and host convention for each step of the process.

Note : You can purchase the fiscal stamps directly at a tobacco shop (bureau de tabac) or online.

Renewal of your Certificat de Résidence Algérien


Two months before the expiration of the resicence card, you must request a renewal of the "Certificat de Résidence Algérien Scientifique/Chercheur" at the Préfecture nearest to your residence in France.

The renewal request must be sent by registered mail to the Prefecture. The Welcome Center can assist you with this procedure.

 

A receipt for the request for renewal of the residence certificate will be issued. You will receive a postal letter or text message on your French mobile phone notifying when to pick up the new residence certificate in person at the Préfecture.

The applicant must pay 225 € in fiscal stamps for the new residence certificate (new rates as of January 1st, 2020).

As with the scientist, the spouse must pay the same tax for the new residence certificate.