Visa and residence permit
If you have the status of “talent-researcher ” or “scientist-researcher ” (for Algerian nationals), you can bring your family to France thanks to a simplified procedure, known as “famille accompagnante”. (accompanying family).
It should be noted that in France, minor children are exempt from the residence permit requirement until they reach the age of majority. They can be issued a document de circulation pour étrangers mineurs (DCEM). (Document for the movement of underage foreigners)
Childcare and schooling
Childcare for toddlers
If your child is under 3 years old, there are several childcare facilities: municipal kindergartens, collective multi-host centres, family childcare services, and others. These services are either organised directly by the city, or be proposed by associations or private structures. To find out more about these services, please contact the UNICAEN Euraxess
Your children’s schooling
In France, school is compulsory from the age of 3 until the age of 16. The educational system is based on to the age of the child, with the following levels:
- Pre-school (3-6 years)
- Primary schools (6-11 years)
- The “college”, (equiv. middle school) 4 levels after primary school
- The “lycée”, (equiv. high school) which welcomes students who pursue general, technological or vocational studies after the “college”.
To find out more about the French education system, please visit the France Education International website.
The enrolment procedure will depend on the age of your child, and therefore on the level in which he or she is to be enrolled. To find out how to proceed, contact the UNICAEN Euraxess Service Centre.
Family allowances – Allocations familiales
The Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF) is an organisation whose mission is to help families by means of family allowances and a policy of social action. To be eligible for family allowances, you must:
- reside legally in France,
- have at least two dependent children under 20 years of age and/or a child under 3 years of age.