Guide for foreign residents
The necessary steps to settling in
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The necessary steps to settling in

All you need to know to make your stay a success. Follow the guide! Here are the formalities required when arriving and staying in Paris. They concern work, residence permits and practical information on how to enrol your children in a school.  With advice on finding a job or learning French, details on housing benefits, etc.

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Is my driving licence valid? Can I take part in elections? Find the answers to all the questions you have on your stay in Paris.


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Tailor-made lessons in Paris: you wish to learn French? If you are over 18, you may take a municipal course. In Paris, many organisations, such as the Alliance Française, enable you to obtain basic knowledge of French.


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The ABC of schooling: where should I enrol my child? Which suitable systems are available? All the answers to your questions so that you child settles into the French school system successfully.


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Here you will find the list of foreign embassies and consulates in Paris and the role of each of these bodies.


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Useful addresses, resources and numbers

Information and advice centers are there to answer all your questions concerning EU and foreign national residents: Paris City Hall points d’accès au droit (P.A.D. – equivalent of citizens’ advice bureau), Maisons de Justice et du droit (M.J.D. – justice and law information centres), associations, free legal advice offices, etc.

Access to law : pratical information (English version) 

Useful addresses, resources and numbers (in French)



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