How to obtain a residence permit when you are a foreigner?

For all foreigners wishing to stay in France, obtaining a residence permit is compulsory. Before presenting the different types of residence permit, here is how to proceed to obtain yours.

Go through a professional to get a residence permit

Any foreigner over the age of 18, who meets the required legal conditions, can acquire a document called a “card” or “residence permit”. To do this, simply send the request to the prefecture of his domicile.

Even if the presence of the applicant at the prefecture is compulsory for the submission of the file, you can call on a professional to help you in your procedures. To facilitate this process, take advice on

2 different residence permits possible

There are different types of residence permit. It is therefore important to differentiate them before making your request, so as not to have to redo everything.

The long stay visa

It allows whoever obtains it to enter France on a regular basis. The applicant can make the request from his country of origin. It can serve as a residence permit.

The resident card

It is valid for 10 years and can be in 3 forms. In addition to the resident card, there is also the permanent resident card and the “long-term EU” resident card.

In addition to these, we can also quote the retirement residence card. Only foreigners living outside France but receiving a pension paid by the French State can apply for this card. The retirement residence permit lasts 10 years.

What are the rights of the foreigner?

Foreigners living on French territory benefit from certain fundamental rights. These include civil and political rights such as the freedom to come and go. It is indeed one of the fundamental freedoms protected by international conventions but also by the Constitution of the French State.

Foreigners also have the right to access justice and have the right to marry. With regard to economic and social rights, they have the right to protection and to health. Foreigners also have the right to have access to housing and emergency accommodation.

Finally, they can benefit from social protection and a right to work.

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