Upon arrival in France registration is mandatory and will entitle you to reimbursement of part of your health care expenses.
To be affiliated to the French Social Security Health scheme, you will need to sign up via the dedicated website HERE after your arrival in France.
You will have to complete the 3-step registration process:
1/ Enter your personal information,
2/ Upload the required documents:
- Enrollment certificate (not the admission letter)
- Birth certificate (ideally translated into French except if the original version is already in English)
- Visa validation certificate
- French bank details
3/ Create your "Personal area".
Once the documents you submitted upon registration online have been checked (within 2 to 3 weeks), you will receive an email stating that your coverage certificate with your temporary social security number (NIA number) can be downloaded from your "Personal area".
If some of your documents are missing or have been rejected, you will receive an email stating which documents to upload on your "Personal area". This can slow down the process.
Once your registration has been completed and approved (it may take months), you will be informed that your new coverage certificate with your permanent French Social Security number (NIR number) can be downloaded from your "Personal area" and that your file has been transferred to your local CPAM.
After this step you will be able to create your ameli account 7 to 10 days after having received the permanent social security number.