CAF stands for Caisses d'Allocations Familiales!
It’s a benefit to all the people/students (the next section will explain who is eligible for CAF) living in France. Under CAF, France government will help you by providing a part of your monthly rent to support your living expenses in France.
It’s hard to get actual information and condition for getting these benefits from the French government.
Don’t worry if you are Indian and staying here on any type of Long Stay Student VISA. you are eligible! No worries :)
You would be receiving CAF living in any type of accommodation as long as you are under any contract for your stay.
Please check VISA type, if you want to know more about Indian Student VISA.
Applying for CAF
Since administrative formalities are very slow so it’s better to start your CAF process once you arrived in Paris. If you are a student, then, in most cases your school would help you to get all the formalities done. You have to be ready for all supporting documents.
Here is the list of documents:
1. Birth Certificate:
It’s highly recommended to get translated copy in French from INDIA before arriving here! In this way, you can save you lots of money spending here for a translation. Anyways don’t worry you can translate it France.
2. Bank Account:
I will advise you not to plan any trip before finishing many formalities from your school because you never know when an agency (bank) is going to visit your school to open an account. It’s hard to communicate in French when you don't know anything and just landed. Always carry your documents (list of documents) for opening a bank account.
3. Passport and VISA copy:
It’s highly recommended to carry multiple copies of the passport and VISA in your school bag, You will need that every time in every formality here. Sometimes they will also ask for a copy of VISA along with passport.
4. Course Certificate:
Though your school would have some integration with servicing agency (bank), it’s highly advisable to attach a certificate because every time this document would say about your student status.
I have a very bad experience with different banking agencies--I have many accounts.
Frustration and looking for better services made me have many bank accounts here! Don’t get the wrong ideas. I don’t have money. :P
5. Rental agreement (a paper which says about your tenancy)
It’s time to dig in deep with your landlord or student apartment to provide a paper (don’t forget this is an agreement and everything!) for you saying that you have been living here.)
Kindly note that you will receive CAF allocation from the second month of your stay. You will not get any benefits for the first month!
For example, if you arrived here on 1st September and your contract starts on 1st September then you will get CAF benefits from 1st October. Also, If you arrived in the last week of September then also, you would be receiving CAF from October since your contract is effective from September.
The next post would be about filling up the CAF form, CAF process.
Best of Luck!