Citizens Guides for French Residents

Information and contacts for nationals of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada residing in France...

US citizens

The Embassy of the United States, Paris France has a website with up-to-date news on matters of relevance to Americans living in France.

The US Citizens Service is the consular section which provides detailed information on all legal matters including:

  • information on passports and the registration of intended residence
  • registration of births, marriages, deaths
  • employment issues for the employer and employee
  • housing, vehicle buying, selling and registering
  • the voting process when out of the country

The American Presence Post in Lyon has jurisdiction over the French départements Ain, Isère, Savoie and Haute-Savoie, and can provide limited consular services to American citizens. The office does not accept visa applications or respond to enquiries about visas.

The Embassy of France in the United States is a rich resource of relevant information for Americans planning a visit or move to France. It includes information and guidelines on living, working and driving in France, the metric system, marriage in France and more:

UK Citizens

Consular information for Britons is available from the Embassy in Paris.

  • British Consulate-General, Paris
    At: 16 rue d’Anjou, 75008 Paris
    Metro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14), Concorde (line 1) or Miromesnil (lines 9, 13)
    and Champs-Elysees (lines 1, 13)
    Postal address: British Embassy, BP 111-08, 75363 Paris Cedex 08 
    Tel : 01 44 51 31 00 
    Fax: 01 44 51 31 27
    Open to the public: Monday to Friday 9:30 to 12:30
  • British Embassy, Paris
    At: 35, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 Paris
    Tel: 01 44 51 31 00
    Fax: 01 44 51 41 27
    Open: 09:30-12:30

Australian citizens

Australian citizens in France may obtain some advice and assistance, including obtaining emergency passports, from the Australian Embassy.

  • Australian Embassy
    At: 4, rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
    Metro: Bir-Hakeim (Line 6)
    : 01 72 15 00 67
    Tel (after hours Emergency Service only): +61 2 6261 3305
    Open to the public: Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

The Southern Cross Group is a global organisation that exists to "Promote Mobility in the Global Community", and to communicate with expatriated Australians throughout the world. Their work includes lobbying for changes in laws that improve or simplify the life of Australians abroad. The website has detailed information on the legal and practical aspects of: citizenship, voting, visas, health insurance, taxation and more.

  • For the Southern Cross Group website: Click here
  • For information on the Southern Cross Group in France: Click here

Canadian citizens

The Canadian Embassy in France website has some very useful checklists and notes for Canadian citizens planning a move to, or living in France. The information includes notes, checklists and tips on all aspects of the move, from planning the departure, the time spent in France and the return. It also gives access to tax information and instructions on tax returns.

  • Embassy of Canada
    : 35, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
    Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Alma-Marceau
    Tel: 01 44 43 29 02
    Fax: 01 44 43 29 86
    Tel (after hours Emergency Service only): 01 44 43 29 00
    Open to the public: Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00