Are you thinking of moving abroad to advance your career in research ? Follow our checklist before leaving France.
If you are leaving a rented accommodation:
- Notify the landlord or the rental agency by Lettre recommandée avec accusé de réception (registered letter with acknoledgement of reception). Make sure you send this letter well before you leave (notification period: 1 to 3 months before departure according to the terms mentioned in the lease).
- Arrange an appointment with the landlord or the agency to make an exit inventory. They may deposit the security deposit on your bank account within 2 months following your departure.
- Notify the energy suppliers (gas and electricity) of the date of your departure and check the requirements for terminating the contracts.
- Terminate contracts with all other providers: water supplier, landline and mobile telephone, television and internet, house insurance. (By phone or by sending a registered letter with acknowledgement of reception depending on the companies).
- For further information consult the housing guide in the accommodation section.
Notify the following administrations of your departure:
- Tax office: le service des impôts
- Family/housing allowances: la Caisse d'allocations familiales (Caf)
- Social security: la Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM)
- Pension fund: la Caisse de Retraite
You can notify all those administrations in one single step online.
You can also inform La Poste of your change of address. They will redirect your mail in France or abroad so you don't miss any important mail (paid service).
Do not leave debts or bills unpaid.
- Inquire with your bank to schedule a remote closure of your account after your departure (you might receive on your bank account within the next months following your departure your last wage, the last Caf payments, the guarantee deposit for your rented accommodation, etc...).
- If you travel with your children, ask for school certificates and grade sheets.
- Notify your complementary health insurance (mutuelle).
- If you leave France for a temporary stay in the European Economic Area, ask for your EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card).
- If you or a member of your family has been undergoing medical treatment, be sure to request a certificate/medical record from your French medical consultant in order to continue the treatment.
- Notify your employer.
- If you are registered with Pôle emploi (in case of unemployement), notify Pôle emploi.
- Ask for any work, internship or studies certificates or recommendation letters.
Do not hesitate to ask your EURAXESS Centre for advice or a personal meeting with someone who can help before you leave.
Information provided by EURAXESS France