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Resident card: how do you justify your knowledge of french?

Verified 19 février 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

General case

If you do a 1re application for a residence card, you must prove that your proficiency in French is equal to or higher than the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL) of the Council of Europe.

To do this, you must:

  • have passed a language test, or
  • have obtained a diploma attesting to a level of knowledge of French at least equivalent to level A2 of CECRL or sanctioning a course in French.

Language test or attestation

  • French Knowledge Test (TCF) issued by the International Centre for Educational Studies (CIEP)
  • French Evaluation Test (TEF) issued by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Any test or certificate issued by a certifying body, recognised at national or international level and attesting to the overall mastery of all the written and oral skills of A2 level of the CECRL.
    The test must have been passed in an approved examination centre and the oral expression validated during an face-to-face interview.

Diploma

You're over 65

You are not subject to the condition of knowing French.

You have a disability

If you do a 1re application for a residence card, you must prove that your proficiency in French is equal to or higher than the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL) of the Council of Europe.

To do this, you must:

  • have passed a language test, or
  • have obtained a diploma attesting to a level of knowledge of French at least equivalent to level A2 of CECRL or sanctioning a course in French.

Language test or attestation

  • French Knowledge Test (TCF) issued by the International Centre for Educational Studies (CIEP)
  • French Evaluation Test (TEF) issued by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Any test or certificate issued by a certifying body, recognised at national or international level and attesting to the overall mastery of all the written and oral skills of A2 level of the CECRL.
    The test must have been passed in an approved examination centre and the oral expression validated during an face-to-face interview.

If you have a disability, you can benefit from test arrangements for a language test.

If you are unable to take such a test, you may also be exempted from the requirement to know the French language.

You must ask the prefecture for a medical certificate template and have it completed by your attending physician. You then have to send it back to the prefecture.

Diploma

You have a chronically deficient state of health

If you do a 1re application for a residence card, you must prove that your proficiency in French is equal to or higher than the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL) of the Council of Europe.

To do this, you must:

  • have passed a language test, or
  • have obtained a diploma attesting to a level of knowledge of French at least equivalent to level A2 of CECRL or sanctioning a course in French.

Language test or attestation

  • French Knowledge Test (TCF) issued by the International Centre for Educational Studies (CIEP)
  • French Evaluation Test (TEF) issued by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Any test or certificate issued by a certifying body, recognised at national or international level and attesting to the overall mastery of all the written and oral skills of A2 level of the CECRL.
    The test must have been passed in an approved examination centre and the oral expression validated during an face-to-face interview.

If you have a chronic medical condition, you can benefit from test arrangements for the passage of a language test.

If you are unable to take such a test, you may also be exempted from the requirement to know the French language.

You must ask the prefecture for a medical certificate template and have it completed by your attending physician. You then have to send it back to the prefecture.

Diploma