Covid-19: International students FAQ
The closure of higher education institutions since Monday, March 16, 2020 raises legitimate questions among you. A frequently asked questions page and a Facebook group have been created to answer your questions.
As the prefecture suspended activities such as the reception of applicants for residence, due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the Ministry of the Interior has decided to extend by three months the validity of a package of documents that would expire on Monday 16 March 2020, such as long-stay visas, provisional residence permits and authorizations, asylum application certificates or receipts for applications for residence permits. This extension is automatic, so you do not have to do anything.
E.g.: If your residence permit/visa/receipt expires on 21 March 2020, the period of validity is automatically extended until 21 June. You can thus still benefit from your social and work protections.
Once the lockdown is over, it is strongly advised that holders of a residence permit/visa/receipt benefiting from this extension do not leave French territory, otherwise they may encounter many difficulties when they want to come back.
In compliance with instructions from the Ministry, it is no longer possible to welcome the public in public structures, including student accommodation. If you were to move into a student hall during the lockdown, you will not be able to carry out the necessary steps for access to accommodation (handing over the keys, inventory of fixtures etc.) We advise you to stay in your current accommodation until the end of the lockdown. If your situation nevertheless requires urgent care, please contact the PSL Welcome Desk - email@example.com - as soon as possible.
The Welcome Desk will answer all students' questions:
- By mail at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- With the mailbox on the PSL Welcome Desk Facebook page
- With the mailbox of the Instagram PSL Welcome Desk account
A new Facebook support group "PSL International students" has been created to answer all the questions of PSL international students in this difficult situation and to help you in all your procedures. To join it, click here
- If you feel like chatting, anonymously, with a team of bilingual students, don't forget that the Nightline service is available every evening from 9:00 pm to 2:30 am (by chat only). Nightline is a free listening service based on 4 principles: anonymous, confidential, non-judgmental and not prescriptive.
- If you need to talk to a specialist, we can put you in touch with PSL's psychological service. To do so, send a short email to the PSL Welcome Desk and we will forward your contact information to the team of experts who will get in touch with you. Of course, this service is free of charge. email@example.com
- You can discuss with the members of the Facebook group "PSL international students" - it was created on purpose!
During the lockdown, the directions are: stay at home. However, you are allowed to travel if you:
- Go to work, only when remote work isn’t an option ;
- Purchase essential goods within the nearest facilities;
- Cover your medical needs (e.g.: buying medication;
- Help a relative, to assist vulnerable individuals, or for child care;
- Make short travels, close to your home, for individual physical activity (excluding group sports), or linked to the needs of pets.
If you have to leave your home for one of these reasons, you must print and fill in the "Certificate of essential travel" attestation de déplacement dérogatoire). You may also write it on a separate sheet of paper. You should not fill in the form on your smartphone, as the document will not be considered as a valid document.
- A different issue of "certificate of essential travel" has to be printed for each of the different causes and moments you are outside.
- When exhibiting the certificate, you will be also required to show your passport and your residence permit.
- While you are outside, the police may check your certificate and your ID papers, as part of the controls during lockdown.
- If your certificate is not valid, you will be fined €135.