CAF Benefits in France – Things you need to know
Many come from abroad but often don’t realize that they have the option to claim certain CAF benefits in France. Otherwise, those who do know what CAF is, rather know it to be a complicated matter to deal with and the applications are often complex for non-French-speaking residents. That is why Click&Live is here, to handle it for you.
WHAT IS CAF?
Okay, let us begin with explaining what CAF is. CAF stands for “Caisse des Allocations Familiales”. It is the government body that offers individuals and families different services and benefits to help.
As an International Student: It is a French state welfare agency provided by the French government. Every student living and studying in France, paying rent, has the right to receive CAF allowances.
Once the correct file has been submitted, you may receive up to 200€ depending on the accommodation you are staying in.
NOTE THAT ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN FRENCH.
Before starting, you need to have a housing contract and a bank account for them to send you the money! Check out our Extended Package for these benefits.
WHAT SERVICES DOES CAF PROVIDE?
On the main page of the CAF website at www.caf.fr you will find a list of all the different services they provide. Here is a list of the main services they provide:
• Services for young children (PAJE)
• Family Allowance (allocations familiales)
• School Grants (allocation de rentrée scolaire)
• Housing Benefits (allocation logement)
• Moving Grant (la prime de déménagement)
• Supplementary Benefits (RSA)
HOW MUCH WILL YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM CAF?
It all depends on the situation, it depends on the house/apartment dimensions (how big it is), if you’re in a colocation or alone, if the accommodation is furnished or not, your revenue, etc…
There are many criteria that will affect how much you receive. But the maximum seen given is around 250€ and the least amount given is around 85€.
Here are some guidelines to prepare before submitting papers:
– Make copies of every document you will give to the CAF. They tend to be messy and can ask for the same document twice.
– As soon as you receive word from them, you have to be quick. You need to provide them with whatever they ask for. Or else, it will take time.
– The letters you will receive are very important, keep them. You will surely need them for later.
– Pick the right Bank, to provide you with the card quickly. You will most definitely need it for your CAF process.
– Make sure to subscribe for housing insurance if you are renting accommodation in France, it’s mandatory and must be taken into consideration!