How to get your first Vitale card?
Dear friends, we all know that it is hard to lead a student life in France, such as requesting the CAF, opening an electricity account, school registration and CVEC… But the biggest problem for everyone is to open an Améli account and demand the Vitale card.
France is a country equipped with a integrate medical insurance system. International students can benefit from the same social insurance just like French students, and they could obtain up to 70% of the reimbursement in their medical treatment. In addition, from the school year of 2018, the health insurance system for students in France was reformed and the new CVEC (La Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Camps) replaced La Sécurité Sociale Etudiante. The former charge 217 euros per year, but now it costs only 90 euros. Let’s take a quick look at of it!
Step 1: Registration on the dedicated website:
Fill in your personal information.
Step 2: upload the mandatory supporting documents.
I advise you to prepare all documents needed before application to avoid unnecessary problems.
Documents to submit
A certificate of registration for the current academic year
Proof of identity
A student visa
Proof of civil status
A residence permit
Then click “continue”.
STEP 3: Create your personal space
Confirm that your information is correct and do not forget to enter your email address.
After confirmation, log in to your email address, click the confirmation link that Améli sent you, and then reset the password to complete the registration.
Step 4: Waiting for your NIR
As soon as you receive a message with a NIR (Social Security Number), you can create your official personal account on the ameli.fr website and work on your vital card.
ATTENTION: this site is new, not the previous.
Use your social security number to create your Améli account.
Your initial password will be emailed to you, be patient!
Step 5: Apply for the Carte Vitale
You can order your vital card on Améli.fr or via the Améli application.
In the meantime, you can download your final Social Security affiliation certificate and be reimbursed.
And then, you request your Vitale card by providing your supporting documents:
– recent identity photo
Step 6 Declare an attending physician
You can enter the type of doctor or your address on the doctolib platform to find your family doctor in your vicinity.
And then search for “Declaration of choice of attending physician” on google
Download the file and complete it with the information your family doctor, then send it to the health insurance office (CPAM) in your city.
Finally, you can benefit from full medical insurance in France.
Although the process is complicated, it is a necessary step in your life in France. I hope you all good luck and get your Vitale card soon.
If you encounter problems during your online application, please contact directly the CPAM in your city for further information.