Visa Management Process in France
If you are a student from any EU/EEA country, you won’t need a visa. However, if you're a student outside an EU/EEA country, here are some visa details you need to know.
- After being accepted at a French university, you can start the visa process since it requires the offer acceptance letter along with the other relevant documents.
- Select the type of visa
- Schengen visa or short-stay visa, which is available up to 3 months. This visa is usually for short-term study programmes. It is free of charge. A residence permit is not needed. Temporary long-stay visa, which is available between 3 to 6 months. The residence permit is required and this one cannot be renewed. Long-stay visa, that is available for the entire duration of your course in France. There is no need for a residence permit since it in itself is a residence permit and is called VLT-TS. Work permits need to be applied separately.
- How and when to apply for the student visa
- Student visas application process can take place either through French consulate or Campus France. Schedule an interview through the official website of the French consulate. Schedule the date of the appointment at least 90 days before going to France. Usually, it takes at least 5 to 7 business days for a visa to be granted, in some cases it may take a bit longer too.
- Language requirements
- You will have to show the proof of your English language proficiency. Accepted tests are IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge. If there is an acceptance letter from a French university, the French consulate won’t require additional language requirements.
- Required documents for the France visa application:
- Filled Visa application form
- proof of application fee
- Two passport-type photos
- Official enrolment or acceptance letter from the university
- Proof of financial means
- Airline ticket/reservation
- Medical insurance
- Proof of accomodation