Long stay visa for studies
LONG STAY STUDENT VISA
More than 90 days, valid for France only
Processing of long stay visas takes a minimum of 5 working days.
This Consulate will only accept applications from residents of the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.
Applicants who declare being resident in the jurisdiction of the French Consulate in New York (States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda), but who study in another State, may apply in New York if they so wish. They will, however, have to produce proof of their residency by giving a photocopy of one of the following documents. (Driver license or Non driver photo ID card, Voter Registration Card, Tax form, Car Registration and Insurance documents of the vehicle, etc..) These documents must bear the applicant’s own family and first name, and not those of any relative or friend.
The consular administration has full authority to request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Submitting the following documents, while required, does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.
You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure.
A missing document or photocopy = an incomplete visa file = high risk of delay in obtaining the visa.
Please note: The Visa Section does not make any photocopies.
Beware! (a) This simplified list is intended only for students applying through Campus France. It is not a substitute for the more detailed information appearing on consular Web sites. (b) Consulates cannot make photocopies for applicants. (c)
Applicants are required to appear in person at the consulate only once. The applicant’s passport, containing the visa (visas are never granted on the spot), will be returned to the student using a secure form of delivery provided by the student.
The consulate assumes no responsibility in case of loss. This rule does not apply at the consulate in New York, where the visa must be picked up by the student or a designated representative, who then brings back the passport, which is not retained by the Consulate at the time of interview (the visa is a sticker affixed on a passport page).
In case you/any messenger cannot pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelop from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .
Please be advised that, in case of any loss, the visa Department will not be held responsible.
Please note: An extended-stay student visa (for periods of more than 3 months) cannot be combined with a tourist visit of less than 3 months, which does not require a visa.
At the discretion of the consular officer, applicants may be required to provide documents in addition to those listed below.
COPY: A copy of the student’s official acceptance letter or acknowledgment of enrollment.
This letter should :
be addressed to the student and mention his or her full name, and be printed on institutional letterhead;
specify the beginning and end dates (day, month, year) of the academic program;
include full contact information for the individual issuing the offer or acknowledgment, as well as the full address of the educational institution, and be signed and stamped.
Three cases are possible:
(a) Students taking part in an exchange program between an American and a French institution. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter may be issued from either institution provided the formal exchange agreement is identified and the information specified above is provided. The letter should include an institutional address in France.
b) Students enrolling directly in a French institution as an independent student. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must be from the admitting institution and include all of the information specified above. The letter should include the address of the French institution.
c) Students enrolling in an American program in France (operated by an American institution with a branch in France). In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must come from the American institution and include all of the information specified above. The letter should include an institutional address in France.
COPY: An e-mail message from Campus France (entitled “confirmation e-mail”) informing the student that he or she may begin preparations to apply to the consulate for the visa (make appointment, collect documents).
Beware! This message should not be mistaken with the earlier message from Campus France notifying the student of the creation of his or her Campus France account, or with the messageindicating that a receipt for payment was available for download.
COPY: Receipt of payment issued by Campus France (does not apply to exempted students).
ORIGINALS: 1 application form for extended-stay visa (downloadable), completed and signed.
2 recent photographs (2" X 2") - showing the full face, the forehead hairline and ears, on a white background ; pictures must be without glasses, no scarf, nor hat, no smile in U.S. passport photo format.
ORIGINAL + 1 PHOTOCOPY:
_ U.S. citizens: (i) Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 3 months after the end of the student’s proposed stay in the Schengen area, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. (ii) Photocopy of the pages containing the passport holder’s personal data.
_ Citizens of third countries: (i) Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least3 months after the end of the student’s proposed stay in the Schengen area, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. (ii) Photocopy of the pages containing the passport holder’s personal data plus proof of legal presence in the United States (green card, visa, I-20, etc.).
Visa application and processing fee (non-refundable) in the U.S. dollar equivalent of €50 (check your local consulate’s Web site as the exchange rate changes frequently).
· Recipients of scholarships from the French government or European Union (Chateaubriand, Eiffel, Franco-American Fulbright Commission, Erasmus Mundus, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) are not required to pay the application and processing fee.
ORIGINAL + 1 PHOTOCOPY: Proof of sufficient means of support
· Non scholarship students must prove that they have access to at least $820 per month. Proof may be provided in the form of (i) a bank statement showing a balance of $820 multiplied by the number of months to be spent in France, or (ii) a notarized statement from a guarantor declaring that the guarantor will provide the student applicant with at least $820 per month, accompanied by the guarantor’s most recent bank statement.
· Scholarship and financial aid students: Letter of scholarship award specifying amount and duration of award, issued by the financial aid office of the student applicant’s home institution. Visa services at the Consulate also need a specific breakdown of the available financial resources (remaining aid) of the student once the tuition fees have been paid for.
· Airline ticket or reservation: An airline reservation showing date of departure or a handwritten and legible statement from the applicant indicating the intended date of departure, as well as a formal commitment not to depart before that date. It is not possible to modify the validity starting date of a visa once the application is made.
. ORIGINAL + 1 PHOTOCOPY: Positive proof of residence in the geographic area for which the consulate is responsible.
Lease or rental agreement in the applicant’s name or a notarized statement from the owner or leaseholder plus a recent (utility) bill in the applicant’s name
or the applicant’s driver’s license issued by a state falling within the consulate’s jurisdiction
or a valid student ID card (or a statement issued within the past 2 months by the registrar’s office of your university, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction).
The French immigration (OFII) form should be filled out by the following students:
• ALL students who will be staying in France for more than six months (180 days);
• Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be allowed to work in France while studying;
• Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be allowed to work in France must apply for an authorization to do so at the Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (Direccte). They do not need to fill out the OFII form.
The French immigration (OFII) form is available online on the Web sites of all French consulates or at www.ofii.fr. Students should bring the OFII form to their consulate appointment, and should make sure to print their e-mail address very carefully on the form to avoid any risk of confusion or error.
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