Short stay visa for studies
Up to 90 days
ATTENTION: please read this important announcement before preparing your file:
Each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website).
The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage.
All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa might be denied.
Therefore, reapplying will mean the rescheduling of an appointment and full repayment of the visa fee.
No exception will be made.
For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.
Please be advised that visa applications by mail are not accepted.
This Consulate will only accept applications from residents of the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.
You must obtain your Student Visa while in the U.S.A. at the relevant consulate. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.
The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request, if necessary, more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure.
If the applicant is under 18 years old, please follow the instructions for "Minor Student Visa".
Please submit the following documents in original and 1 copy of each per applicant
Attention: The Visa Section does not make any photocopies. Therefore, you must bring your original documents plus their copies.
1 application form and 2 photos. The form must be completely and legibly filled in with black or blue ink, signed by the applicant and dated. The photos must be recent, passport size - 2" x 2" (4,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing the full face, the forehead hairline and ears on a white background, without glasses, no scarf, nor hat, no smile.
Passport or travel document (+ 1 copy of the identity page and the validity of the passport) valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France. The validity of your passport cannot exceed 10 years from the date of first issuance. Make sure the passport has at least two blank pages left for visa purpose. Only these pages can be endorsed with the visa. Amendment pages can in no way be used for visas.
For non-US citizens : A U.S.A. residency card (Green Card) or I-551 stamp, or I-20 with F1 valid visa or an Advanced Parole, which must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the last day in France.
Proof of your student status - Student Identification card or attestation from your School or University in the U.S.A (+1 copy).
Flight reservation, complete itinerary or round trip ticket with confirmed dates. Open tickets are not accepted. JUST BOOK your trip but DO NOT PURCHASE your tickets until the visa has been approved (+1 copy).
Letter of enrollment in a School / University in France, specifying exact dates of attendance and length of the studies (+1 copy).
Proof of accommodation
if you are staying with family or friend(s) you must present a certificate of board and lodging "Attestation d’Accueil" (+1 copy), which has to be obtained by your relatives or friends at the city hall ("Mairie"). The original needs to be stamped by this consulate to be valid and should be presented upon arrival in France.
a letter from the school stating that you will be staying on campus or in student housing provided by the school, with the full address (+1 copy).
a notarized letter (+1 copy), with the provider’s exact name and relation to student, personal address and telephone number, certifying that the applicant will be granted a monthly allowance of at least 600 U.S. Dollars for the duration of his/her stay in France. A copy of the latest personal bank statement of the provider, (who cannot be the school) must be attached. the sponsor must already have secured the full amount of money on his/her bank account, covering the whole stay of the applicant in France
a letter from the school stating that room, board and tuition are fully paid and a notarized letter as above guaranteeing a monthly allowance of at least 200 U.S. Dollars (+1 copy).
proof of personal income of at least 600 U.S. Dollars per month for the duration of the stay in France (+1 copy).
A letter from an insurance company (+1 copy) stating that you will be covered for at least 45,000 U.S. Dollars during your stay in Europe. This letter must specifically indicate the coverage for any MEDICAL, HOSPITALIZATION and REPATRIATION expenses. If your current insurance company does not provide such a coverage, please find an international insurance company (and ask for the letter mentioned above).
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