Long stay visa for studies

Long stay visa for studies more than 90 days

- During the validity of their visa, holders of a long stay (D) visa are authorized to travel within the other Schengen States without a Schengen visa (for a maximum of 90 days within a six month period)

- If you plan to stay in France mainly for a sabbatical stay but you are taking a French language class part-time and staying also for tourism, you should apply for a long stay "visitor" visa.

DO I NEED A VISA?

- YES, except if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:

Andorra Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary Iceland
Ireland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Monaco The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Vatican

- B1-B2 visa holders: You must apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.

PROCESSING TIME

About 8 to 14 calendar days once a complete file has been presented by the applicant. Incomplete file cannot be processed.

Please, apply in advance. Do not wait for the last minute. You may apply no earlier than 3 months before your departure date.

Due to a high number of applicants and limited appointment slots during the months of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, we strongly suggest to apply at least 20 days before your departure or if possible as soon as you have all the documents in order to avoid delays. There is no expedite process.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document listed including passport and relevant pages.

THE VISA SECTION DOES NOT MAKE ANY COPIES INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

PDF - 480.5 kb
Application requirements student visa (click to download)

If you have difficulty downloading the forms found on the "application requirements student visa" list above, you can download them below:
Long stay application form
Notary form
Long stay or "temporary stay" form
OFII form

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The consular administration has full authority to evaluate AND REQUEST MORE DOCUMENTS than those submitted by the applicant.
  • Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
  • The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises in Los Angeles.

If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”.

You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, family of four must take four appointments)

  • Due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day (or even on two different dates).

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Dernière modification : 29/01/2016

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