Long stay visa for studies for 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)
Do I need a visa?
YES, except if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:
Special rules apply for family members of other European Union citizen
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.
How to apply for a long stay student visa?
BEFORE APPLYING FOR A VISA, all students 18 years old and older and those who wish to follow studies in France for more than 90 days must first enroll themselves with CAMPUSFRANCE www.usa.campusfrance.org in order to obtain a student visa for France. Contact Campus France for more information.
— Note: If you plan to stay in France mainly for a sabbatical stay but you are taking a French language class part-time, you should apply for a long stay "visitor" visa. If you are unsure on which visa to apply please e-mail us.
STEP 1 : register and obtain an "attestation" from "CAMPUSFRANCE", prior to applying for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.
- E-mail from CampusFrance stating that "your enrollment at Campus France has been completed and you may now start the visa process" must be presented to the Consulate. Proof of it has to be presented to the Consulate. Failure to do so will prevent you from getting a visa.
- Proof of payment called "Quittance de paiement" (receipt from Campus France, available by clicking on the link "en cliquant ici").
- Students who already applied for a visa through Campus France and who are now applying for a second consecutive semester at the same school must contact Campus France in order to update their profile. Half fee for a long stay visa will apply. However, proof of an updated Campus France registration revalidation and enrollment for the 2nd semester must be presented. Please, contact Campus France for re-confirmation of your registration.
STEP 2 - Once you complied with CAMPUSFRANCE requirements, gather all the documents listed under "Requirements" on this page.
STEP 3 - Make an appointment.
About 10-14 calendar days for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico
About 1 month for other nationalities
Please, apply in advance. Do not wait for the last minute.
You may apply no earlier than 3 months before your departure date.
IMPORTANT: Due to a high number of applicants and limited appointment slots during the months of JULY AND AUGUST, we strongly suggest to apply at least 20 days before your departure or if possible earlier in order to avoid delays. There is no expedite process.
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
1 — Proof of residency in our consulate’s jurisdiction
The French Consulate in Los Angeles only accept applicants who are residents from:
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.
You will have to show us at least ONE of the following documents:
- a valid driver license or state ID from one of these states, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction (click here for a map)
- or a valid student ID from a university located in one of these states (or a statement issued within the past 2 months from the registrar of your university, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction).
- or an original 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 with an address located in the consulate’s jurisdiction.
2 — Original passport
(+ ONE COPY of the identity and relevant pages containing the passport holder’s personal data)
- Must be valid for at least three months after your return to the US
- Has at least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are NOT suitable for visas).
- Has been delivered less than 10 years ago (date of the first issuance)
- Be in good condition (i.e. not torn or damaged)
Refugee travel documents and US Re-entry permits are not accepted.
Diplomatic and special passports are not accepted
If you are not a U.S. citizen please include:
- A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") (+ ONE COPY)
- or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 and valid I-20. (+ ONE COPY of each)
- Note: B1-B2 U.S. visa holders: Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S. B1-B2 visas.
3 — Processing fees for a long stay student visa
To be paid in person on the day of the appointment (Visa or Mastercard ONLY).
Click here for a list of the application fees.
NO cash, NO money order, NO checks. Visa / Mastercard ONLY.
Note: If someone other than the applicant is paying for the application fees, they will need to fill out a credit card payment authorization form
4 — Long stay visa application form
One long stay visa application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
Please remember to indicate a date of departure from the US to France on question number 26. (+ ONE COPY)
5 — Passport photographs
Two (2) passport photos. Do not glu or staple. All photographs must be recent (no older than 6 months), in color on a plain white background, of full front view, taken facing the camera. No side or angled view are acceptable. Passport size. No hat, no veil.
More details on photograph requirements.
6 — Two (2) confirmation e-mails from Campus France
CAMPUSFRANCE www.usa.campusfrance.org (see details above on how to register) to be found in your Campus France account mailbox:
- 1) Email from Campus France (entitled “Campus France confirmation e-mail”) stating that your application with Campus France has been completed informing the student that he or she may begin preparations to apply to the consulate for the visa (make appointment, collect documents).
Attention! This message should not be confused with the earlier message from CampusFrance notifying the student of the creation of his or her CampusFrance account, or with the message indicating that a receipt for payment was available for download. (+ ONE COPY)
- 2) AND Receipt of payment from Camus France "Quittance de Paiement" (+ ONE COPY)
7 — Proof of official registration, acceptance letter or letter of enrollment in a school / university in France
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. (+ ONE COPY)
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 clearly indicating the start and ending date of your program
8 — Proof of sufficient means of financial support:
Nonscholarship students must prove that they have access to at least $820 per month. Proof may be provided in the form of:
- (i) a recent bank statement (no older than 30 days) showing full name with a balance of $820 multiplied by the number of months to be spent in France. (+ ONE COPY)
(Ex: Balance = $820 x number of months in France. For instance, for 6 months stay in France: $820 x 6 = $4920)
- or (ii) a notarized statement from a guarantor in the United States declaring that the guarantor will provide the student applicant with at least $820 per month, accompanied by the guarantor’s most recent bank statement (no older than 30 days) with their full name (make sure to indicate the guarantor’s relationship in regards to the student). (+ ONE COPY of each)
Scholarship and financial aid students:
- Letter of scholarship award with full name 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. (+ ONE COPY)
9 — Proof of departure to France
An airline reservation showing date of departure OR a handwritten and legible letter from the applicant indicating the intended date of departure, as well as a formal commitment not to depart before that date. It will not be possible to modify the start date of a visa once the application is processed. Make sure to apply for your student visa sufficiently in advance before your departure to avoid any delays to your application.
10 — OFII residence form
The OFII residence form (in French) duly filled out (upper part only) (+ ONE COPY)
For further information, please check the residence permit page.
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 (181 days and above);
- 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 able to extend their visa once they are in France.
Students should bring the OFII form to their consulate appointment, and should make sure to print their e-mail address under "adresse messagerie" very carefully on the form to avoid any risk of confusion or error.
11 — LONG STAY STUDENT VISA FORM
Please fill out this form and check the box indicating whether you want to apply for a long stay student visa "étudiant" or "temporary stay".
Each student must decide on the day of their appointment which visa they wish to apply, the type of student visa CANNOT be changed after the appointment:
Long stay student visa "étudiant":
maximum length of this visa is one year (the length of your visa will depend on the length of studies as indicated on the admission letter from French school)
you are allowed to work in France part-time
you are allowed to extend your stay for a second semester or year at the Préfecture in France if you are pursuing the same studies at the same school
if the visa is issued, once in France the OFII registration form must be completed and submitted in France, you must finish the OFII registration procedure in order to validate your visa
an additional OFII tax (58 Euros) must be paid in France which includes a medical exam
Long stay student visa "long séjour temporaire":
maximum length of this visa is 6 months
you cannot work using this visa
you cannot extend your stay at the Préfecture for a second semester
you are exempt from paying the additional 58 Euros OFII tax and from OFII the registration
12 — A self-addressed FedEx Express US Airbill and FedEx enveloppe
Please include a self-addressed FedEx Express "US Airbill" and FedEx enveloppe for the mailing of your passport in the United States, or a prepaid online FedEx Express Airbill.
- for US Airbill, please fill out your own address twice (you are the sender AND the recipient):
Your name and address
|Select shipping preference|
Your name and address
- We will NOT accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground" or International service)
- 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
All applicants must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. Personal appearance is mandatory.
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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