The France Student VISA is a type of a French VISA that allows its holders to participate in a study program or a course, in any private or Public Educational Institutions in France.
In other words, the VISA allows them to stay and study in France, and in some cases to work for a specific number of hours per week.
France Student VISA
The France Student VISA is divided into certain categories, according to the age of the applicants and their studies;
France Student VISA for Students over 18
The France Student VISA over 18 is a category in the French Student VISA, which is mainly for Students that wish to enroll at a public or private Educational Institution in France.
However, their studies must be related to the Diplomas previously obtained or with the current professional occupation of the applicant.
You must be accepted by a Higher Education Institution in France, before you are qualified for this French long stay study VISA.
You will have to apply for a French short-stay study VISA if you are just taking entrance exams or going through interviews.
France Study VISA for Students under 18 (mineur scolarisé)
This is a VISA only for foreign children, whose parents do not reside in France. You will need to apply for this kind of French Student VISA if you are a Student under 18 that wishes to continue your studies in France, in a public or private primary, secondary or higher education establishment. The maximum validity of this VISA is 11 months.
France Au Pair VISA
Foreigners from 17-30 years of age who wish to stay with a family in France temporarily for the purpose of being able to study French for more than three months, are eligible to get a long-stay study VISA, which grants them with work protection in France and access to the National Health Insurance.
The main requirement from the applicant and the host family is an au pair placement agreement, which must be submitted to the DIRECCTE by the host family. The agreement must indicate:
- The services that the applicant will be required to provide to the family.
- Applicant’s working hours (five hours maximum per day).
- Details about applicant’s board and lodging.
- Applicant’s weekly rest days (one rest day per week including one compulsory Sunday a month).
- The jointly agreed amount of pocket money the applicant will receive from the host family.
France VISA for language assistants
Families are not permitted to apply for this kind of VISA, only Singles. This is due to the cost of living in France and the monthly paid allowance, which does not fully cover the financial needs of a family abroad. Note: if any family members wish to join you, they will have to apply for a visitor long-stay VISA.
France Student Trainee or Intern VISA
Only Students that wants to do a professional work placement in France are eligible to apply for the French Student Trainee VISA. The main condition for this category is that the applicant must be part of one of the following:
- A training counter organized in their country of residence.
- An EU cooperation program.
- An intergovernmental scheme in the fields of education, youth or culture.
After you’ve checked and confirm the type of France Student VISA you want to apply for, you can then follow these steps to apply.
- Check if you need to apply for a France Student VISA: You have to confirm whether your Country needs a VISA to enter France or not.
- Collect the French Student VISA documents: After confirming if you need a VISA, these are the needed documents;
- Completed French Student VISA Application Form. Fill-in the form completely and provide correct information about yourself.
- Two recent photographs in line with the guidelines. You should submit two photos alongside with the other documents.
- Valid passport. Before you apply, check your passport for its validity and date of issuance. It must have been issued within the last 10 years and valid for a minimum of 3 months after the end of your planned stay in France. The passport must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to put the VISA sticker on it.
- Copies of older VISAs. If you have ever held any VISA to any country in the world, submit copies of those VISAs.
- Proof of purchased health insurance policy for students.
- Proof of financial means. The French authorities want to know how you will be financing yourself while in France.
- Proof of accommodation. Another very important document that you need to submit is proof where you will be staying in France.
- Certificate of criminal record – showing that candidate has no open crime case involvement
- Proof of paid VISA fee.
Documents For Students over 18
You should submit the following documents if you are over 18 years of age, and wants to apply for a French student VISA, in addition to the standard required documents for French VISAs:
- Proof of registration or pre-registration at a French educational institution related to your academic field. This is a document issued by the institution you will be attending, that contains your name, type of studies, length of studies, etc.
- Proof of your academic status/level.
- Cover letter explaining study project in France.
- Diplomas, Certificates.
Documents For Students Under 18
One of the parents will have to apply for this type of French long stay study VISA in the name of their child, providing the required supporting documents, such as:
- Proof of the child’s enrollment at a French school.
- Previous school reports.
- Child’s knowledge of the French language.
- Proof where the child will be residing.
- Documents proving that the parent has the financial needs to financially support their child.
- Birth certificate of the minor stating the names of both parents.
- official translation of the birth certificate in French.
- Passports of both biological parents.
- Proof of Guardianship – if the minor will be traveling with a third person to France, proof of guardianship must be shown, signed by both parents.
- Travel authorization form signed by both parents.
- Registration or pre-registration at a French education institution.
- Report cards from the last school year.
- Receipt of payment of the tuition fees, or a letter of commitment to pay the fees on time attached to the proof of income.
- Vaccination certificate.
France Au Pair VISA Requirements
- Invitation letter from the host family (Original for Attestation d’accueil)
- Proof of academic status/level if relevant
- Medical certificate that must be no older than 3 months, translated into French by a sworn translator.
French Student Intern VISA Requirements
The main French Student Intern VISA requirement among others is that the applicant must submit the following documents:
- A training agreement, which has been concluded between the applicant.
- The training establishment. The agreement has to be validated by French authorities following a request from either the host company or the training establishment.
- Proof that they will receive monthly an amount of money that is equivalent to the basic monthly maintenance allowance that the French government pays to scholarship holders. Exempt from this requirement are only the interns taking part in an EY cooperation program or an intergovernmental scheme.
- Proof of activity in the applicant’s home country (studies, employment, voluntary work).
- Proof of academic status/level if relevant.
- A signed letter explaining the project in France.
- Internship agreement “convention de stage” duly completed by the approved host and stamped by the French Department of Trade and Employment (DIRECTTE).
- Schedule a France Student VISA Interview: In some countries, you can the interview online, while in others you will have to go to the embassy and do it in person. It is very important to schedule a French student VISA interview.
- Pay the French student VISA fee: VISA pricing for countries with CEF procedure: €50, VISA pricing for other countries: €99. However exempt from paying the fee are the following:
- A family member of a French National
- A family member of an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen
- A child adopted by a French citizen
- Attend the interview: The consular officer you will meet will decide whether you should be issued a VISA or not based on the interview and the documents you submit. Try not to be nervous and arrange your documents in advance. Attending the France student VISA interview is a very important part of the application process.
- Collect your France Student VISA: During your interview, you will be given a date when you should go at the embassy and collect your VISA. If you get the VISA they will put a French VISA Sticker on your passport which indicates the date you can first enter France, the last date you should leave, and the period of stay among others.
Note: When you are applying, The application form and all other documents must be submitted at the French consulate or embassy in your country of residence. Apply for this VISA at most 3 months and at least 3 weeks prior to the intended travel date.
On arriving France, Long stay study VISA holders must;
- Register at the Immigration and Integration Office (OFII) in the first 2 months of arrival into the French territory,
- Or apply for a residence permit at the respective French prefecture, immediately after entering the French territory – if the VISA is marked “carte de séjour à solliciter” (residence permit to be applied for)
- Apply at the OFII immediately after entering the French territory to make a medical examination and pay the residence fees. After the first year of stay you have to apply to at the French prefecture to renew your residence permit (not later than 2 months before the VISA period ends) – this rule is for some sub-categories of long-stay VISA that in the first year of stay are recognized as residence permits: Long-stay study VISAs, Long-stay work VISAs (not all of them), Spouses of French nationals long-stay VISA and Visitor long-stay VISA
Work As A Student In France With A French Student VISA
French law permits foreign students to work 964 hours per year, which is 60% of the normal working hours in France.
Exempt from this authorization are Algerian nationals who are limited to working no more than 50% of the normal working hours in France.
During this period, you will be paid with at least the minimum French wage (which is 1,480.27, while you will be paid 60% of it if you work with a minimum wage).