The long stay student visa

1. General Information


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American citizens DO NOT NEED visas if they stay less than 90 days. <span
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The visa issued will depend on the
duration of the studies in France.

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have to apply with the French Consulate in Houston, only if you study
or reside in one of the following states : Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma
and Louisiana
. If this is not your case ,<span
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<span
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APPOINTMENT PER PERSON <span
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MANDATORY. Read the instructions and book online by <a
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here. 

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AWARE THAT THE PROCESSING
TIME MAY BE OF TWO WEEKS.

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must obtain your <span
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while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in
France.

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cannot be processed more than
3 months ahead of time.

2. Do I need a visa ?

Yes
except if you are a citizen of
Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European
Economic Area
:

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

Also special rules apply for <a
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members of an European Union citizen or<a
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family members of French citizens.

3. Documents required

Please provide us with the original + copies of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required number of copies.
  1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have <strong class="spip">at least 2 blank visas pages left.

  2. <a href="http://consulfrance-houston.org/spip.php?article533" class="spip_in">Processing fee

  3. <span class="spip_in">One application form <a href="http://www.consulfrance-houston.org/IMG/pdf_formulaire__long_sejour2-14.pdf">in French OR<a href="http://www.consulfrance-houston.org/IMG/pdf_Formulaire_LS_eng-2.pdf"> in English filled out completely and signed by the applicant. NO COPY.

  4. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)

  5. One ID picture (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth).

  6. "Attestation" from CAMPUSFRANCE

    1. STEP 1 : register and obtain an "attestation" from "CAMPUSFRANCE", <strong class="spip">www.usa.campusfrance.org, prior to applying for a visa at the Consulate.
    2. STEP 2 - Once you complied with CAMPUSFRANCE requirements, please make an appointment.

    WARNING:
    Be aware that it takes at
    least 3 weeks
    to receive the
    attestation. Please note that the attestation usually comes in the form
    of an email send to your CampusFrance account mailbox and starts with
    "your enrollment is now complete". DO
    NOT come to the Consulate to apply for your student visa if you do not
    have the attestation.


  7. Proof of registration or letter of enrollment in a School / University (original + 1 photocopy)

  8. Financial guarantee such as
    a. a notarized statement from your parents certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $820 (or 615 Euros) for the duration of his/her stay in France,
    b. OR a proof of personal income along with a letter from school stating that room, board, and tuition are fully prepaid.

  9. If you are not a U.S. citizen: A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20 (original + 1 photocopy).

  10. If you cannot come back to the Consulate to pick up your passport and your visa (the Consulate will keep your passport during the processing time), you will need to provide, at the time of the application, a self-addressed prepaid envelope with a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, EXPRESS MAIL). FEDEX envelope with you account number and FEDEX Ground envelopes are NOT accepted. You may use one envelope per family if you buy “flat rate”.

    Please keep your tracking number on the envelope so that you can check the status of your package delivery. The Consulate is not responsible for losses. You will have to fill out all the information on the prepaid envelope:

    From/Sender:
    Your full name
    Your address

    To/Recipient:
    Your full name
    Your address

    Envelopes with the Consulate as Sender will not be accepted.

     4. 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.

    • Please note that holders of visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

    • Please be aware that the visa application process (between CampusFrance and the Consulate) can take <strong class="spip">up to 4 weeks.


Dernière modification : 02/10/2014

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