How to obtain a student visa in France

In continuation of our previous article on how to apply for admission and registration at a French university, we are speaking today about how to obtain a student visa in France.

Types of French Student Visa

French visas are divided into several types. Whatever the type you are applying for, it is advised to submit a visa application before the beginning of the French academic year. This is because the approval process takes about two months.

The student visa types are many. Some of which are for European students and others are specifically for European Union students.

Besides, there are short-term visas of no more than three months, for which students apply for admission in short courses. On the other hand, there are temporary long-term visas that allow their holder to stay for only six months.

If you are applying for a university study in France, a long-term study visa is the appropriate one for you. This visa allows the student to reside in France for a period of six months and more.

Then the student applies for a level test visa, which depends on the requirements of university admission in France.

Afterward, when the student passes the test, he applies for a residence card. This is in order to complete his university studies in the specialty in which he obtained acceptance.

Documents needed for French Visa Application

There are several documents and requirements that students must provide to apply for a long-term residence visa for university study in France. They are as follows:

  • Application fee, which is an amount of one hundred euros or the equivalent in the currency of the mother country.
  • Two forms filled in correctly with all the information of the long-term residence visa applicant.
  • Official admission document at a French university.
  • An updated disease-free certificate in the name of the visa applicant.
  • A certificate of good conduct that includes a list of the criminal records of the applicant. It also must prove the absence of any current legal provisions on him.
  • Two photographs: white background, measuring 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, the applicant’s face must be exposed.
  • A true copy of the first four pages of a valid passport.
  • A letter of recommendation from the France Cooperative Cultural Center. This letter must state that the student has submitted the required language tests and passed one of them.

Other documents that are also mandatory

  • A letter of recommendation from the France Cooperative Cultural Center, stating that the student has completed the initial registration stage.
  • The student’s CV. It must include a letter of recommendation from the school where he finished high school. It states his good conduct and behavior.
  • A true copy of the high school diploma translated into French.
  • An official document of the student’s financial resources. These documents can be in the form of bank statements as well as proof of regular income. Also, it can be a scholarship proof document for scholarship students with a statement from the granting authority. This document should prove that the scholarship will cover all student expenses during the study period in France.
  • An official document on the student’s address in France, such as hotel reservation or hosting that he obtained. On the other hand, if he owns a home, a document of ownership must be provided. It can also be a lease if the apartment is rented. In case one of the previous documents is not available, the student must submit a document of honorary commitment. This obliges him to rent a place to live in.
  • Proof document stating that the student is subscribing to health insurance program.
  • Student’s birth certificate.

Follow us in our next article, which will address the Types of scholarships in France and how to apply for them.

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