France is one of the most popular destinations for international students. Providing the best quality education, French education comes at low cost as well. Being the fashion capital of the world, France is known for its fashion and business schools. With the France student visa, you can enter the country and experience its top-class educational system.
The French Student visa is a permit that lets you enter France and engage in academic activities for a certain period. They can be classified as two types -
Both of these can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, or even multiple-entries. Also, if you have to study for longer than 1 year, you must apply for the resident permit upon arrival in France.
To apply for the French student permit, the application has to be made online. However, the submission is done offline at one of the French appointed VACs (Visa Application Centre). The embassies or consulates do not accept applications directly. Before starting the application, it is necessary to check if you meet the eligibility conditions for the student category. You may then proceed to make the application as follows-
Ensure that you submit genuine documents. Any misinformation or fake documentation can cause a visa rejection.
Keep in mind that if you have submitted your biometrics in the SIS (Schengen Information System) in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. In this case, you do not have to be at the appointment in person. You may send the application through someone else. In certain special cases, you may be required to attend an interview.
To be able to apply for any of the student permits, you must meet the following eligibility conditions -
As per the France student visa requirements, the following documents must be submitted at the VAC for completing your application -
The photo specification for France student visa are as follows -
The processing time for the France Schengen Student visa is around 15 working days. And for the National French student visa, it can take longer up to 30 days. However, these processing times can vary upon the validity, the number of entries, the volume of applications at the embassy/consulate, as well as your previous travel history. As a result, you must apply well in advance.
The total fee for the process depends on several factors such as the type of the French student permit, express delivery charges, biometric charges, and so on. Since the fees can vary upon the foreign exchange rates as well, it is strongly advised to check the exact fees right before applying.
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Once you have submitted the application at a VAC, it is then sent to the respective French diplomatic mission for processing based on the jurisdiction. According to the jurisdiction, they are sent to the Embassy of France in New Delhi or one of the Consulates of France in Bangalore, Kolkata, Puducherry, or Mumbai.
If the French Schengen student visa has been approved, you can collect your passport from the VAC, or have it delivered to you for an additional charge.
After you have submitted the application, you can track the status of your application in a few ways. You can opt for SMS notification services by the VAC. Alternately, you can click here and enter your application number and name to know the status. You may also contact your travel agency to have them track it for you.
Upon successfully receiving the permit, you must keep in mind the following key points to ensure that you have a pleasant entry and stay -
A rejected permit can cause problems. However, this exactly depends on the embassy decision, the reason for the rejection, as well as your new application. If you have been refused, you will receive a letter stating the reason for the rejection. If your reason for the rejection is minor technical errors such as insufficient funds, and so on, you can apply for it again as long as you have met the conditions. However, major rejection reasons such as a criminal conviction, fake documents, etc may make you ineligible to apply again.
This depends on the exact type. For the national French student visa, you will have a stay back period allowed. After this, you will have to return back to your country. However, the short term student permit does not allow you to stay back any longer after expiry.
The format for the covering letter is not set in stone. However, you must ensure that the letter is addressed to the Embassy of France. It should also contain all the details of the visit such as the course you are pursuing, the educational institution, the duration of the study, the internship organization, and so on.
Yes, you can visit other Schengen countries with a French student permit. France, being a part of the first Schengen agreement, has a visa-free travel agreement with other Schengen countries. However, keep in mind that if you are in a D national category, you must not stay for more than 90 days in a 180-period in the country.