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In order to study in France, you will need a “LONG STAY STUDENT VISA”. A visa is a document, issued by the French government, and stamped into your passport. Although U.S. citizens who stay in France for fewer than three months do not need a visa to enter the country, all students do since they will be there for more than 3 months.
Prepare your application timeline in advance taking into account:
* If you are NOT A U.S. CITIZEN you may apply for a French student visa in the U.S. but please check with the French Consulate for any special requirements.
** Students who are dual citizens (U.S. + other), and plan to travel on their non-US passport should be sure to bring both passports with them if they plan to reenter the U.S. at the completion of their program. So, for example, if you are studying in France, and have an Irish passport in addition to a U.S. one, you will not require a visa but you will need your U.S. passport to get back into the U.S. when you come back.
There are 3 steps to the application process:
STEP 1: CAMPUS FRANCE APPLICATION
This is an online preapproval process. Campus France approval can take up to 2-3 weeks after the online application is completed and payment/enrollment verification is received. Students must have Campus France approval before appearing at the consulate for their visa appointment. Be sure to do your Campus France application NOW, do not put it off.
Campus France is the first step of the visa process by which the French Ministry of Education confirms a student is indeed a bona fide student who may apply for a student visa to study in France. It is an on-line process with a separate fee from the visa. Upon completion of the online application including submission of the admission letter and money order to Campus France, you should expect a wait of 2 to 3 weeks before receiving your Campus France approval (“attestation”). Therefore, it is important that you apply for Campus France approval as soon as possible. You MUST have confirmation from Campus France before you can go to your visa appointment at the consulate.
STEP 2: BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE WITH THE CONSULATE IN YOUR JURISDICTION (your home or school)
Appointment scheduling advice: Pick an appointment for 2-3 weeks after you submit your campus France application. You may find that the appointment calendar appears all booked up until late in August. Do not panic! We recommend 1) book the earliest appointment you can find; 2) then keep checking the system everyday to see if other earlier appointments open up and grab that; 3) but then don’t forget to cancel the other appointment you made. Appointments do open up and students in the past have been able to get their visa in time.
Locations of the French consulates in the U.S.:
Consulates of France are located in: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
REMINDER: In order for us to send you the documents you need for your visa appointment at the consulate, we need to receive your Tentative Course of Study document to determine which university you will be attending. The sooner you can send it to us, the sooner you will be able to have your appointment at the consulate.
STEP 3. PREPARE FOR YOUR MEETING AT THE CONSULATE
Carefully review the requirements for the Consulate in your “home jurisdiction”. French Consulates in the U.S. are NOT uniform in their visa applications procedures and requirements.
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Sweet Briar College
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Sweet Briar, VA 24595