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Studies in France

Do I need a visa? How to apply for a student visa?

1. 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.

American citizens who intend to study in France for less than 90 days do not need a visa. Holders of Permit to re-enter or Refugee Travel Document do need a visa.

2. How to proceed?

Applicants for a LONG STAY (more than 90 days) student visa must first register with “Campus France”. _ Please visit www.usa.campusfrance.org
e-mail: campusfrance@ambafrance-us.org for more information.

STEP 1

Register and obtain an “attestation” from Campus France

STEP 2

Once you complied with Campus France requirements, please make an appointment

3. How to make an appointment?

The General Consulate in Washington DC will only accept applications from residents/students of one of the following States : Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia. Residents/students from other States must check what is the relevant Consulate. To know where to apply, click here.

Personal appearance at the Consulate is mandatory. All applicants must first schedule an appointment.

Click here to make an appointment in Washington DC

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive the approval for your visa. If you are a passport holder of one of the following countries, the process can take up to 2 months : 

Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh
Congo DRC Egypt Iran
Irak Jordan Lebanon
Libya Mauritania Nigeria
North Korea Pakistan Palestinian Authority
Rwanda Saoudi Arabia Somalia
South Sudan Sudan Syria
Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
Zimbabwe US Refugee Travel Document US Re-entry Permit
5. Requirements

Processing fees can be paid ONLY by credit card (Visa, Mastercard only). Be aware that the visa section does not make copies. Please provide us with the original and the copy of each each required document.

FROM:
Your name & address
TO:
Your name & address

Reminder : the financial guarantee requirement : please keep in mind that the letter/statement from your financial sponsor (parents or other) needs to be NOTARIZED. The minimum amount needed per month is $820 (not $800 or less). We also ask for a RECENT bank statement from the person supporting/sponsoring you (the bank statement itself does not need to be notarized). The notarized statement is needed, even if your name appears on a joint account that you own with your sponsor.

6. Important information

The Consulate has the right to request more documents than the ones submitted by the applicant. Please be aware that submitting the required documents does not guarantee the issuance of the visa.

Our address is 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington DC 20007. This information and many others can be found under "general information" section.

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