Long stay visa for studies

1. How to apply for a long stay student visa?

All applicants for a student visa must first register with "CampusFrance". Please visit www.usa.campusfrance.org (e-mail: campusfrance@ambafrance-us.org) for more information.

- STEP 1 : register and obtain an "attestation" from "CAMPUSFRANCE", www.usa.campusfrance.org, prior to applying for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Miami.

- STEP 2 - Once you complied with CAMPUSFRANCE requirements, please make an appointment.

2. How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Miami.
The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.
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IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

Note : since February 2014, exchange students from UCF and UFL are authorized to apply through their student advisor. We are looking forward to concluding such partnerships with others universities in the future. Our contact : visas.miami-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

3. Processing time

- 2 months for citizens from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines Qatar
US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel document Rwanda Saudi Arabia
Sudan Suriname Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe

-  It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

4. Requirements

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 at least 2 blank visas pages left.

2. Processing fee. Recipients of scholarships from the French government or European Union (Chateaubriand, Eiffel, Franco-American Fulbright Commission, Erasmus Mundus, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) are not required to pay the application and processing fee.

3. One application form (English version - Spanish version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

4. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth).

5. Positive proof of residence in the geographic area for which the consulate is responsible:

  • lease or rental agreement in the applicant’s name or a notarized statement from the owner or leaseholder plus a recent (utility) bill in the applicant’s name;
  • or the applicant’s driver’s license issued by a state falling within the consulate’s jurisdiction;
  • or a valid student ID card (or a statement issued within the past 2 months from the registrar of your university), which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction.

6. "Attestation" from CAMPUSFRANCE
An e-mail message from CampusFrance (entitled “confirmation e-mail”) informing the student that he or she may begin preparations to apply to the consulate for the visa (make appointment, collect documents). Attention! This message should not be confused with the earlier message from CampusFrance notifying the student of the creation of his or her CampusFrance account, or with the message indicating that a receipt for payment was available for download.

7. Receipt for payment issued by CampusFrance (does not apply to exempted students).

8. Proof of registration : A copy of the student’s official acceptance letter or acknowledgment of enrollment, addressed to the student and mentioning his or her full name, printed on institutional letterhead and specifying the exact dates (day, month, year) of the academic program and including full contact information for the individual issuing the offer or acknowledgment, as well as the full address of the educational institution. Said address may serve as the student’s temporary address in France. Three cases are possible:

  • Students taking part in an exchange program between an American and a French institution. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter may be issued from either institution provided the formal exchange agreement is identified and the information specified above is provided.
  • Students enrolling directly in a French institution as an independent student. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must be from the admitting institution and include all of the information specified above.
  • Students enrolling in an American program in France (operated by an American institution with a branch in France). In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must come from the American institution and include all of the information specified above.

9. Financial guarantee :

  • Nonscholarship students must prove that they have access to at least $820 per month. Proof may be provided in the form of :
    • notarized statement from a guarantor declaring that the guarantor will provide the student applicant with at least $820 per month, accompanied by the guarantor’s most recent bank statement,
    • a bank statement showing a balance of $820 multiplied by the number of months to be spent in France
  • Scholarship and financial aid students: Letter of scholarship award specifying amount and duration of award, issued by the financial aid office of the student applicant’s home institution. Visa services at the Consulate also need a specific breakdown of the available financial resources (remaining aid) of the student once the tuition fees have been paid for.

10. 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).

11. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only). English version - Spanish version.
The French immigration (OFII) form should be filled out by the following students:

  • ALL students who will be staying in France for more than six months (180 days);
  • Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days), who wish to be allowed to work in France while studying ;
  • Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days), who wish to be able to extend their visa once they are in France.

The French immigration (OFII) form is available online on the Web sites of all French consulates. Students should bring the OFII form to their consulate appointment, and should make sure to print their e-mail address very carefully on the form to avoid any risk of confusion or error.

12. An airline reservation showing date of departure or a handwritten and legible statement from the applicant indicating the intended date of departure, as well as a formal commitment not to depart before that date. It is not possible to modify the start date of a visa once the application is made.

13. In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .

Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

Your full name
Your address

5. 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 up to 4 weeks.

- Since February 2014, exchange students from UCF AND UFL are authorized to apply through their student advisor.

Updated : February 12th 2014

Dernière modification : 12/01/2016

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