ARRIVING AND LIVING
VISAS AND RESIDENCY PERMIT
BEFORE LEAVING – GETTING YOUR VISA
International students – coming from outside Europe – for more than three months must have a “visa long séjour” (also called VLS TS).
You must apply for this visa before your departure because it is not possible to obtain it from France.
Holders of long stay visas for France (3 months +) are exempted from applying for a residence permit on the first year of stay (carte de séjour).
- free to travel in all Schengen States (once it has been validated).
- allowed to work 964 hours per year, i.e. 20 hours per week, to supplement their financial resources;
- allowed to use the VISALE, the free security deposit service for students,
- eligible to receive a rental subsidy from the CAF, the family allowance fund,
- entitled to extend their stay beyond the period of validity of the issued residence permit.
The “VLS TS”; is a multiple entries visa valid from 3 to 12 months.
If you live in one of the 46 countries subject to the "Études en France" ("Studies in France") procedure and you need a visa to come study in France, you must first apply to enrol in a higher education institution through the platform "Études en France (https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/etudesenfrance/dyn/public/authentifica...).
If you do not live in one of these countries you will have to apply for a visa online, on the France visa platform.
The application file is composed of:
- A valid passport
- ID photograph
- An official letter of acceptance from EPF
- Proof of resources (stating that you have the equivalent of 615 € / month to live)
- Proof of accommodation for the first 3 months
FIRST YEAR IN FRANCE
As soon as you arrive in France, you must validate your visa.
The process is done online, on the following platform: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/
You will have to mention:
- your visa number,
- your date of arrival in France,
- your home address in France,
- you need to have a credit card to pay online the fee (tax of 50 €).
If you stay more than one year, you will have to renew your residence permit (if your period of studies is more than 2 years you can even apply for a multi-annual residence permit).
Two months before your residence permit expires, you have to connect on the following platform: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/
The renewal is entirely online and you will only have to go to the Prefecture to pick your residency permit.