Student Visa Information
I. CAMPUS FRANCE: You must register here first, by completing all of the information and submitting it. You’ll then send a money order to CampusFrance; when it is received you will get the confirmation that will allow you to get your visa at your regional French Consulate. You can go ahead and make your visa appointment through your regional French Consulate (see below), but keep in mind that you’ll need to leave enough time to complete the CampusFrance form and to wait for confirmation of receipt of your payment (up to 3 weeks) before you can get your visa.
The CampusFrance pages and the process can seem confusing! Some tips follow.
· Use Internet Explorer; Mozilla does not always work properly and may result in inexplicable error messages.
by reading this introduction to Campus
· This page has an overview of the process:
· Download this document; it takes you through the process step-by-step: http://usa.campusfrance.org/IMG/pdf/Mode_d_emploiPROG.ECHANGEetIND.INSCRIPT-V1_ENG.pdf
· Keep in mind that CampusFrance is used to initiate the visa process for two kinds of students: those like you, who have been accepted to a study abroad program, and independent students who wish to study in France but do not yet have a school in mind. The guidelines indicate which information is not required of you.
must complete the information requested (click on “CampusFrance
form” or “Complete the form” under “My file”): Education, Linguistic Skills,
Goals. Under “Institution,” write in “
· Once you’ve completed this information, you must SUBMIT it. (The box “Status validation” on the “My file” page will say “Completed,” along with the date that you submitted the information; the mustard-colored vertical box ("Complete the form") will say "Your academic application has been submitted".
· Send the required CampusFrance fee (see the last page of the downloadable guidelines linked above). CampusFrance requires that you pay the fee (currently $70. for study abroad students) with a money order. You can purchase a money order at any U.S. Post Office for a small fee: click here for more information.
· Along with the money order, CampusFrance asks you to send “a copy of your official acceptance letter (either to your French university or from your home university).” Be sure to send a COPY of your CIEF “Attestation d’inscription.” DON’T send the original; you’ll need it for your visa appointment!
· Wait patiently (it may take up to 3 weeks) for the confirmation (on your CampusFrance page) that your money order has been received. THIS CONFIRMATION COMES THROUGH YOUR CAMPUSFRANCE PAGE MAILBOX (not in the mail or to your WFU e-mail). You’ll need this confirmation in order to get your visa! When the payment has been processed, you’ll get two messages in your CampusFrance mailbox – one indicates receipt; the other has a pdf receipt (quittance de paiement), which you should print out and take to your visa appointment. (At this point, on the “My file” page, the box “Validation ECF” will indicate “Effectué” and the “Payment” category will say “submitted,” along with the date that your payment was processed.)
· Make your visa appointment through your consulate website (see the list below), not through the interactive CampusFrance feature, which has fewer options.
II. CONSULATES and VISA INFORMATION:
· First verify your consulate (based on your home address) at the first site
· Then click on your consulate to see the list of items you’ll need to bring to your appointment.
· After submitting the Campus France information, you’ll make a visa appointment through your French Consulate website. (You can make your appointment before that information is completed, but keep in mind that you’ll need to wait for confirmation of receipt of your payment!) You may need to look around on your Consulate’s website for the interactive feature that lets you book an appointment.
Click on your consulate for the list of information required for the visa. Be sure to scroll down to “LONG STAY STUDENT VISAS (more than 90 days)”:
MATERIALS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR VISA APPOINTMENT:
· If your consulate provides the Long Stay Visa Application Form in French only, follow the links to other consulates and find the English form that corresponds to your French form. (If this is the case, you should fill out the French-language form, since your consulate may not accept the English version.)
· For the Long Stay Visa Application Form, here are the coordinates for the educational institution where you’ll be studying: Centre International d'Etudes Françaises, Maison de l’université, BP 87874-21078 Dijon Cedex – France, email@example.com, telephone: 03 80 39 35 60