Long stay visa for studies : minor under 18 years old

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

1. Long stay visa for minors who study in France

• Minors of less than 18 years old are not requested to apply for their own residence permit in France.

• Minors who hold a long stay visa to study in France are allowed to reside in France for up to 11 months according to the validity of their visa.

2. 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 :

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain

Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen

3. Processing time}

  • 2 months for citizens from :
Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Colombia
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
  • 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 + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies. You are also invited to sort your documents in the same order they are listed below in order to facilitate the work of the visa officer that will review your application.

1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages) valid for at least three months after your return to the US. 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. One application form (English version) filled out completely and signed.

3. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form

4. Processing fees

5. Registration in a French school (original + 1 photocopy)

6. Parental authorization:

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7. Liability insurance by an organization specialized in school exchanges and educational stays, to be filled out by this organization.

8. A record of immunization or letter from the family doctor stating when the child received the anti poliomyelitis and the DTP (diphtheria, pertusis and tetanus) shots.

9. Recent transcripts for the current school year.

10. Host family agreement filled out and signed by both parents of the host family in France with proof of their means of income and proof of legal status in France (photocopy of national identity card or residence card, if the host is a foreigner). The letter (original + 1 photocopy) must state that they will assume responsibility for payment of all expenses relating to accommodation, education, repatriation costs and also information about the accommodation.

11. Proof of financial resources such as:

o if the parents provide the financial means for the stay in France: a letter from your bank stating you possess sufficient means to support your child with a minimum amount of $ 820 per month of stay in France and the financial guarantee form filled out (original + 1 photocopy).

o if the host family provides the financial means for the stay in France, they must fill out the financial guarantee form (French version) and they must include: avis d’imposition, bulletin de salaire, attestations bancaires, titre de propriété ou bail, etc.

12. An insurance certificate fully covering the student abroad (original + 1 photocopy).

13. If the child is 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, or an Advance Parole document (original + 1 photocopy).

14. The minor’s original birth certificate plus one photocopy

15. A printout from the airline indicating the date of departure for Europe

16. A self-addressed prepaid envelope with a tracking number from USPS OR FEDEX ONLY. You may use one envelope per family. You don’t have to provide an envelope if you prefer to pick up your passport when it is ready. For FedEx, you must choose the option “BILL RECIPIENT”, not “BILL SENDER”.
Please keep copy of your tracking number (as we are not going to do so), stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out like this :

88 Kearny Street #600

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.

Last modified on 28/07/2017

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