Long-stay visa (over 90 days) for studies, research and internships

Long-stay visa for studies


1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. Pre-admission or admission letter issued by a French educational institution bearing the applicant’s name, mandatorily mentioning the duration of the programme, the subjects opted for and payable fees, accompanied, if applicable, by a receipt acknowledging the payment of partial or full amount of the fees.

5. A covering letter elaborating on the relevance of the studies to be undertaken in France to the applicant’s academic or professional goals.

6. Curriculum vitae.

7. Copy of latest degree/diploma.

8. Supporting income documents:

A- For French government scholarship holders:
For French or foreign government scholarship holders: An Attestation certifying the amount and duration of the scholarship or proof that the applicant will be the beneficiary of an EU programme; no additional resource is required;

B- For other applicants:
Attestation of financial resources certifying that the student has sufficient means of subsistence for the entire duration of planned stay for a minimum monthly amount of 615 euros.

9. Accommodation proof: It is mandatory to furnish proof of residence for at least the first three months following the applicant’s arrival in France.

A- Residence at an individual’s house:
Affidavit by the hosting person along with a photocopy of their identity document (National Identity Card passport, residence permit in France) any all information pertaining to the hosting conditions (copy of lease, number of rooms, etc.).

B- If the residence is at an educational institution: attestation from the institution;

10. Copy of the receipt issued by Campus France, http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/en/page/step-step-visa-procedure.

11. OFII form, with its upper half duly filled in by the applicant.

12. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

- For Information: List of documents to be submitted at the Prefecture

Short-stay visa for “competitive exams”


This visa, valid for a maximum period of 90 days, authorises its holder to appear for competitive examinations or entrance examinations of a higher education institution in France. Should the candidate be successful, they may immediately proceed to joining the institution in question without requiring to return to India to apply for a long-stay “student” visa.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months after the duration of programme applied for, in the event that the student successfully clears the entrance examination. If the course duration is above one year, the passport must be valid for at least fifteen months. The passport must be accompanied by with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A short-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

5. Accommodation proof during the validity period of the visa (confirmed hotel reservation, “Attestation d’accueil” issued by the competent Town Hall of the host’s residential area in the event of being privately hosted, rent agreement in the applicant’s name)

6. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence in the form of a financial guarantee through a deposit equivalent to a minimum monthly amount of 615 euros for a period of one year.

7. Copy of the receipt issued by Campus France, http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/.

10. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Long-stay visa for minor school goer


1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant’s parents or legal guardians.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. Copy of the mark sheets of the previous year or the equivalent of the “baccalauréat”/ higher secondary examinations for minors coming for higher studies in France.

5. Admission or pre-admission letter from a public or private primary/ secondary/ higher education institution for minors coming for higher studies in France

6. If the minor has been admitted in a higher education institution, attach copy of the receipt issued by CampusFrance, http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/

7. A parental authorisation to stay for a period exceeding 90 days, signed by the legal guardian(s) in the child’s country of habitual residence, authorising the hosting family in France (and, if applicable, boarding school) to host the child, along with a photocopy of identity documents of the signatory or signatories.

8. Proof of parental authority (family booklet, adoption papers, etc.)

9. If the student boards at an educational institution: An attestation issued by the Principal of the educational institution with boarding facilities, along with a photocopy of identity documents of the signatory; an undertaking from the host family stating that they will host the child when the boarding school remains closed, or an undertaking from the principal stating that they shall find hosting families during the periods when the boarding school remains closed.

10. If the student is not a boarder: An undertaking from the hosting family stating that they shall host the minor during the academic year, specifying the hosting conditions for the minor (individual or shared bedroom, apartment or detached house, distance from the educational institution), along with a photocopy of identity documents of the signatory or signatories (National Identity Card/ residence permit in France, the validity of which must be longer than the duration of the academic year).

11. An attestation of the minor’s expenses being borne from the child’s parents, the hosting family; or the specific organisation, along with a photocopy of the signatory’s identity document (National Identity Card passport/ residence permit in France). This attestation must be supported by other relevant documents (employment certificate, latest salary slips, latest income tax return statements, etc.) helping establish that the signatory has sufficient resources to bear all expenses arising during the minor’s stay in France; or, if applicable, an attestation from a bank stating that the total amount for bearing the child’s expenses has been deposited on a French bank account.

12. Updated vaccination certificate (DPT - Diphtheria-Polio-Tetanus).

13. Attestation from organisation specialising in school exchanges or proof of medical insurance and repatriation, and proof of civil responsibility for the child covering the entire duration of the validity period of the visa.

Additional information:
The long-stay visa for minor school goer authorises multiple entries, but does not allow travel through the Schengen Area. For this purpose, the child must apply for a travel permit for foreign minors (DCEM - document de circulation pour les étrangers mineurs) at the prefecture under which their area of residence falls.

A minor attaining the age of 18 years during the validity period of their visa must apply for a residence permit from the competent prefecture within two months of attaining majority. If the visa holder leaves France during these two months, they are in a regular situation till the end of their stay and are not required to apply for a residence permit.

A minor who intends to stay on in France for more than 90 days with either or both parents for educational purposes must apply for a long-stay “visitor” visa.

Long-stay “scientific visa” (research)

This visa concerns researchers, academics, holders of a “convention d’accueil” (invitation letter stamped by prefectural authority) issued by a French government-approved institution, who are applying for a long-stay visa to conduct research. Such a document may be issued to lecturers, research supervisors and beneficiaries, temporary teaching and research attachés (ATER), foreign language tutors posted in a higher education institution, foreign language assistants, and researchers (from the Master’s level onwards, including Ph.D. scholars). For further information and assistance, please contact the Science and Technology Section: http://ambafrance-in.org/Presentation-of-the-Science-and

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. The duly filled and signed “convention d’accueil” (official invitation letter from the institution stamped by prefectural authority).

5. OFII form, with the upper half duly completed by the visa applicant.

6. Curriculum vitae and brief outline of research to be conducted in France.

7. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Long-stay visa for internships


This visa concerns foreigners who have received an internship agreement approved by the French prefectural authority. Such an agreement is concluded between the intern, the training institution or employer established abroad and the hosting company in France or the training organisation.

The different types of internships covered by this visa:

Student intern


Foreign student interning in a company as part of a training organised in their country of residence, leading to a degree or diploma certifying the level of professional qualification and forming part of a school or university course, or a European Union or intergovernmental professional course on or cooperation programme for education, training, youth affairs or culture.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. An internship agreement or “convention de stage” stamped by the competent prefectural authority. See internship agreement model. Remarks: this agreement may be adapted according to the type of internship, but must necessarily be stamped by the competent prefectural authority.

5. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence: If the applicant is to intern in a company as part of a course organised in their country of residence, the amount covering their stay must correspond with the basic monthly living expenses amount of the previous academic year as given to French government scholarship holders enrolled for a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme (i.e. € 615 per month as on 1st January 2012). These financial resources may be an amount cumulated from several sources and proved through:
(i) the internship agreement mentioning a stipend or allowance paid by the hosting company;
(ii) a bank statement reflecting the transfer of funds to a French bank account;
(iii) a guarantor in France attesting to bearing all expenses, along with a photocopy of the guarantor’s identity document (National Identity Card passport/ residence permit in France) and proof of income (latest salary slips).

6. Proof of residence for the entire duration of the internship period.

7. Proof of medical insurance cover during the entire duration of stay in France.

8. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Salaried employee intern


Foreigner employed by a company established abroad and pursuing a course taught by an organisation mentioned under Article L. 6351-1 of the Labour Code or an internship in a company located in France or an internship in a training establishment located in France.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. An internship agreement or “convention de stage” stamped by the competent prefectural authority. See internship agreement model. Remarks: this agreement may be adapted according to the type of internship, but must necessarily be stamped by the competent prefectural authority.

5. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence: the monthly amount required differs according to the intern’s situation. If the intern is a salaried employee of a company established abroad, the means of subsistence must correspond with monthly amount of the index-linked guaranteed minimum wage (SMIC), calculated on the basis on the legal working hours (€ 1,398.37 gross salary/month as on 1st January 2012)

6. Proof of residence for the entire duration of the internship period.

7. Proof of medical insurance cover during the entire duration of stay in France.

8. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Medical interns and internship in a public healthcare facility


Foreigner holding a degree in medicine, nursing or pharmacology interning in a public healthcare facility for undergoing additional training leading to a level of professional qualification as part of a cooperation agreement as laid down under Article R6134-2 of the Public Health Code.

For information: Internships for observation in healthcare facilities are not considered grounds for granting a visa.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. An internship agreement or “convention de stage” stamped by the competent prefectural authority. See internship agreement model. Remarks: this agreement may be adapted according to the type of internship, but must necessarily be stamped by the competent prefectural authority.

5. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence: Irrespective of their status in their country of origin, a foreigner holding a degree in medicine or pharmacology bearing the status of an associate intern receives fixed emoluments from the healthcare facility where they are posted in accordance with the conditions laid down for students serving as interns in application of Article R6153-44 of the Public Healthcare Code (i.e. a gross monthly amount of € 371). The internship agreement must mention the exact details of remuneration.

For nurse interns, the agreement must mandatorily lay down the means of disbursing the intern’s pay, which must be equal to at least the monthly amount of the index-linked guaranteed minimum wage (SMIC), calculated on the basis on the legal working hours (€ 1,398.37 gross salary/month as on 1st January 2012)

6. Proof of residence for the entire duration of the internship period.

7. Proof of medical insurance cover during the entire duration of stay in France.

8. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

“Au pair student” visa (family assistance intern)
1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for, along with a copy of the identity page (marital status and photograph) as well as that of the last two pages in case of an Indian passport (indicating the names of the parents and the address). The passport or travel document must contain at least two blank pages.

2. A long-stay visa form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 identity photos. Please check photograph specifications.

4. Placement agreement bearing the approval of a departmental division for labour, employment and professional training.

5 Admission or pre-admission in an educational institution, along with a copy of the receipt issued by CampusFrance: http://www.inde.campusfrance.org/.

6 Proof of educational level (e.g.: degrees, school report cards, etc.)

7. This category is restricted to persons aged between 17 to 30 years.

8. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Last modified on 21/07/2015

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