How to Apply for  A Student Visa for France

“French student Visa”  is one last thing to accomplish to guarantee your desire to study in France. All the hard work you have put in to reach this stage is immense and getting everything right is crucial. Keeping all this in mind we have written this  article to provide you with all the information you need to apply for a Student Visa for France accurately.

Here’s what we will cover in this article.

  1. Overview of process of applying for a student visa for France
  2. Types of French Student Visa
  3. Required documents student visa
  4. Step by step process of applying for student Visa
  5. Working in France as a student
  6. Post study work permit

  1. Overview of process of applying for a student visa for France

The first thing you need to verify is whether you need to apply for a Visa to study in France. According to the Campus France (French government agency for promoting French  higher education abroad) , It depends on your nationality. If you are from a country which is a part of European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, or Liechtenstein, you do not need a student visa to study in France.

Campus France also states that students from countries affected by “Etudes en France” procedure  need to apply for Visa are as follows -


Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, the Republic of the Congo, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, Haïti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Tchad, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.

The conditions to apply for Student visa by the official Visa website for France are as follows -

Students can start to apply for a visa only 180 days prior to their departure date. Academic interview process with Campus France takes around 2-3 weeks. Consulate process with VFS-France also takes around 2-3 Weeks. To be on the safe side students should apply for a Visa as soon as possible.  

  1. Types of French Student Visa

Type of Student visa depends on the period of study program. There are four types of student visas which are as follows

  1. Required documents student visa

In order to apply for student visa you will need the following documents

  1. Step by step process of applying for student visa

  1. Working in France as a student

All international students with valid residence permits are allowed to work part-time. Legally, one can work 964 hours annually which equates to 60% of full time employment for a year. One of the major factors to find part-time work is to be able to speak at least A1 level French. If you can speak French there are a lot of different types of work opportunities available for students.

You can work at University in an international office, restaurant or a cafe, as a babysitter, and as english teacher. There are many more options. Minimum wage in France is 9 to 10 Eurose. So you can work part-time and easily live an independent life as a student.  

  1. Post study work permit

To continue to stay in France after graduating depends on which country you are from. Students from European Union countries, European Economic Areas  or Switzerland can continue to stay in France to look for job opportunities.  

It is mandatory for students from Non-European countries to have a       work contract and be paid at least one and half time of 2220 Euros per month(minimum wage).

Without the work contract graduates can request for  Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour (APS - temporary resident permit). This visa is valid for 12 months and it can not be renewed. To avail this, candidates must have Bachelor’s/Master’s level degree or be in the process of starting a new company.

France has benefits regarding issuing (APS - temporary resident permit) for the students of selected countries due to their bilateral agreement. Countries such as India, Gabon, Lebanon, Senegal, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Benin, Serbia, Tunisia, Macedonia, Tunisia, Montenegro, and Cameroon. Check out more information here Bilateral agreements or contact Campus France.