Student visa

The visa service is beginning to return to normal and will make new appointments available to the public via the platform (see below) as of November 17, 2020.

Please make an appointment only if you are currently part of the categories of travelers authorized to enter the territory (see below).

No short-stay visa will be issued, whatever the reason for your stay in France.
The latest instructions (18/08/2020) from the French authorities regarding entry to the territory now allow students holding a long-stay visa to enter France.

Students who will have their passports back with a visa will be able to travel to France without delay, upon presentation of :
-  their passport and student visa
-  an international travel certificate, available here :

and that students will have to print, fill in and present at boarding on departure from Israel, as well as at airport controls on arrival in France. Only the French version has been updated yet and add students to the list but the English certificate should follow soon.

Student who already got their passport back with a visa are allowed to go to France without delay.

Students who do not have yet a student visa are asked to follow every steps of the procedure below.

Regarding your arrival in France :


Do not forget about the travel certificate (see above)

Given the restrictions of each country, which cannot be listed exhaustively, we strongly recommend that all students take a ticket for a direct, non-stop flight to France. Several companies offer direct flights : Air France, Transavia, El AL…


Students will have to :
- take a test in Israel within 72 hours prior to flight departure, the results of which must be presented upon arrival in France.

It is no longer possible to have a test upon arrival in France. The test before the flight is mandatory.

No 14-days quarantine is required upon arrival in France from Israël.


It is compulsory for all students who will receive a long-stay visa to register as soon as they arrive in France (but only after their arrival) with the French immigration services (“OFII”) and pay a tax (60€). This procedure is carried out online according to the instructions that will be given to you when you receive your visa. Keep the receipt you will receive by email as a confirmation of this registration.

Click here to register (Please do this precodure only after your arrival in France)


The maximum duration of a visa is one year. At the end of this year, students who wish to stay in France must apply two months before the visa expires to the Prefecture in France, and not apply for a new visa at the Tel Aviv Consulate. For students who will return to Israel on vacation in the summer of 2021 : it is necessary to start the procedure before you leave on vacation, and plan to return to France before your visa expires.

We wish you all the best of success for this year 2020/2021. Bonne chance !

You have enrolled in a school or university in France, or you are part of a student exchange program. You are ready to go and almost there… but not quite yet !

You need a visa to enter and live in France as a student. Follow the procedure below step by step in order to be granted a student visa.

Step 1 : Book an appointment with the Institut Français

To evaluate the legitamacy of your academic project, you must book an appointment with Campus France. Click here to send a message and ask for an appointment.

This appointment is mandatory for all students.

Step 2 : Fill in an online application form

After your appointment at the Institut Français, it’s time to fill in your long-term visa application form. Do so on our website France-Visas.

Create an account, log in and fill in all information regarding your stay in France. The website will indicate the documents you need to bring at your appointment at the consulate.


Step 3 : Book an appointment and come to the French Consulate in Tel Aviv

At some point during the procedure on France-Visas, you will be given an opportunity to book an appointment at the consulate.

If you missed it, don’t worry, here’s a direct link to the page.

IMPORTANT : Before you book an appointment at the consulate, make sure that :

  • you met with the Institut Français in Tel aviv
  • you completed the online application procedure on the website
  • you have all the required documents, in French or in English. Documents in another language need to be translated.

If you fail to comply with step 1 and 2, your application will be refused and this will delay the issuing of your visa.


How long does it take to get a student visa ?

All applications are reviewed in Paris. It can take a few weeks before we get the greenlight from the French authorities allowing us to print the visa.

For this reason, you must apply (meaning : your appointment at the consulate must occur) at least one month before your planned date of entry in France.

But do not forget that you are required to meet with the Institut Français and you have to start your visa request on France-Visasbefore before coming to the Consulate. You will then have to gather all the documents you need to apply. This process takes time.

For these reasons, we recommand that your start the process as soon as you have confirmation of your registration and contact the Institut Français at least two months before your departure.

What documents do I need ?

You will be given a reliable list of document on the France Visas website after you have registered and after you have completed your online application form.


  • All incomplete application will be refused. You will have to come a second time at the consulate and the issuing of the visa will be delayed. Make sure you have all required documents on the list.
  • Your application will be reviewed in Paris. For this reason, all documents must be in French or in English. Any document in another language have to be officialy translated.

What is the OFII ?

The OFII is the French Office of Immigration.

If you are granted a visa and s soon as you arrive in France, you must register and validate your visa : just click here and follow the instructions.

This quick and simple process will ensure that you are registered as a legal resident in France in order to complete your relocation.

You will need to provide :

  • a valid email address ;
  • your visa information ;
  • the date on which you entered France ;
  • your home address in France ;
  • your credit card details in order to pay a fee online for the issuance of your residence permit. (For other means of payment, please visit the link above)
If you fail to validate your visa within the first three months following your arrival, you will no longer be considered a legal resident in France and will be unable to re-enter the Schengen Area.

Am I allowed to work with a student visa ?

Yes. A student visa allows you to work 70% of the statutory working time in France, which represents 21 hours per week.

How much does a student visa cost ?

The fees are the equivalent of 99 euros in the local currency. You pay these fees the day of your appointment at the consulate, in cash and in shekel.

The visa is free for recepient of a scholarship from the French government.

I have a family. Can they apply for a visa as well ?

Your spouse and children can apply for a visa. This visa is called a "visa visiteur". This visa does not allow his holder to work. For this reason, you will need to provide us with a proof of sufficient means to live in France for the whole duration of the stay.

They need to apply separately, which means that we require one application per member of family, and one appointment as well. For a family of 3, you must book 3 appointments at the consulate.

To apply for a "visa visiteur" as a spouse of a student, go on the France-Visas website, log-in, fill in the form with all required information and gather all the required documents.


Dernière modification, le 06/11/2020

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