Student visa

You registered with a school or a 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 reside in France. Follow the procedure step by step in order to be granted a student visa.

Step one : 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 two : 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 must meet with the Institut Français and start your visa request on France-Visasbefore coming to the Consulate, and also that must gather all the required documents. This 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.

I am asked to bring an OFII form. What is it and where can I get it ?

Since 18 February 2019, this document is no longer required.

However, within the first three months following your arrival, 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, approximately 422 ILS as of January 2019. 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 the spouse 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 19/02/2019

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