Student visa

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 an e-mail and request 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.

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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.
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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 Hebrew 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.

FAQ

COVID-19 - What are current regulation regarding entry into France ?

As of June 9th, 2021, regardless of nationality :

If you are already vaccinated, you must present proof of vaccination status and a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

If you are not vaccinated, you must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigenic test no more than 72 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights). Children aged below eleven years are exempt from testing. You must also present a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

Please check the requirements to exit Israel !

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after the administration of one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days after the administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca).

The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.

I plan to spend less than 3 months in France to study. Do I need a visa ?

If you hold an Israeli passport, no. You can spend up to 90 days in France without a visa. If you are the citizen of another country, please check here.

I plan to spend more than 3 months in France. Is it necessary to ask a visa before I go ?

Yes, if you wish to spend more than 90 days in France, you must apply for a visa beforehand. It will not be possible to regularize your situation on the spot and you will have to return to Israel.

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.

IMPORTANT :

  • 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.

In France, report to the Immigration office (OFII)

The OFII is the French Office of Immigration.

As soon as you arrive in France, you must register and validate your student 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.

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Dernière modification, le 17/06/2021

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