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Long Stay Visa
Long stay visa is not a Schengen visa. It is valid only in France (national visa). It is issued when the expected duration of your stay in France is more than 6 months.

As soon as you arrive in France, you must take your passport stamped with the long stay visa to the Préfecture (Police station) in the area of your residence, at the earliest in order to obtain a residence permit.

Make sure that you complete this procedure within three months of your arrival in France since the long stay visa is valid only for 90 days. Unlike the short stay visa, you cannot travel in the Schengen countries during this period of 90 days. Besides, the long stay visa is issued for a single entry only. As soon as you obtain a residence permit, you can travel in the Schengen countries.


For any study program of a period greater than three months, you must obtain, before your arrival in France; a long stay visa stamped "student ". The French government is keen on welcoming students from India to study in France's universities and institutions of higher learning. Foreign students regularly enrolled in such French institutions have full rights to obtain a Student Visa, which permits them to reside in France with student status.

This student visa is a single entry visa and is valid for a period of three months. By the end of this 3-months period, a carte de séjour (residence permit) is delivered by the Préfecture de police of the area where the student resides. This "card" enables students to stay for a period of one academic year. Renewal of the card is granted by the same "Préfecture de police" upon proof of continuation of studies in France.

In case you have a job offer at the end of your studies, the carte de séjour cannot be converted automatically into a work permit-cum-long term visa. Such visas must be applied for from India, which normally requires a return to the country of origin. However a law has been recently passed in Parliament asking the "Préfecture de police" to consider with benevolence applications for such long term visas connected to employment opportunities.

Documents to be submitted for studying in France

The following documents are required (2 sets of photocopies on A4-size paper):
  1. Letter of registration / admission from a French academic institution/ proof of financial resources:

    Either 12 months at 415 € to cover living expenses during one academic year or the duration of the course whichever is less


    A sponsorship letter for accommodation and supporting documents showing availability of a minimum of 206 Euro per month for living expenses during one academic year or the duration of the course whichever is less
  2. Proof of accommodation in France for the period of stay
  3. A brief CV
  4. Three passport size photographs
  5. Copies of degrees / diplomas and certificates (+2/BA/BSc/BE/MA/MSc) - valid passport for the entire period of stay in France (2 photocopies of the relevant pages)
  6. Air ticket or reservation printout - for short duration the student should subscribe to a comprehensive medical insurance policy (copy to be attached)

All these documents in original will be verified at the time of interview conducted by the designated officer of the Embassy of France or the Consulates in Mumbai and Pondicherry.

The Visa service of the Embassy of France in New Delhi or the Consulates in Mumbai and Pondicherry will issue a student visa considering the completed application and the approval given by its services

Waiting period: 24 to 48 hours considering the completed application and the approval of the services.


50 € (2440 Rs)

(as on 15.11.2002)

No payment required for French government scholarship holders, students under EC programmes, or sponsored by foreign governments or foreign Foundations.

You are joining a research facility in France, to take up an internship in France

Get in touch with the Scientific Service

Service de Coopération et d'Action culturelle

2, Aurangzeb Road

New Delhi - 110 011

Tel: (11) 2301 46 82

Fax: (11)2301 64 41


The visa will be issued within 24 hours based merely on the "protocole d'accueil", document delivered by the host organism in France.

If you take up for an internship, you will be considered as a student.

If you are seeking an internship in a French company, visit the Indo-French Exchange programme
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