France Visa Regulation Updates

 

NAFSA has created this update page to provide information to international educators from a variety of sources on France student visa law and regulations. If you have questions or concerns about visa regulations, or if you have information that you would like to share with your colleagues through this update page, please submit to NAFSA leaders through IssueNet: Report an Issue.

Campus France

The Campus France processing fee for all applicants will be: $190 for regular service and $340 for expedited service.

To request a copy of the Campus France Q&A that covers specifics on the individual student procedure and the group mailing option, please email educationabroad[at]nafsa.org. Please note this information will only be provided to international education professionals per the request of Campus France.

Group Mailing Form can be found here.

(Last update April 24, 2018)

Visa Application

The Consulate General of France in DC has begun the process of outsourcing the visa application process through VFS Global. The process will roll out to other consulates between now and late July 2018. Each city that currently has a Consulate with a visa office will, instead, have a Visa Application Center (VAC). This includes New Orleans even though it doesn’t currently having a visa office. Students will no longer go the Consulate to submit their visa applications, but rather to one of these ten application centers across the U.S. The tentative opening dates for each VAC are below:

  • Washington DC (launched April 18)
  • New Orleans and Houston (May 30)
  • Chicago (June 5)
  • Boston (June 6)
  • San Francisco (June 27)
  • Los Angeles (June 28)
  • Miami and Atlanta (July 19)
  • New York (July 26)

The application process and procedure should remain the same at each Consulate until the new visa applications centers are open; however, students must complete an on-line visa application, print it out and take it with them to the consulate appointment (the previous form was not an online version).

For a copy of the Campus France and DC Consulate presentation on the specifics of the outsourcing process, please email educationabroad[at]nafsa.org. Please note this information will only be provided to international education professionals per the request of Campus France.

(Last updated April 26, 2018)

OFII

Students spending between 91 and 180 days in France may "opt out" of the OFII procedure in France. This decision is made at the time of application for the visa at the Consulate/VAC and cannot be changed. Students who opt out of the OFII procedure may not work in France or extend their stay. Students who choose to go through the OFII procedure are still expected to limit their travel to the Schengen area after their first 90 days in France if they have not received their OFII vignette.

(Last updated April 26, 2018)