France Visa Regulation Updates

February 06, 2017


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 Update

Effective March 1st 2018, the Campus France processing fee for all applicants will be: $190 for regular service and $340 for expedited service.

February 14, 2018
The Consulate General of France in DC has confirmed that the visa application process will be outsourced to VFS Global beginning in April. This means that students will no longer go the Consulate to submit their visa applications, but rather to one of ten application centers across the U.S.: Washington DC (starting 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) and New York (July 26). DC will serve as a pilot for this new process and applicants will have access to the application center's appointment calendar starting April 10. The application process and procedure will remain the same until the new visa applications centers are open. Please visit the French Consulate in Washington, DC webpage to view their announcement.

January 29, 2018
Students must complete an on-line visa application, print it out and take it with them to the consulate appointment.

Other, more significant changes in the process are anticipated to be rolled out in spring 2018. We are in discussion with the consulates across the U.S. and await further direction, which we will share with the community at large upon receipt.

May 19, 2016
Students may now pay for their Campus France USA processing fees by credit or debit card online. It is still possible to submit a group mailing for students who pay online. Students just need to provide proof of payment in lieu of their money order. A new step-by-step tutorial may be found here


In summer 2017 some consulates began advising students that the OFII step was no longer required. The details of this change have now been confirmed. 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 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.