Long stay visas

Do you need a visa according to your nationality ?

The long stay visa allows its holder to stay, for a more than 3 months period, in metropolitan France, the DOM or TOM or New Caledonia.

The procedure leading to the issue of a long stay visa for metropolitan France, the DOM or TOM varies according to the purposes of the stay or the settlement.

Purposes :

- for touring, a family or private visit,

- for studying,

- for an internship,

- for a professional activity,

- for the foreign spouse of a French national or European Union citizen,

- for minors to study,

- for scientists.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.
  • From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France (you will get a list with the adresses at the consulate).

The long stay visa for touring or a family/private visit

This visa allows a person to live in France for more than 3 months without working. With this kind of long stay visa, he/she will be able to :

- study in France without registration in a school or university or do research on his/her own,

- take a years sabbatical in France,

- establish in France during his/her retirement,

- reside in France for personal or family reasons and without the possibility of applying for a long stay visa for another reason.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

- an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black (the first part only).

- an identity photograph,

- a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

- a valid residence permit in Denmark,

- a proof of financial resources, testifying to sufficient means to cover the cost of the stay: 3 last bank statements,

or a proof of the prise en charge by a person who lives in France and gets sufficient means, with ones corresponding documents: a proof of the identity of the provider (ID card, passport, a proof of resident status in France) and the proof for ones resources (payslips of the last 3 months and the last income tax notice) have to be presented in support of the prise en charge,

- a proof of lodging or prise en charge of the lodging by a person who lives in France: proof of domicile, document of title, bill of sale, rental agreement…,

- an engagement sur l’honneur, signed by the applicant, not to have a salaried activity, that requires a preliminary work permit,

- a proof of medical coverage for the first 3 months of stay in France.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for studying

Informations about studies in France

The long stay visa to study allows students over 18 to go to France to follow courses or a training of a general or professional nature, in a school or a university…, for a more than 3 months period.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France (you will get a list with the adresses at the consulate).

The application for a visa to study has to be submitted to the consular department. In that case the application process involves the cultural department of the Embassy.

The procedure is the following :

-  submission of the visa application to the consular department by the applicant,

-  payment of the processing fees,

-  interview with the cultural department (Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle, SCAC) concerning the academic part of the file: bring along the original and a copy of the documents related to the studies, as well as the receipt of paid fees,

-  interview with the consular department,

-  processing of the application by the consular department,

-  issue or visa refusal.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black (the first part only).

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a proof of the student status of the applicant and of the registration in a French school or university: original and copy of the last diploma, school attendance certificate, baccalauréat or equivalent diploma; certificate of preregistration in a school or a university or registration in another institution than a university, accompanied by a proof of the payment of the registration fees,

-  a proof of financial resources:

- either a certificate of a grant from the French government, foreign governments, international organizations or a certificate delivered to the beneficiaries of European Union programs,

- or either 3 last bank statements or prise en charge for the period of the studies by a provider in France,

For a prise en charge by a provider in France, join a copy of a proof of its identity (ID card, passport, proof of resident status in France) and a proof of financial resources (payslips of the last 3 months and the last income tax notice).

-  a proof of accommodation or a proof of sufficient financial resources for accommodation.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • A proof of medical coverage will be requested in France, when applying for a residence permit.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Student-concours (competitive examination)

If ones registration in a French school or university requires a test as a preliminary condition to ones admission (competitive examination, exam, interview… or preliminary training), the short stay visa "student-concours" allows a student, in case of success, to apply directly for a residence permit to the Préfecture of their place of residence, without having to return to their country of origin to apply for a long stay visa.

The procedure is similar to the one to get a long stay visa to study.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black (the first part only).

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a proof of the student status of the applicant: copy of the last diploma, school attendance certificate, baccalauréat or equivalent diploma,

-  a proof of the registration to the concours: notification to the examination. For a preliminary training: letter from the school which requires for the student the registration to a school which offers the additional training,

-  a proof of financial resources:

- either a certificate of a grant from the French government, foreign governments, international organizations or a certificate delivered to the beneficiaries of European Union programs,

- or either 3 last bank statements or prise en charge for the period of the studies by a provider in France,

For a prise en charge by a provider in France, join a copy of a proof of its identity (ID card, passport, proof of resident status in France) and a proof of financial resources (payslips of the last 3 months and the last income tax notice).

-  a proof of accommodation or a proof of sufficient financial resources for accommodation.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The student would have to justify ones success to the concours or admission exam, for which the visa has been issued, and ones definitive registration in the school or university, that is concerned.
  • When applying for a residence permit, a proof of medical coverage will be requested in France.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for an internship

The long stay visa for an internship allows non-EU nationals over 18 to go to France to take an internship, for a more than 3 months period.

Those who are taking an internship in France, come under :

- either the "worker" status,

- or the "student" status,

- or the "visitor" status (military interns).

1 - Interns under the "worker" status

The current procedure is the OFII procedure (governing the application for a visa for salaried workers): the contract between the French company and the intern is passed on by the OFII to the consular department for the processing of the application for the visa.

The procedure is similar to the one to get a long stay visa for professional purposes.

2 - Interns under the "student" status

** Interns under a “convention de stage”

The conditions to get a long stay visa for an internship are the following ones :

-  a “convention de stage” (internship convention) has to be signed by all the parties: the employer in France, the school abroad and the intern,

-  the internship has to be done within the framework of studies (internships in companies (…) planned in the degree course), or within the framework of a European Union program for cooperation in education, training and youth (VULCANUS, LEONARDO...),

-  the intern cannot be paid but can receive a gratification,

-  the employer has to inform the Direction Départementale pour le Travail, l’Emploi et la Formation Professionnelle (DDTEFP) of the internship convention.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a copy of the “convention de stage”, signed by all the parties (the employer in France, the school or university abroad and the intern), and stamped by the intermediate organism or the cultural department of the Embassy,

-  the letter from the DDTEFP stating its awareness of the internship convention,

-  a proof of financial resources:

- either a certificate of a grant from the French government, foreign governments, international organizations or a certificate delivered to the beneficiaries of European Union programs,

- or either 3 last bank statements.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

** Family aid interns (“au pair“)

The conditions to fulfill to get a long stay visa for an internship are the following ones :

-  the family aid intern, welcomed by a family whose common language is French, comes to study, in order to improve ones linguistic proficiency and to increase ones general knowledge by a better understanding of the country in which one stays (European agreement on au pair placing, 24th November 1969),

-  the intern has to be between 17 and 30,

-  a placing agreement stamped by a Direction Départementale pour le Travail, l’Emploi et la Formation Professionnelle (DDTEFP) has to be shown.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  the placing agreement stamped by the DDTEFP,

-  a proof of the level of studies of the applicant: copy of the last diploma, school attendance certificate, baccalauréat or equivalent diploma…,

-  a proof of the registration in a French school or university: certificate of preregistration or registration in a school, accompanied by a proof of the payment of the registration fees,

-  a letter explaining the motivation behind the desire for a study-project in France (background, motivation, expectations...), preferably in French.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

3 - The military interns

A long stay visa allows soldiers sent to France for an official mission to follow a higher or technical training or a professional advanced internship in military or civil schools.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  two application forms for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  the official letter from the local authorities specifying: the identity of the applicant, the number of the passport which is used, the host school in France and the length of the stay.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for professional purposes : OFII procedure

A non-EU national is not allowed to have a professional activity in France without a work permit. The work permit is granted by the Direction Départementale pour le Travail, l’Emploi et la Formation Professionnelle (DDTEFP) before the salaried employee arrives in France and notified on ones work contract.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France (you will get a list with the adresses at the consulate).

The procedure is the following :

-  the French company that intends to employ a foreign worker carries out the required procedures to the French organisms,

-  the french immigration office (OFII) sends the contract to the consular department,

-  the consular department contacts the applicant to prepare the application for the visa,

-  submission of the visa application to the consular department and payment of the processing fees,

-  an interview may be carried out by the consular department,

-  processing of the application by the consular department,

-  issue of the visa or refusal.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to present the original of the documents to provide as well as a copy :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black (the first part only),

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark.

NB

  • A medical control will be carried out by the OFII when arriving in France.
  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for the foreign spouse of a French national or European Union citizen

1 - Foreign spouse of a French national

The long stay visa allows the foreign spouse of a French national residing in Denmark to settle in France, provided that the former is accompanied by or is rejoining the latter.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France (you will get a list with the adresses at the consulate).

_

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting in the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black (the first part only).

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a proof of the marriage: livret de famille (French family record book), complete copy of the French marriage certificate or record on the consular register of births, marriages and deaths of the foreign certificate,

-  a proof of the nationality of the French spouse: ID card, certificate of French nationality or decree of French naturalization.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.
  • The spouses of French nationals get as of right, from their marriage, a residence permit in France (articles L 313-1 et 12 of the Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile). They get a residence permit for 10 years as of right after 1 year of marriage (article L 314-11 8° of the Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile). The couple should not have lived life together does not have to have ceased to get one or the other of these residence permits.

2 - Foreign spouse of a European Union citizen

The long stay visa allows the foreign spouse of a national from the European Economic Area residing in Denmark or in a member state of the EEA, to settle in France, provided that the former is accompanied by or is rejoining the latter.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a proof of the marriage: livret de famille (family record book) or complete copy of the marriage certificate,

-  a proof of the nationality of the spouse, national from the EEA: ID card or passport.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for minors to study

The long stay visa for minors to study allows minors, not accompanied by their parents, to go to France, for a period higher than 3 months, in order to go to a primary or secondary school or to study in a university (…).

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a parental authorization, signed by the person(s) entitled to the parental authority, allowing the provider in France to accomodate the child, accompanied by a proof of the ties between the child and the person(s) entitled to the parental authority: livret de famille (family record book)…,

-  an authorization, signed by the person(s) entitled to the parental authority, allowing the unaccompanied minor to leave the national territory,

-  an engagement de prise en charge, signed by the person who will accomodate the child, accompanied by a proof of the identity of this person: ID card, passport, a proof of resident status in France if the provider is a foreign national,

-  a proof of financial resources of the host family: payslips of the last 3 months and the last income tax notice, unless the family has been chosen by an organization for educational stays,

-  a certificate of registration in a school or of pre-registration in a university,

-  school report from the previous year or diploma equivalent to the baccalauréat for minors who go to France to study in a university,

-  certificate of compulsory vaccinations in France (DT Polio and BCG),

-  a proof of medical and civil liability insurance for the child covering the period of school attendance.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for scientists

The long stay visa allows scientists under a “protocole d’acceuil” established by an institution registered by the French authorities to carry out research or to lecture in a French university, without a work permit, for a more than 3 months period.

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  the “protocole d’acceuil” established by the institution registered by the French authorities, duly filled out, stamped by the Préfecture and signed by the host institution, with the official stamp of the institution.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The spouse and the children (under 18 or over 18 but still dependent) of a scientist holder of a French long stay visa or a valid residence permit in France, can get a visa which allows them to accompany or rejoin the scientist in France.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a valid residence permit in Denmark,

-  a proof of the familial ties of the spouse and the children with the scientist: family record book.

NB

  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Dernière modification : 12/01/2017

til top