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205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Typical visa application materials
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1. You must complete the Campus France online application process. This application will be reviewed and you will be emailed of your approval
2. Request a student visa at your assigned French Consulate – you must go in person
3. Go to consulate for visa interview – you must appear in person, there will be a visa processing fee, bring copies of important documents (they will not make copies for you), bring admission letters for program
4. If relevant, register with the local immigration office once you’re in France
5. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visa pages left.
6. If you are not a U.S. citizen: A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20 (+ ONE COPY).
7. Positive proof of residence in the geographic area for which the consulate is responsible
8. Processing fee in the U.S. dollar equivalent of €50. Exceptions: Recipients of scholarships from the French government or European Union (Chateaubriand, Eiffel, Franco-American Fulbright Commission, Erasmus Mundus, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) are not required to pay the application and processing fee.
9. One application form (click here for the English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
10. One passport photo glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth).
11. "Attestation" from CAMPUSFRANCE: An e-mail message from CampusFrance (entitled “confirmation e-mail”) informing the student that he or she may begin preparations to apply to the consulate for the visa (make appointment, collect documents). This message should not be confused with the earlier message from CampusFrance notifying the student of the creation of his or her CampusFrance account, or with the message indicating that a receipt for payment was available for download.
12. Receipt for payment issued by CampusFrance (does not apply to exempted students).
13. Proof of registration: A copy of the student’s official acceptance letter or acknowledgment of enrollment, addressed to the student and mentioning his or her full name, printed on institutional letterhead and specifying the exact dates (day, month, year) of the academic program and including full contact information for the individual issuing the offer or acknowledgment, as well as the full address of the educational institution. Said address may serve as the student’s temporary address in France. Three cases are possible:
i. Students taking part in an exchange program between an American and a French institution. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter may be issued from either institution provided the formal exchange agreement is identified and the information specified above is provided.
ii. Students enrolling directly in a French institution as an independent student. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must be from the admitting institution and include all of the information specified above.
iii. Students enrolling in an American program in France (operated by an American institution with a branch in France). In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must come from the American institution and include all of the information specified above.
14. Financial guarantee: Non-scholarship students must prove that they have access to at least $820 per month. Proof may be provided in the form of: the applicant’s bank statement showing a balance of $820 multiplied by the number of months to be spent in France,
i. or a notarized financial guarantee form signed by a guarantor declaring that the guarantor will provide the student applicant with at least $820 per month, plus the guarantor’s most recent bank statement.
ii. Or for students receiving scholarship and financial aid: Letter of scholarship award specifying amount and duration of award, issued by the financial aid office of the student applicant’s home institution.
15. The French immigration (OFII) form (upper part) [*] should be filled out by the following students:
ALL students who will be staying in France for more than six months (180 days);
i. Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be allowed to work in France while studying.
ii. Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be able to extend their visa once they are in France.
Applicants are requested to print their e-mail address very carefully to avoid any risk of confusion or error. Applicants will be notified of their OFII appointment by e-mail.
16. An airline reservation showing date of departure or a handwritten and legible statement from the applicant indicating the intended date of departure, as well as a formal commitment not to depart before that date. It is not possible to modify the start date of a visa once the application is made.
17. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.
Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application
Processing Time and Cost
Campus France processing time is at least 3 weeks
Consulate process takes at least 2 weeks
Students can only apply beginning 90 days from departure date
Visa Fee: 50 Euros
Cost may change without notice.
Please note: Students must make an appointment at the consulate and apply for visas in person.
Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:
Only if your length of stay exceeds 90 days
France: Study at Sciences Po (Exchange)
France: Study at École Normale Supérieure
Paris IES: Advanced French Language Studies at IES
France and Sweden: Atlantis II Dual Degree Program
*The Paris Alliance Française Spring quarter program is under 90 days and therefore students DO NOT need a visa, unless they plan to travel within the Schengen Zone for more than 90 days. In that case, students may need a Schengen visa.