Visa Information

Welcome to MICEFA!

Now that you have made the decision to study abroad on the MICEFA exchange, you need to start preparing for your stay.  This includes getting or renewing your passport and applying for a visa through Campus France or through your local embassy in Canada. You will find all the information you need below.

American Students

All American students planning to study in France are required to register with Campus France and obtain a visa in person at their nearest consulate.

Go to the Campus France website and follow the procedure listed.  NB. The last part of the article “You Have Arrived in France-Bienvenue!” will be taken care of by MICEFA.

Canadian Students

Canadian students will need to go to the French Embassy in Canada located in your Region in order to obtain your visa:

Residents of Ontario and Manitoba:
Consulate General of France in Toronto

Residents of Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Nunavut:
Consulate General of France in Montréal

Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan:
Consulate General of France in Vancouver

Visa Information for all North American Students

If you are staying for less than 90 days, a visa is no longer required for U.S. passport holders.  Students of other nationalities should contact their French Consulate to determine whether they will need a visa.  

If you are staying for over 90 days a student visa is required for all students (European Union and E.C.C. students are exempt from this requirement).  You must apply for a long stay student visa through Campus France or through the French Embassy in Canada.


NB. We recommend checking the box to have a Long Stay Student Visa and not one for “Temporary Stay”.  This will allow you to have the opportunity to work while abroad at any establishment for a maximum of 20 hours per week.  

Before applying for their visa, American students must first complete and online application through Campus France.  Once Campus France has validated a student’s dossier, they may proceed with their visa application through the Embassy or Consulate.  

Canadian students do not need to register with Campus France.

While most student visa requirements are similar from consulate to consulate, the student must check the appropriate consulate’s website for the exact requirements.  An interactive map with links to the individual French Consulates in the United States can be found on the Embassy’s website.

Yes, all student applicants must appear in person at the Consulate to submit biometrics (fingerprints etc.). 

All students at  U.S.-based institution may apply, however nationals of other countries must be in possession of a valid visa to re-enter the United States after their stay in France.

The Campus France process takes at least three weeks and the Consulate process take a minimum of two weeks.  The application process can begin no sooner than 90 days before the departure date.  It is strongly recommended that students begin the process at the earliest possible time in the event of unforeseeable delays.

Unfortunately, there is no means by which a student’s application can be expedited.  CampusFrance does not begin to review the case until the stated three-week processing time has elapsed. Unless you choose the option of three days processing which will increases the fee.

It is recommended that the student first sign up for the earliest possible open appointment.  The student may regularly check the consulate’s website for cancellations.  When there is a cancellation, an earlier appointment time will become available.  It is important that the student check the website multiple times per day because the openings will be claimed quickly by others seeking to advance their appointment.  The consulate appointment system uses passport numbers as reference numbers and only one appointment can be assigned to a passport number. This means that students, and in particular those who may need to change their appointment, need to be careful to keep their appointment confirmation number as this is the only way to access the system to change or cancel an appointment.

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