Short stay visa for studies

The Consulate General of France in Boston does not provide any photocopy. Each passport must be presented with one photocopy of the identity pages.

Last update: 05/31/2013

1. Do you need a short stay visa for studies ?
2. How to make an appointment ?
3. Processing time
4. Requirements
5. Important information

1. Do you need a short stay visa for studies?

- YES, if you are a citizen of the following countries even if you hold a US Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") :

Afghanistan Albania [1] Algeria
Angola Armenia Azerbaidjan
Bahrein Bangladesh Belize
Benin Bhutan Belarus
Bolivia Bosnia [2] Botswana
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon [3] Cape Verde
Central Africa Chad China
China - Hong Kong [4] China - Macao [5] China - Taiwan [6]
Colombia Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia [7] Ghana
Grenada Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti India
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan
Kazakhstan Kenya Kirghizistan
Kiribati Kuweit Laos
Lebanon Lesotho Liberia
Libya Macedonia [8] Madagascar
Malawi Maldives Mali
Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia
Moldavia Mongolia Montenegro [9]
Morocco Mozambique Namibia
Nauru Nepal Niger
Nigeria North Korea Oman
Pakistan Palau Palestine
Papua Peru Philippines
Qatar Refugees Russia
Rwanda Solomon Samoa
Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia [10]
Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
Sri Lanka St Lucia St Thomas
St Vincent Sudan Surinam
Swaziland Syria Tadjikistan
Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia
Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu
Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam
Yemen former Yugoslavia Zambia

- As it is a Schengen visa, it also allows you to visit the 25 other Schengen States as a tourist :

Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany Greece Hungary
Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland

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2. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

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If you cannot print your confirmation receipt, it is not a problem Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

3. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship :
15 days is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mali Mauritania Morocco
Niger Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Tunisia
Yemen United Arab Emirates Vietnam

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

4. Requirements

All ID/passeport documents and visas must be provided with one photocopy.

1. 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 visas pages left.

2. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

3. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

4. A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document. We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence. (+ONE COPY)

5. Proof of registration in a university or school in France

6. Proof of registration in a US school or university

7. Proof of financial means : your last 3 bank statements or a letter from the school confirming that all your expenses have been prepaid

8. Your travel itinerary. Do not purchase tickets until the visa has been approved.

9. Proof of medical coverage abroad : a letter from your insurance company stating that you are covered abroad or a travel insurance to be purchased from a travel agency (minimum amount of 40,000 US$)

10. If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents:

  • notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate
  • notarized authorization from both parents allowing their child to travel to France or from the parent exercising full custody of the child according to the divorce decree.
  • if you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).

11. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:Please, don’t put
the French Consulate name
Your full name Your full name
Your address Your address

5. Important information

- The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.

- Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

[1Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

[2Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

[3For Camerounese citizens willing to enter Germany, please note that you must present a valid Camerounese Identity card.

[4Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa

[5Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa

[6Except for ordinary Taiwanese passports which contains the identity card number of the holder. In this case, a short stay visa is not required.

[7Special requirements may apply according to the agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

[8Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

[9Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

[10Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

Last modified on 14/12/2016

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