PASSPORT/VISA

EUROPEAN STUDENTS

ID CARD / PASSPORT 

An ID CARD is enough to enter France for students coming from European Union countries and from European Economic Area countries (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).

NON EUROPEAN STUDENT

PASSPORT 

Students coming from a non-European country must get a valid passport and a visa.

VISA

Students coming from a non-European country must get a visa before their arrival in France through the French Consulate of your country of origin.

There are 2 different types of visas:

Be aware that it is not possible to get a French visa while being in France.

  • SHORT STAY VISA for less than 90 days:
    "VISA SHENGEN" The Schengen agreement refers to free circulation of persons between signatory states.

 

  • LONG STAY VISA for more than 90 days:
    "VISA LONG SEJOUR VALANT TITRE DE SEJOUR = VLS-TS" (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit)
    The long-stay visa is usually delivered to students coming for more than three months. This visa allows you to transit through the Schengen Area on your way to France and to move freely throughout the Schengen Area within its period of validity.
    Some long-stay visas are valid as residence permits during the 1st year of study in France.

 

Get to know more information about French visas

TRAVEL

Student having a Long Stay Visa or a Schengen visa are allowed to travel within the Schengen area.

Here is an exhaustive list of the signatory states

The French Social Security (National Health Insurance System) does not cover you outside France. You have to take out a travel insurance in your home country.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

PASSPORT/VISA

  • Valid passport
  • French student visa (for non-European students)

 

HOUSING

  • Housing insurance to bring to the check-in appointment

 

OTHER DOCUMENTS

  • Birth certificate officially translated into French
  • Driving license translated into French
  • Transcripts and diploma

VISA VALIDATION/RESIDENCE PERMIT RENEWAL

ADMINISTRATIVE PRODECURE

Once in France, the EDHEC International Students Office will help you for the official procedures: either the visa validation or the residence permit renewal.

Do not send any document to the office of immigration or do not go to the prefecture, EDHEC ISO will organize everything.

Students coming just for one semester may have a visa, which does not need to be validated.

 

VISA VALIDATION

Your visa has to be validated within 3 months after you have entered France. Here are the different steps of the visa validation process:

  1. The French consulate gives you an OFII form with your visa. Keep this form carefully. OFII stands for "Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration" (French Office for Immigration and Integration)
  2. Upon arrival in France or in the Schengen area - depending on your flight schedule - ask the custom services to stamp your passport
  3. On the welcoming session at EDHEC Business School, bring a proof of accommodation, a copy of you passport and visa with the custom services stamp and the original OFII form. The EDHEC ISO team will help you fill the form out.
  4. The EDHEC ISO collects your file and it to the immigration office.
  5. Immigration sends you a notification for an appointment in order to validate your visa

OFII requires administrative costs

Cost of visa per category

 

VISA OR RESIDENCE PERMIT EXTENSION

If you need to extend or renew your long stay visa or resident permit in France while you are still a student at EDHEC, the ISO organizes sessions for you in cooperation with the Prefecture.

WORK IN FRANCE/INTERNSHIP

JOBS

Full year students with a long stay visa are allowed to work up to 964 hours per year - that means 60% of the annual legal duration of working hours in France.

The period starts from the first day of the visa validation or of the residence permit.

For more information, click here.

 

INTERNSHIPS

All International students can do internships in France. The only condition si to get an internship contract - called "convention de stage" - that is provided by the EDHEC Career Center (available only for full year students).

An internship is not considered as a job by the French law.

 

 

 

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