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Subject: Student Visas
Date: Monday, April 12, 2004
Name: Vicki
Message: I will be staying in France from June 2004 to Dec. 2004 to be with my boyfriend until we are married, or get him a Visa to come to the U.S. I will be taking independent study courses through my university here (graduate courses). Am I eligible for a student visa if I am not attending a FRENCH university? If I am enrolled full time thru my university, is that o.k.? What if I enroll in a French class in France? Thanks for any suggestions!

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Name AC
Message Hey Vicky, I think you need to be registered in a french university to be illigible for a student visa.

best of luck,


Name Zonirik
Message Vicky,

Ditto. You need to be enrolled with a French University or French college in order to obtain a French Visa.

Good luck to you.


Name Zonirik
Message Vicki,

I see what you mean. Yes, this is POSSIBLE. But you have to be both enrolled through your US school and with a French University or college in France. I met quite a few US students who were studying abroad and earning their foreign language credits towards their degree programs. I would suggest consulting with your university if they have any affliate relations with any French Universities here in France. Or you can do what I did. I apllied for a French Visa and took French courses on my own through a French University.


Name Vicki
Message Zonirick--thanks for your help....My courses though are in education, not foreign language. If I'm taking full-time education courses through my university here, can I just enroll in 1 french class at a French University to qualify? What kind of French Visa did you get, a long-term stay? Does that take a long time to process? Our thought was that if I got a student visa, I could get cheaper insurance, and be able to work a little bit. Any other thoughts, let me know! Thanks again! Vicki


Name Vicki
Message Zonirick--thanks for your help....My courses though are in education, not foreign language. If I'm taking full-time education courses through my university here, can I just enroll in 1 french class at a French University to qualify? What kind of French Visa did you get, a long-term stay? Does that take a long time to process? Our thought was that if I got a student visa, I could get cheaper insurance, and be able to work a little bit. Any other thoughts, let me know! Thanks again! Vicki


Name Vicki
Message Zonirick--thanks for your help....My courses though are in education, not foreign language. If I'm taking full-time education courses through my university here, can I just enroll in 1 french class at a French University to qualify? What kind of French Visa did you get, a long-term stay? Does that take a long time to process? Our thought was that if I got a student visa, I could get cheaper insurance, and be able to work a little bit. Any other thoughts, let me know! Thanks again! Vicki


Name Zonirik
Message Hmm, I don't know how to answer specifics pertaining to your questions since I don't know how your university works and if they are associated with any of the Universities in France. I would recommend speaking with your guidance counselor on that one. From what I know, you have to make sure if you do enroll into a university here you have to make sure your school will take your credits. It doesn't matter what major you're taking - I met all kinds of students that were majoring in other subject fields... they were just merely doing their foreign language credits for their school. Regarding how many classes you have to take, thatís up to your University program and the French University to choose that one for you.

If you do get a student visa you cannot really work. You are restricted to only work 20 hrs a week - unless you take a job that's considered under the table... teach English, be a nanny etc.

Regarding the insurance, you can just shop around. I think for the bare minimum I paid for one year ended up being right around 110 euros.

Getting a student Visa was tricky and complicated but if you want more information I'll direct you to the French consulate that was in my area to give you an idea on getting a visa:

http://www.accueil-sfo.org/english/visa/en_vs_nv10.html

You might want to check your local consulate because I know the rules vary from place to place. Good luck to you! And if you have more questions just ask away.

Zonirick--thanks for your help....My courses though are in education, not foreign language. If I'm taking full-time education courses through my university here, can I just enroll in 1 french class at a French University to qualify? What kind of French Visa did you get, a long-term stay? Does that take a long time to process? Our thought was that if I got a student visa, I could get cheaper insurance, and be able to work a little bit. Any other thoughts, let me know! Thanks again! Vicki


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