Minors with schooling - long stay
A visa valid for a maximum stay of 11 months is issued. Its validity cannot be extended during the minor’s stay in France. The minor must therefore leave France before the expiry date of his visa.
An application for a visa for another school or university year may be filed at the Consulate having jurisdiction in the location of the parents’ residence or that of the person exercising parental authority.
This visa allows multiple entries into France. Consequently, the minor can enter French territory as often as desired during the period of validity of his visa, without the need to apply for another visa. In addition, this Type “D” visa allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period without any other visa.
Each visa applicant aged 12 years or more must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas to minors with schooling.
You can’t apply for a visa more than 3 months before the previous date of departure.
This procedure applies to pupils or students considered minors under French law (less than 18 years) who wish to pursue their studies in France, away from their parents (who do not reside in France), during a period exceeding 90 days, in a primary or secondary school or in an institution of higher learning, regardless of their nationality.
This procedure does not apply to nationals of member States of the European Union, of member States of the European Economic Area
of Monaco, Switzerland, Andorra and San Marino.
Documents to be provided (originals + two copies of all your originals)
Original passport + photocopies of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 3 months after the end of the student’s proposed stay in France, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;
Proof of legal presence in Germany + 2 photocopies (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;
Birth certificate of the child mentioning the first and family names of the parents, or family journal or any document of civil status that establishes filiation between the child and his parents + 2 photocopies ;
Supporting evidence of the parent’s legal status in Germany (residence card) + 2 photocopies ;
A letter of parental authorization (original + photocopy). The signatory of the parental authorization must present an identification document bearing a signature and one photograph (passport, citizen identification card, driving permit for example), original and 2 photocopies joined to the application ;
An undertaking to assume responsibility :
- either by the host person in France (original + photocopy) (see sample) + photocopy of the signatory’s proof of identity (CNIS) + evidence of the signatory’s resources (banking statements of the 3 last months) (original + 2 photocopies) ;
- or by the parents (see sample) + evidence of the signatory’s resources (banking statements of the 3 last months) (original + 2 photocopies) ;
- or by the organization (see sample) ;
An attestation pertaining to the medical repatriation-hospitalization coverage in France for total medical expenses and for the full duration of the stay. An attestation of civil liability coverage for the minor (affirming that the minor is covered for the full duration of his stay abroad) to provide not later than the issue of the visa ;
Vaccination certificates required in France : The DT-Polio against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis to provide not later than the issue of the visa ;
Please provide following documents only if your stay in France is organised as individual and not by a specialized organism
A certificate (or letter) of registration in a primary or secondary school institution or in an institution of higher learning in France (original + photocopy) ;
The school report cards of the previous year, and, if applicable, the secondary school diploma (original + photocopies) ;
Evidence of the level of knowledge of the french language ;
Students boarding in a learning institution
An attestation by the Principal of a learning institution that receives boarders along with a photocopy of an identification document of the signatory (ID, passport, ...) ;
An undertaking by one or several families to act as host to a minor during closings of the boarding school or an undertaking by the Principal of the institution to find a boarding house during closings of the boarding school ;
An undertaking by a family to act as host to the minor, based on a model currently being prepared, along with a photocopy of an identification document of the signatories (CNI or residency document to stay in France, the validity of which must exceed the length of the school year) ;
Information concerning the boarding conditions available to the minor in a host family (single room ? multiple occupancy rooms ?) ;
Application fees in each case (non-refundable) : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted).
The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.
Entry requirements after arrival in France
Minors are exempt from providing a residence permit. Because the visa on the passport is the sole proof of the minor’s legal status during his stay in France, it is advisable to photocopy the first pages of the passport as well as the page upon which the visa has been affixed, and to keep the photocopies in a safe place different from that where the passport is kept.
If the minor with schooling attains the age of 18 years during his stay in France, he must apply for a residence permit at the Prefecture within 2 months following his age of majority. If his departure from France takes place within these two months, he is exempted from doing so.