Student trainees - long stay


You are traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) in the course of your studies or a training program. This training is not remunerated but you receive gratuities.

The long-stay visa, which constitutes a residency document, allows an extended stay in France for a period of more than 90 days.

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 for trainees.

You can’t apply for a visa more than 3 months before the previous date of departure.

Documents to be provided (originals + one copy of all your originals)

- 1 [*] long-stay visa application form duly completed and signed ;

- 1 [*] identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background ;

- Original passport + photocopy 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 + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;

- Trainee agreement entered into between the employer in France, the school or training establishment in Germany and yourself, certified by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) (Labour, Employment and Job Training Office for the Department) of the location where your training in France will take place, in accordance with article R313-10-2 from CESEDA. (original + photocopy). IF YOUR TRAINEE AGREEMENT IS NOT SIGNED BY THE DIRECCTE, DO NOT COME TO THE CONSULATE.

- Certificate of enrollment in the german school

- Means of livelihood (originals + copies)
For students obtaining a bursary (from the French Government, or a foreign government which regularly provides student bursaries or from international organizations or also for beneficiaries of community programs) : an attestation confirming the amount and duration of the bursary or an explanation outlining the benefits of a community program ; no additional resource is required.

For other applicants : any recent evidence of sufficient means of livelihood, corresponding to almost 100% of the basic monthly subsistence allowance provided by the French Government to foreign bursary students (615 € per month), for the entire first year or proof of an equivalent source of revenue. Such resources can be proven by :

  • a bank confirmation that the total amount has been deposited in a French bank account or that it will be done subsequently ;


  • a letter certifying a guarantee of reimbursement for an amount of 615 € by a surety in France or abroad, presented with the following documents : photocopy of an ID document of the guarantor (CNI, passport, residency document for France) and evidence of his or her resources (3 latest pay slips, latest income tax assessment and last three banking statements) ;

- Accommodation during at least the first three months of the stay :

In the case of a rented accommodation : lease contract ;
If accommodation is provided by an individual : letter stating their full address and that you will be living with them during the whole length of the study period + copy of the french national identity card, copy of the "titre de séjour" for non French citizens + copy of a telephone or gas or electricity bill of the person you will be staying with in France ;
If accommodation is in an establishment (or in an institution) or provided by an establishment (or an institution) : attestation by the establishment or institution ;
If accommodation is in a hotel : reservation and necessary resources to cover costs ;

- Medical coverage during the entire stay in France ;

- Travel Insurance covering the cost of repatriation and hospitalization for a minimum amount of 30,000 € (original + photocopy) ;

- Specific OFII form duly completed ;

- Application fees (non-refundable) : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted).Spouse of a european citizen don’t pay the visa fees (don’t forget to provide marriage act and proof of european citizenship of the spouse).

The Consulate reserves the right to claim additional evidence.


Because of the processing time, we suggest you to join an envelopp in order to send it per registered post (envelopps from DHL, UPS, ... are not accepted) for the return of your passport at home in Germany.
If you don’t wish to let your passport at the visa section, you will have to come back another day to pick up your visa.
Please see the timeframes

Make an appointment with the visa section


Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.

Stay in Schengen-Area

In accordance with Article 21 § 2bis of the Schengen Convention, 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.


Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.

Dernière modification : 30/01/2018

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