Once you have been accepted in a French institution of higher education, you will receive an acceptance/offer letter by mail or email. You are now officially invited to study in France, which requires you to apply for a student visa.
The long-stay student visa, or student VLS-TS, allows you to study in France for a period of four months to one year. If the duration of your stay exceeds a year, you must request a residence permit to be able to stay in France before you visa expires.

VLS-TS stands for Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour, meaning Long Stay Visa valid as a Residence Permit. It gives you the right to travel freely within the Schengen area. With this visa, you may also work part-time, up to 964 hours per year or 20 hours per week.

Do you need a visa?

How to obtain a student long-stay visa?
Upon acceptance to a French institution of higher education, you will be able to justify your student status and apply for a long-stay student visa. Your acceptance/offer letter is a key document to your visa application, so do not lose it.
You will be required to provide a certain number of forms and documents for your visa application. As of now, the list of required documents is the following:

– Application form, printed and signed
– ID photograph
– If you are not a national of your country of residence, please provide proof of your legal residency in this country (e.g. residence permit, etc.).
– Travel document, valid for at least three months after the planned date of return

Purpose of travel/stay
– Last completed degree
– OFII form for which the upper part is filled by the applicant
– Pre-registration certificate at a higher education institution

– Accommodation for the first three months

– Scholarship certificate or bank certificate proving deposits in a French bank account of at least €615 per month, or proof of sufficient, reliable and regular funds, or coverage of costs by a sponsor who must provide evidence of sufficient, reliable and regular funds

The visa application process follows 4 simple steps:
1. Online application
Create an account on France-Visa’s website and fill in your personal information. Print the document and bring it with you when submitting your visa application
2. Book an appointment with the Visa Section
The Visa Section is open from 9:00 am to 12.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays on appointment only. Appointments must be made online.
3. Submit your visa application
On the day of your appointment, present all required documents and pay the visa fees of €99, converted to ringgit, in cash. Final price in ringgit is set by the Consulate. Please respect the time of your appointment.
4. Track down your application online on the France-visa’s website. Processing time takes approximately 2-3 weeks.

Campus france and the cef – studies in France procedure
Malaysia has not implemented the CEF – Studies in France application process. Concretely, it means that all students (regardless of their nationality) registered in an institution of higher education in Malaysia can apply for visa directly at the Embassy of France without having to go through the Campus France office in Malaysia.

How to get student long-stay visa valid in France?
Within three months following your arrival in France, you must have your student long-stay visa approved by the OFII, the Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (French Office of Immigration and Integration):
by regular mail, send the OFII attestation form to the OFII office nearest to your home. You should receive it from the French consular authorities in your country of residence before your departure. Otherwise, you can download it on the OFII site
attach a copy of the pages of your passport showing the information concerning your identity and the date of your entry into France or in another country in the Schengen area (police stamp) to the form.
Upon reception of these documents, the OFII registers your file and sends you an attestation of receipt by regular mail to the address stated on the form. You will then receive a summons to the OFII in order to validate your student long-stay visa.

While at the OFII, you must present:
– your passport and your visa
– proof of residence in France (rent receipt, lease, utility bill, attestation of residence, etc.)
– a passport photo
– paper or dematerialised fiscal stamps
– depending on the case, a certificate stating that you already had a medical checkup with a doctor authorised by the OFII in your country of residence

At the end of this appointment, the OFII will give you a sticker to put in your passport. This OFII sticker certifies that your student long-stay visa has been validated. If you have not completed the OFII formalities in the allotted time frame, you will have to submit a new visa request to the French consular authorities in your country of residence.