Student Visa

Foreign nationals holding a valid Irish residency permit (GNIB card) are entitled to apply for a long stay visa to study in France. You cannot apply for this visa more than 90 days before the intended departure date. Due to processing time, visa applications should be lodged at least 2 weeks before the intended departure.

Here is the list of requirements to apply for a long stay student visa. You must provide the embassy with ORIGINALS and PHOTOCOPIES of all the following listed documents:

Application Form Download the form
99 Euros Payable by card or cash when submitting your file
Passport or travel document Please note that your document has to be valid for the whole intended duration of your stay in France and have at least 2 blank pages. You should provide the Embassy with a copy of your passport that includes all the inside pages apart from the blank ones.
Re-entry visa to Ireland The re-entry visa has to be valid at least until the departure date.
2 passport size photographs In colour with a white background
GNIB CARD (Garda Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau Card) Your GNIB card has to be valid until your planned departure date
Motivation Letter + CV/Resume This letter has to state your motivations to integrate this specific courses/degree in the University/School in France.
Scholarship If you are in receipt of a scholarship, you are asked to provide an official document stating the amount and the duration of this scholarship.
Last diplomas You are asked to provide the embassy with originals and photocopies of your latest diplomas (translated in English or French language) obtained in Ireland and abroad.
Pre-registration from the French university/school With quite obviously the topic and level of the studies, their duration and starting date.
Address in France Please provide the visa section with the address of your stay in France (at least for the first weeks)
Recent letter from the current university/school/employer* in Ireland *If you are student please provide a letter from School/College stating your registration, if you hold a part time or full time position in Ireland, you are asked to provide a recent letter from your employer stating your name, the date of hiring, your position and salary + LATEST PAYSLIPS
Bank statements On application you should produce your bank statements for the last 6 months. The last one should be less than 15 days old. Those statements should bear your name and address.
According to the regulation, you must prove that you have sufficient means of subsistence for the whole duration of your stay (at least 615euros/month)
If case of a sponsorship from family, friends etc, your sponsor is asked to produce a sponsorship letter, proof of regular incomes (payslips for instance), bank statements for the last 3 months and updated, with a copy of his/her ID.

How to book an appointment

Please note that a private company deals with our appointment system. Visa applications to the French Embassy in Dublin will only be made by phone, with the private company in charge of the appointment system VISA APPOINTMENT SERVICE HELPLINE : 1580 372 623 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm). You must have all applicants and passport information at hand while contacting this Service Helpline [1].
[1] Eur 2.40/minute including VAT from landlines; some mobile and network providers may charge more.

Since it is a premium number, you may not be able to reach this number from your phone. Therefore we invite you to try from another phone. If you still encounter difficulties to contact the 1580 372 623, you may ask for more information through the Customer Service for the Visa Appointment Service : 01 256 8605 or by email

Nota Bene: A confirmation will be sent to you by text message, after 5pm, on the day before your appointment

Published on 02/08/2016

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