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What is the short stay visa "student contest"?

Verified 28 juin 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The short-stay visa student allows you to come to France to take a competition or an admission test in a higher education institution.

  Warning : this procedure does not concern a foreigner who is a national of European country, or members of his family living in France with him.

This visa is for a maximum period of 3 months. It is valid only for France. It shall be issued only if the result of the admission test is known within that period.

You must make the request to the consular authorities French in your country of residence.

If you pass the competition or interview, this visa will allow you to apply for a student residence carddirectly in prefecture. You will not be required to return to your country to apply for a long-stay visa.

  FYI : to apply for this card directly in the prefecture, you must apply for a short-stay visa studenteven if you Schengen short-stay visa waiver.

If you fail the contest or interview, you will have to leave France.