Procedures for temporary residence during your stay in France - three cases :
1. Your are a citizen of the European Union or of an associated nation (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) : You do not require a 'carte de séjour' (residence permit). All you need is a valid passport or valid national identity card. However, if you are intending to get a job, then you will require a 'permis de séjour' in order to obtain a 'permis de travail temporaire' (temporary work permit) wherever you come from.
2. You are citizen of a candidate country to the European Union (Croatia, Turkey) : - To stay in France less than 3 months : no 'carte de séjour' required. All you need is a valid passport or a national identity card. - To stay in France more than 3 months : one must have a passport and a student visa, 'type D', with the words 'carte de séjour à solliciter à l'arrivée' (which means you have to get a residence permit soon after your arrival in Angers).
3. You are NOT a citizen of one of the above countries : - To stay in France less than 3 months : one must have a passport and a visa with the words 'dispensé temporaire de carte de séjour' (which means that for the time being you do not require a residence permit). - To stay in France more than 3 months : one must have a passport and a student visa, 'type D', with the mention 'carte de séjour à solliciter à l'arrivée' (which means you have to get a residence permit soon after your arrival in Angers).
How to apply for a visa ?
Contact the French consultate in your country. For further info, click on Ambassades françaises à l’étranger Attention ! A 'tourist' visa can NOT be exchanged for a 'étudiant' visa, neither in France nor any other EU member-state.
How to apply for a 'carte de séjour' (residence permit) ?
On arrival at ESA, you should have the following original documents which you brought with you from home (+ a photocopy of each document) : - Passport, valid for your length of stay + copy of the pages where are the number, the identity, the photograph, the dates of issue and validity, the visa. - Student visa, 'type D', with the mention 'carte de séjour à solliciter à l'arrivée'. - Proof of financial means : a) If you are 'boursier', lie you have a scholarship : then the certificate or guarantee provided by the financial organisation. b) If your are not 'boursier', lie you have not a scholarship : . Own resources : a bank statement indicating that your personnal account will have 430 € each month, or 4 300 € each year at least. . Financial resources provided by a person living in France : a certificate (or signed letter) from that person attesting that she/he will assure your financial needs to the sum of 430 € per month or 4 300 € per year, accompanied by photocopies of the last three pay-slips + last income tax return.
ON ARRIVAL IN FRANCE, ONE HAS TO ADD : - Four recent and identical passport rize photos (3,5 cm x 4,5 cm / black and white / full face, bare-headed). - Certificate of inscription to an ESA course and student identity card (provided by us). - Proof of residence in Angers : a) Lodging in a host French family : a certificate from your landlord + copy of his/her identity card and electricity bill less than 3 months old. b) Lodging in student residence : a certificate from the director of the residence. c) Own flat : contract of location dated of less than 3 months. - Stamped addressed envelope (to your address in Angers). - O.M.I. fiscal stamp to the value of 55 € which must be bought at the 'Prefecture'. Algerian citizens are exempted of buying this stamp. - Compulsory medical visit : you will be attended for a medical visit, including chest x-ray at the O.M.I. ('Office des Migrations Internationales') in Nantes, during the three months following the application of your 'permis de séjour définitif' requirement.
For any more information, please contact at Groupe ESA : Carine Billaud, Assistant to the director Tel : 33 (0) 2 41 23 55 00 - Fax : 33 (0) 2 41 23 55 32 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Where and how you can get in touch with the administration to apply your 'carte de séjour' in Angers :
'Préfecture de Police - Service Accueil Etudiants Etrangers' 7 rue Hanneloup - F-49100 ANGERS Opening hours : 9.15 am till 4.15 pm, without a break Tel : 33 (0) 2 41 81 83 76 ou 85 / Information by telephone from 9.15 am till 12.15 pm.