You are arriving in France on a student visa (students of non-EU nationality)

When you arrive in France, you must validate your long stay visa (VLS).

This will convert your visa into a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS).

You have three months to complete this compulsory procedure, which entails a fee (€50).

The validation process is done entirely online.

  • Validation of the VLS visa within 3 months of your arrival in France is compulsory.
  • This compulsory step allows you to remain in compliance with French law for the duration of your visa’s validity.
  • This compulsory step allows you to leave France, after the 3 months following your arrival, without needing a “return visa”.
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Your questions

What do I need to validate my long stay visa (VLS)?

Leaving France without having validated your VLS

The special case of minor

Renewing your residence permit in France

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