The first step after getting accepted by SFU International is setting up a profile on Campusfrance (CF).
After filling out your personal details, I contacted the Vancouver CF coordinator to help me fill out the rest of the application. CF is like SFU International, where your exchange school has to “approve” your application. The Vancouver CF coordinator emailed me a confirmation letter I needed for the Visa when ESCP Europe accepted me on CF.
The Visa Application
The Campusfrance coordinator recommended that I apply for the 2B Visa.
Some notes about the 2B Visa:
- The numbering on the translations page does not correspond with the application form. Get it checked!
- The required 35x45mm photos are not the same size as Canadian passport photos
- You need a letter from the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) (not an insurance provider, e.g. Sunlife) stating you have provincial medical coverage
- SFU Health plan covers additional travel insurance (as of Dec 24, 2010)
After completing the application I booked an appointment with the French Consulate in Vancouver here. They issued the Visa the same day so my advice is to book an appointment early to have enough time to get missing items. I also did not have to pay for the visa, which I’m assuming was subsidized.
Part 2: In addition to this visa, once you’re in Paris and living here you need to go through another application for the “Carte de séjour” or the “Titres de séjour”, which is a residence permit. More on this later..
Update: If you get the 2B visa, you do not need to get a Carte de séjour.
Update 2 (August 2011): It looks like the Campusfrance registration is no longer required making it even easier to get a Visa!