France as a campus destination for Indian students now looks more attractive with the visa norms having been eased.
With effect from July 1, Indian students going to France for more than three months will be exempt from applying for a residence permit once they arrive in France, which was a cumbersome process earlier.
After three months, the local authorities in the area where the student is residing will call them and clear registration formalities, which will be a simpler procedure. Following the registration, students would be free to move throughout the Schengen countries.
“The new step on simplification of the visa procedure, along with the six-month permit that France now gives international students to seek and accept jobs related to their areas of study, will be a big incentive for students from India to study in France,” says Archana Chaudhary, co-ordinator CampusFrance India.
If students find jobs, they are then entitled to apply for an ordinary one-year work permit or for the ‘skills and expertise’ residence permit. The new ‘skills & expertise” permit, which is designed to attract non-EU nationals who have the potential to carry out professional projects, is a big draw for Indian students.