What is a long stay? [fr]
Any stay for more than 3 months in France is governed by a special procedure and is not part of the Schengen Agreement.
There are two categories of long stay visa:
- Long stay to have a temporary stay in France for more than 3 months and then return to Ethiopia (trainees and students for example);
- Long stay to settle permanently in France (establishment in France of Ethiopian nationals who are spouses of French residents residing in France for example).
Since June 1st, 2009, the consular authority grants to spouses of French nationals, students, employees and visitors long-stay visas valid for a period of one year, unless there are specific circumstances in issuing the visa, A shorter visa is required.
A long-stay visa entitles the holder to transit through another Schengen area by traveling to France and to move freely within the Schengen area throughout its period of validity.
The issuance of a long-stay visa also requires, upon arrival in France, registration French Immigration and Integration Office (long-stay visas qualifying as residence permits) or the prefecture Competent authority for issuing a residence permit (long-stay visa bearing the words ’residence permit to be applied for within two months of arrival’).