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I'm a student with an expired student visa seeking to renew it via Campus France but the forms are very confusing. Is there a link for renewing student visa, because all-new application with Campus France is undecipherable if you don't speak French.

And do I need to personally spend a thousand dollars to go to an out-of-country french consulate in my home town of Miami to renew my consulate? That's what the consulate officials I called in Washington, D.C. told me. Can't I just authorize someone with a signature and faxed ID to pick it up? How do I expedite renewal?
I'm currently living in Australia and planning to return to Paris, but need to expedite student visa renewal so I can start my second year in Paris.

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The way it seems to work these days is that if your carte de séjour isn't renewable, they you simple have to apply for a new visa: Visa to return to France - Consulat Général de France à Washington (This is from the Washington DC consulate site - depending on where you live in the US, you should check the appropriate consulate, however procedures are getting more and more uniform lately.)

As it says here, a personal appearance is required in order to apply for the visa (and by that they mean both to file the application and to pick up the visa two weeks later). If you're resident in Australia these days, you should be able to go through the French consulate in Australia - you'll need to have proof of residence, including whatever visa or residence permit you have for your situation in Oz.
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I'm a student with an expired student visa seeking to renew it via Campus France but the forms are very confusing. Is there a link for renewing student visa, because all-new application with Campus France is undecipherable if you don't speak French.

And do I need to personally spend a thousand dollars to go to an out-of-country french consulate in my home town of Miami to renew my consulate? That's what the consulate officials I called in Washington, D.C. told me. Can't I just authorize someone with a signature and faxed ID to pick it up? How do I expedite renewal?
I'm currently living in Australia and planning to return to Paris, but need to expedite student visa renewal so I can start my second year in Paris.

Any suggestions?
I will be going to France soon and I was wondering the same thing. I think the key would have been to apply for the renewal before it expired. According to CampusFrance, "Student visas are automatically renewed regardless of the student's nationality, provided that he or she can produce the documentation required to justify continuation of study." But if your visa is expired I would imagine you would have to start from scratch.

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Somewhere on the Campus France site I thought I saw a note mentioning that you should apply for a visa covering all your potential study. It's easy to renew your carte de séjour as long as you're still enrolled in the program you based your visa application on. What gets tricky is if you decide once you're over here to go for another course or a different program.
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