Exchange Report 2006
A TEMPORARY LONG STAY Visa is needed and make sure that this is the type that
the French Embassy issues you. I unfortunately was issued a long-stay temporary Visa
and as a result had to apply for a residence permit when I arrived in France while my
colleague (who was issued the right Visa) did not. It required me to open a French Bank
account and pay over $70 since my Birth Certificate did not include the names of my
parents and I had to order a new one in Canada and have it mailed express to France.
Also, by Dec.20th I still had not received my residence permit even though I submitted
my papers at the beginning of October. In other words it was a waste time but I did avoid
paying the 50 Euro for the residence permit.
If you do by chance have a European Passport as then you do not need to get a Visa.
There is no French Embassy in Victoria so you will need to make a trip to the one in
Vancouver. The one good thing about getting this Visa is that it is FREE! However, be
sure to be at the Embassy before noon as it is only open from 9-12am and this is the only
time they will issue you your Visa. Also, be sure to have all the proper documents before
you go otherwise you may just waste an hour sitting around and then being told to leave.
You can find out what documents you need from the French Embassy’s website.
I did experience a lot of issues with this Visa as the people at the embassy are not very
friendly and really aren’t willing to help if you have any problems. If you follow the
advice I have given you however I do not anticipate you having any problems like I did.
In order for you to fulfill all your Uric credits we needed to take 8 courses in total. Don’t
be alarmed however as the courses are only 15 hours in total each. The courses that we
took during the fall semester were as follows:
• Financial Management
• Strategic Marketing