I'm not into bashing; so someone please tell me how this makes sense?
My 16-year-old son was denied a Visa today by the French Consulate in Washington, D.C. We tried to apply for both a family visa or student visa so he would come live with me this year and go to school here. He spent last year with his father in the US. The answer was no and that we should apply for regroupement famille. I already checked into that. I haven't been here the required 18 months (I married a French national last year and had no problem getting my Visa), and the family regroupment takes 6-10 months to process. I burst into tears last week when the nice lady at the Office of Justice told me that.
Then she called OFII for me and they were the ones who said to apply for student visa.
So why didn't he get a student Visa? He was told that he can not apply for a student visa because his mother lives in France. So, a minor can get a student visa and live with a stranger for a year, but my son can't get a student visa to come to school in France and live with his mother. How odd is that?
The Office of French Immigration and Integration says get a student visa. The French Consulate who gives visas says no.