I am an Indian who was selected into a good French University for sports and tourism. I am going for my masters. But my father is an pensioned retired police officer. He is the sponsor for my studies. We didn't take an educational loan, but my sister took a personal loan for my studies.

Last time my visa was rejected within 3 days. I submitted all the documents, but still I got rejected.

  1. Did I get rejected as my sponsor is an pensioned individual?
  2. Can I improve my chances for acceptance if I change my sponsor?
  • What reason(s) were you given for the refusal? It would help if you posted a copy of the refusal notice, with personal details obscured
    – Traveller
    Dec 9, 2020 at 8:36
  • @Traveller Legally, they don't have to give a reason. Typically, they don't because it might give you something to appeal. So why go to the trouble of extra work that could be a source of error when an unmotivated decision is virtually unassailable?
    – Relaxed
    Dec 9, 2020 at 12:18
  • @Relaxed Ok, I thought they might at least give a proforma response, as they do for short stay questions. But in that case, the question is pretty much unanswerable
    – Traveller
    Dec 9, 2020 at 15:25
  • @Traveller Yes that would make sense and for short-stay visas they have to, it's mandated by EU law. Under French law, it's not necessarily the case for long-stay visas, I just realised I wrote an answer detailing all this a long time ago. The question was a bit different but it shows why your options are limited. In practice, it's difficult to know what the problem might and I doubt that changing sponsors would make a difference.
    – Relaxed
    Dec 9, 2020 at 15:58
  • Actually, double-checking the link I learned that my earlier answer is outdated (and actually became incorrect a mere three weeks after I wrote it). It appears that since November 2016, every refusal does have to be “motivated”. I have no idea how detailed or actionable the justification might be and it remains the case that a student visa is discretionary but you should at least have received some explanation.
    – Relaxed
    Dec 9, 2020 at 16:22


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