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I am an international graduate student on F1 visa in the US. I need to have a Schengen visa to attend a conference in France.

I have a question about the application form. In the section “Details of your identity” it asks:

“Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality: No Yes. Residence permit no. or equivalent ................. Expiry Date ................... Date of Issue .................”

Since I don’t have a green card, I think that I don’t have a residence number but the word “equivalent” is confusing.

I mean should I just leave everything blank, or should I enter my US visa number (given in red) along with the expiry and issue date of my visa?

There is no other section in the form which asks about my US visa information.

Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Probably your SEVIS ID, but I'm not entirely certain what they are looking for. I guess it probably doesn't matter much as long as you include a copy of your I-20. – Michael Hampton Apr 5 at 2:46
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Here, by "equivalent" they mean to include any document that shows that you are authorized to reside in the US. So you could put your student visa number. If you look at the online information tool, you'll see that it tells you what documents you need:

  • If you are not a US citizen, please provide proof of your legal status (green card, visa and I-94 or endorsed I-20 for students or endorsed DS2019 for interns..).

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