Visa to France

Visa to France

A Schengen visa is suitable for travel to France and other Schengen countries for tourism, business or transit through the country.

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Depending on your nationality, you may need a France-issued Schengen visa if you are planning to visit France as your main destination. France complies with Schengen legislation of the Schengen Area. This means that it grants short-stay Uniform Schengen visas for the European territory. For those who wish to travel via a French airport without leaving the “international zone,” you may require a Schengen transit ‘A’ visa.

French Visa Options:

We recommend submitting your visa application form as soon as possible to guarantee that your visa for France is issued in time for your trip.

Who Needs A Visa To Visit France

Citizens of nations outside the EU and Schengen Area require a visa for France. A passport valid for 3 months or longer beyond their intended date of departure, proof of insurance, a ticket for onward travel, and proof of lodging to visit France.

Although the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union, therefore, a visa is currently not required for British citizens wishing to visit France for short-stays of less than 90 days.

What is a French Visa?

When applying for a visa to France, in most cases you will require a Schengen visa. This visa gives you the right to enter France. The type of Schengen Visa you apply for will depend on the length of your stay in France and the reasons for your visit.

Your visit to France can be for tourism, business, study, or visiting, family/friends. 90 days or less is considered a short stay, and you must apply for a short-stay visa. Alternatively, if you intend to stay in France for longer than 90 days, you must apply for a long-stay national visa.

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Documents Required For a French Visa Application

The requirements and application procedures for Schengen visas to France are outlined below. In general, applicants must submit their visa applications, including all required documentation, to the Diplomatic Mission or approved visa application centres on time. Please note that the required documentation may vary based on the duration and purpose of your stay and your visa type.

  • First, a passport with at least two blank pages and a minimum validity of ninety days following the conclusion of travel. Copy of the first sheet, including personal information and, if applicable, prior Schengen visas.
  • Next, the Visa application form is filled out and signed, along with two biometric pictures no older than six months.
  • Then, your documentation of travel with confirmed round-trip tickets.
  • Next, Bank account information demonstrates that the traveller has sufficient funds for travel.
  • Then, Evidence of occupation in the form of certified documents, such as an employer letter, student certificate, registration document, or pension fund documentation.
  • Next, Accommodation information in the form of an invitation letter or hotel reservation confirmation for the duration of your visit.
  • Finally, proof of travel health insurance that covers up to 30,000 Euros for the duration of the trip and is valid across the whole Schengen region.

Depending on your job situation, relevant papers must be included in your application dossier.

Short-Stay Visa Types For France

French Transit Visa. This visa type permits transit at the airport for connecting flights. It is only valid in international zones. France requires airport transit visas for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.

French Business Visa. This visa type is for people who wish to apply for a Schengen visa. This visa allows the holder to do business inside the Schengen region. Typically, it is suitable for stays of up to ninety days.

French Tourist Visa. This visa is issued to third-world people that wish to visit Schengen nations. For instance, this can be for tourism and stays not exceeding 90 days.

French Family Visit Visa. Necessary for nationals of third countries who wish to travel to the Schengen region. This can be to visit family, friends, or relations. You will need an invitation letter from the person you are planning to visit.

French Cultural Visa. This visa is for short-term cultural trips. This visa type allows the bearer to attend cultural, sporting, and religious activities. You can stay up to 90 days within 6 months.

French Medical Treatment Visa. This visa type allows the bearer to obtain healthcare-related medical treatment in one of the Schengen nations for up to 90 days. However, patients may be required to present medical necessity documentation or permission from a French healthcare centre whose information is accessible online.

Long-Stay Visa Types For France

French Student Visa. issued to non-French nationals wishing to study in France. Admission to a study programme is one requirement for applying for a student visa. For stays exceeding 90 days, visa holders of this kind are eligible to apply for a residence permit.

French Employment Visa: issued to non-EU citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for employment in France. In addition, a formal job contract or offer is required for completing your application.

French Family Reunion Visa: This visa is available to family members of French residents who wish to go to France. Also, the terms of application differ based on factors such as whether the applicant is an EU/EEA national. Similarly, a citizen of France, or a foreigner resident in France.

French Researcher Visa: refers to the guest scientist or visiting scholar visas provided to non-EU individuals who seek to engage in research activities in an established research institution for a certain time.

French Partnership Visa. This visa type is a short-term visa. The spouse of a French national can apply for this visa. Also, you will need the right documentation and prove the marriage before applying for this visa. Therefore, you will need to supply your passport. Furthermore, verify your marriage. And finally, verify your spouse’s nationality.

French Work Permit Visa. Those authorized to work in Finland must get this visa.

French Relative Visa. Relatives of a French person may apply for this visa. Therefore, if they do not possess a valid E.U./Schengen passport. A residency permit. Or a passport from a country with which France has a bilateral visa-free agreement.

Requirements to Submit an Application

Applicants must submit their visa applications in person, as well as setting an appointment to submit their documents and biometrics.

Before, you apply for your visa, you should ensure that you have all of your documents ready. You can apply no earlier than 6 months before your planned trip.

Also, your passport should have at least 2 remaining blank pages. Furthermore, have at least 3 months of remaining validity from the date you return from the Schengen area. As well as this, if you are applying from a country you are not a citizen of, you must have a valid residence permit. The Permit must have at least 3 months of validity from the date you return from the Schengen area.

European Nationals Traveling to France

Citizens of an EU can travel inside the EU without the need for a visa.

British people no longer have the right to free movement inside the European Union. This is since the U.K. has formally left the E.U. However, British citizens do not have to get a visa to enter France. Therefore, The U.K. and E.U. will establish the specifics after a potential post-Brexit transition phase.

U.S. & Canadian citizens carrying passports valid for at least three months beyond their scheduled departure date are exempt from obtaining a visa for tourism, business, or airport transit for stays of up to 90 days

Other EU Visa Types

If you are third-country national, you will need a visa to enter France. In fact, you will need a visa to enter any other Schengen country. Short-stay Schengen C-visas permit stays of up to 90 days. While a national D-visa/residence permit is for more extended stays in the country.

Visa Fees For France

Visa fees vary per applicant’s country of origin and are subject to change. The price includes review, document processing, advice and appointment support.

  • For a short-stay or airport transit visa, the visa fee for France is 80 euros for adults, or 40 euros for minors.
  • The visa fee for a long-stay visa to France is 99 euros.

First, Visa fees are payable in person at the Embassy or relevant visa office where you attend an appointment.

Please note, however, that under certain situations, certain applicants may be excused from visa costs or get discounts. For example, visa costs are not required for Swiss citizens or dependent family members of Citizens of an EU/EEA country.

Visa Processing Time

The processing period for your France issued Schengen visa will vary depending on your case. Therefore, it will take at least 15 working days from the day you submit documents at your appointment.

The French Schengen Visa processing period could go as long as 60 days in exceptional instances at the embassies’ discretion. Furthermore, you can book appointments months in advance during the busy season, so it is essential that you apply sooner rather than later.

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