Visa to France

Visa to France

Schengen Visa for Travel to France

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Important Travel Document Information – Please Read

France entered the Schengen area in 1995 after being one of the four initial signatories of the 1985 Schengen Agreement.

Please keep in mind that Frances overseas territories are not included in the Schengen zone. This means that a Schengen visa will not grant you access to French overseas territories, which have separate visa requirements.

How long does it take to get a Schengen Visa for France and what will I need?

When traveling to the French Schengen area, you will need to apply for your visa and receive it before you travel. It can be hard to know when to start your application process.

This section aims to answer questions surrounding this. You can now apply for your Schengen Visa to France 6 months before you plan to travel. It is recommended that you apply within 3 to 4 weeks before your planned departure. France receives a high volume of applications; therefore, you may want to apply earlier, allocating extra time for Schengen visa processing. That said you may also want to consider applying earlier for your Schengen Visa to France within busy periods such as July to August.

Processing times will depend on case-by-case basis; however, you will have to wait a minimum of 15 days before processing. In specific instances, embassies can take 30 to 60 days to process a Schengen Visa in extraordinary circumstances.  Therefore, if you deem your application to be more complex.

For instance, if you have many supporting documents, then allow for more time. By filling out your Schengen visa form in a clear and concise manner. Ensure everything is readable in relation to your supporting documents. You can limit any potential delays.

The documentation you will need is; fully completed and signed visa application forms, two recent passport photographs, a valid passport with more than 3 months left until it expires, older passports with past visas on them if you have them, as well as an itinerary of your trip – including dates, flight numbers, hotel reservations, or proof of accommodation. You will also need to provide proof you have a paid a visa application fee of 80 euros and supply proof of travel and medical insurance covering you for medical costs up to £30,000.

What happens if I over stay my Schengen visa in France?

Schengen law specifies that you are not allowed to stay in France for more than 90 days.

If this occurs, you are subject to a fine and the possibility of deportation & banning from re-entering the Schengen area.

However, with France you may be less likely to be faced with issues providing you haven’t overstayed by too many days, or immigration officers own judgement on the situation.

What requirements must I meet for a Schengen Visa to France?

For you to meet your requirements to gain a Schengen visa into France, your visa application file must include this list of documents; three long stay visa application forms, three passport photographs, a valid passport, the long stay visa fees, a letter explaining why you are applying for a return visa.

You will also need to evidence a minimum balance of 3000 euros over the last 6 months. If this amount is not in the bank account, alternatively, you could show a family members/guardians statement instead attached to a letter stating that they are sponsoring your travel and stay.

Additionally you must have medical travel insurance covering the entire Schengen area with a minimum coverage of €30,000. Companies like AXA offer suitable insurance for Schengen travel.

Is it possible that my France Visa may be denied?

The approval rate of an application for a France Visa will be influenced by the applicants past and present criminal convictions or acts. This could be because the individual is deemed a threat to the Schengen areas public policy, internal security, or public wealth (terrorism, drug/child abuse, addiction, or other major criminality). Fake travel documents will be rejected, as well as have other consequences such as banning or criminal prosecution.

Insufficient explanation of the purpose and conditions of the planned travel, as well as failure to provide the travel schedule, might result in rejection. A visa denial might also be caused by a damaged passport or a passport that is no longer valid. Invalid passports are those that have fewer than three months left on them, dont have two vacant visa pages, exhibit a travel document book instead of a legitimate passport, or are more than ten years old.

 

A reference letter that is missing information will also lower your chances of getting your application approved. Lacking an official letter on original letterhead with the address and contact details of the company or author issuing it, failing to submit a formal letter issued within the past three months of the application date are all examples of this. On the formal letter, the authors stamp and signature are missing.

An insufficient means of resources to pay your travel and time period within France, as well as an unsatisfactory birth or marriage certificate, such as one that does not match the name of the traveller, are all causes for a visa application being rejected. Invalid travel insurance that does not cover you for the duration of your stay in France or upon your return, failure to show proof of lodging (hotel, air b&b, host invitation), and unfavourable Schengen visa situations, such as a passport with an active Schengen visa application or a history of violating Schengen visa laws, will all result in a rejection.

What questions may I be asked when applying for my Schengen visa to France?

The most popular questions that come up on Schengen Visa applications or interviews are as follows; 

  • Which Schengen countries do you intend to travel to?
  • Do you have any relatives or friends who live in Europe?
  • What exactly is the reason for your visit?
  • Who will cover the cost of your visit?
  • Do you have a spouse? If thats the case, what does your partner do? Have you been married for a long time?
  • Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they and what do they do for a living?
  • How long do you plan on staying in Europe?
  • Where will you be staying?
  • What is your educational background?
  • Which business do you work for?

France Visa Application Process

Business people, vacationers, specialized professionals, and students who want to stay in France for a limited time for specific travel purposes need a France Visa. Those applying for a Schengen visa must indicate that they intend to leave the Schengen Zone at the end of their temporary stay at the Visa Application Centre.

When you submit an application, it will go through an 8-point review to confirm that there are no problems with your authorisation. We will confirm your availability for an appointment and try our best to accomdate your schedule. Once your appointment is booked a checklist will be provided to allow you to begin gathering the required documentation. Your completed application form will be sent with the final instructions.

All changes will be emailed to the email address provided on your application, and our phone lines are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (GMT+0) if you have any questions.

Other Schengen Visa Types

The same visa rules does not apply to every foreigner or to every French area. As a result, a variety of factors influence visa exemptions, the most important of which are the foreigners nationality, the territory of France that the applicant wishes to visit, the foreigners residence status in the Schengen Area or specifically in France, the purpose of the visit, and the duration of stay.

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