You are permitted to travel to France if you have a France Schengen visa. In fact, if you have a France Schengen visa, you can visit the French territories or other Schengen countries. With this visa type, you can remain in the Schengen area for less than 90 days within a six-month period. A Schengen visa is different from a regular visa, as you will not be allowed entry into France’s non-EU territories.
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.
Past and current criminal convictions or actions of the individual who is applying will greatly impact the success rate of the application to gain a Schengen visa to France. This may be due to the individual being considered a threat to the public policy, internal security or public wealth of the Schengen area (terrorism, drug/child abuse, addiction, other serious crime). False travel documentation will also result in a refusal, as well as other consequences such as banning or criminal prosecution.
Insufficient explanation for the purpose and circumstances of the planned travel can result in a refusal, as well as lack of providing the travel itinerary. A damaged passport or passport invalidity will also determine a visa rejection. Invalid passports are constituted by having less than 3 months remaining on them, not having two different blank visa pages, presenting a travel document book instead of a valid passport, or a passport which is older than ten years.
A reference letter that is lacking in information will also decrease your chances of a successful application. Examples of this will include; Lacking to offer a formal letter that has an original letterhead with the address and contact details of the company or the author issuing it, failing to present a formal letter issued not later than three last months from the application date, Missing the stamp and signature of the author on the formal letter
Other reasons for a rejected visa application also include an insufficient means of finances to fund your travel and time period within France, an unacceptable birth or marriage certificate, such as failing to match the name of the traveler. Invalid traveler insurance which does not cover you for your length of time in France or on your return, failure to present proof of accommodation (hotel, air b&b, host invitation), and unfavorable Schengen visa situations such as a passport with an active Schengen visa application or a past of failing to respect Schengen visa laws will also result in a rejection.
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.
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.
The most popular questions that come up on Schengen Visa applications or interviews are as follows;
- Which countries in the Schengen, are you planning to visit?
- Do you have any family members or friends living in Europe?
- What is the purpose of your visit?
- Who will pay for your visit?
- Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have you been married?
- Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they, what do they do?
- How long are you going to stay in Europe?
- Where are you going to stay?
- What is your educational qualification?
- Which company do you work for?
Business people, vacationers, specialized professionals, and students who want to stay in France for a limited time for specific travel purposes need Schengen visas. 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. Your consultation call with the attorney may take up to 72 hours to schedule, however you will be kept informed from the minute your application is received.
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.
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 foreigner’s nationality, the territory of France that the applicant wishes to visit, the foreigner’s residence status in the Schengen Area or specifically in France, the purpose of the visit, and the duration of stay.