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France Visa Types

There are three types of France Visa: 

  1. Short stay - Schengen visa
  2. Airport Transit Visa 
  3. Long stay - National visa 


France Schengen Visa

As part of the Schengen zone, you need to apply for a France Schengen Visa to realize your short term trip (less than 90 days). You can apply for a Schengen visa, not only for France tourist visa but also for realizing short term training or business-related activity. Depending on the type, your visa can be single, double or multiple entries. Moreover, this visa gives you freedom of movement within the Schengen Area. Multiple entry visa holders also have freedom of movement within the EU zone.  

 

France Long Stay Visa 

Those who want to stay in France for the long term have to apply for a France Long Stay Visa. This visa allows one to stay in France for more than 90 days for long term employment, for France student visa, family reunion or Au Pair.  

A national visa allows applicants to enter the country as potential residents who need to apply for a residence permit during the first three months of their stay. 

The residence permit allows you to travel freely within the Schengen and the EU area.

 

France Requirements for visa

Documents required for a visa to France may change depending on the purpose of your trip and your nationality. However, here are some documents that needed regardless purpose of the visit: 

  1. Application form
  2. Passport 
  3. Passport size photo
  4. Proof of income 
  5. Proof of occupation 

Additional documents will be needed depending on the type of your visa. 

 

Processing Time

The processing time for a visa to France depends on the type of visa you are applying for as well as nationality. However, the average processing time for a France Schengen visa is 3-25 calendar days, for a France National visa is 5-60 calendar days. 

 

How To Apply for France Visa?

You need to apply for a visa for France in Visa Application Centers, consulates, or embassies, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is no required institution in your country, you need to apply to your region's nearest embassy or consulate. Based on your nationality, you may need to fill an online application form. However, physical presence is required as the applicant may be interviewed and present biometric data. Applicants will receive a visa through the embassy.

 

How Much is France Visa Fee?

France Schengen visa fee is 80 EUR, but you may also need to pay other administrative fees, such as visa application centre fees, courier service fees, etc., depending on the country and location where you submit your documents.

According to the agreements between the European Union and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fees for citizens of these countries are reduced to 35 EUR.

France National visa fee is 99 USD. However, for a long term visa for France and other French territorial areas, for a foreign child legally adopted by French citizens, the application fee is 15 EUR.

 

France Visa Interview Questions

The interview is one of the basic steps for obtaining a French visa. You may be asked about the details of your application and your trip. To reduce your French visa rejection rate, it is important to honestly answer all questions.