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France Visa

France - The country,whose language, fashion, cuisine and wines are popular throughout the worldis the largest country in Western Europe.

Being a developed nation, it ranks sixth in the world in terms of Nominal GDP and ninth in terms of purchasing power parity. It is highly progressed on many forefronts such as education, health care, art, science, technology, standard of living and so on.

It is the founding member of the European Union (EU) and one of the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. It isalso a part of the EU’s Schengen Area. Nationals, immigrants and tourists residing in any member state of this area can move freely to all other states of the area.

Nationals of the EU, EEA and Switzerland can move freely within EU countries and hence they can enter France without a visa.This exemption also exists for nationals of some other countries. But for others it is mandatory to obtain a valid visa.

Once having strict policies for immigration, France has now made the regulations and policies, liberal in order to get the talent from other countries of the world

Types of France Visa:

The type of visa for which you need to apply depends on the reason and duration of your stay.

However, following are two main categories:

1. short-stay visa which allows stay for upto 3 months.

This visa is issued to the applicants who have below objectives for coming to France:

The validity of this visa can be for maximum 5 years.

1) short-stay visa or uniform stay visa: This is a single-entry visa, wherein you have to stay continuously for 90 days in France or any other Schengen country.You cannot bring your family with you. For applying for the second time, you need to wait for 180 days from the first date of entry.

2) Type C Schengen visa: Basically a travel visa, this is a multiple-entry short-stay visa wherein you can stay for multiple short periods in any 180-day period but the total period of stay is limited to 90 days. Thus, you can travel in any Schengen country without any restrictions.

2. A long-stay visa which allows stay for more than 3 months.

Applicants having the following objectives to fulfill in France can apply for this visa.

If you have this visa, you can enter and travel in the other member statesof the Schengen area for 90 days in any 180-day period.

However, to stay in the country after the first 3 months, you need to apply residence for a residence permit to the Préfecture (office of the Prefect, the local representative of the national government) in your place of residence.

There is also a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS), which allows stay for 3 to 12 months.Individuals owning this visa can stay in the country for a year without any residence permit. But if they want to stay for more than a year, they have to apply for a residence permit.

Visa holders having this visa are required to submit a declaration to the French Immigration and Citizenship Office (OFII) within three months of arrival in the country.

How to applyFrance Visa?

You need to apply for a visa with the French embassy or consulate in your country of residence not earlier than three months before the planned date of arrival.


The general list documents required for any type of visa is as follows:

Certain specific documents are required for each visa type, some of which are mentioned below:

1. Short-stay visa:
2. Long-stay visa:
3. Long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS):
Rejection of visa

If your application gets rejected, you can request the authorities to reconsider it without any additional charges.

Visa expiration and extension of stay
Residence Permit

There are different types of residence permits depending upon the visa obtained by you and the reasons and duration of your stay.

If you are living in France with a residence permit and want to avail another one, you should apply 2 months before the expiration of the current residence permit.

You need to submit certain documents to apply for a residence permit.

Work permit

If you are travelling to France for employment or business purposes, you need to apply for a work permit. However, there are certain exemptions in some cases.


Your family members and dependants can accompany you in case of long-stay visa, subject to the conditions in specific visa type you have applied for.

On arriving in France

While entering in the country, you need to show the documentary evidences for reason and duration of stay, means of support during your stay, travel itinerary and accommodation arrangements.

Important Note

All the documents required to be submitted at different stages should be translated into French and legalised.

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