HOW TO APPLY FOR A FRENCH VISA.
France is a country you’ll love to be in. France is a beautiful country and it has a growing french economy. France is also a top ranked country in the world and it also has one of the wonders of the world which is the Eiffel tower. So are you Planning a trip to France? Here’s all that you need to know about applying for a french visa to France.
Fill out an online application form on the government’s official website.
Book an appointment at the French embassy for document verification.
Pay the fees, and wait for the approval.
These requirements needs to be met up in order to get a visa to France.
THE REQUIRED FRENCH DOCUMENTS
1)Two copies of a Schengen visa application form.
2)Passport valid for 90 days post-departure to France
3)Proof of medical insurance.
4) Proof of residence in the place you applied for the visa.
5)Original bank statements from the last 4 months that shows proof of funds while traveling in France.
Now, not all persons needs a visa in order to go to France.
Countries that belongs to the EEA, their citizens doesn’t need to apply for a visa or even having a visa before they can visit France . Countries such as:
If you aren’t a citizen of any of these countries, you’ll have to apply for a visa in order to visit France. For years, France has always attracted the attention of people due to it’s culture and it’s people. So applying for a French visa and going to France, will be something remarkable!
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Fill out the visa application form
To submit a visa application, you must provide at least the following :
- A travel document (original + copy) in good condition, issued less than 10 years ago, with at least two blank pages, which is valid for at least three months after the date on which you have planned to leave the Schengen Area, or in the event of a long stay, which is valid for at least three months on the date on which the requested visa expires. However, in the event of a duly proven emergency, this final requirement may be waived.
- 2 recent ID pictures in ISO/IECI format (pdf)
- The supporting documents (originals and copy) depending on your situation and your plan
Important : All documents in languages other than French or English must be translated into French.
- Your application fees are due upon filing.
- If your home country is eligible, you must fill out the online application form. You will be guided through the whole process by on-screen explanations.
- Before validating and printing out your application, you will be asked to create a personal account that includes your email address in order to save your partially- or fully-completed form. After this step, you will receive the list of required supporting documents and have the opportunity to book your appointment.
- If your country is not eligible, please check the appropriate procedure on your country of application page.
Application in person
You must attend your appointment with all the required documents. Also bring a copy of each document, including the passport and its ID pages.
The service provider (or consulate) will receive you, review your application, collect the visa fee, capture your biometric data (photo and fingerprints) and retain your passport and the copies of all your supporting documents in order to forward them to the consulate.
The visa application submission will take approximately 20 minutes at the visa centre.
All visas issued by France are biometric visas.
Any visa applicant aged 12 or older must submit his or her visa application in person. The following biometric data will be required: a photo (scanned or taken during your appointment), and ten individually-taken fingerprints.
If you hold a biometric Schengen visa issued within 59 months, either bearing the mention ‘VIS’ or issued after March 2016, your previous biometric data can be re-used.
Visa application fees are composed of :
- The administrative costs incurred for the processing of your application. The amount paid is kept by the administration, even in cases where visas are denied. For more details, please refer to the table of application fees by visa type (pdf).
- If application fees are received by an external service provider, this provider is responsible for collecting the appropriate fees. The service charge differs by country, but may not exceed € 40 per visa application. External service providers are also authorized by the administration to offer additional services at cost.