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France and The France Visa

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Image by <a href=France is one of the most beautiful places in the World. From setting the benchmark for skiing and culinary expertise, to cultivating new trends in terms of fashion, film, architecture and culture, the country is a wondrous place. It is one of the most visited countries by Indian tourists. Because of this popularity, the French visa is much in demand. 

Some things to do in France include visiting Paris, its capital. The city is a conglomeration of beautiful, vintage cobblestones that juxtapose metropolitan fashion and ideals. The Eiffel Tower is a mark of Paris’ heritage, and can be seen from virtually anywhere. It also has a Michelin-star restaurant on its second floor, where you can wine (which, by the way, is cheaper than water) and dine in style. The Musée du Louvre is home to many galleries, and is a beautiful place to lose yourself for a few hours. It is also the home of possibly Da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa.

The Château de Versailles is also a sight to behold, with many contemporary artist showcases. These contrast well against the age-old grandiose beauty of their Renaissance-like gilding and architecture. Other note-worthy places to visit include the Pigalle, Disneyland Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Cannes and the French Alps. France is also known for the Tour De France, said to be the hardest cycling race in existence. The Cannes Film Festival and Les Miserables are also well-known in the film world.

What are the types of French visa?

Image by <a href=The French visas are split into three rough categories – the short-stay, long-stay and transit visas. Short-stay visas are those for a stay of less than 90 days, and long-stay is for more than 90 days. There are some ‘temporary’, or France visitor visa types, such as the tourist and business visas. These come under short-stay. The France working visa is not the same as a business visa, as it is a more ‘permanent’ and long-term option. The France student visa seems to be part of the long-stay visa as well. For the family of students, you will need to obtain a short stay (less than 90 days) visa. This may be termed by some as a France parent visa. It would need to be a tourist visa, as you may not be granted the other type.  

It may be also good to note that the France visa application is part of the general Schengen visa application types. You can apply for a Schengen visa for another Schengen state and still be able to visit France. However, this is not the case if France is your main destination. If you will spend the most time here, you will need to apply explicitly for a French visa. If you plan to visit any other Schengen states during your visit to France, this needs to be specified too. 

Are There Any Exceptions?

There are some instances where those living in India would not need a visa. This could be you, if you have a valid residence permit or long-stay visa from any Schengen member state. If you are a citizen of the EU,  Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can avail this visa-free visit as well. Otherwise, there isn’t really a France visa on arrival for Indian citizens. It is possible to go through the France visa application online, as they do have a portal. The documents required are mentioned below – they are extensive, and sometimes confusing. If you would like help piecing them together and sorting the application out, we at Visa2Fly are here for you! 

Read on to know more about the documents required for the France tourist visa and business visa – their documents required. For more details on France visa fees, processing time, validity, etc. – check out our France visa page! 

What are The Documents Required For A France Visa?

French visas require these documents: 

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Tourist France Visa

If you are coming as a tourist to France, and are above 18 years old, this list is for you.

Preliminary + Identity Documents

  • Application Form – You will need to complete the application form for a France visa, with the date and your signature. 
  • Travel Document/Passport – A travel document should be submitted as well. It must be issued less than 10 years ago, with at least two blank pages present. It should be valid for at least 3 months longer than the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen Area.
  • Photograph –  You will need to provide one passport-sized ID photograph.
  • Residence Permit – If you are not an Indian national (if you have a citizenship from another country), you will need to provide proof of residence. This is proof that you are a legal resident in India (e.g. residence permit).

Required Supporting Documents

  • Registration Receipt – The application form would have a reference made of 17 characters starting with “FRA”. This receipt highlights this reference. 
  • Travel Itinerary/Return Ticket – You will need to attach a travel itinerary, or show your booked return tickets. This is to show your purpose of travel or stay.
  • Health Insurance – Proof of health insurance must also be submitted to obtain your visa. This should be a copy of the applicant’s health insurance policy, with a coverage of not less than 30,000 euros. It should cover medical,  hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay, as well as repatriation costs.
  • Hotel Accommodation –  You will need to show proof of accommodation as well. This could either be a hotel reservation for your entire stay, or proof of funds (min. 120 Euros per day – for the entire duration of stay – only for accommodation) to show that you are capable of finding arrangement. 
  • Proof of Funding – You will need to show your personal income using supporting documents. These could be a copy of bank statements of the last 3 months, or a copy of Income Tax Returns + ITR V acknowledgement of the previous financial year. If you are employed, this document could be the 3 last salary slips. If you own a company it could be the certificate of registration of the company (Form B, rule 5(1) or Form ST3, rule 11), so on and so forth. 
  • Socio-Professional Situation – You will need to show proof of your socio-professional situation. This is whether you are employed, working, studying, or retired. An appropriate document detailing the same must be shown. 

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Business France Visa

If you require a France business visa, the documents required are detailed below. These are largely the same, however, some more documents are needed. 

Preliminary + Identity Documents

  • Application Form – You will need to complete the application form for a France visa, with the date and your signature. 
  • Travel Document/Passport – A travel document should be submitted as well. It must be issued less than 10 years ago, with at least two blank pages present. It should be valid for at least 3 months longer than the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen Area.
  • Photograph –  You will need to provide one passport-sized ID photograph.
  • Residence Permit – If you are not an Indian national (if you have a citizenship from another country), you will need to provide proof of residence. This is proof that you are a legal resident in India (e.g. residence permit).

Required Supporting Documents

  • Registration Receipt – The application form would have a reference made of 17 characters starting with “FRA”. This receipt highlights this reference. 
  • Health Insurance – Proof of health insurance must also be submitted. This should be a copy of the applicant’s health insurance policy, with a coverage of not less than 30,000 euros. It should cover medical,  hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay, as well as repatriation costs.
  • Hotel Accommodation –  You will need to show proof of accommodation as well. This could either be a hotel reservation for your entire stay, or proof of funds (min. 120 Euros per day – for the entire duration of stay – only for accommodation) to show that you are capable of finding arrangement. 
  • Proof of Funding – You will need to show your personal income using supporting documents. These could be a copy of bank statements of the last 3 months, or a copy of Income Tax Returns + ITR V acknowledgement of the previous financial year. If you are employed, this document could be the 3 last salary slips. If you own a company it could be the certificate of registration of the company (Form B, rule 5(1) or Form ST3, rule 11), so on and so forth. 
  • Travel Itinerary/Return Ticket – You will need to attach a travel itinerary, or show your booked return tickets. This is to show your purpose of travel or stay.
  • Invitation Letter – This letter invites the applicant to France must be shown. This letter is issued by the company/organization in France that is welcoming the individual for this business trip. 
  • Letter of Introduction –  this letter is to introduce the applicant as a part of the company/organization. Your passport details, role and purpose in the trip must be clearly outlined. This must be done on the company/organisation letterhead paper, and signed by a competent authority.

 

Q: Is there anything else I need to know about the France visa?

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We hope by the end of this article, you would know more about the French (Schengen) visa. To apply for a France visa, it would be best to go through an expert. We at Visa2Fly are here to help with all your visa woes! To apply for a France visa, check out our page now 🙂

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