France is the tourist capital of the world, with more than 83.7 million tourists basking in the glory of France. In fact, France gets more tourists than citizens !!. Paris, its capital, is known worldwide for its classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. This article will make it clear for you how to apply for France Schengen visa.
As per the statistics in 2016, over 3 million Schengen visa application for France was received and out of which only 2.8 million visas were approved with a rejection rate of 11.05 %. One of the highest rejection rates compared to all countries.
This post will help you understand all the Schengen visa requirements for France and makes sure that you get your visa in the shortest time possible without the financial risk.
Schengen Short stay visas include France tourist visa, France business visa, France short-stay visits by relatives and friends of EU nationals.
What is France Schengen visa?
France Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including France for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any country mentioned below.
Are you sure you need to apply at the France visa consulate?
If you are planning to travel to other Schengen countries mentioned above other than France, then in which Schengen countries consulate do you you apply for Schengen visa ?
Based on the above information, You can know for sure if you need to apply with France consulate for your visa
What are the foremost steps to consider while applying for France Schengen visa?
The steps to do when applying for Schengen visa for Indian citizens are:
If you are travelling to more than 1 schengen country, you need to know which consulate you need to apply for your Schengen visa.
Get a France visa appointment with that consulate (Need help in getting an appointment for Schengen visa?)
Fill the application form for France Schengen visa.
Collect all the documents required for your Schengen visa.
Appear at the VFS office or directly at the consulate on your appointment date and submit your documents & biometrics(fingerprints).
What is France schengen visa fees?
The cost for France Schengen visa is EUR 60. If you are applying with VFS, then there is a processing fee of €20 that you will need to pay with VFS
But there are other alternate costs for Schengen visa especially if you do not want to make flight & hotel bookings in advance since you are not guaranteed of visa and risk losing all your money . Below is our total cost for France Schengen visa
Documents required to apply for France Schengen short-stay visa
Duly filled France Schengen visa application form – Need help with filling the application form ? You can download the ebook by clicking the image above which contains step by step video instructions to fill your Schengen visa.
A confirmed Flight itinerary or reservation for Schengen visa Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which can prove to be expensive if your visa is refused.
Proof of accommodation such as hotel bookings We would not suggest you to make your hotel reservations before your visa is approved. We have seen many customers who make all the bookings thinking they can cancel them once they get their visa only for the visa process to be delayed resulting in huge cancellation fees.
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Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months.If you have an old passport, then even that needs to be submitted along with the application.If you are a minor then the application must be filled and signed by both the parents along with photo copies of parent’s passports.
Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for visa application.
Personal Covering letter from the applicant explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel itinerary, all the documents that you have submitted in order addressing the Embassy in your area.
A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €30,000 . See our article to get the best travel insurance for Schengen visa
Proof of sustenance (either as bank statements travel cards, credit cards) to show that you can sustain yourself financially when you are in Europe.If your parents are sponsoring your trip, then you will need to show their bank statements along with a letter stating that they are sponsoring your entire trip and sign on all then bank statements.
If you are employed:
- Employment contract or your latest 4 months salary slips.
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- No objection/Leave permission letter from employer (download template from ebook).
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
If you are self-employed/running a business:
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
If a you are a student:
- Proof of enrollment
- No-objection certificate from school or university (also from parents)
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
- Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months
Other then the above general documents, depending on your purpose of visit a few additional documents should be obtained
Applying for France schengen tourist/visit visa?
- Invitation letter with the address and phone number from family member or sponsor . A letter signed and approved by local town hall or any other competent government.
- Bank statement of the last 6 months
- Passport copies
Applying for France schengen business visa?
- Invitation letter from the company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit and your plans if any
- A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel download template from ebook)
- If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
- Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Company registration proofs
Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation
FAQ – On Schengen visa
Which is the best country to apply for France Schengen visa?
Most of our customers unanimously agree that Germany consulate is the easiest to apply for Schengen visa among all countries. In fact, if you are applying for a tourist visa in German counter at VFS, you don’t even have to attend for the interview at the German consulate.
Compare that with Belgian or France where you will need to provide Biometric scans, other additional documents and the need to attend an interview. Germany is the recommended consul to apply for Schengen visa.
Will all France Schengen visas be granted for 90 days?
No, a France Schengen tourist visa is not granted for 90 days, you will get the visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings. See the sample attached below. The visa is granted for 15 days mentioned in the dates. If you want you can add some flexibility by adding 10 days to your itinerary. You can do this by using our flight +hotel plan
How long does it take to get my France visa?
It usually takes about a week. But it depends on how busy the consulate is so it is better to apply for visa at least one month in advance to ensure there are no unwarranted disruption to your travel plan
What questions might be asked during my France visa interview?
- Who will pay for your visit?
- Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have been married?
- Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they, what do they do and where are they?
- Do you have any close family or friends in the Schengen area.? If yes, when did you meet the last time?
- Where do you stay?
- What is your educational qualification?
- How will you travel from one place to another?
- How do you guarantee me that you will come back?
- Which company do you work for?
- What does your company do?
- What is your profession?
- What is your role in the company?
- How many years of total experience you have?
- For how long are you employed with your current employer?
- For how long were you employed with your previous employer?
- Could you please show me your company profile and tax returns?
- How many employees are there in your company?
- Explain your current project to me.
That is it. Once your interview is over, your visa will be sent to you either through mail along with your passport . That is it .You are now ready to embark on your visa journey.
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