France Schengen visa in 7 days (Updated 2018)

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.

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 includes France tourist visa, France business visa, France short-stay visits by relatives and friends of EU nationals.

What is France Schengen visa ?
Are you sure you need to apply at the France visa consulate ?
What are the foremost steps to consider while applying for Schengen visa?
  • Confirm that your citizenship needs you to get a Schengen visa. Many countries can visit Europe without a visa.
  • Book an online visa appointment for your Switzerland Schengen visa? ( Get Schengen visa appointment  for $ 10 )
  • Do you have all your original documents for the consulate to examine during your visa application process?
  • Make sure to be present at the consulate on your confirmed visa appointment date to get your Schengen visa processed.
What is France schengen visa fees ?

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 . Below is our total cost for France Schengen visa

Documents required to apply for Schengen short-stay visa

Duly filled 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.

Download Schengen visa application from here

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.

What is flight itinerary? Is it accepted by the Schengen consulate ?

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)

If retired:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If applicable:

  • 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

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FAQ – On Schengen visa

Which is the best country to apply for Schengen visa ?
Will all Schengen visas be granted for 90 days ?
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What questions might be asked during my interview ?
Why should I take the flight &hotel from you ?
Do I have to purchase the same ticket from you once my visa is approved or can I make my own bookings ?
Can I see a sample flight itinerary and hotel bookings
Can I make changes once I place the order ?
Can I add more traveller names in my itinerary ?
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