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.
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
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.
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. Not to worry, we have attached a sample that you can modify for your needs. Here is personal cover letter for Schengen visa.
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