Encompassing medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches, France is a country that is synonymous with the celebration of culture. Home to the biggest fashion capital, France sees tourists thronging in large numbers, all year round. And many of the visa applicants happen to be from India!
Are you applying for France Schengen Visa appointment from Kolkata? In 2017, the consulate at Kolkata issued close to 12000 visas.
These statistics show that the French consulate in Kolkata gets a large number of applications all year round. It is no surprise that getting an appointment can take a long time.
There is no need to panic though! This article will tell you what to do to get a France Schengen visa appointment and what you should do if you are unable to get one. We can also book your France Schengen visa appointment on your behalf, by filling out our Schengen visa appointment form.
Once you get an appointment, you can head over to our article to get all of your required documentation in order.
How do I get a France Schengen Visa appointment in Kolkata- The Basics
To book a France Schengen visa appointment from Kolkata you will need to visit the French consulate website in India to start applying for your visa and then book your appointment.
Click on the tab saying “Get a visa”
Clicking on “Get a Visa” will take you to provide you details of the visa application process.
Read the instructions and scroll down to the blue hyperlink given under “Complete your application online” to start applying for your visa.
Click on “Access” to start applying for your France Schengen visa.
Fill in the form on the left-hand side for new registration and click on “Create an account” to start your visa application process. You can choose your jurisdiction while applying for the visa.
Visit this link to find out more information on the France Schengen visa application process for Indians.
What do I do when there are no appointment slots available for France Schengen visa?
These are the options you can explore if you are having trouble getting a France Schengen visa appointment date:
Apply in a different jurisdiction
Has it been long since you have heard back about your France Schengen visa appointment? Is it cutting too close to your travel date? In this case, we recommend that you wait no longer and try to apply at the next closest jurisdiction. Applying to other nearby centers can help you secure an appointment at the earliest.
Change the main Schengen consulate you are applying to
The main Schengen countries like Germany, France, Italy, and Spain are usually booked out for a couple of months. In these cases, you can try your luck by applying to the consulate of countries like Slovakia or Malta. These countries do not have a large incursion of applicants all the year-round. There is a good possibility that you might secure an appointment with these consulates.
For this, you will have to show tentative travel plans to this country. We can help you with this. Just follow this link to make the temporary flight and hotel bookings and we will take care of the rest for you.
You can read more in our article on how to book an appointment when no appointment slot is available.
You can wait for a cancellation of a France Schengen visa appointment
We know that this option sounds risky since there are no guarantees that you will be able to secure a visa. But it is definitely worth a try! We suggest you wait for someone to cancel their France Schengen visa appointment. Book the slot as soon as you know that it is available. Keep multiple browser tabs open for all the consulates in the nearest city and regularly refresh the tabs.
There have been many cases wherein our customers have secured an appointment just by patiently waiting for a cancellation. We have a team dedicated to watching for any Schengen visa appointment cancellations and can help you secure a booking as soon as a slot opens up.
If you are interested in this service, please fill our Schengen visa appointment form.
Do you want us to get you your France Schengen visa appointment?
We can help you get your France Schengen visa in the following countries:
Our customers, who are corporate employees and business professionals residing in India, US, and UK, are usually in need of a Schengen visa at short notice. We usually arrange for Schengen visas for such customers within a short span of 7-15 days.
This option, however, is subject to the availability of slots in the consulate of the country you want to visit. We will also try to get you an appointment in all the nearest consulates. Click here to know more about getting a France Schengen visa appointment in 7 days here.
We are not the authority in fixing the fees for an appointment, but we get in touch with the travel agents to get a price quote from them. This quote depends on the demand at any given time. Click here for our Schengen visa appointment form.
Fill the above form. Initially, no payment is needed. We will contact our agents for an appointment for you.
Within 8 hours of initiating the payment, you will receive an email regarding the availability of a slot and the consulate where it is available.
Once we receive your confirmation, we will send you the appointment details and reference number for the purpose of verification.
That’s all! All you need to do now is to attend the appointment and off you go to France!
FAQs on France Schengen visa appointment in Kolkata
Do you have queries? Read this section to have them answered!
Will I be able to make an appointment for my whole family?
No, you will be needed to make individual appointments for each member of your family.
Can you make an appointment for me?
Yes! We can surely assist you in getting a France Schengen visa appointment. We can handle the appointment request for your whole family as well. Head on to our website and just fill our Schengen visa appointment form.
Where can I verify my appointment?
You can verify your appointment with the government website.
What is the appointment fee?
The appointment fee varies from consulate to consulate. We charge INR 1000 as the service fee, above the quote specified by the agents. The date of the appointment also determines the fee chargeable. The earlier your request for an appointment, the higher you will be charged.
Can I pay a higher fee to get the appointment on priority?
We operate only on a first come first serve basis. You will have to wait for your turn to come up.
Is the France visa appointment fee refundable?
The fee is fully refundable if you cancel before we get you an appointment or if we are unable to get you one. But once we receive a confirmation from you, we will not be able to refund you.
Could my France Schengen visa application get rejected?
Yes. Your France Schengen visa application can be rejected by the consulate for a number of reasons. Common reasons include:
- Travel insurance invalidity
- No evidence of travel itinerary
How early can I apply for the France Schengen visa?
Applicants can apply up to 90 days prior to the date of travel. It is recommended that you apply at least 3 weeks prior to the date of travel to account for any processing delays.
Can I apply for my visa if my passport is more than 10 years old?
While applying, all applicants must have a passport that is not more than 10 years old. The same is the case with passports issued more than 10 years ago and has not been extended. Applicants must have their passports renewed before applying for a visa.
What details are required in order to book an appointment?
Your name, passport number, expiry date, and passport issue date are some of the details needed to book an appointment. The information needed varies depending on the country you are to visit. For additional information, we will be happy to correspond with you by email.
Do I need to have a travel insurance for France Schengen visa?
Yes, you have to provide proof of travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses and costs of repatriation of up to a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
How long does it typically take to get a France Schengen visa appointment in Kolkata?
We usually take around 8 to 10 hours, as we will be checking with all nearby consulates for the availability of a slot.
Within how much time must I make the payment?
We make close to 250 appointments a day. You will have 1 hour to complete the payment as soon as an appointment slot becomes available. In case we do not receive a confirmation from you within the hour, our reseller will put the appointment to auction for other customers in need of an appointment.
What is the accepted mode of payment?
You can make a direct bank transfer to complete the payment. However, you can also make an online payment via PayuMoney or Western Union.
Where do you provide the service for booking a Schengen visa appointment?
We are currently in operation in UK, USA, and India. We are adding more countries regularly.
Consulate General of France in Calcutta Contact Information
21C, Raja Santosh Rd,
Kolkata, West Bengal
+91 33 4016 3200
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