Imagine having all the things ready for your trip to France. You have already booked your flight tickets and hotel rooms. The only thing that’s left to be taken care of is to get your Schengen visa. And although you might have planned well in advance, there are times when the consulate might not have any slot available for you to book your appointment.
You might be thinking that you needed to have planned even earlier, but don’t fret. This article can help you find your way into getting a visa appointment fixed with a French consulate.
In the year 2017, the French consulates around the world received more than 3.2 million visa applications from around the world. And there are only so many visa applications a consulate can handle in a day. Sometimes, they are also unable to fill in all the slots properly, causing many visa applications to be ignored in the process.
But this doesn’t mean that all is lost. You can fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and Travel Visa Bookings will take care of your visa appointment for you.
The basics of getting a France Schengen visa appointment with the consulate
It is necessary that you get an appointment with the consulate before applying for your France Schengen visa. And there are 2 ways of doing this.
Either get an appointment with the consulate directly.
Book an appointment with the consulate through a third party service like VFS Global.
Either way, getting an appointment is subject to availability. Although the consulate can handle only a few tens of visa applications a day, VFS Global can handle up to 100 visa applications in a single day. And this comes with a nominal handling fee.
How do you know where to get a Schengen visa appointment if you are visiting multiple Schengen countries?
Before you head over to the consulate website to get your France Schengen visa appointment, it is necessary that you ensure that French consulate is actually where you should be applying. For this, France needs to be your main destination. Check the image below to get a better idea of this.
Once you know the right consulate you need to apply from, you will need to ensure that you head to the consulate that has a jurisdiction in your area of residence. In case you need help finding your nearest consulate, then you can just head over to the Travel Visa Bookings blog and find the article that addresses your issue.
What do I do if there are no available France Schengen visa appointments?
Don’t worry, there are several ways to tackle this problem.
Try a consulate with a different jurisdiction
If you are unable to get an appointment with the consulate that has a jurisdiction in your area of residence, then try booking an appointment with the next closest consulate, even if it doesn’t have jurisdiction in your state. For example, if you’re not getting an appointment in the French consulate in Washington DC, then try getting one at the French consulate in New York. But there are chances that this might not work sometimes because the slots get booked well in advance.
Change your main destination for your travel
Many consulates of popular countries like France, Italy, and Germany get completely booked two to three months in advance. Instead of struggling to get a France Schengen visa appointment, you can change your main destination to countries like Malta or Slovakia. These countries, compared to other popular countries, don’t have a very large influx of tourists.
You can show the consulate a tentative travel plan to increase the chances of approval of your visa application. In fact, Travel Visa Bookings can even help you get temporary flight and hotel bookings for you to get your Schengen visa.
Once your visa application is approved, you can travel anywhere in the Schengen countries as you please. For example, you can land in Slovakia and then catch the next flight to France.
You can also mention to the consulate that you are only spending a few days in France but your main destination is actually Slovakia. This will increase the chances of acceptance of your visa application.
Wait to eventually get a France Schengen visa appointment
This is slightly risky compared to the rest of the ways, as it is possible that you wait indefinitely. But when all the other options are closed, you are barely left with any option other than wait for someone to cancel their France Schengen visa appointment. But the downside is that you will need to keep multiple tabs open and watch like a hawk to see if any slot becomes available.
Don’t always give up because there have been many times when customers have been patient and were able to find a Schengen visa appointment for France. In fact, Travel Visa Bookings has a dedicated team that ensures to help you get an appointment just as a slot becomes available.
If you want help with this, you can just fill out the form for Schengen visa appointment and our team will help you successfully get a France Schengen visa appointment.
Do you want Travel Visa Bookings to get you your Schengen visa appointment for France?
If are unable to book an appointment for yourself, then we can help you out with that. Currently, we can help you get a France Schengen visa appointment from the following countries.
United States of America
Travel Visa Bookings is working on adding more countries every month. We have been doing this for many years now and try to ensure we find a slot for you in the next 7 to 15 days. As the appointment is subject to availability of slots in the consulates, we work on trying to get an appointment in other nearby French consulates as well.
We charge a fee of $35 on the top of the consulate’s quote to help you get a France Schengen visa appointment. But to ensure that you don’t go without getting an appointment, you can pay a fee of $10 initially and then pay the remaining once you have already received your appointment.
Fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and follow the steps below to get your France Schengen visa appointment.
Fill in the form and use PayPal or direct transfer to make the payment of the initial fee.
Travel Visa Bookings will respond in the next 8 hours on whether or not we have an appointment available for you along with the fee charged.
Once the appointment slot is approved by you, we will send you the appointment reference number.
Read our related article to know more about getting a France Schengen Visa appointment in 7 days.
After this, you can go ahead and get your visa approved.
FAQs on France Schengen Visa appointments
You might have many queries related to getting a France Schengen visa appointment. You can take a look further below to get these questions answered.
Can I make one appointment for the entire family?
No, you will need to book a separate appointment for each member of the family. If you are booking from the VFS Global website then you can book appointments for up to 5 people with a single account, but there are chances that all the 5 appointments will not be available on the same day.
Can you book a France Schengen Visa appointment for me?
Yes, we can, and we can handle the appointment booking process for your entire family as well. You just need to fill in this Schengen Visa appointment form and we will reach out to you.
Will I be able to verify my appointment with the consulate website?
Once the appointment is booked, you can verify the same anytime on the consulate website or alternatively on the VFS Global website.
How long will I have to make the rest of the payment once I get my appointment?
It is crucial that you remain on the watch out for when you get a confirmation of a booked appointment from us. As our team sometimes books more than 250 appointments a day, there can always be other people who are looking forward to getting an appointment with the consulate as well. Which is why you will have just 1 hour to make the payment to ensure that you get your appointment.
What if I fail to make the payment within 1 hour of my Schengen visa appointment booking?
We usually place the appointments booked in an auction for other people to get one as well. If you fail to make the payment of the remaining fee within the next hour, we will consider you to be uninterested in the appointment and it will be made available for someone else.
Do I have the option of paying more for my appointment?
Travel Visa Bookings works purely on first come first serve basis. So, you will need to wait for your turn to get an appointment.
What countries do you provide the Schengen visa appointment bookings in?
We currently provide bookings for USA, UK, and India only.
I need appointments for multiple applications
In case you want more than 3 or 4 appointments, it will be difficult for us to find an appointment in a single consulate on the same day. We can help you get an appointment on varying dates or in different consulates.
Will I get a refund if I don’t want an appointment?
You will get a full refund in case we haven’t already booked an appointment for you. But in case we have already booked one for you, we will not be able to refund the fee as it would have already been transferred to the consulate officer.
What are the details you need to book my appointment?
We will need your name, your passport number, and the issue and expiry dates of your passports. You can also alternatively send us a picture of your passport and we will take care of the rest.
In case there is any additional information required by the consulates, we will get in touch with you.
Is it necessary for me to attend the visa interview in person?
Yes, it is important that you attend the visa appointment in person. This is because the consulate will require your biometric data before your visa is issued to you.
In case you had already received a Schengen visa within the previous 5 years, and if the visa has “VIS” written on it, then it is likely that you need not attend the interview in person. You will only need to send a mail to the consulate with your complete application from the last time. But we also suggest that you confirm whether or not you really need to attend the interview in person directly with the consulate.
How much will it cost for you to book an appointment for me?
This fee varies from one consulate to the other as the consulate officers charge a varying amount depending on where the consulate is located. The fee also depends on the date you want to get your appointment. In case you need one in the next few days, then the fee would be slightly higher than usual.
We charge a flat $35 fee above the quote given by the consulate.
How can I make the payment?
You can either make the payment through PayPal, Western Union, or direct bank transfer.
I want to visit Croatia along with France. Can I get a permit to visit Croatia from the French consulate?
As Croatia is not a part of the Schengen area, you will need a separate Croatian visa to visit the country during your travel. For this, you will need to head over to the Croatian consulate.
Check the list of all the countries that fall in the list of the Schengen area. If the country you want to visit doesn’t fall on the list, then you will need to separately issue a visa to visit the country from their consulate.
Is there a way to submit my documents before my appointment?
The very purpose of visiting the consulate with an appointment is to submit all the required documents to the consulate for the approval of your Schengen visa. You will need to visit the consulate to submit your documents and also book an appointment for it with the consulate.
I am currently visiting the US with a travel visa. Can I book an appointment with the French consulate for a new Schengen visa?
You will not be allowed to book an appointment with the French consulate in this case. In case you are visiting another country, you will need to head back to the country of your nationality to start applying for another Schengen visa.
Will the visa issued by VFS Global be valid?
The consulate is the final body that makes the decision on whether or not you get a Schengen visa. VFS Global or any other third-party agency will not be issuing the visa for you, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not the visa will be valid. The visa will only be issued to you by the consulate.
Is it safe to apply for my visa through VFS Global?
VFS Global is a certified third-party agency that helps travellers get their visas. It collects all the required information and documents and forwards the same to the consulate to be processed.
How long does it take to approve my Schengen visa?
The amount of time taken to approve your Schengen visa depends entirely on the consulate. But it usually takes the consulate 7-15 days to issue you your visa. In case there is any delay, the consulate will get in touch with you on the matter. So, make sure that you apply for your visa and book the appointment at least a month in advance to avoid losing money in case the visa approval gets delayed.
My visa application got rejected. Can I apply again?
There is no rule stating that you will not be able to apply for your Schengen visa again in case your application was rejected the first time. You can go ahead and start looking for new appointment dates. But we suggest that you find out the reason why your application was rejected before doing so.
In case you provide the same details and give the same answers to the questions asked by the interviewer, then chances are that your application might get rejected again. You can either change your travel plans slightly or change your main destination and work on giving the interviewer different answers to the questions asked.
I want to get a multiple-entry Schengen visa. Is the appointment procedure the same?
Yes, no matter what kind of Schengen visa you need, the entire process of applying for an appointment with the consulate remains the same. You will need to register and book an appointment with the consulate on the official French consulate website. As different countries have different French consulate websites, you will need to ensure that you visit the consulate website for your country of departure.
I recently changed my name but I already have a valid Schengen visa. Will it be applicable during my travel?
When changing your name, you will need to get a new passport with the same name. But as the name in your old passport doesn’t match with that in your new one, your visa will become invalid. In this case, you will need to cancel your old visa and get a new one.
If there is no name change but your passport has expired, then you will need to get a new passport in this case too. But you can carry both your old and new passports along with a copy of your valid visa for your travel.
Will I need a travel insurance for my trip?
Yes, you do. In fact, this is one of the most important documents that you need to provide to the consulate for the approval of your Schengen visa. In case you don’t have one yet, Travel Visa Bookings can help you get one. Visit our post on travel insurance for Schengen visas.