France Visa Requirements

What documents will be required?
To apply for a Schengen short-stay visa, you are required to present one visa application per person, including the following items:
– A passport which is valid for at least 3 months after the date of the requested visa;
– [A visa application form] duly completed and signed;
– A maximum of 3 photographs meeting requirements;
– Application fees. Visa application forms for a child under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If any of the items you provide do not fulfil our criteria, consular personnel will not accept your application and will ask you to present items which do. If you insist on submitting your application anyway, your application will be recorded but a visa will not be issued and the other items in the application will not be studied.

– Proof of the purpose of your stay in the Schengen area;
– Proof of your means of support during your stay and accommodation;
– Proof of travel and repatriation insurance;
– Guarantees of repatriation to your country of residence (return ticket or adequate personal means to purchase one);
– For children under 18 years of age, specific proof;
– Any documents helping to convince the consular authority of your intention to leave the Schengen area when your visa expires.

Certain diplomatic and consular authorities that issue visas on ordinary passports may include more detailed information taking local specificities into account. These items providing proof that are are required are to be presented to the consular authority.

The consular authority will accept your application as provided by you and will make his decision on the basis of the guarantees and proof attached to your application. If you have failed to attach the proof included in the list, the consular authority will assume that you are unable to do so unless you effectively explain why such proof was omitted in a separate letter attached to the application.

Additional documents
The consular authority may ask you to provide additional documents within a set period in order to study your application more effectively. You do not need to submit a new application nor pay additional application fees if that is the case.

Proof that a visa application has been submitted
When you submit your visa application, the consular authority will give you a receipt for the exact amount of application fees you paid. This receipt is acknowledgement of receipt of your application.

Find more information directly at:

France Embassy

Source & Copyright: The source of the above visa and immigration information and copyright owner/s is the:
– Ministère des Affaires étrangères, France – URL:
– Consulat General of France in Washington – URL:

Country : France
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