Original and valid passport
Proof of residence status in the United States
Proof of address in the United States
Draft hotel reservations
Draft flight reservations
Proof of employment
Copies of any previous Schengen visas
Schengen travel insurance
The France Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about approximately 20 minutes to finish.
The application is split into five sections:
You’re required to provide information about your documents and the place of application submission.
This step involves gathering your personal, family, and occupation information. Provide all details exactly as they match in your passport:
Next, enter your current address. You will be denied a visa if your address does not match the one provided in the proof you provide. Select ‘Yes’ for the next question and provide details about your residence status. The permit number is the unique number associated with your Green Card / H1B/ F1/ J1 visas.
While this section is self-explanatory, most people don’t remember if and when they got their fingerprints. A good rule of thumb is that you got your fingerprints if you got a Schengen visa after 2016 since it was impossible to obtain a Schengen visa otherwise.
You can find your biometric visa number on the Schengen visa stamp.
The visa number is the 3-letter country code (issuing country), followed by a 9-digit number. Therefore, in the example above, the visa number is FRA005702202.
France requires information on your intended travel dates. Please do not provide dates for the sake of getting a visa, as, more often than not, your visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date. For example, if your trip to France is between June 01-June ten but write down April 01-10 in your Schengen visa application, you’re likely to get a visa from April 01 thru around April 15th. We suggest always opting for a multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one. There is, however, no downside or additional paperwork to ask for one. For power travelers looking to get one, we’ve discovered a few hacks:
While the section title is confusing, France is just asking for your contact information while you’re in France. For most travelers, this is the contact information of their hotel/Airbnb. The name has to match the name of the establishment in your itinerary and hotel reservation.
Finally, you’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in France. You can select the option that works best for you, which has a balance equivalent to EUR 50 x the number of days in France. For example, a traveler visiting France for ten days should show a minimum balance of at least EUR 500 (50 x 10 days). You can select multiple options, but evidence of each is required.
After reviewing your information, you will get a completed Schengen visa application. The last page consists of a unique registration barcode that you must print and present at the appointment.
The photo requirements for a French Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.
Even children require a Schengen visa to travel to France. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.
If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an official permission letter issued by a notary in English from the other parent. In case of the parents’ absence (divorce, death, etc.), a relevant official certificate (i.e divorce, death and etc.) must be presented. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.
While not required, it is preferred that for children who go to school - a reference letter from the relevant school: address and contacts of the school, signature and stamp of the person in charge, and reference to the Embassy should be noted in the letter.
A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:
This is a letter from your university for students, and your academic advisor or Office of International Education can provide it. Please provide a letter of support from any individual/organization that is financing your livelihood for homemakers or those unemployed. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.
Because most Schengen countries provide public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a French Schengen visa, so visitors don’t become a financial burden on France’s health system in the event of unforeseen issues. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:
While France is not issuing any tourist visas currently, it is possible to reach France using three ways.
Anyone arriving to France from outside of the European space will be required to self-quarantine for seven days. Arrivals from within the European space without test results, will be tested upon arrival and required to self-quarantine for 7 days as well.
As of April 27, 2021, the French authorities have implemented new travel requirements. Passengers holding Indian passports must be in possession of a valid Airport Transit Visa (ATV) to transit via France for final destination outside the Schengen Area.
This does not apply to the following passengers:
Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Mexico:
Possible flight options from India to Mexico City via Paris:
Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Peru:
Possible flight options from India to Lima via Paris:
Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Dominican Republic:
Possible flight options from India to Punta Cana via Paris:
Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:
Other types of visas and document requirements:
The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries.
The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay.
No, France does not provide a visa-on-arrival.
The Member State competent to handle a request visa and decide on it is the one whose territory constitutes the sole destination (or main) or the trips.
When the trip involves several destinations, the competent Member State is the one whose territory constitutes the main destination of the trip (s) in terms of duration. Suppose the main destination cannot be determined. In that case, the competent Member State is the one via the external border from which the applicant intends to enter the Member States territory.
You must apply for your visa at the French consulate because France is the main destination of your trip in terms of duration, even if you enter the Schengen area through another member state.
You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel.
When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).
Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.
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