france Visa Applications and Appointments
Visa Required:
Processing Time:
8-10 days
  • 1.

    Visa Application

  • 2.

    Original and valid passport

  • 3.

    Proof of residence status in the United States

    • For Green cardholders, a colored copy of your green card.
    • For H/F/J visa holders, a copy of your visa, i20/i797.
  • 4.

    Proof of address in the United States

    • State ID
    • Driver’s license
    • Utility bill
    • Copy of your lease
  • 5.

    Visa Photos

  • 6.

    Draft hotel reservations

    • France requires proof of hotel reservations. Use the tool below to get one for free.
  • 7.

    Draft flight reservations

    • France requires proof of flight reservations. Depending on the airline, customers might have to show the travel tickets together with the confirmation e-mail and imprints of both the outward and return journey reservations.
  • 8.

    Tour itinerary

    • A rough itinerary of your plans. For most travelers, this is a combination of visiting cultural attractions, shopping centers, and restaurants.
  • 9.

    Bank statements

    • Last three months of bank statements showing a balance of EUR 50 x the number of days in France.
  • 10.

    Cover Letter

    • A letter addressing the Embassy your reason to travel, signed by you.
  • 11.

    Proof of employment

    • Learn more if you are a student, unemployed or Self-employed.
  • 12.

    Copies of any previous Schengen visas

  • 13.

    Schengen travel insurance

Visa Appointments

No available appointments

How To Fill France Visa Application?

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:

  1. Your plans
  2. Your information
  3. Previous Schengen visas (if any)
  4. Your stay
  5. Contacts

Your plans

You’re required to provide information about your documents and the place of application submission.

Your information

This step involves gathering your personal, family, and occupation information. Provide all details exactly as they match in your passport:

  1. Sex - Male, Female or Others
  2. Marital Status
  3. Date of Birth - DD/MM/YYYY
  4. Place and country of birth
  5. Last and first names

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.

Previous Schengen 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:

  1. Apply for a business visa and note that you travel multiple times
  2. Provide multiple itineraries spanning the year, and mention them in your cover letter.
  3. Show a history of travel, especially to Europe.
  4. Apply through other Schengen states where your interview is directly at the embassy, allowing for a more direct interface with the decision-makers. We suggest Germany.

Your Contacts

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.


Visa Application

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.


France Visa Photos

The photo requirements for a French Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  • Two identical photos. Not older than six months.
  • Photo size: 35x45mm or 2 in x 2 in.
  • In color. No black and white
  • Head should cover most of the photo.
  • White background.


Traveling to France with Children

Even children require a Schengen visa to travel to France. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.

  1. Application form signed by both parents
  2. Birth certificate of the child
  3. If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.

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.


Proof of Employment Letter for France Visa

A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:

  1. Date of the letter.
  2. Employer name.
  3. Approved leave during your French visit.
  4. Position and title.
  5. A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your France visit.
  6. Contact and address information of supervisor along with their signature.

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.


France Visa Travel Insurance

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:

  1. coverage of at least EUR 30,000 .
  2. Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  4. For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive.
    1. “Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”


How to Reach France during COVID-19 as a tourist?

While France is not issuing any tourist visas currently, it is possible to reach France using three ways.

  1. Go to Israel > France.
  2. Apply for an Iceland visa > Go to Iceland > France
  3. Through Croatia

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.



Facts and Questions

Can Indians transit France during COVID-19 (As of May 12, 2021)?

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:

  • Nationals, residents of France or any European Union member state and their Family Members
  • Passengers holding a valid uniform visa, long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen Area member state or Monaco;
  • Passengers holding a valid residence permit issued by Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Andorra, Canada, United States, Japan or San Marino;
  • Passengers holding a valid visa issued by Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Canada, the United States or Japan,
  • Holders of a diplomatic passport
  • Crew members holding a license issued in accordance with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Can Indians transit Paris to visit Mexico? (As of May 12, 2021)?

Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Mexico:

  • Valid US visa.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Report.

Possible flight options from India to Mexico City via Paris:

  • Delhi (AF 225) – Paris (AF 178) – Mexico City
  • Delhi (AI 142) – Paris (AF 178) – Mexico City
  • Mumbai (AF 217) – Paris (AF 178) – Mexico City
  • Bengaluru (AF 191) – Paris (AF 178) – Mexico City

Can Indians transit Paris to visit Peru? (As of May 12, 2021)?

Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Peru:

  • Valid US visa.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Report.

Possible flight options from India to Lima via Paris:

  • Delhi (AF 225) – Paris (AF 486) – Lima
  • Delhi (AI 142) – Paris (AF 486) – Lima
  • Mumbai (AF 217) – Paris (AF 486) – Lima
  • Bengaluru (AF 191) – Paris (AF 486) – Lima

Can Indians transit Paris to visit Dominican Republic? (As of May 12, 2021)?

Yes. Indians need the following to transit Paris in order to visit Dominican Republic:

  • Valid US visa.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Report.

Possible flight options from India to Punta Cana via Paris:

  • Delhi (AF 225) – Paris (AF 741) – Punta Cana
  • Delhi (AI 142) – Paris (AF 741) – Punta Cana
  • Mumbai (AF 217) – Paris (AF 741) – Punta Cana
  • Bengaluru (AF 191) – Paris (AF 741) – Punta Cana

Which income proofs can be submitted to show the ability to cover the travel and stay expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations
  • Pay stubs
  • travelers’ cheques
  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements:

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.
  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in France. The proof of income from the business.
  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.
  • Family/friend visit: If you visit a friend or family, get an original and copy of “Attestation d’Accueil” that the host will request at the City Hall in France, known as Mairie.

How long is a short stay visa valid for? Can I leave the Schengen area and come back with the same visa?

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.

What you must remember

  • You must have left the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires;
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa;
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

Can I apply for a visa on arrival?

No, France does not provide a visa-on-arrival.

Which country is responsible for processing my visa application?

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.

I travel to several Schengen countries during my stay: which country is responsible for processing my visa application?

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.

I want to stay in France, but I arrive at an airport located in another country. Who should I apply to for the visa?

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.

I have a double/triple nationality. Which one should I enter in my visa application?

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).

Can I extend my visa while in France?

Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.


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