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France visa for Indians

France is one of the countries that lie within the Schengen Area. The monuments, culture, research opportunities, and fantastic cuisine draw in several thousand tourists every year from India. France has some of the top institutes for education, and is also the equivalent of a treasure chest for any and all art connoisseurs. But for visiting France for any of these reasons, there is a need to obtain a France visa from India. You need to follow certain procedures for applying for the France visa for Indians, and fulfill some of the requirements and provisions of the visa. So the application process can be long, but ItzEazy has you covered!
France visa for Indians

Types of Visa

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Types of France Visa

There are four main reasons individuals come to France. These are: 

  1. Tourism: foreigners interested in visiting France for the sole purpose of touring the country and engaging in leisurely activities.
  2. Work: individuals who have been employed in an organization or company that is operating out of France.
  3. Study: foreign students who have availed admission to any educational institutions in France.
  4. Family visit: This includes meeting family members and relatives who live in France, reunions, or any situation concerning the same. 

The duration of the France visas is either less than 90 days, a short-term visa, or more than 90 days, a long term visa. This can be for any reason, ranging from personal to professional. This kind of visa is also known as the Schengen Type D visa.

Schengen Type D visa

Under this category, an individual can also apply for a VLS-TS, which stands for a long stay visa that is equivalent to a residency permit. A holder of this kind of visa can live in France for up to one year without having to apply for a residence permit. The visa has an expiry of 12 months. If they wish to stay for a period of more than 12 months, they have to apply for a residence permit. 

Schengen Type C visa/ Short stay visa

The short term visas, also known as Schengen Type C visas, allow the holders to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days. During this time period, individuals are free to roam around all the countries included in the Schengen area. Usually, visas taken for business trips, leisurely tourist purposes, and family visits fall under the umbrella of short term visas. 

Documents Required

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Documents required for France Visa

  • Passport which is valid for a minimum of 3 months from the estimated date of departure from the Schengen countries. The issue date of the same should not exceed 10 years ago. All pages should be scanned; this includes the ID page, past travel entry and exit stamps, and so on. 
  • 2 passport size photograph's for France visa which abide by the following requirements 
  1. Taken within the last 6 months.
  2. light-colored background.
  3. 35 to 40 mm wide photo size, with the face covering 70–80% of the image.
  4. Printed on high quality paper, high resolution, colored images with best suited brightness and contrast. 
  5. Individuals should look directly at the camera with a neutral expression, with eyes opened and clearly visible, mouth closed, and both sides of the face visible. 
  6. No shadows, reflections, or red eyes.
  7. Only religious head covering is permitted, but even with this, both sides of the face and from the top of the forehead to the chin should be visible.
  8. Prescription eyewear is allowed, provided the frame of the glasses should not cover your eyes at all, lens is not tinted, and no flash should be reflecting from the lens. 
  • The reason behind the travel
  • Proposed itinerary.
  • Air tickets (both ways)
  • Details regarding socio-professional status [can include proof of employment status, letter from the company, educational status ]
  • Civil status certificates such as marriage licenses and personal links to the home country. 
  • Proof of financial funds. This includes individual income, bank statements dating back 3 months, and tax returns. If the individual is a company owner, the company’s registration certificate needs to be provided. 
  • Proof of accommodation, such as a hotel, or proof of funds to cover the accommodation expenses up to €120, or INR 10766.40, a day.
  • Health insurance and travel insurance. The policy should cover expenses of a minimum of 30,000 euros, or INR 26,91,600.21. This includes medical and hospital bills, and they should be valid in all Schengen areas. 

How To Apply

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Apply for French Visa Online

  1. Collect all your documents and keep them ready.
  2. Fill out the online application form which is available
  3. Book an appointment at the center closest to you. There are 15 VFS Global Centers spread throughout India. The center timings, address, contact information, and details, along with the book and appointment option are mentioned on this
  4. Be present at the center on time, on the date and time of your appointment.
  5. The appointment will last about 20 minutes per applicant, and the documents will be reviewed. Following this, biometric data will also be collected.
  6. Submit your passport to the individual at the counter.The passport can later be collected from the same visa center as the one where you submitted it. The date for this will be conveyed to you. 
  7. Pay your application fee in person at the center itself. 

Visa Processing time

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Tracking / Processing time for France Visa

The processing time is usually around 2 weeks. In some instances, it can take up to 45 days, so keep tracking your visa application to get a better idea of the processing time. 

Visa tracking

You can track your application on the official, depending on the service you have used. For Indians, VFS is the most suitable service. To track your application status, log on to this website and use your reference number and last name to log in. You will be redirected to a new page which allows you to track the status of your visa application

Visa Fees

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Fees for France visa

  1. For the Schengen visa, the fee for adults is 80 euros, or INR 7,167.13 , and for children between 6 to 12 the fee is 40 euros, INR 3,583.57.
  2. It is free of charge for children under the age of 6 years and spouses of French citizens.