Obtaining a visa for France can be a daunting process, but with the right preparation and knowledge, it can be a straightforward experience. Whether you’re planning a holiday, studying or working in France, it’s essential to understand the different types of visas and requirements before beginning the application process.
What do you need for you visa for France?
- Passport with at least six months left before expiration date
- A completed application form
- Your passport photo (you will need two photos)
- Proof of travel insurance that covers you for at least 30 days after arrival in France. This includes emergency medical expenses
What type of Visa do you need to enter France
If you are thinking of booking a holiday to France, you will likely need a Schengen visa. This allows you to visit France and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within a six-month period. To apply for a tourist visa, you’ll need to provide proof of your travel itinerary, this includes your accommodation details. You will also need to display your financial status to cover your expenses during your stay. A valid passport, travel insurance, and proof of return or onward travel must also be provided
Studying in France will require a long-stay student visa. To apply for a student visa, you will need to provide proof of enrolment in a recognised educational institution in France. You will need proof of financial means to support yourself during your stay. You’ll also need to provide a valid passport and travel insurance.
Working in France, needs a long-stay work visa. To apply for a work visa, you will need to provide proof of employment in France, such as a job offer or contract, and proof of financial means to show you can financially support yourself. You’ll also need to provide a valid passport and travel insurance.
You can start your French Visa application via the Governement Website
Can you extend your stay?
If you plan to stay in France and exceed 90 days, you are required to apply in advance for a long-stay Visa.
Your long-stay Visa must be between three months and one year. If you are planning to stay longer, you must apply for a residence permit. This can be applied for at a prefecture and will grant you an autorisation provisoire de séjour, which cannot exceed 180 days.
What happens if you overstay your Visa?
Overstaying 90 days in France, will put you at risk of having a fine, being deported or potentially get yourself banned from entering the Schengen Area for a certain period of time.
Should you find yourself in an exceptional situation such as, you are a child and you cannot leave due to a sick parent or carer, your flight was cancelled or you are sick and seeking medical attention you can request a force majeure, this could help you obtain permission to stay a few days or weeks longer.
If you are needing to apply for medical insurance for your time in France, our team would be happy to advise you on the next steps to take. Say Hello