Application process

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Visa renewal / extension

How vị I renew/extkết thúc my visa ?

I am in France & I wish to lớn renew or extkết thúc my visa, I must contact the prefecture of my place of residence. If I am in my country of residence, I contact the consular services or the competent service provider features Why is the online visa application process unavailable in my country?

The service is currently being deployed. Online demvà is gradually being extended khổng lồ all countries.

Why is no information available in my native language?

General information about visas is available in French, English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic và Russian. Depending on the stage of completion of the launch of, information specific lớn country of residence will be available in approximately 40 additional languages.

Managing your trương mục Managing your account? Please go lớn the “My Account” space or start your online visa application; Please enter your surname, first name & a valid email address as well as your preferred language; In a few minutes, you will receive sầu an tin nhắn containing an activation liên kết for your account. You will then receive a second gmail with your temporary password, which you should change as soon as you have sầu logged in; The activation links will direct you lớn where you can validate your email address using the code you received in the email; To finish the process, you must answer a secret question in case you forget your password; Your account is now active sầu and you can access all services. What should I vị if the activation link I received by email doesn"t work?

Some emailing programmes bởi not recognise link over several lines; the liên kết can be broken & not work. Simply copy/paste the entire links inlớn your browser"s address bar.

What should I vì chưng if I have forgotten or lost my password? Clichồng on “Forgot your password?” in the login area; Enter your email address & answer the secret question you defined when you set up the account; In a few minutes, you will receive sầu an activation link enabling you to lớn rephối your password. What if my trương mục is locked?

Your trương mục will be locked for one hour; you can then try again. You can also follow the forgotten password procedure.

What if I deleted my account?

You can create a new account:

With the same gmail address within 48 hours after deleting it. By using a new gmail address. How can I change the language of my account?

N.B.: It is essential khổng lồ select the correct language when creating your account as it cannot be modified. If you select the wrong language, you must cthất bại the tài khoản & wait 48 hours before creating a new one.

Schengene area: entering and staying Do I need a visa khổng lồ enter the Schenren area?

All foreign nationals require a visa lớn enter the Schengen area unless exempt. This exemption depends on:

The nationality of the applicant; The type of passport; Whether the traveller has a residence permit or a long-stay visa valid in France or a State that applies the Schenren accords; The duration of stay; The part of the French Republic the traveller plans to lớn visit (France’s European or non-European territories).

Important: not being required khổng lồ obtain a visa or be in possession of a visa is not sufficient to lớn grant automatic right of entry and does not exempt you from proving the purpose of your stay và your means of subsistence during a Border controls.

I have sầu a French residence permit. Do I need a visa?

If you have sầu a valid residence permit authorising you to reside in France, you bởi vì not need an entry visa. However, if members of your family do not have sầu residence permits, they must apply for a visa unless exempt.

I hold a French residence permit but I’ve mislaid it. Do I need a visa?

Foreign nationals holding a residence permit in France and who have sầu declared this document lost or stolen lớn the local authorities must apply for a return visa from the consulate in order khổng lồ enter France again. It is recommended that foreign nationals holding a French residence permit keep this document safely at all times when travelling overseas.

I want to lớn apply for a visa for the Principality of Monateo. Is there a special procedure? Short-stay visa

Foreign nationals who are authorised lớn enter mainland France for a short stay without a visa are also authorised to lớn enter Monateo without a visa as are holders of residence permits issued by a Schengene State. The holder of a Schenren visa valid in France is also authorised khổng lồ enter and stay in Monateo.

When a short-stay visa is required và the main destination is Monaco, the consulate in France will issue a Schenren visa valid for Monaco and the Schengen area.

Long-stay visa

Your application will be passed on to the Monegasque authorities. The visa will be issued by the Monegasque authorities following their agreement.

The visa application file must include:

Three long-stay visa application forms; Three recent passport photographs; Your original passport (và photocopies of the main pages).

You will also have sầu lớn provide:

A copy of your criminal record; A sworn statement indicating that the applicant has never been sentenced in his/her country of origin or elsewhere, has not been declared bankrupt, and is not involved in any on-going legal or criminal proceedings. Supporting documents as to the purpose of the trip: An employment contract signed by the Principality"s Employment Department; An application to mix up a business or a company; A marriage licence for spouses of French, Monegasque or foreign nationals residing in Monaco; A ngân hàng statement showing sufficient means of subsistence: verification of the amount of these means falls under the sole remit of the Monegasque authorities; a ngân hàng certificate certifying that the applicant is able lớn live in Monaco without exercising any gainful activity is deemed sufficient. Proof of accommodation: A lease or pre-tenancy agreement; A property deed; Or a proof of residency letter; Or a written undertaking by the interested tiệc ngọt lớn produce one of these three documents within three months of his/her arrival in the Principality. I can"t find the type of my travel document or the type of visa which match my situation. Whom should I contact?

You must contact your visa center.

How long is a short-stay visa valid for? Can I leave sầu the Schenren area và return on the same visa?

The visa stamp indicates the validity of the visa & the authorised length of stay. A visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries.

The maximum length of a stay is that which is indicated on the visa & will vary depending on the purpose of your stay.

Key points You must leave the Schenren area no later than the expiry date shown on your visa; You must not exceed the authorised length of stay during the validity of the visa; If you have sầu been authorised to stay for 90 days, you must not remain in the Schenren area for over 90 days in any 180-day period; this period must not exceed the duration of the visa or the 90-day period, which commences on the date of the first entry inlớn the Schengene area.

Compliance with these durations và the validity of the visa are checked when entering or leaving the Schenren area. Should you fail lớn comply, you may be refused entry/exit at the border.

I hold a temporary long-stay “Residence permit exemption” visa. Can I travel within the Schengene area?

A Type D long-stay visa issued in France or by another Schenren country allows you to travel in the Schengen area for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period during your visa’s validity period subject lớn presenting supporting documents as to lớn the purpose of your visit & your means of subsistence.

This is valid for all long-stay visas indicating the letter ‘D’ during the validity period.

Must I present any documents, other than my passport, when I get khổng lồ the border control in the Schenren area?

If you were granted a short-stay visa or were exempt from obtaining a short-stay visa during your arrival in France, you must be able lớn satisfy all the border police’s requests:

Your passport (with a visa, if this applies to lớn your situation); Supporting documents as to lớn the purpose of your trip to France, your means of subsistence during your stay, & the means khổng lồ return to lớn your country of origin.

You must have sầu an insurance certificate covering all medical và hospital expenses for which you may be liable for the duration of your stay in France, as well as medical repatriation costs và expenses in the event of death.

Holders of multiple-entry visas must carry a health insurance certificate during every trip.

Having a visa in your passport does not necessarily guarantee that the holder will be authorised to lớn enter the Schengene area. The border police may refuse your entry. If you were granted a long-stay visa, the border police will only ask to lớn see your passport containing the visa. It must have sầu a stamp showing the date of entry into lớn France.

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I run out of time to complete my visa application before my departure, can I ask for a visa when I arrive sầu in France?

No. France authorities don"t issue visa at your arrival.

Unless exempt from having a visa, you must have sầu a visa issued before your arrival in France or within the Schengen area. As a reminder, having a visa in your passport does not necessarily guarantee that the holder will be authorised khổng lồ enter the Schenren area. The border police may refuse your entry.

I made a mistake in the application khung. What can I do?

You must fill out a new size. No need to lớn delete this size or your account. Print the good version of your form và add it to lớn the required documents.

What is the format of the ID photographs I have to lớn provide?

The picture must be recent and conform to reality. The phokhổng lồ should be 35 milimet wide and 45 milimet high. The size of the face should be 32 to 36 milimet (70 khổng lồ 80% of the picture) from chin lớn forehead (excluding hair).

What is a biometric passport?

A biometric passport is a passport with an electronic chip that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder. It uses a contactless smart thẻ technology. Passport information is both printed on the passport data page and stored in the chip. The biometric passport contains personal data of the passport holder, digital pholớn ID & fingerprints.

Information about submitting your visa application Where should I submit my visa application?

You must submit your visa application khổng lồ the French consulate (or Embassy) or with a certified service provider (differs from country to country) in the country where you legally reside.

However, if you are in another country và you can explain why your application could not be submitted lớn the consulate in your legal place of residence (unexpected circumstances, etc.), your visa application may be accepted.

Which country is responsible for processing my visa?

The Member State authorised to process và rule on visa applications is the one whose territory constitutes the sole (or main) destination of your journey.

I plan to visit several Schenren countries during my trip: which countries can process my visa application?

When visiting several countries, the competente Member State is the one whose territory constitutes the main destination of your journey in terms of duration. If the main destination can not be determined, the competente Member State is the one the applicant intends lớn enter first.

I plan to spkết thúc six days in France & fifteen in another Schengene area country. Should I submit my visa application lớn the French Consulate?

In this case, the authorised Member State is the one whose territory constitutes the main destination of the journey in terms of duration.

I plan khổng lồ travel to lớn France but my flight will arrive sầu in a different country. Where should I apply for my visa?

You must apply for your visa at the French consulate as France constitutes the main destination of your journey in terms of duration even though you are entering the Schengene area via another Member State.

How long does it take to lớn get a visa?

Visa processing times vary depending on the nationality of the applicant, the purpose of the stay và the local visa issuing conditions.

To apply for a short-stay visa, the application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to lớn your planned visit; however, it can not be submitted more than 6 months prior to your planned visit. It is the responsibility of the applicant to lớn take the necessary precautions in terms of respecting deadlines when an appointment system is in place.

Certain types of visa require special checks (e.g. civil status, etc.) or consulting different French authorities, which may extkết thúc the processing time.

I have sầu dual/triple nationality. Which passport should I use when applying for my visa?

You must use the passport you intkết thúc lớn travel with. When you fill in the application size, you must indicate your original nationality as well as your current nationality (i.e. that shown on your passport).

I’ve sầu already got a one-year biometric visa. I am planning to lớn apply for a short-stay visa soon. Will the consulate (or service provider) take my fingerprints?

Individuals who have obtained a Schengene visa & have sầu submitted biometric data (fingerprints & photograph) are not required to lớn submit this biometric data again if they possess a photocopy of their previous Schengen visa, if the biometric data was submitted less than 59 months ago.

However, you must submit a passport photograph in your application.

How khổng lồ enter your biometric visa number on


The biometric visa number can be in the following formats:

XXX000000000 D000000000


XXX : code of the issuing country D : This is the code for Germany only 000000000 : 9 digit visa number What sort of insurance must I have?

For stays not exceeding 90 days (unless exempt), trips for tourism or business require valid travel insurance covering any possible costs for medical repatriation, & emergency and/or hospital treatment. This is mandatory. This insurance must be valid throughout the Member States’ territory in the Schenren area, which fully apply the provisions of the Schenren accord và for the duration of your stay. It must allow you khổng lồ access services in the Schenren area.

This insurance must also provide coverage of €30,000 minimum including medical repatriation, & emergency and/or hospital treatment.

I want to lớn apply for 30 visas for students going on a school trip lớn France. Where should I submit the applications?

If your application is for a school group, we recommend you contact the consulate, which will arrange an appointment for you; you will be told where to submit the applications (e.g. an external service provider or the consulate).

Visa applications for the purposes of a school trip are miễn phí of charge.

I have sầu to enter the number of my previous visa. What should I enter?

The visa number is composed of the 3-letter country code (country of issuance), followed by a 9-digit number.