Seek information and check if you require a visa or not
This portal helps you assemble the information you will need before submitting your visa application online.
Visa for all will help you determine, depending on your situation, the visa requirements to which you are subject, as well as the submission fee and required supporting documents.
If you have lived in the Schengen Area within the past 6 months please use the Visa Calculator tool to determine the precise number of days you have remaining.
Determine which authority is approved to receive your application
In addition to furnishing important general information, this link offers pages specific to your local, so that you can access the most accurate information for your visa application.
Fill out the visa application form
To submit a visa application, you must provide at least the following :
Arrange an appointment with the visa application centre
Make sure you allow enough time before your departure date to schedule an appointment to have your application reviewed.
Check on the average appointment wait times to ensure that you are able to submit your application three months to two weeks prior to your departure date for a long stay visa and 6 months to two weeks to your departure date for a short stay visa.
In most cases, the consular services use external service providers to receive visa applicants and their documents. The consular services nonetheless remain fully responsible for reviewing applications and making visa issuance decisions.
Application in person
You must attend your appointment with all the required documents. Also bring a copy of each document, including the passport and its ID pages.
The service provider (or consulate) will receive you, review your application, collect the visa fee, capture your biometric data (photo and fingerprints) and retain your passport and the copies of all your supporting documents in order to forward them to the consulate.
The visa application submission will take approximately 20 minutes at the visa centre.
All visas issued by France are biometric visas.
Any visa applicant aged 12 or older must submit his or her visa application in person. The following biometric data will be required: a photo (scanned or taken during your appointment), and ten individually-taken fingerprints.
If you hold a biometric Schengen visa issued within 59 months, either bearing the mention ‘VIS’ or issued after March 2016, your previous biometric data can be re-used.
Visa application fees are composed of :
Tracking your application and collecting your passport
In most cases, you can track the progress of your application.
You will be notified when your passport is ready for collection from the visa centre where you applied.
In some instances, the passport can be sent by postal services.