For nationalities that do require a processing time, make sure you apply at least 3 weeks before your intended departure date.
A: Request for progress on your application only slows down the processing of applications.
Exempt from visa requirement for France’s territory in Europe are: Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland, nationals of the following countries: Australia – Brazil – Japan – Mexico – Singapore - South Korea - United States - Venezuela – bearers of passports of the Hong Kong special administrative region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau special administrative region (People’s Republic of China).
If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit nationals of the following countries, whatever the reason for their stay: Albania* - Andorra - Antigua and Barbuda – Argentina – Barbados – Bosnia* - Brunei Darussalam – Canada – Chile - Costa Rica – Croatia - El Salvador – Guatemala - Holy See – Honduras – Israel – Macedonia* - Malaysia – Mauritius – Monaco – Montenegro* - New Zealand – Nicaragua – Panama – Paraguay - San Marino – Serbia* - Seychelles – Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number) – Uruguay *bearers of biometric passports only holders of a valid residence permit for France ; holders of a residence permit issued by a state applying the Schengen Agreements ; holders of certain travel documents issued by an EU Member State ; holders of a British National (Overseas) passport.
A: If you cannot come the day after your appointment to pick up your visa, you may : • provide us with an express mail prepaid envelop and leave your passport with us so we may mail it back with the visa affixed in it, should the visa be granted. All appointments need to be scheduled online, by the applicant him/herself.
If the visa is refused, your passport will be returned as well, but with no visa in it. The Visa Section is open to the public on an appointment basis only, with no walk-is allowed. A: The Visa Section is open to the public for appointments Monday through Friday from am to pm. A: To use the system, the following configuration is required : * Firefox 1.0 and higher * Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher * Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher * Adobe Acrobat reader 5 or higher * You need to enable your computer to open pop-ups by changing your browser settings.
However, for certain types of visa and certain nationalities, a 2-3 weeks processing time is required. Please check the information page of the visa you are applying for in order to determine if it applies to you.
Citizens of the following countries require a 5 business days processing time for Short Stay applications: Morocco – Sri Lanka – Tunisia Citizens of the following countries require a 2-3 weeks processing time for Short Stay applications: Afghanistan – Algeria – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Belarus – Burundi - Congo DRC – Egypt – Guinea – Iran – Iraq – Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Libya – Mali – Niger – Nigeria – North Korea – Oman– Pakistan – Palestinians – Philippines – Qatar – Rwanda – Saudi Arabia – Somalia – Sudan – Suriname – Syria – United Arab Emirates – Uzbekistan – Vietnam – Yemen – Zimbabwe – US Re-entry permit - US Refugee travel document A: No. Make sure you apply well in advance of your departure according to your nationality and type of visa you are applying for.
A short stay is a stay in the Schengen Area lasting less than 90 days or a succession of stays totalling less than 90 days in any period of 6 months.
For short stays, European regulations specify the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Schengen Area.
A: Visa applications will be accepted up to 90 days before the intended departure date.
It is strongly recommended that you apply for your visa at least 2 weeks before departure for nationalities/visas that do not requirement a processing time.
You may find a complete list of the different types of visas here: