Long stay visa

Do you need a visa ?

Consult the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For all category of long stay visa you have to apply directly at the VFS Facilities in Chennai, Pondicherry, and Cochin.

To schedule an appointment:
Log on to www.vfs-france.co.in
OR call +91 022 67866014 between 8a.m to 7p.m, from Monday to Friday

You are married to a French citizen

Long-stay visa for spouses of French nationals

Who is this visa for ?
This visa is for the spouses of French nationals who wish to stay for a period of over three months on the territory of continental France, in a French overseas department, in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Saint-Barthelémy or Saint-Martin.

This visa is not valid for visiting New-Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis-and-Futuna or Mayotte.

This visa does not apply to:
- nationals of the States of the European Union, European Economic Space and Switzerland;
- nationals of Monaco, Andorra and Saint Marin, who do not require long-stay visas;
- nationals of Algeria.

Documents to be attached in support of visa application.

  1. An ordinary passport or a recognised travel documents valid for at least 3 months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. The passport or travel document should contain at least two blank pages. (Original to be provided with a copy of the page(s) bearing information on identity.)
  2. A long-stay visa form duly completed and signed by the applicant.
  3. 2 identity photographs. See the photos requested format [1].
  4. Proof of marriage (original to be enclosed with copy).
    • If the marriage was solemnised in France: recent (less than two months) complete copy of the marriage certificate or family booklet.
    • If the marriage was solemnised in a foreign country: copy of the transcription of the certificate in the French consular marriage register or the family booklet.
  5. Proof of spouse’s French nationality (original of any one of the following to be enclosed with copy):
    • French national identity card;
    • French nationality certificate;
    • Attested copy of the naturalisation decree or reintegration as French citizen or a registered copy of the declaration of acquisition of French nationality;
    • A birth certificate mentioning French nationality;
    • Biometric passport (previous types of passport will not be accepted).
  6. If you are a foreigner resident in India: copy of the residential permit in India.
  7. A duly completed application for attestation from the French Immigration and Integration Office (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration – OFII)

OFII FORM (english version)

OFII FORM (french version)

You are going to study in France


You are joining a research facility in France, to take up an internship in France

Visit the Scientific Service website [www.frenchsciencetoday.org->www.frenchsciencetoday.org" class='spip_out' rel='external'>the Visa Procedure

The visa will be issued based merely on the "convention d’accueil (equivalent of a work contract)", document delivered by the host organisation in France.

This is a convention d’accueil model

You are going to work in France

You are going to work in France (for a period of more than three months)
You do not have to make an application for a visa. It is up to your employer in France to make an application at the Office français d’immigration et d’intégration (OFII) for an employment contract. This organisation is represented in each French department. It will examine your application and get in touch directly with the French consulate under which you come. The consulate in turn will summon you for issuing your visa.

Visa fees

In accordance with the guidelines of the European Union, any visa application made for entry into the Schengen zone has to be systematically accompanied by a prior payment of visa fees (payable in draft at VFS facilities).

How to obtain the visa application form

Download the long stay visa application form in English

Download the long stay visa application form in French

You can also obtain this forms from the visa services of the Embassy of France in India and its consulates or with IATA approved travel agencies.


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Last modified on 20/06/2019

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