Visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days

A short-stay visa allows the holder to visit one or more Schengen States (which includes France) for a maximum period of 90 days per semester (this rule also holds for Schengen “circulation” visas valid for one to five years) for various purposes: tourism, business trip, family trip, studies, internship, etc.

In application of Decree n°2008-1176 dated 13 November 2008 and the European Parliament Regulation (EC) N°810/2009 dated 13 July 2009, the Visa Section of the Embassy of France does not process visa applications from applicants who do not habitually reside or are not domiciled in the jurisdiction of Delhi, except for emergencies/unforeseen circumstances.

Important note on short-stay visa

Please note

When you arrive at French immigrations, apart from your valid passport bearing a visa (except nationals qualifying for a visa waiver), you should also be in a position to produce the following:

- supporting documents for your stay in France (if visiting for touristic purposes: hotel reservation, subscription to a package tour, etc.; for professional purposes: attestation letter from employer, invitation letter from a French organisation, etc.; for a private trip: "Attestation d’accueil" – form referenced as CERFA 10798*03 – issued by the competent French Town Hall/gendarmerie and signed by the host who will provide the applicant’s accommodation).

-  financial proof of subsistence in France (cash, traveller’s cheques, valid international credit card, etc.).

-  guarantee of return to your country of origin (confirmed air ticket, etc.).

-  A Schengen visa does not authorise you to enter a French overseas department or territory.

-  Nationals from a State that is not a Member of the European Union or European Economic Area, or from Switzerland, irrespective of whether they require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, must mandatorily take a travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.

Submitting your application

1. Do you need a visa?

2. Applications must be submitted to: VFS Global

3. All supporting documents must be submitted with a French translation. English translations are also accepted.
4. It is mandatory to submit all required documents. The Visa Section reserves the right to request for additional documents if it deems it necessary.

5. Visa fees.

6. The Visa Section may ask the applicant to appear personally.

7. The Visa Section reserves the right to ask a visa holder to appear personally on their return to India.

8. Child visitors
 Child visitors (under 18 years of age) must furnish their birth certificate.
 They must also furnish a certificate of no-objection to visa issuance and leaving the Indian territory signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) if the latter are not visa applicants accompanying the child. Their signatures in the certificate must be notarised and the signatories must submit documents proving their identity.
Further, the parents or legal guardian(s) must also sign an authorisation stating that the adult accompanying the minor is authorised to do so and is responsible for them.

9. Young adults whose parents will be bearing the expenses for the visit will have to submit proof of family ties, their socio-professional status (school certificate, employment certificate) and supporting documents of parents’ income:
-  copy of bank statements of the last three months
-  copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
-  last three salary slips

10. An applicant whose trip expenses will be borne by the spouse must furnish a marriage certificate and supporting documents of the spouse’s income.

11. Holders of a yellow Indian Identity Certificate must obtain a return visa from the Indian authorities prior to submitting their French visa application, and furnish their birth certificate.

Application procédure for various types of visa

- Visa for foreign spouse of a French national

- Visa of dependent/ non-dependent foreign parent of an adult French national or his/her spouse

- Visa for marriage with a French national

- Enfant mineur, adopté dans le cadre d’une procédure d’adoption international

- Short-stay visa for the spouse of a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland national

- Tourist visa

- Visa for visiting friends or family

- Business visa

- Academic Scientific visa

- Visa for private studies

- Visa for a candidate for competitive examinations

- Internship visa

- Visa for au pair students

- Visa for domestic staff accompanying French or foreign employer

- « Temporary work permit » visa (employees and entertainers)

Last modified on 23/05/2015

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