This visa is issued for business purposes with a maximum duration of 90 days.
If you are a frequent traveller and wish to apply for a long term validity visa, you can ask for it in the covering letter. The decision to grant a circulation visa remains with the French Consulate.
In accordance with the guidelines of the European Union, any Schengen visa application has to be accompanied by a payment of visa fees.
The fees (Processing + Visa) are to be paid to VFS on the day the application is being submitted. They are not refundable whether a visa is granted or refused.
Schengen visa: 60 Euros (as per current exchange rate) + Processing fees
Visas for overseas territories: 9 Euros (as per current exchange rate) + Processing fees
As of 1st June 2009, holders of long stay visas for France (3 months +) will be exempted from applying for a residence permit (carte de sejour) at the Prefecture after their arrival in France.
Beneficiaries of the reform
Since the 1st of June 2009, long stay visa holders are allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay. They will no longer be required to obtain a residence permit ("carte de séjour") from the French local authorities ("Préfecture") as long as their visa is valid.
However, long stay visa holders will have to register with the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) within the first three months of their stay in France.
The criteria are defined by the “Commission Nationale des Compétences et Talents”, which meets in France at least twice a year.
The applicant must submit a credible professional project meeting the criteria set forth by the National Commission.
The applicant must supply proof that he/she is in every way capable of carrying out this project.
The application will be accepted/rejected based on:
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