Visas & Naturalization 🇫🇷

Visa to immigrate to France

13

Schengen visa refusals in 2021

Visamundia specialist in administrative travel formalities, works with the best partners to meet your every need. The Majorelle law firm assists companies and foreign talent with their immigration projects in France.

  • Which residence permit or work permit to obtain, depending on the type of profile and the assignment?
  • Are there any specific requirements for different professions(startups, models, researchers, athletes, etc.)?
  • How has the Brexit complicated the transfer of people between France and the UK?
  • What is the "Republican integration course"? Is a medical examination compulsory?
  • What risks does a company run if it hires an employee without a valid work permit?

Our partner lawyers will support you before, during and after your periods of professional mobility and your private immigration projects: from the project, to your arrival and obtaining your residence permit, or even your French nationality.

4,7

International mobility

Professional immigration

Foreign subcontracting management

Assistance to foreign companies

Tell us about your plans to immigrate to France,
and we'll study its feasibility

Civility(Required)
Full name(Required)
E-mail(Required)

Our partners and experts in immigration procedures provide advice and services to secure the internationalization and immigration of individuals, including all aspects of appealing visa refusals.

Short-term visas (business/tourism), intra-group mobility, secondment of foreign nationals, new hires, internships/VIEs, service providers, Talent Passports, business start-ups, investors, athletes, artists We can assist you with any type of immigration file.

Our partners can take care of all the formalities involved in obtaining work permits, and assist applicants inobtaining visas and residence permits.

France Visa: tourism, studies, family reunification, marriage
France Visa: tourism, studies, family reunification, marriage

From January 1, 2023, the Commission de recours contre les décisions de refus de visa d'entrée en France will only examine appeals against refusals of long-stay visas.

Get expert support for your visa application!

Statistics on immigration to France

The total number of visas granted in 2021 rose by 2.9%. Visas for the Schengen area fell by 10.6%, while long-stay visas rose significantly, by 54.2%.

This has practically brought the number of long-term visas back to the same level as in 2019 (236,246). Russia rose from second to fifteenth place among the most frequent visa recipients, and China moved up from fourth to eighth place. At the same time, Saudi nationals saw a marked increase in the number of visas granted, and now occupy third place in terms of the number of visas issued, behind Morocco and Algeria but ahead of Tunisia.

Family and student immigration still account for the two largest shares of the total number of migrants, with moderate increases of 16.2% and 16.5% respectively. Nevertheless, professional, humanitarian and other permits saw the most significant growth. Professional visas were particularly boosted by short-term or temporary visas, which had declined significantly in 2020. In addition, the number of humanitarian permits in 2020 exceeded 2019 figures (37,851 in 2019).

The figures shown do not include citizens britanniques🇬🇧, due to the requirement for British nationals and their dependants to have a residence permit before October 1, 2021. There has been an exceptional influx of applications: 96,632 residence permits having been distributed under the "Brexit, withdrawal agreement" permits in 2021.

Frequently asked questions about immigrating to France

How much does a visa for France cost? What are the prices?

A visa for France will cost you more or less, depending on the type of visa you require and your nationality. In general, short-stay visas are issued for stays of up to 90 days and cost €60. Long-stay visas, which are issued for stays of over 90 days, cost €99.

There are also fees for other types of visa, such as student visas(€50) or work visas.

It should be noted that some countries have special agreements with France that allow their citizens to travel without a visa. However, this does not exempt them from paying the application fee. Depending on your nationality and the type of visa you need, the cost of a visa for France can range from €60 to almost €100. Make sure you find out about requirements and costs in advance so you can plan accordingly.

Don't forget that if you go through an experienced intermediary (immigration lawyer), his or her fees will be added.

What types of visa are available for living in France?

There are several different types of visa for living in France. The most common is the long-stay visa, for those wishing to stay in the country for more than three months. This type of visa can be used for study, work or family reunification.

  • If you wish to work in France, you will need to apply for a work visa in the form of a residence permit. You will also need to provide proof of your employment contract and qualifications.
  • If you are a student, you will need to apply for a student visa. This type of visa can also be used for internships or apprenticeships.
  • Finally, if you wish to join your family in France, you will need to apply for a family reunion visa. This type of visa is available to people who already have a close family member living in the country.

Whatever type of visa you apply for, make sure you have the necessary documents and meet all the requirements to ensure your application runs smoothly and successfully.

How do I obtain a visa to study in France?

If you are planning to study in France, obtaining a visa is the first step in your journey. The first step is to apply for a long-stay visa for students, also known as a "Visa de long séjour pour études". This visa allows you to stay in France for a period of three to twelve months.

To apply, you will need to submit the necessary documents to the French consulate in your country. These documents include proof of enrolment in a French educational establishment, proof of financial support and proof of health insurance. You'll also need to provide a valid passport, a recent passport photo and a completed visa application form.

Once you have submitted all the required documents, the consulate will usually process the visa within two to three weeks. Once the visa has been approved, you can travel to France and begin your studies.

After one year, you can apply for a temporary student residence permit, valid for 1 year, or a multi-annual student residence permit, valid for 2 to 4 years.

Which countries require a visa for France?

Visa applications concern most foreigners who are not nationals of the following countries or areas: European Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norwaydepending on the length of stay.

In dark blue : Schengen area

In light blue : Other EU members and territories of Schengen countries outside the Schengen Area

In green: Visa not required for short stays in the Schengen area, generally 90 days out of a 180-day period.

In light gray: Visa required to enter the Schengen area, and to transit through certain Schengen countries in certain cases.

In dark grey : Visa required to enter or transit any Schengen country

Which countries require no visa to visit France?

Nationals of the following countries and territories, holding a valid passport, can enter the Schengen area, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania without a visa, for short stays (generally 90 days out of a 180-day period): Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao (China), Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Republic of China (Taiwan), Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

What documents do I need to apply for a visa to France?

The documents you need to provide depend on the reason for your presence in France. The experts will provide you with a detailed and precise list depending on the reason: employment, family reunion, internship, studies, etc. However, there are a few common documents:

  • ICAO-format passport photos
  • A travel document (passport), issued less than 10 years ago, with at least 2 blank pages, valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you plan to leave the Schengen area or, in the case of a long-stay visa, valid for at least three months beyond the expiry date of the visa you are applying for.

⚠️ Please ensure that all passport pages with visas, entry/exit stamps or other markings are forwarded.

Which is the easiest visa to obtain for France?

There is no visa for France that is generally considered easier to obtain than others. The decision to grant or refuse a visa for France depends on many factors, such as the reasons for your trip, your personal and professional situation, your travel history and your financial situation.

If you wish to travel to France for tourist purposes, you will generally need to apply for a short-stay visa, also known as a Schengen visa. This type of visa allows you to stay in France for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. To obtain a short-stay visa, you'll usually need to provide documents such as a valid passport, proof of your financial situation, proof of accommodation in France and a return ticket.

If you wish to stay in France for a longer period, you may need to apply for a long-stay visa, also known as a temporary residence visa. This type of visa allows you to stay in France for up to a year, and can be renewed if necessary. To obtain a long-stay visa, you will generally need to provide documents such as a valid passport, proof of your financial situation, proof of accommodation in France and proof of your activity in France (for example, a letter of employment or a certificate of studies).

How do I appeal a visa refusal for France?

If you wish to appeal a visa refusal for France to the Cour Administrative d'Appel de Nantes, you should first contact the French embassy or consulate that processed your visa application for information on appeal procedures. If the French embassy or consulate is unable to process your appeal, or if you feel that the visa refusal decision is illegal, you can then appeal to the Cour Administrative d'Appel de Nantes.

To appeal a visa refusal decision to the Nantes Administrative Court of Appeal, you will usually need to submit a written request explaining why you believe the original decision was wrong. You will also need to provide any evidence you consider relevant to support your claim, such as additional documents or further information about your personal or professional situation.

It is important to note that appeal procedures may vary depending on the Nantes Administrative Court of Appeal, so it is advisable to contact this institution for precise information on the steps to follow.

Our partner lawyers specializing in immigration law will be able to give you advice and help you appeal the visa refusal decision to the Nantes Administrative Court of Appeal.

How long does it take to get a visa for France?

The time it takes to obtain a visa for France depends on several factors, such as the reason for your trip, your nationality and your personal situation. In general, it takes around 15 working days to process an application for a short-stay visa for France, although this may vary depending on the French embassy or consulate handling your application.

If you wish to obtain a long-stay visa for France, it usually takes around a month to process your application, although this time may also vary depending on the French embassy or consulate processing your application. It's important to note that visa processing times for France can be longer during busy periods, so it's advisable to submit your visa application well in advance to avoid delays. Our partners are used to dealing with administrative delays to minimize consular round-trips.

What is the purpose of the france-visas.gouv.fr website?

France Visas is an official website of the French Ministry of Immigration that allows you to apply for a visa to France online, which can speed up the visa application process.

The France Visas website also allows you to check the status of your visa application, download visa application forms and find information on the documents required for your visa application. You can also use this website to find information on the different types of visa available for France, as well as the eligibility criteria and application procedures for each type of visa.

Using the France Visas website, you can also make an appointment with the French embassy or delegated collection agency to submit your visa application in person, if you prefer not to apply online. The WelcomeToFrance website, published by the French government, is also a mine of information.

In spite of this website, we strongly advise you to seek the support of specialists, especially if your typology requires a more detailed presentation and study.

Immigrating to France: the countries with the highest demand

🇨🇦 How do I apply for a visa to France from Canada?

Visa applicants can visit VFS Global offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver to submit their applications. The Consulate General in Montreal is responsible for reviewing and approving visa applications.

🇲🇦 How do I apply for a visa to France from Morocco?

Visa applications sent to the TLS centers inAgadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez,Oujda, Rabat and Tangier are handled by the French Consulates General in Casablanca and Rabat respectively.

🇩🇿Comment apply for a visa to France from Algeria?

People living in Algeria and wishing to apply for a visa should contact the French Consulates General in Algiers, Annaba and Oran. These three locations are the only ones authorized to accept visa applications and make decisions concerning them.

From April 9, 2018, the VFS Global center in Algiers will handle visa applicants from the Algiers consular district, and the application will have to be made via the France-Visas website.

Those located in Annaba and Oran must also use France-Visas for their application, and must include all the documents requested on the website. All documents must be authentic.

🇹🇳 How do I apply for a visa to France from Tunisia?

The Consulate General of France in Tunis is the only body responsible for processing visa applications from people in Tunisia. The time taken to process a visa application may depend on the nationality of the applicant, the type of visa and the time of year. It is advisable to make an appointment as soon as you have determined the date of your trip.

🇸🇳 How do I apply for a visa to France from Senegal?

With the resumption of world travel after the period of health restrictions on entry, the Consulate General of France in Dakar is receiving a large number of visa applications, resulting in a slowdown in the time taken to book appointments and process applications.

🇨🇮 How do I apply for a visa to France from Côte d'Ivoire?

The only body empowered to make visa decisions is the French Consulate General in Abidjan, where applications for visas on ordinary passports presented in Côte d'Ivoire are processed.

VFS Global Abidjan is the entity responsible for accepting visa applications, acquiring biometric data, providing information to applicants and releasing their passports once decisions have been taken by the Consulate General of France.

🇲🇬 How do I apply for a visa to France from Madagascar?

The only body empowered to make decisions concerning visas for Madagascar is the Consulate General of France in Tananarive, which processes all visa applications.

🇨🇳 How to apply for a student visa for France for a Chinese national?

If you are Chinese and wish to study in France, you will need to apply for a student visa to enter and stay in this country. The procedure for applying for a student visa for France is generally as follows:

  1. Find a higher education institution in France that accepts international students and offers a study program tailored to your interests and level of training.
  2. Contact the higher education institution for information on admission procedures and the documents required for your student visa application.
  3. Prepare the necessary documents for your student visa application, such as a valid passport, proof of your financial situation, proof of accommodation in France and proof of enrolment in a French higher education institution.
  4. Submit your application: Chinese visa applications are only processed by the French Consulates General in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan and the French Embassy in Beijing, and only these entities are authorized to make visa decisions.