How and where to apply for a visa?

The procedure depends on the length of your intended stay :

- if your stay in France is longer than 90 days in France : you must apply for a long-stay visa
- if your stay is equal to or shorter than 90 days in the Schengen Area : you must apply for a short-stay visa

Applying for an entry and long-stay visa

To apply for an entry and long-stay visa, you must :

- have a Austria, Hungarn, Tchéque, Slovakia, slovenie residence permit valid until the entry in France
- hold a travel document (passport) that is valid for the full duration of validity of the visa ;
- complete and sign a long-stay visa application form; enclose with the form identity photographs to official standards.
- pay an application fee ;
- submit supporting documents relating to the reason for your stay in France and your personal situation
- Additional documents may be required in order to process your visa application, such as one submitted for a child under 18.

Applying for a short-stay visa for an ordinary passport

1. Where do I apply?

The short-stay visa is a visa valid for all countries in the Schengen Area unless marked otherwise on the visa sticker. It is often called a “Schengen visa”.
You cannot submit your visa application to the consular authority of any Schengen state - you must submit it to the consular authority of your main destination (the state where you intend to stay longest):

- if France is your main destination : you must apply to the French consular authority ;
- if another Schengen state is your main destination : you must apply to the consular authority of that country.
- If your stay in various Schengen states is of equal length, you must apply to the consular authority of the country through which you enter the Schengen Area.

Dernière modification : 27/04/2015

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