Visas for France
WQ Associates are officially registered with the French Consulate General in London.
Our registration allows us to attend the French Embassy on behalf of UK Resident visa nationals
( with the exception of residents of Scotland who have to attend the consulate in Edinburgh)
The standard Embassy/Visa Centre processing time is currently 72 hours for standard applications and 2 - 3 weeks for nationals of the countries shown below.
Before contacting us to reserve one of our slots at the French Embassy, please ensure that you have read all of the information below carefully. Business Visa For France
French Schengen Business visas are required when travelling to France for the purpose of attending business meetings and/or seminars. It should be noted that a tourist visa is required when attending a conference. All of the French Schengen Visa Requirements as listed below need to be met.
> Business Schengen Visa Application Additional Requirements
Tourist Visit Visa For France
Tourist visit visas for France can be applied for no earlier than one month prior to the proposed trip. We can obtain tourist visas at very short notice. The French Embassy does not generally issue visas on the day of travel. We therefore need to file your visa application at least two days prior to your proposed departure date from the UK
> French Schengen Tourist Visa Application Requirements
Transit Visa For France
This type of visa is issued for the purpose of transiting through France en route to a non Schengen country, proof of legal entry to the destination country must be provided eg. a visa/passport for that country. This type of visa will be required if driving through France, transiting via train or if your flight sets down in a French airport whilst en route to a non Schengen country.
> French Schengen Transit Visa Application Requirements
FRENCH SCHENGEN VISA REQUIREMENTS
The applicant must be resident in the UK. Foreign nationals residing in the UK will have been granted leave to remain for more than 6 months as a Student, working holiday maker, work permit holder, HSMP, Tier 1and 2 etc...
The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the applicant's passport or on the new ICFN biometric card. Home Office stamps or vignettes that have been endorsed on separate documents (Immigration Status Document) will not be accepted by the embassy. – If the applicant is in the UK as a dependant s/he will be required to produce his/her original marriage/birth certificate along with the original passport of the person they are depending on
The applicant's UK visa must exceed the return date of the proposed trip by more than THREE months
The applicant's passport must exceed the return date of the proposed trip by more than THREE months and must have a full blank VISA PAGE for the visa vignette to be endorsed. (the spouses' passport must be valid for at least three months where applicable)
A Schengen application form duly completed and signed by the applicant
TWO recent identical passport photos (less than one month old) are required with each application. The application will be rejected if the photos have been used in ANY other endorsementin the passport
The 'passport photographs' (3,5 x 4,5cm) must be colour, taken against a white/pale grey background with good contrast clear/good quality image, printed on normal photographic paper, full face without sunglasses or head covering, the size of the face must not exceed 30mm. Scanned images will be rejected by the French Embassy -
Letter from your employer along with your ORIGINAL pay slips covering the last three month immediately preceding the filing of your application or if self employed an original letter from your accountant or if a student a letter from your university. For school trip/student, the letter MUST include a statement of responsibility for applicant while in France and the full itinerary - Letters MUST
an original letter printed on official letter headed paper addressed to the French Embassy
be dated less than 3 months old at the time of the application
state your current job title/name of your course
be hand signed by your employer, accountant or your college/university
indicate the job title of the signatory and his/her full contact details
College/University letters must be officially endorsed/stamped by the college
Dependants - Applicants residing in the UK as the Husband/Wife/Unmarried/Same Sex partner/ Civil partnership of someone with limited to remain are required to produce their partner's passport and their original marriage certificate if applicable. Marriage certificates must be in French or English. Marriage certificates in other languages must be translated into either French or English, the translation and in some cases the marriage certificate itself must be authenticated by the London based Embassy of the country that issued the certificate.
Confirmed return ticket to France or confirmation from travel agent showing proof of payment. No open ticket itinerary will be accepted. When travelling by car via Ferry/Euro tunnel, a passenger list is required along with original documentation such as proof of vehicle ownership/rental and insurance to drive in Europe. Tickets/proof of transportation (eg. TVG, Eurostar, flights) must be supplied if travelling any distance within France or the Schengen area eg. between cities/towns or other countries
Proof of Hotel reservation confirmation
should come from the actual hotel when not booked via the actual hotel chain. The confirmation must state your full name, your dates of check in and check out, the hotel address and contact details. Bookings made by reservation agents are no longer accepted. If Visiting Friends/Relatives or attending short study courses, a French certificate of board and lodgings ( Attestation d' Accueil ) must be obtained from local French Town Hall or Police Station - It should be noted that the Embassy will only issue a visa valid for the duration of the stay with friends/family – the maximum stay with an Attestation d' Accueil is 3 months
Proof of financial means of support for the duration of your stay in France (a minimum of
€60 per day). This must be evidenced by way of
original travellers cheques, signed by the applicant (ideally with purchase receipt) OR your original bank statement (internet prints are not acceptable) covering the current month or the month immediately preceding the filing of your application. Only personal current/checking accounts are accepted. Your closing balance date must be less than ONE MONTH old on the day your application is submitted to the Embassy. If it is not, an additional current balance printout must be provided to corroborate the accounts' current balance. Overdrafts are not accepted, nor are credit card statements. If you bank online, you are required to get your online statement stamped by your bank's local branch
Travel insurance cover including repatriation. The documentation must show your full name, the policy number and the covered period. The cover policy's wording must be supplied. If travel insurance cover is supplied by your bank, you must provide the bank's booklet that outlines the policy and a current bank statement from the same account to prove still active. If travel insurance cover is provided by employer (business trip), a copy of the company's blanket policy and schedule must be supplied. Policies must cover the duration of the visit. 6 - 12 months cover will improve the chances of the French Schengen visa being issued for multiple entries and a longer term). Single trip insurance WILL result in a single trip French Schengen visa
For minors travelling to France with their parents their full birth certificate (showing both parent's names) and
BOTH parents' passports must be provided. The birth certificates must be in French or English. Certificates in other languages must be translated and the translation must be authenticated by the embassy of the issuing country. Non UK birth certificates may also require authentication at the embassy of the issuing country irrespective of language it has been issued in. Parents MUST be blood related or have official adoption papers. Please do note that Solicitor/Home Office correspondence is not accepted by the French Embassy as proof of guardianship.
Additional documentation requirements
for visa nationals resident in the UK that are considered to be in a state of employment whilst in France - Domestic workers - Nannies; Au Pairs etc:
Formal Contract Of Employment (in addition to the above employer's letter of reference and pay slips)
Copy of household employer's passport + letter declaration that form E101 has been submitted
Proof of completed/pending E101 (or new A1 ) application
HMRC National Insurance
that require a visa (see below) only require a duly complete and signed application form, two passport photos, their original passport and that of their UK spouse (in accordance with passport requirements as listed above) plus their original marriage certificate. The marriage certificate must be in French or English. Marriage certificates in other languages must be translated into either French or English. The translation and in some cases the marriage certificate itself must be authenticated by the London based Embassy of the country that issued the certificate.
Spouses of UK Nationals
ALTERNATIVELY - If you are unable to provide a certificate that meets the above criteria, as an alternative the embassy will allow you to apply for a standard Tourist Visa but you will have to supply the supporting documentation for a tourist visa and pay the Embassy's tourist visa fee
From March 2009, foreign spouse of an EU national (with the exception of those married to French and British nationals) may enter France without a French Schengen visa if they meet
ALL the following conditions:
they hold a valid travel passport
they have a valid UK residence permit with the endorsement
'family member of EEA national' they are meeting up with or travelling with the EU spouse.
If these requirements are not met, you will need a French Schengen visa. This will apply for instance if your residency in the UK is not explicit (ie it does not show that you are in the UK as the spouse of an EU national) OR if you are travelling to France on business.
* Civil Partnership certificate (same sex) is now recognised/accepted as spousal application akin to marriage (updated 2012)
Note that children and parents of EU nationals are still required to obtain a French Schengen visa to travel to France.
For Business Visas all the documents listed above will be required along with a letter of invitation from the French entity. The invitation letter should corroborate the content of the UK The letter can be a fax or email providing that it shows > employer's letter. full contact details of an officer of the French company. The invitation communication must be dated less than a month old.
The issue of a visa or a visa's validity period is ENTIRELY at the discretion of the French Embassy. Complete supporting documentation and annual travel insurance can increase your chances of obtaining a longer term visa
The French Schengen Visa Requirements list above is not exhaustive and on rare occasions the embassy may require additional documents to be supplied. In such instances, the standard visa processing time will be extended.