Apart from an official non-expired passport, you might also need a visa when travelling to France. Visas can be issued for both short (90 days or less) and long stays, as well as for working and studying purposes.
However, short-term visas can be waived for citizens of certain countries, including all countries belonging to the European Union, those from countries who adhere to the Schengen Agreement (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) and from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Long-term visas (as well as student and working visas) can only be waived for citizens belonging to member countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra.
You’ll need to apply for a visa before arriving at France. In order to do so, visit the French consulate in your country in order to start your application. Most applications start online; once your application is received, a consular representative will probably arrange a meeting with you.
The three most important things you’ll need to show proof of in order to obtain a visa are:
- Purpose of stay.
- Means of support (students need at least a 600 Euros monthly income, for instance).
Visa rates can vary, but they mostly cost between 60 and 99 Euros. Some people may be eligible for a free-of-charge visa:
- Children under 6 years old.
- Students in exchange programs, school trips and study programs, as well as the teachers accompanying them.
- Scholarship and grant recipients.
- Citizens from CIS countries who are under 25 years old.
- Scientists and seasonal workers.
- Foreign teachers who teach the French language.
- Foreign language lecturers and assistants.
Please make sure you seek for more information from the French consulate in your country and always ask for their advice before applying (or deciding not to apply) for a visa. France is not very lenient with immigrants and everything should be in order before you leave.
If you’re thinking about living in France, be warned that if you’re not from an EU-member country, the ordeal might be overwhelming. France is known for its never-ending paperwork and high obstacles when trying to obtain a working visa. You must first get a job and then apply for the visa, before even stepping foot in France – and most jobs require you to already have a work permit in order to work with them. So make sure you study all of your options and receive advice from the consulate before you sink neck-deep into any surprises.
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