Getting a visa for France can seem like a big deal, especially if you are planning to live there for a long time. On this page we cover some of the most popular questions about getting your French long stay visa.One of the most important things you need to obtain for a long stay in France is a visa. This will allow you to travel to and from France by complying with its laws. If you wish to stay in France longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a long stay visa. The amount of time it will take for the visa approval depends on what country you come from, your reasons for staying in France, existing links to French society and the period you intend to stay in the country.
How Much Is A Long Stay Visa For France
A French long stay visa can be applied for at the French embassy in your home country. However, as from 2013 (but was already happening in reality before that date), all non-EU citizens require to also apply for a Schengen Visa, which validates entry into any of the 26 countries within the Schengen area (which includes most of Europe). If a long stay tourist visa is not approved, you will need to apply for a (free) Schengen Visa instead. The application should take up to ten days.If you are an Australian citizen and you are interested in living in France for more than three months, it may be worth considering how to apply for a long-stay visa. With some basic information and the right documents, you can apply for this visa with relative ease. The French government approved new regulations in March of 2014 called the “décret sur la réduction des délais de procédure” (directive on procedures), which shortened wait times along with other changes regarding French visas. As part of these changes, all residence permits can now be issued within eight calendar days of applications being submitted if the paperwork is complete and proof of identity has been provided.
How Much Does a French Visa Cost?
The current France visa fees are:
|Visa type||Fees in Euro||Fees in Dollars||Fees in Rupee|
|Short stay visa for French Overseas Department or Region||80||88.43||6301.75|
|Short stay visa for French Overseas Territories||15||16.70||1148.80|
|Other Long Stay Visas||99||110.10||7582.30|
|Long stay visa for an adopted child by a French citizen||15||16.70||1148.80|
|Children applying for short stay visas||40||38.90||2680.60|
|For African nationals||80||88.43||6301.75|
Aside from the regular French visa fee, candidates have to pay also another fee for offering their biometric information.
In addition, when private sub-contracted companies are in charge of receiving visa applications additional administrative fee might be applied.
France Visa Fee Exemptions
Categories benefiting from a reduced French visa fee
Short-stay visas given for persons aged between 6 – 11, for entries in all other French territories, regardless of for TAAF – 40 Euros
Short-stay visas for citizens of the following countries under a facilitation agreement with the European Union (EU): Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine, (holders of biometric passports only) for entries and stays in France and other Schengen countries – 35 Euros
Categories not required to pay any fee when applying for a French visa
The following categories are exempt from paying the visa fee:
- Family members of a citizen of another Member State of EU/EEA and Switzerland
- Wife or husband of a French citizen
- Holders of a diplomatic or service passport
- Children under the age of 6 (not including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte and French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
- A student of primary and secondary school on a study visit to a French school, or traveling for other study purposes or educational training in a French territory
- Holders of French government study grants
- holders of foreign governments, foundations or EU study grants
- A foreigner who has benefited of a youth mobility from a France-Canada agreement
- A foreigner, who has benefited of a working holiday from a France-Japan, France-Korea, France-Argentina or France Columbia agreement
- A teacher who is accompanying groups in a study trip or educational training in a French territory
- A scientific researcher
- A seasonal worker
- A foreign national of Montenegro, Turkey and Serbia gainfully employed in a French territory and his family members from family reunification
- A foreigner who teaches French (not including his family members)
- A language assistant and teaching assistant
France Residence Permit Fees
Fees for a France Residence Permit are as following:
- VLS-TS – 250 € (60 € for students and trainees)
- “Private and family life” – 269 €
- “Employee” or “temporary worker” – 269 €
- Visitor card – 269 €
- “Passport Talent” – 269 €
- “seasonal worker” – 19€
- “IT employee seconded” – 269 €
- “Retired” – 19€
- EU Blue Card – 269€
- Citizen EU / EEA / Switzerland – 25€
- Citizen EU / EEA / Switzerland – Permanent stay – 25€
- Family of a European – Permanent stay – 25€
- Foreign student in France – 79€
- Foreigner graduated from higher education in France – free
- Foreign intern in France – 79€
- Au pair trainee – 49€
- 10-year resident card of a foreigner in France – 269 € (19€ for refugees and stateless people)
- EU long-term resident card – 269€ to 449€
- Permanent Resident Card – 269€
France EU Blue Card Fee
The Fees for an EU Blue Card in France are a little bit higher than for a professional long-stay visa, the definition of which is the closest with the EU Blue Card.
When you apply for a Blue Card, you will have to pay an amount of 260 euro initially. Upon the expiration of you card, if you wish to renew it, you will have to pay an extra 200 euros, whereas if you wish to replace another type of residence permit with a Blue card, then you will have to pay 2016 euros.
Remember that if your application is rejected, in any of the three cases, you will not be able to get your money back.