Documents for a French Schengen visa application must be completed or translated into English, French or Spanish.
The standard fee for the application of a French Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but not earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Applications should be submitted either through a French consulate or a visa application center that is connected with France.
Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.
Applicants can check for the locations of French Consulates and visa application centers here.
In countries without any French consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a French consulate.
Generally, it takes approximately 15 to 60 days to process French Schengen visa applications.
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for France should remember the following things: