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Applying for a France Visa in the UK – French Schengen Visa Requirements for the UK Residents

Applying for a France Visa in the UK – French Schengen Visa Requirements for the UK Residents

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year.

Who needs a visa to travel to France from the UK?

  • UK citizens holding a UK passport don’t need a visa to enter France.
  • UK Residents of many specific nationalities are required to get a French Schengen visa to travel to France.

In recent years, following visa liberalization policies for non-EU countries, the number of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to Europe has slightly decreased. Here is the list of nationalities that are still required to get a Schengen Visa to visit France and other Schengen states.

Below you can find more information about the requirements and guidelines on how to apply for a French visa from the UK.

Who can apply for a France visa from UK?

Citizens of these countries  residing in the UK and planning to visit France are required to get a French visa in order to be able to enter France. The main requirement is that you must have a UK residence permit valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave France / the Schengen Area.

Use the French Schengen visa eligibility checker tool to find out if you qualify to apply for a French visa from the UK.

If you have a 3 month UK visa you can extend it for three more months in order to be eligible to apply for a French Schengen visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK. Find out more on how to extend your UK visa.

You should apply for a French visa at the appropriate French Embassy/Consulate or French visa application center in the UK if:

  • France is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting
  • France is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in)
  • France is the first Schengen country you are visiting (when spending an equal amount of days in France and another Schengen country)

In case you plan on staying in France for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a French Schengen visa.

Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the French Embassy/Consulate/VAC in your homcountry of residence.

France visa requirements for the UK Residents

The following documents are required to obtain a France visa in the UK:

  • A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure that:
    • Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
    • Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
    • Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
  • A valid UK residence permit or other form of Identity Card:
    • The UK residence permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card).
    • The UK residence permit must be valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave France.
  • One French visa application form. It must be filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read the explanations carefully). You can also apply via 3rd party websites like this one here. You have to pay an extra fee for their services, but they will also help you with French visa appointment booking, Documents checking, Visa application as well as with Visa and Passport collection. For more information, please click here!
  • One passport format photo that has a light background, is rightly coloured, and shows full face features. The photo must be less than three months old and be glued to the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
  • A cover letter that explains the purpose of the visit to France
  • Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and complete itinerary of your visit to France (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
  • France Travel Insurance. Stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in France, but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30.000). Read more about Schengen visa insurance requirements.
  • Proof of accommodation in France:
  • Proof of financial subsistence:
    • A recent statement of UK bank account for the last three months that shows funds of at least 65€ per person per day spent in France. This fee is only applicable if you have a pre-paid reservation at a hotel in France. Otherwise the amount is increased to 120€ per day. Also, if you proof cheaper forms of accommodation this amount decreases to 32.25€ per day.

Note: Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.

The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit in France.

Depending on your employment status in the UK, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your France visa application:

For UK employees:

  • Employment contract
  • Current UK bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Leave permission from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

For the self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For foreign students in the UK:

For retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • A recent (less than 3 months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
  • Spouse’s valid passport
  • An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English or French and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in UK

Note: If the Marriage Certificate was issued outside the European Union, it must be stamped by the Foreign Office of the issuing country, or its Embassy in the UK.

Requirements for children under the age of 18

Parents or a an adult guardian are required to accompany their under-age children at the application center at the French Consulate. Also, minors who are granted a French visa are not allowed to travel to France by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in France.

Required documents for visa application for underage children

  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
  • If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent

To find more about the documentation needed for applying for a visa to France click here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/france-visa/

How to apply for a French Visa from the UK?

The application procedure for a French visa in UK is pretty similar to that in every other country in the world.

In order to apply for a French visa in UK you must follow these steps:

  1. Figure out which French short-stay visa type you need. There are different French Schengen visa types depending on your purpose of traveling from UK to France.
  2. Find out where you need to apply for a French visa in UK.
  3. Decide when to apply for a French visa in UK. The earliest time you can lodge your French visa application in UK is 3 months before your planned trip while, the latest time to  is at least 15 working days before you intend to travel from UK to France.
  4. Collect the mandatory French visa documents for UK Residents.
  5. Appoint an interview at French visa application center in UK. You may make a French visa appointment online, through phone, or on person. Below in this article, you can find more information on how to make a French visa appointment.
  6. Attend the interview on the day of your appointment. Show up on time and try not to be nervous. Remember that the interview is a crucial part of your visa application.
  7. Pay the French visa fee.
  8. Wait for the processing of your French visa.

Booking a French visa appointment in London

To apply for a French visa in the UK you must book an appointment with the French Consulate General in London.

This can be done in different ways:

  • By booking an appointment at the French Consulate General in London.This type of appointment is known as a direct appointment. Direct appointment bookings are free of charge and you should do it in person. You can book a direct appointment only on Wednesday mornings. Processing delays still apply. Please, be aware that there is a longer appointment waiting time for the French Consulate General in London.
  • Through TLScontact’s in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, by phone or by filling an online application form.
  • You can also use the visa services of a very professional company such as IAM.

You can book a French visa appointment at the Consulate General of France in London if you are a UK resident living in:

  • Jersey
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • The Falkland Islands.
  • Guernsey
  • Gibraltar

Reasons why you should apply for a French visa in UK through the IAM website

  • IAM’s visa advisors will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the suitable date and time for you to attend the France visa processing center in the UK.
  • They will fill in an Application Form for France Schengen visas online to secure your appointment and send it to you together with a complete list of requested documents and the confirmation of your appointment.
  • The IAM’s team will assist you in collecting the required documents for a French visa and checking your prepared application to make sure your application has the highest possible prospect of success.
  • If you cannot collect your passport yourself, IAM’s representatives can arrange for collection. Alternatively, you may choose to have your application sent back by registered mail when you make your visa application.

For more information on applying for a French visa in the UK, click here or start the French visa application by filling the online form here!

Schengen visa types for short-term visits in France

You need to apply for a French Schengen visa if you intend to travel from UK to France for the following reasons:

Depending on your reasons for visiting France and the frequency of your visits, the French consulate in UK can issue you a single-entry visadouble-entry visa, or a multiple-entry visa.

France visa application processing time in UK

You can apply for a French visa 3 months before your planned trip. However, since the processing takes a minimum of 15 days since the day of your application, you should submit your application at least 15 days before you plan on leaving the UK.

Note: It’s recommended by the French Consulate General in London that you apply 20 work days (4 weeks) before the day you leave for France in order to avoid unwanted complications.

France Visa fees for UK residents

Since France is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a French Schengen Visa from UK:

Schengen Visa Category (by age)Fee in UK PoundFee in Euro
Adult51 £60 €
Child between 6-12 years of age30 £35 €
Child younger than 6 years of ageFreeFree

Note: Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can be paid only in UK Pounds.

France Visa fee exemptions for UK residents

Besides children younger than 6 years of age, these are other applicants that are exempted from a French visa application fee (Source: TLScontact):

  • Spouse of a French citizen
  • Family member of a UE/EEE national travelling along with the UE/EEE family member
  • Children below the age of 21 and financially dependant of a UE national
  • Ascendants financially dependant of a UE national
  • Pupils, students and accompanying teachers during a school trip
  • Scientists (holders of a « convention d’accueil » only for short stays)
  • Foreign teachers teaching French (in activity)
  • Scholarship holders from the French government, foreign governments, foreign foundations or payees of EU programs (only to travel within the territory designated by the terms of the founding program)
  • Young nationals from :
Armenia12 years old
Azerbaïdjan12 years old
Russia6 years old
Ukraine18 years old

France Visa fee discounts

For some specific nationals, France visa applications cost only 35 € (30 £). Nationals of countries receive visa discounts are:

  • Armenia*
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina*
  • Kosovo
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro*
  • Russia
  • Serbia*
  • Ukraine

*Note: This applies only to those nationals who do not hold a biometric passport.

FAQ about traveling from UK to France and obtaining a French visa in the UK

Do UK citizens need a visa for France?

Since the UK is a member of the European Union, UK citizens don’t need a visa to enter France.

But, if you are a UK resident then you might need a visa to travel to France.

How long can UK residents stay in France without a visa?

Although UK citizens can stay in France for as much as their passport is valid, UK residents can only stay up to 90 days. If you are a UK resident who wants to stay in France for more than 90 days, then you should apply for an EU residency permit in France through the French Consulate General in London.

Do UK residents need a visa for Andorra?

Andorra does not impose a visa regime even though it is not a part of the Schengen Area. However Andorra is only accessible through France or Spain. Therefore, applying for a French Visa would be a wise choice.

Can I visit French overseas territories with a France visa?

Overseas French-administered territories are not members of the Schengen Area. Citizens of some countries are exempted from visa requirements to the French overseas departments or territories. However, residents from non-EU countries have to apply for a relevant French visa to travel overseas France.

This is a list of the aforementioned territories and departments:

Overseas departments:

  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Réunion

Overseas territories:

  • French Polynesia
  • New Caledonia
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Wallis and Futuna

Can I apply for a French Visa if my UK residency permit expires soon?

To be able to apply for a French visa you must have at least 3 months remaining on your UK residency permit counting from the day you depart from France.

What can I do if my French visa gets denied by the French consulate in London?

If your French visa in UK gets denied, then you CAN appeal against this decision immediately after the refusal, but you must submit your appeal within a period of two months. Find out 12 Common Reasons Why Visa Applications Get Denied!

In order to increase your chances on receiving a positive answer on your French visa application in UK, we suggest to consult with IAM (Immigration and Migration).

When should I complete my France visa application form?

You should complete the French visa application form before you go to the French Consulate in London, or to the French visa center in London, Edinburgh and Manchester because you will only be allowed into the visa department if you can present a properly completed and signed visa application form.

If you have questions or need a professional help on filling the French visa application, check IAM (Immigration and Migration) website.

Do I need a special visa to travel from UK to Monaco?

Although Monaco did not officially sign the documents of the Schengen Agreement, it’s still considered a part of the Schengen Area. Therefore, you don’t have to apply for a special visa to travel to Monaco from UK, but a France visa might be required for some UK residents.

Do I need a passport if I am traveling from the UK to France?

  • As an EU citizen (Except British passport holders): You will not need a passport to travel from the UK to France. Instead, you must hold a valid EU national ID card to confirm your identity and nationality.
    • British citizens need a passport to travel to France. As of now, there are no restrictions on the remaining validity of your British passport, providing you leave France before its expiry date. However, this might change from March 2019, when UK will leave EU officially.
  • As a non-EU citizen: You must have a passport and you might also need a French visa to travel to France from the UK. Passport must not be older than ten years. They must hold a validity period of at least three months since the day you will be leaving France.

Embassy & Consulates of France in the United Kingdom

There are three French missions in the United Kingdom: The Embassy in London, the Consulate General in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

Embassy of France in London, England

Address: 58 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7JT, UK
Phone: +44 20 7073 1000
Fax: +44 20 7073 1042

Opening times: Monday – Friday only by appointment

Consulate General of France in London, England

Address: 6a Cromwell Place, London, SW7 2EW
Phone: 0845 7300 118

Consulate General of France in Edinburgh, Scotland

Address: West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom

** Please note that these are the standard required documents. The French Visa Consular office maintains the right to ask for further documents or information if necessary. 

*** Please consult the French Embassy or Consulate in United Kingdom for the updated requirements!

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