FAQ (English)

France-Visas is the official website for visa applications for France, a portal containing all the necessary information to guide you through each step of your application (file preparation, entry, submission and follow-up of your application).

When do I apply for a visa ?

You must apply for a short-stay visa (less than 90 days in the Schengen area) for France at least 15 days before the planned date of your trip to France.

For a long-stay (more than 90 days in France), you must make your request at least 1 month before the scheduled date of your departure for France.

After these deadlines, your request will not be accepted.

In some cases, and depending on your nationality, the reason for your trip, the supporting documents provided and the checks to be made in relation to your file, the issuing of your visa may be longer.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to take all the necessary precautions and to submit the request within a reasonable timeframe for its investigation.

Any incomplete file will be refused and will delay the issuing of the visa.

How do I know if I need a visa, and what documents do I need to apply ?

Go to our website France Visas. All types of requests are filled in, whatever your situation (your age, your nationality, your job, your native country), your destination (Metropolitan France, Overseas Departments and Regions, Territories Overseas ...), the reason or the duration of your stay.
All the necessary documents will be indicated to you.

IMPORTANT : The originals of all documents are required, along with their copy and, where applicable, their translation.

How do I apply for a visa ?

ALL APPLICANTS WITHOUT EXCEPTION must start their visa application on our France Visas website. After registration, this site :

  • will allow you to complete the online application form, which you will need to print and sign
  • will tell you all the documents to provide
  • will allow you to book an appointment at the consulate to finalize your request

I filled in the application form on France Visas but I don’t know how to book an appointment...

IMPORTANT : You must book an appointment ONLY after the France-Visas procedure (see above) and once all the necessary documents have been gathered.

ANY INCOMPLETE APPLICATION FILE WILL BE REFUSED.

Appointment App is accessible via France Visas

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Click on the blue "MAKE AN APPOINTMENT" or "BOOK AN APPOINTMENT" box and follow the instructions.

ATTENTION : 1 appointment = 1 visa application for 1 person. A family of 3 will have to make 3 appointments.

No appointment request made by email will be taken into account.

The site refuses to take my appointment request

If you have already made an appointment with the visa department, the site may refuse your new request. To work around this problem, edit a letter in your name or first name. This change does not affect your request.

I leave soon, my request is urgent and I cannot find an appointment

Cancellations of appointments are frequent and slots are released regularly. Frequently check the calendar of appointments on our online application. (see above)

If the waiting time for an appointment is too long given the date of your departure, it probably means that your request is too late. It will be refused at our desk if you are planning on leaving in less than 15 days.

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The visa section cannot give any appointment past this 15-days limit. The processing times are incompressible and your request will not be completed before the date of your departure.

Therefore, you need to consider postponing your trip.

Since my appointment at the consulate, I do not have any news from you. How do I know when my visa will be issued ?

You will receive an email when your passport is ready.

The requests being processed in Paris, we are not able to give you any indication on the time your visa will be issued or any indication about the progress of your request, neither by email nor over the phone.

Usualy, a short-stay visa is issued in about 15 days, a long stay within 2 to 4 weeks.

IMPORTANT : In some cases, and depending on your nationality, the reason for your trip, the supporting documents provided and the checks to be made in relation to your file, the issuing of your visa may be longer.

What language should the documents I need to provide be in ?

Your application will be reviewed in Paris. For this reason, all documents provided must be in French or English. Documents in other languages must be translated and the translation accompanied by the original document.

A list of translators is offered here for information purposes.

How much cost a visa, how and where do I pay ?

Payment is in shekel and cash only at the counter at the time of application. A receipt will be given to you. These fees are non-refundable.

The application fee is the equivalent in local currency of 60 euros for a short stay, 99 euros for a long stay. Approximately ILS 260 and ILS 425 at the December 28, 2018 exchange rate.

I did not find the answer to my question here

If you did not find the answer to your question here, check out the France Visa FAQ.

I can’t seem to reach you on the phone...

The visa section does not offer a telephone response.

If and only if the answer to your question is not found in this FAQ or on the France-Visas FAQ, you can contact us by mail by clicking here

Dernière modification, le 08/01/2019

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