List of supporting documents to be submitted in accordance with the purpose of the trip

Foreign spouse of a French national

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph requirements here.

4. Official proof that your spouse holds French nationality (any one of the following):
- valid national identity card
- ordinary electronic passport
- certificate of French nationality
- certified copy of a naturalisation decree or conferral of French nationality on your spouse.

5. French family record booklet or copy of complete French marriage certificate.

6. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

7. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Dependent or non-dependent foreign parent/grandparent of a major French national or his/her foreign spouse

Documents to be attached to your visa application
1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. A questionnaire duly filled and signed by the applicant.

5. Official proof of the French national’s nationality (any one of the following):
- valid national identity card
- ordinary electronic passport
- certificate of French nationality
- certified copy of a naturalisation decree
- conferral of French nationality
- birth certificate mentioning French nationality.

6. Proof of family ties: copy of complete birth certificate of the son/daughter. Extracts will not be accepted.

7. Accommodation proof ( Attestation d’accueil - form referenced as CERFA 10798*03 issued by the competent French Town Hall or gendarmerie / hotel reservation/ lease).

8. Supporting documents proving the dependent applicant’s stated relationship with the French national, and official proof of covering the applicant’s expenses (same residential address, regular/frequent bank transfers, etc.).

9. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

If the applicant is the proprietor of the company, they must attach:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- copy of company registration certificate (Form B, Certificate of Registration, rule 5(1), or Form ST3, rule 11, certificate of registration)
- copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Companies Act, 1956)

10. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

11. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

12. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Foreign visitors (who require a visa) for marriage with French national

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Official proof of the future French spouse’s French nationality (any one of the following):
- valid national identity card or consular card
- ordinary electronic French passport
- certificate of French nationality
- certified copy of a naturalisation decree
- conferral of French nationality on your spouse.

5. Accommodation proof (Attestation d’accueil - form referenced as CERFA 10798*03 issued by the competent French Town Hall or gendarmerie / hotel reservation/ lease).

6. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

If the applicant is the proprietor of a company, they must attach:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- copy of company registration certificate (Form B, Certificate of Registration, rule 5(1), or Form ST3, rule 11, certificate of registration)
- copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Companies Act, 1956)

7. Attestation issued by the mayor of the place of marriage, specifying that the banns have been published and encountered no opposition.

8. All relevant details on the upcoming marriage.

9. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets, or other means of transport.

10. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

11. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

12. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Visa for a minor travelling after an international adoption procedure

For those settling in France, please consult the Adoption Visa section.

Spouse of a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland national

(Note: The European Union is made up of the following countries, apart from France: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.)

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Official proof of spouse being an EU, EEA, or Swiss national.

5. Original marriage certificate, accompanied by an official translation in French or English duly attested as such by the consular representation of your country, or that of the country in which your wedding was solemnised.

6. If the marriage certificate was issued by a non-EU country, it must be legalised by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the country concerned, or its consular representation in India.

7. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

8. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

9. In case of long-stay visa applications: Spouses (except if they are French nationals) of EU nationals must submit a short-stay visa application, specifying on the form that they intend to settle in France. On their arrival in France, they will have two months to apply for a residence permit (“carte de séjour”).

Tourism

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit.

5. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

6. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

7. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

If the applicant is the proprietor of a company, they must attach:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- copy of company registration certificate (Form B, Certificate of Registration, rule 5(1), or Form ST3, rule 11, certificate of registration)
- copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Companies Act, 1956).

8. If the trip is a package tour, attach detailed itinerary.

9. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

10. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Additional documents:
For holders of post-graduate degrees issued in France: copy of the degree.
Furnishing the degree may help you obtain a five-year Schengen circulation visa (provided the validity of your passport allows it).

Visiting friends and family

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit.

5. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

6. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

7. Accommodation proof (Attestation d’accueil, referenced as CERFA 10798*03, issued by the competent Town Hall/gendarmerie).

8. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

If the applicant is the proprietor of a company, they must attach:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- copy of company registration certificate (Form B, Certificate of Registration, rule 5(1), or Form ST3, rule 11, certificate of registration)
- copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Companies Act, 1956).

9. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

10. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Additional documents:
For holders of post-graduate degrees issued in France: copy of the degree.
Furnishing the degree may help you obtain a five-year Schengen circulation visa (provided the validity of your passport allows it).

Business visitor

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Letter of introduction stating purpose of visit on company/organisation letterhead paper, signed by competent authority.

5. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

6. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

7. An invitation letter from the private or public organisation established in France, in the applicant’s name and indicating the trip dates. It should be mentioned precisely in the letter of invitation if the organisation that is inviting you will bear the international travel cost and accommodation.

8. Business Registration documents – PAN card, Company registration certificate etc. (For Visa applicants in Nepal)

9. Employment attestation stating your designation from your employer.

10. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

11. Supporting documents of the organisation’s income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- copy of company registration certificate (Form B, Certificate of Registration, rule 5(1), or Form ST3, rule 11, certificate of registration)
- copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company (Companies Act, 1956).

12. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

13. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

(Note: Short-stay circulation visas of one to three years – and for a maximum of five years – may be issued at the discretion of the Visa Section to business visitors who frequently travel to Schengen countries for professional purposes each year.)

Additional documents:
For holders of post-graduate degrees issued in France: copy of the degree.
Furnishing the degree may help you obtain a five-year Schengen circulation visa (provided the validity of your passport allows it).

Academic/ scientific visit not exceeding 90 days

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Letter of introduction stating purpose of visit on the applicant’s home institution/organisation letterhead paper, signed by competent authority.

5. The original and a copy of the “Convention d’accueil” duly filled and issued by an authorised organisation, bearing the seal of the prefecture, the signature of the host organisation’s head/competent authority and its seal. In this document, the hosting organisation certifies that the visa applicant will have sufficient financial resources to meet their expenses while in France, and undertakes to cover expenses for repatriation to the applicant’s country of origin, take health and hospitalisation cover for the applicant for their period of stay in France as well as an a cover for accidents that may arise during the applicant’s research or teaching assignments.

6. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

7. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Visiting for private studies for a period not exceeding 90 days

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit from the applicant. If applicable, the letter on the applicant’s home institution/organisation letterhead paper, signed by competent authority.

5. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

6. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

7. Supporting income documents:

a. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips

b. Young adults whose parents will be bearing the trip expenses will have to submit proof of family ties, their socio-professional status (school certificate, employment certificate) and supporting documents of parents’ income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips

8. Attestation issued by the host institution confirming applicant’s admission and indicating the exact duration of the course/ programme and the discipline studied.

9. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

10. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

11. Attested copy of the academic certificates.

Appearing for competitive examinations

If you wish to appear for competitive / entrance examinations of an academic institution in France and, if accepted, join immediately without returning to India to apply for a long-stay visa, please read the section long-stay studies visa for details..

Internship (student or paid intern)

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit from the applicant. If applicable, the letter on the applicant’s home institution/organisation letterhead paper, signed by competent authority.

5. An internship agreement. If the agreement does not provide for medical cover, the intern must submit a copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

6. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

7. Accommodation proof (lease bearing applicant’s name, dates of stay and accommodation address) or any other document stating that accommodation expenses will be borne or provided (e.g. if accommodation arrangements are included in the internship agreement).

8. Supporting documents of personal income:
- copy of bank statements of the last three months
- copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year
- last three salary slips.

For paid interns, living expenses must mandatorily match the growth-indexed minimum wage, i.e. 1343.77 euros as on 1 January 2010.

9. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

10. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

11. Attested copy of the academic certificates.

Au pair student

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit from the applicant.

5. Placement agreement stamped by the Regional Directorate for Companies, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi - DIRECCTE).

6. Admission or pre-admission letter from an academic institution.

7. Supporting documents of educational qualifications (degrees, grade/mark sheets, etc.).

8. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

9. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

10. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here

11. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Domestic staff accompanying French or foreign employer

(N.B.: This visa permits its holder to travel but not work in other Schengen Area States.)
1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. CERFA form n° 15187 stamped by the Regional Directorate for Companies, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi - DIRECCTE). The employer must apply for this in advance.

5. An undertaking from the employer to the effect that they will bear all the expenses of the employee’s stay.

6. An affidavit from the employer certifying that they will pay all employer social security contributions to the URSSAF.

7. Copy of travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in India.
- List of approved insurance companies for visa applicants in Nepal.

8. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

9. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

10. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Shorty stay, temporary work permit (employees and artistes)

This visa concerns applicants who will stay in France for no more than 90 days for carrying out a paid profession and paid or unpaid entertainers.

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any. Those travelling on an “IDENTITY CERTIFICATE” must ensure that this document bears the authorisations for leaving and coming back to India, and that it is accompanied by the “Green Booklet” (Tibetan holders).

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 2 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Signed letter of introduction stating purpose of visit from applicant. If applicable, the letter on company/organisation letterhead paper, signed by competent authority.

5. Copy of confirmed round trip air tickets.

6. Documents and permits necessary for carrying out a professional activity: e.g. a work contract stamped by the Regional Directorate for Companies, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi - DIRECCTE) or a contract stamped by a Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC).

7. Third country nationals residing in India and Nepal must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

8. Photocopies of Schengen, American, British visas issued over the past two years.

Please note:

A work permit for France does not entitle its holder to work in another Schengen State.

An entertainer visiting France for professional contacts is not required to submit a contract. In such cases they must apply as “Business visitors”.

The visa issued covers the duration of the work contract, but may have an additional 15 days. To stay longer than specified in the terms of the contract, the applicant must add the relevant documents for the sections “tourism”, “visiting friends”, business visitor”, etc., depending on the reason for extending their stay.

- For child entertainers: Apart from the documents and permits required for carrying out a professional activity (e.g. a work contract stamped by the Regional Directorate for Companies, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment - DIRECCTE), an entertainer aged less than 16 years must submit a permit issued by the Child Entertainers Board (Commission des enfants du spectacle) of the competent Sanitation and Social Affairs Directorate (DASS), which the show organiser must apply for. Labour laws (Articles L3163-1 and 3163-2) prohibit children from working at night (8.00 pm to 6.00 am for 16 year-olds, and 10.00pm to 6.00 am for those above 16 and below 18 years of age). For night shows, the organiser must obtain prior exemption from the Labour Inspection authority.

- For unpaid foreign entertainers performing in a festival: Foreign entertainers, who are invited for a short stay on French territory by an organiser to perform as part of a festival or fair, are exempted from obtaining a temporary work permit (APT). This exceptional procedure applies solely to entertainers. To avail of this exemption, entertainers must submit an APT exemption certificate issued by DIRECCTE. If the entertainer cannot furnish this document, they will be required to produce an APT.

Last modified on 28/08/2015

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