Clergy and associated lay persons - long stay
These provisions apply to :
religious and lay persons invited by a religious organization : nuns within an order, novices, postulants ;
religious and lay persons invited by a diocese : bishops, priests, seminarians ;
pastors and parish assistants, theology students ;
a pastor’s spouse (officially married) and children ;
all lay persons associated with the life or the operation of a religious organization, a congregation or a parish, as well as those who are receiving internal civil training or who are going on a retreat or are undergoing spiritual training.
Each visa applicant must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas.
You can’t apply for a visa more than 3 months before the previous date of departure.
Documents to be provided (originals + one copy of all your originals)
Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 15 months after the beginning of the visa, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;
Proof of legal presence in Germany + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;
Engagement letter from the congregation you are coming from ;
Specific OFII form duly completed ;
Application fees (non-refundable) : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted). Spouse of a european citizen don’t pay the visa fees (provide marriage act and proof of european citizenship of the spouse).
Attention : The Consulate reserves the right to claim additional evidence.
Because of the processing time, we suggest you to join an envelopp in order to send it per registered post (envelopps from DHL, UPS, ... are not accepted) for the return of your passport at home in Germany.
If you don’t wish to let your passport at the visa section, you will have to come back another day to pick up your visa.
Please see the timeframes
Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.
Stay in Schengen-Area
In accordance with Article 21 § 2bis of the Schengen Convention, this type “D” visa allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period without any other visa.