Stay in Metropolitan France or DROM for more than 90 days for tourism or a simple visit

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Attention : Excepted citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, citizens of other countries who want to go to France as a visitor or a tourist must apply for a visitor visa before going to France.

The long-stay visitor visa, which constitutes a residency document, allows an extended stay in France for a period of more than 90 days.

Each visa applicant aged 12 years or more must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas to visitors or tourists.

This visa does not allow you to work in France.

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)

- 1 [*] long-stay visa application form duly completed and signed ;

- 1 [*] identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background ;

- Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 3 months after the end of the student’s proposed stay in France, 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) ;

- A letter in french outlining the reasons for your application ;

- Extract from the police record of countries where the applicant has resided during the past three years + photocopy ;

- Evidence of residence in France (land ownership title or contract of lease or a solemn undertaking from your host + copy of his ID + electric, telephone bill…) (original + 1 copy) ;

- Evidence of all financial resources available to the applicant during his stay in France, based on expenses of 1 000 € per month (3 last banking statements) (original + 1 photocopy) ;

- The document establishing the applicant’s social security coverage during his stay in France valid for the entire period of the visa. Please provide a copy of the contract and highlight the lines, where it’s mentioned that you are cover during your stay in France ;

- A solemn undertaking not to be employed during the stay ;

- Specific OFII form duly completed ;

For the accompanying family (originals + photocopies) :

- 1 [*] long-stay visa application form duly completed and signed ;

- 1 [*] identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background ;

- Original passport + photocopy of principal pagesfor each applicant. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 3 months after the beginning of the visa, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages ;

- Proof of legal presence in Germany + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;

- Marriage certificate of the spouse and/or birth certificates for the children ;

- For minors, proof of school attendance (registration or pre-registration) ;

- Specific OFII form duly completed ;

- Application fees (non-refundable) for each applicant : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted).

Attention : The Consulate reserves the right to claim additional evidence.

Timeframes

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

Make an appointment with the visa section

Note

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.

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Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.

Dernière modification : 20/01/2016

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