Useful information to know before you apply

- Visa applications cannot be accepted if submitted more than three months before the date of the planned trip.

- To be accepted, the visa application form must be signed.

- The visa application is an administrative file. Only documents printed on a single side of a fresh sheet will be accepted. (Sheets with one side already printed with other matter will not be accepted.)

- The visa application must be submitted with all required documents. Submission of the listed documents does not guarantee a visa. Additional documents may be asked during the visa processing. All the documents must be translated in English or French. No documents will be returned, so please submit photocopies only (unless originals are specifically asked by the Visa Section or on the list of supporting documents). Visa information is subject to change without prior notice.

- The Visa Section does not entertain “Attestation d’accueil” (cerfa n° 10798*03) that are directly sent to it.

- From the 16th of June 2014, providing an hotel booking for a visa application is no longer required by the French authorities. However, Schengen visa applicants will still have to mention in the visa application form the exact address where they intend to live during their stay. For more information please refer to here

Moreover, every foreigner should be able to present the followings documents on arrival at a French border :

1. Proof of Residence in France :

a) for a touristic stay: valid hotel reservation (in case there is no hotel reservation, the passenger will have to provide means of subsistence higher than 120 Euros multiplied by each number of days and persons, children included, during their stay in the Schengen area, with the payment means specified in point 2) ;

b) for a professional stay: letter from the employer, invitation from a French or International Organization or from a Company,

c) for a private stay: “attestation d’accueil ” signed by the host who proposed to provide accommodation during the stay ; dates on the “Attestation d’Accueil” should match the one of your planned trip to France.

2. Proofs of the means of subsistence in France (cash money, traveller cheques, valid international credit card,…);

3. Return guaranty to the country of origin (Air ticket,…).

- Photos submitted with the application form must adhere to the prescribed format. Kindly check the photo specifications here.

- Before embarking on your trip in the Schengen Area, inform yourself about the countries you intend to visit. The French consular services cannot be held responsible for the lack of preparation in your trip.

- You have been issued a long-stay visa. On your arrival in France, you lose your passport in which the visa has been issued. Immediately contact the diplomatic and consular representation of the country whose nationality you hold. It is this representation’s duty to take care of you and will guide you in the formalities you will need to complete.

- Delays in processing short-stay visas:
In keeping with Article 23 of European Regulation (EC) N° 810/2009 of 13 July 2009, decisions on short-stay Schengen visa applications are usually given within 15 calendar days from their submission date. However, insofar as feasible, the Visa Section of the Embassy of France endeavours to issue the visas as swift as possible. If extra supporting documents are requested, decision will be postponed until the documents are received (you should use the services of AEG Travel services to forward extra documents)

- Characteristics of the Schengen “circulation” visa :

The Schengen circulation visa bears the label "CIRCULATION" on the visa sticker :

• It is valid for unlimited entries in the Schengen Area ;

• Its validity varies between one and five years ;

• It permits stays in the Schengen Area. The total duration of these stays may not exceed 90 days per 6 month-period.

Consequently, the circulation visa does not authorise its holder:

• to undertake a stay exceeding three months ;

• to make successive visits, the cumulated duration of which exceeds three months per period of six-month ;

• visits must be made during the validity period of the visa, which is mentioned on the sticker.

A circulation visa does not entitle its holder to submit a residence permit application in France and is limited by the validity period of the accompanying travel document (e.g. a five-year visa cannot be issued in a passport expiring in two years). Adequate supporting documents, including Schengen travel insurance, should be with the holder at any time during his successive trips to Schengen states.

- How to read a Schengen visa vignette/sticker.

- The French Embassy in Pakistan cannot, under any circumstances whatsoever, be held responsible for any incident that may occur during your trip to France and the Schengen Area.

- In this regard, it is recalled to travellers that the adoption of measures for border checks and surveillance at borders external to the European Union adhere to the aim of maintaining and developing a space of freedom, security and justice. Since the Treaty of Amsterdam, these issues come under the competence of the EU. Travellers should abide by these measures.

- You are therefore requested to respect the laws of each European State you visit. The traveller alone is responsible for ignorance of and failure to respect the law. The Schengen visa that has been issued to you is necessary but not sufficient to visit France. When you arrive at French immigrations, apart from your valid passport bearing a visa (except nationals qualifying for visa waiver) you should be in a position to produce the following documents:
1. Supporting documents for your stay in France (for touristic purpose: Attestation d’accueil, Hotel reservation, subscription to a package tour etc; For professional purpose: Invitation letter from French organisation, Attestation letter from employer )

2. Financial proof of subsistence in France (cash, traveller’s cheque, valid international credit card)

3. Guarantee of return to your country of origin (confirmed air ticket, etc)

- In application of decree n° 2008-1176 of 13 November 2008, visa applicants must submit their application in the country where they are permanent resident or explain in writing why they were not able to do so.

If you are on a brief trip in or transiting through Pakistan;
If you are domiciled in Pakistan, but habitually live abroad;
If you are a Pakistani national but reside abroad;
The same decree is applicable to you.

- Foreigners living in Pakistan must show their “Non-Tourist Visa”.

Your visa application must be submitted to the French consular representation under which your habitual residence falls.

Further, should you be residing illegally abroad, this will not be accepted as an argument for the French consular services in Pakistan to process your application.

- Obligation to take in insurance policy compliant with European Union regulations:
Nationals from a third State to the European Union, European Economic Area, or from Switzerland, irrespective of whether they require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, must mandatorily take a 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. You must mandatorily contract an insurance policy that fulfils the abovementioned criteria prior to your departure.

- Recourse if your Schengen visa application is rejected:
If your short-stay Schengen visa application is rejected, you will receive a written reply on the reasons guiding such decision with the ways of appeal.

Reminder: A Schengen visa does not authorise you to enter a French overseas department or autonomous territory.

What is the Schengen Area?

Thelist of the 22 Member countries of the European Union who are signatories to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Please see the Schengen Area Map.

Reminder: Foreigners with nationalities that either mandatorily require them to obtain short-stay visas or are exempt from this requirement may not stay on Schengen territory for more than 90 days per semester with effect from their date of first entry in the Schengen Area.

- Main legal texts
The procedures for the examination of applications and issuance of visas are governed by various European and national texts. Certain specific visas are also governed by bilateral agreements or specific codes.
The main references are:

European Union law

Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement

Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas

94/795/JHA - Council Decision of 30 November 1994: travel facilities for school pupils from third countries resident in a Member State

Community Code on Visas

French law

Law on the entry and stay of foreigners and right to asylem-CESEDA (Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile)

Law of 22 August 2001 on the creation of a digitised personal information processing system for the issuance of visas in diplomatic and consular posts

It would be useful for applicants of a long-stay visa for the purposes of carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production or a long-stay visa – skilled worker residence permit to refer to the French commercial code (Code français du Commerce).

Visa applicants under the “salaried workers” category may consult the French labour code (Code du travail).

Dernière modification : 10/12/2014

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