The France Business VISA is a short stay VISA that permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as;
- Attending meetings or conferences.
- Conducting or attending training.
- Conducting internal audits.
- Installing equipment or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate or branch office.
An authorization to enter France and stay for a period up to 90 days within a six-month period, as permitted.
France Business VISA
The application Procedures for the France Business VISA is not really hard, if you pay very good attention to the steps below, you will get your VISA successfully;
- Complete the French Business VISA Application Form: There are two kinds of form you need to fill; The Online form at the French VISA Portal and, the Schengen VISA application form, which is the same for all purposes of entry and all Schengen Countries. Have it in mind that the information you give in this form must comply with that in the other documents, otherwise, your application most probably will be rejected. Remember to print it twice, and sign both copies at the end.
- Collect the France Business VISA Required Documents: The following documents are needed; Completed French Business VISA Application Form.
- Two passport-style photos in accordance with the Schengen requirements. They must be no older than three months.
- Your valid passport; It must be valid for a minimum of 3 months after the end of your planned stay in France. The passport must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to put the VISA sticker on it.
- Copies of older VISAs; If you have ever held any VISA to any Country in the World, submit copies of those VISAs.
- Travel Health Insurance for your entire stay in France; It should cover not only France but also the whole territory of Schengen with a minimum of €30,000.
- Complete Travel Itinerary; A list of the things that you are planning to do while in France, including details about how you are planning to reach France. Attach supporting documents as a Round Trip flight, a railroad booking or a document of a booked organized tour (where transportation is included)
- Proof of financial means; The French Authorities want to know how you will be financing yourself while in France. That is why you should submit the following documents that apply to your situation, as a part of this requirement:
- Recent Bank statements.
- Employment contract stating your salary, if you will be working in France.
- Income from rented property.
- Retirement benefit plan.
- A letter of declaration from a sponsor stating the readiness to cover your costs for the period of stay, accompanied by documents that confirm possession of money of such sponsor (i.e. bank statements of last 3 months, other).
- Other documents that prove you have the means to support yourself for the whole duration of stay in France.
- Proof of Accommodation in France. Another very important document that you need to submit is proof where you will be staying in France. According to the purpose of your trip, at least one of the following should be submitted:
- Hotel or Hostel reservations.
- Certificate of reception “Attestation d’accueil” stamped by the city hall (for private visits)
- Rental contract – “Bail de location” in France if you will be staying in a rented place.
- Certificate of criminal record from the Home Country– showing that candidate has no open crime case involvement.
- Proof of paid VISA fee.
- Invitation letter from the French Company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit.
- A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel describing precisely the activity, the motive, the duration and the place of your meeting, seminar or conference.
- Proof of previous trade relations between the two Companies, if applicable.
- Business Bank statement for the latest 6 months.
- Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter of invitation.
- Where appropriate, entry cards at fairs or congresses.
- Find Out Where You Need to Apply: After making sure that all your documents are set, you will have to Submit your application to any of the following:
- The French Embassy or Consulate in your Country of residence.
- A VISA-processing center in charge of VISA admission on behalf of French authorities, in your country of residence.
- One of the three authorities listed above, located in a neighboring country, to which French authorities in your home country have outsourced VISA processing.
- Book an appointment: After you have submitted your application, you will have to book an appointment with the French consulate. You have to make the appointment online at their website, or through a phone call. Make sure that the application date you book is at least two weeks before the intended date of your trip, and at most three months in advance.
- Attend the VISA Interview: Arrange your documents before your meeting with the Consular Officer, so you will not have a mess in your hands during the meeting. The interviewer will ask some questions regarding your trip to France, the purpose of travel etc. The interview only lasts less than 10 minutes.
- Pay the French Business VISA fee: The France Business VISA fee is €80. Yet, the nationals of a few countries and categories need to pay a lower fee of only €35.
The Validity of the France Business VISA depends on the French Embassy that processes your VISA, how long they want to let you stay in France.
You can remain in France for three months, for a period of half a year. You can also get a single-entry VISA, or a multiple entry VISA, which permits you to return to visit France more than once, within the number of permitted days of stay.