Apply for a visa

Information about starting your application

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Step-by-step guide

Let us walk you through the process 

  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    Before booking an appointment, you are kindly invited to:

    Visit the official website FRANCE-VISAS

    First click on “1. Do you need a visa?” and, if you need it, get an indicative list of supporting documents and the amount of the visa fees to be paid

    Additional information are available under the tabs “General information” (which includes “Guidelines”), “Coming to France for…”, “Your arrival in France”, “FAQ” (on top of the Home page), or using the quick links at the bottom of the Homepage

    Travel medical insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries. If you have not purchased, click here

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    On the FRANCE-VISAS website, click on “2. Start your visa application”: create an account and answer the questions on-line (your visa application form will be automatically filled in and available for printing);

    At the end of the visa application form filling process, a list of supporting documents and the amount of visa fees will be displayed;

    Then you are invited to click on the France-Visas page to get the necessary information regarding appointments

  • Book an appointment

    For India: Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment.

    For Nepal: Choose a Visa Application centre and make an appointment.

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group. 

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    If payment online of the service fees is not available, you will have to pay the service fees, in addition of the visa fees, at the Visa Application Centre, at the time of your appointment.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at a Visa Application Centre in person, unless instructed otherwise.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update and an SMS when your passport has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. 

    You can also track your visa application status online from the France-Visas website (under “4. Track your application”):

    Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or optionally, have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

    For some Visa Application Centres, your documents will only be returned via courier. Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

On Demand Mobile Visa (For India)

We are pleased to offer you our new "On Demand Mobile Visa" to submit your visa application in your home or office.

Schedule an appointment and we will collect your visa application form, documents and biometric data at the place of your choice. Once the application is processed, we will return you the passport via courier.

To request this service call: +91 22 6786 6014

Our Mobile Biometric team will contact you once we receive your request.

Cost of this service:



1 to 5

94000 INR

6 to 10

140000 INR

11 to 20

224290 INR

21 to 30

280000 INR

31 and above

373578 INR

• Terms and conditions apply.

Please note: The option of using Mobile Biometrics Service does NOT exempt the Embassy's right to ask the applicants to come for an interview in person should the Embassy find it necessary.

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Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the Premium Services on offer.

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