France is one of the largest countries in Europe and it is bordered by six countries. The country offers near-perfect beauty, so there is no surprise that it is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, particularly its capital – Paris.
Although French is the official language, English is the most commonly spoken immigrant language in France. So if you plan on traveling there and don’t understand French, there is no need to worry as you’ll see a lot of English-speaking people.
What is a France Visa?
You must apply for a France visitor visa if you are a Nigerian or non-Nigerian national who does not have European citizenship or citizenship of Japan, Honduras, or any of the nations that enjoy visa waivers. It’s also known as a France Schengen visit visa or a type C France Schengen visa.
France Visa is the authorization required to go to France on a short-term or long-term basis. You can visit France for up to three months or more after receiving this visa which is a standard sticker that is stamped on the passport once it has been approved.
It demonstrates that you may be permitted access into Napoleon’s country, where the greatest wines are produced. The France visitor visa permits you to visit France for family and friends, as well as for business and pleasure (tourism). You must have an inviting host in France when applying for a France visitor visa from Nigeria.
Long-term visas, also known as France Schengen visa type D, are for extended stays and it include Family Stay/Private Stay Visa, Student/Training Period/Education Visa, Re-Entry Visa, Marriage Visa, and Employment Visa.
But before getting a visa to travel to France from Nigeria, it’s important to know that there are some requirements to meet, because if you fail to meet one of these requirements, the visa might not be approved.
Visa Requirements for France
- A valid Nigerian passport (valid for at least 6 months) is required.
- Form for applying for a France visa that is completely filled out and signed.
- A letter of invitation from sponsor
- Official letter from the employer to the France Consulate, accompanied by evidence of wages (for employment visa applicants)
- A genuine letter from the applicant’s institution to the France Consulate confirming the applicant’s status/attendance and course duration.
- A copy of the applicant’s hotel reservation confirmation
- Copies of the applicant’s printed bank statement for the past three months
- Fee for a visa application.
- Travel visa Insurance
- Accommodation proof
- Applicants who are under the age of 18 must submit the following documents:
- a certified copy of your birth certificate
- Parents’ Letter of Consent
- a copy of the parent’s passport. Otherwise, a letter of approval or a national identity card must be presented
- The Short stay and Long-stay visas are the two main categories of visas available in France. The short visa is valid for three months, while the long-stay is defined as a stay of more than three months.
Types of France Visas
There are numerous sorts of France (Schengen) visas, which can be classified based on the reasons for travel and the length of stay.
The categories of France (Schengen) visas listed below are based on the reasons or purposes of travel.
Airport Transit Visa
The airport transit visa is provided to passengers who will travel on another flight from the same airport after making a stop in France. You are not permitted to leave the airport during the waiting period.
A transit visa is provided to those who are traveling from one nation to another and will be passing through the Republic of France. Most transit visas should not last longer than five days.
Family Friend Visit Visa
Persons visiting friends or family in France are granted a Family Friend Visit Visa which is only valid for 30 days. Applicants for this visa need to produce invitation letters from their sponsors in France before they can be granted approval.
People who wish to attend or conduct business activities, seminars, symposiums, trade fairs, or training in France must get a France business visa.
France Visa Fees In Nigeria
The cost of the France visa in Nigeria varies, and it majorly depends on the type of visa you want to apply for and age.
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If you apply through the VFS, you’ll pay a service fee of ₦5,625 with VAT included.
These fees are computed based on the current exchange rate. It’s subject to change.
Where Can I Get A France Visa?
The address and location of the French Embassy in Nigeria are listed below.
Embassy of France in Abuja
Off Aso Drive, at 37, Udi Hills Street. Abuja – Maitama
Email: Cad.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +234-0805 949 97 86, +234-0803 958 75 47
Visa Application Center in Lagos, France
Lekki-Epe Expressway, Block 94, Plot 23, Providence Street. Lagos, Lekki Scheme 1
How to Apply for a Visa in France
Make Your Documents Ready
Collect all of the above-mentioned requirements, including an hotel reservation and contact information of your sponsor because you’ll need this information when filling out the online application form.
Complete the online form
Create an account on the website and fill out the application form. Then print and save the completed application as well as the document checklist.
Send in your application
The visa application documents are collected by a third-party company on behalf of the French Embassy. The Visa Application Centre is run by VFS Global Limited. So go to VFS, fill and submit your application.
Pick up your passport.
When your passport is ready for pickup, VFS will send you a message. You can also keep track of your application from the minute you submit it using their online tracker.
NOTE: At the visa application center, applicants must submit a fully filled questionnaire. Applications can be received up to 10 weeks prior to the anticipated departure date. However, the application must be submitted at least three weeks before to the applicant’s anticipated trip date, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., except designated public holidays.
France Visa Processing Time
Visa processing dates in France might take up to three weeks in most cases.
France is one of those countries that once you’ve been, you’ll never want to leave. This Schengen country is .packed with fascinating activities. You can have it all, from culture and well-known sites to great food and a plethora of bars.
When applying for a France visa in Nigeria, make sure to submit your application at least four weeks prior to your intended departure date. Additionally, you cannot apply if your trip is more than 10 weeks away.