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Visitor Visa in France

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France is calling you! Are a non-EU citizen looking for a way to come to France longer than your tourist visa allows? There is an option for you — a visitor residence permit. This is essentially a long stay visitor visa. This visa allows holders to legally stay from 90 days to a year. (French Digital Nomad Visa? — it’s one of a few unofficial routes). 

Sound like a visa which might fit your circumstances? We have prepared this guide to help you understand how having a lawyer can help you.

Who is this visa type for?

A visitor visa is a good option for: 

  • Foreign spouses of French citizens
  • Foreign students studying in France
  • Overseas workers, trainees and temporary workers
  • Tourists with sufficient financial means to support themselves

What you need to apply

  • You must apply in advance, regardless of your nationality for the long stay visa. This can be done through your local French Embassy or Consulate.
  • You are unable to take up employment within France on a visitor residency permit status, and you must show you have the economic means to stay. 
  • Documentation showing your source of income or financial support is a must. General rules are set for proof of sufficient financial means. The issue is, each French Consulate may establish particular requirements on how to present bank documents.
  • Depending on your corresponding Consulate you may need to request an appointment to present your application. 
  • After your application has been approved, you’ll be able to go to France. Upon arrival you’ll need to obtain your visitor residence permit card. 

Consider having a Lawyer help with your visit visa

To procure a visitor residence permit, it’s wise to have a lawyer by your side through the visa process.

Someone with knowledge to guide you through every step of the visa application process. The visitor visa requires certain diligence’s to get. Guidance and assistance of a lawyer will make the process much more manageable.  Here’s why….

We recommend that you start your procedure with a specialist lawyer to advise you and facilitate the procedure.

Navigating issues with consulates

There is a high volume of applicants trying to get French visitor residence permits from many different countries. Unfortunately, on many occasions different consulates do not perform the procedures correctly or don’t adequately value the documentation accompanying your application. A lawyer will ensure your rights are respected.

Many Consulate requirements and procedures are not written either in the law or on the websites of the Consulates. Each Consulate may have additional requirements or may require compliance with a requirement in a specific or special way. Immigration lawyers are specialized in these types of applications and have experience dealing with different consulates.

Responses from Consulates

We know how burdensome it can be to get in contact with Consulates for status updates and other reasons. Consulates tend to prioritize inquiries from lawyers. Having a lawyer can avoid the headache of trying to get in touch with Consulates and save you time.

Guidance throughout the process of obtaining a visitor visa

It’s better to have someone by your side in these matters. For guidance on paperwork and communication with immigration authorities, and for support. Our lawyers help you from start to finish. Our specialist immigration lawyers will begin by assessing the viability of your case and whether you are able to fulfill the requirements established for the visitor residency permit regulations. To increase your chances of approval we prepare your application to be presented in the best possible way. We find out if administration has changed any criteria and if there are certain things you should take into consideration.

We’re available to answer questions and help in other matters even after you have residency status.

Lexidy is here to help

If you are interested in procuring a French visitor residence permit, or are trying to find which pathway to France is right for you — we are here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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