Business Visa For France From India

Are you an Indian citizen who is interested in doing business in France? There is good news, like most countries that are members of the Schengen area, France also operates within a visa waiver program for short visits. If you are planning to stay for no more than 3 months, you can go to France without applying for a special visa and stay there as long as your passport is valid. To get a Schengen visa (for short visits), there are two requirements that should be considered: 

A business visa for France is required for those holding a passport from any of the following countries: Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Ecuador, Hong Kong, Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Lithuania, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru. The most common form of business visa is a Schengen Business Visa.

Who Needs a France Business Visa?

Every national of a third country that has not yet reached a visa-free regime with the Schengen states, must apply for a France visa for business purposes.

Nationals of the following, are exempt from a visa to travel to France for business purposes.

Additionally, the nationals of a few more countries can be visa-exempt on several occasions, as when traveling with a diplomatic passport.

How to Apply for a French Business Visa?

Applying for a France business visa means completing several procedures, which are slightly different from the application procedures for other French visas.

Though at first the application process for a France short-stay business visa may seem like a lot of work to do, in particular, if this is your first time applying, if you pay attention you will notice that it is not as hard.

You just need to follow these procedures in the given order and make sure the requirements meet the criteria set by French authorities.

Below, find each step of the application process for a France business visa explained:

Complete the French Business Visa Application Form

To apply for a French visa for business purposes you will need to complete two forms:

  • The online form at the French visa portal.
  • The Schengen visa application form, which is the same for all purposes of entry and all Schengen countries.

First, complete the form at the French visa portal. Give all the required information correctly, and then at the end, you will receive a list of the documents required for the application. This includes the Schengen visa application form.

You can find this form at the visa portal of France, or ask the French embassy in your country of residence to provide you with one. Complete this form on your computer, print it, and then sign it at the end.

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