FRANCE SCHENGEN VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • VALID ITINERARY
    The country of the UK based Embassy that issued the visa Must be the Main Destination – this is defined as the first country entered where the most nights in total are spent on the initial trip taken on the visa.
  • VALID PASSPORT
    The passport must be less than 10 years old. It must be in good condition and have at least two blank specific ‘Visa Pages‘ – Some country’s embassy’s can, on request, formally assign non visa pages as visa pages if they have all been used.
    * The passport must also have at least three months remaining validity at the time of exiting from the Schengen region.

    • Old/expired passports must also be presented.
  • VALID UK RESIDENCE PERMIT / VISA
    The UK residence permit (Leave To Enter / Remain) must be formally fixed in the passport or in the form of the new BRP /  ICFN card (Biometric Residence Permit / ID Card for Foreign Nationals).
    * The outstanding remaining validity must also be at least three months at the time of exiting from the Schengen region
  • VISA APPLICATION FIT FOR PURPOSE
    See Visa Category Type >> Visa Type
  • SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION (Non EU Spouse Applications OR EU Spouse that is not travelling with their partner)

    • Impartial Letter Of Reference
    • Proof of accommodation
    • Proof of Ticket purchase
    • Proof of financial support throughout duration of trip
    • Proof of travel insurance policy cover

 

Schengen Visa Rejections and Refusals

Ten Most Common Reasons For Failed Schengen Visa Applications

  1. DAMAGED PASSPORT(S)
    – Where data page is compromised (peeling), torn / missing pages or cover etc..
  2. PASSPORT VALIDITY
    – Where passport is valid but more than 10 years old
    – Where passport does not have two spare blank VISA pages
    – Where less than 3 months validity remaining on return from proposed trip
    – Where Travel Document Booklet (Black/Blue)
  3. UK VISA / RESESIDENCE PERMIT VALIDITY
    – Where less than 3 months validity remaining on return from proposed trip
    – Where UK visa/residence permit  duration issued  is not more than six months
    – Where UK visa/permit endorsement is on an Immigration Status Document (paper sheet)
    – Where UK visa is a visitor visa ( eg. C-Visit )
  4. PROOF OF ITINERARY IN FRANCE OR SCHENGEN REGION
    – Where the visa issuing Embassy’s country is not the MAIN DESTINATION
    – Where accommodation booking confirmation does not show the name of the/each applicant
    – Where missing booking confirmation for EVERY night in Schengen region
    – Where ticket/transportation booking confirmation does not show the name of the/each applicant
    – Where missing tickets/proof of means of travel between destinations (countries or distant locations)
  5. LETTER OF REFERENCE
    – Where not on formal original letter headed paper that shows full address and contact details
    – Where not formally dated within three months of submission of application
    – Where not formally signed or stamped by the author of the letter
    – Where accountants letter not supplied for applicants that are Self-Employed or directors of own company
  6. PROOF OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT
    – Where insufficient funds shown in current account statement balance
    – Where current account statement is more than one month old at time of application submission
    – Where credit card statement supplied instead of current account statement
    – Where travellers cheques do not bare the applicant’s name
  7. MARRIGE / BIRTH CERTIFICATE
    – Where non English language certificate not supplied with valid translation
    – Where translation not endorsed by UK based embassy of the original certificate or Ministry of Interior
    – Where not all parties names exactly match the names on the supplied passports
    – Where the certificate is deemed to be a religious document (rather than civil); subjective decision
  8. MINORS:
    – Where under 18yrs applicant missing written consent and passports from BOTH biological parents
    – Where FULL birth certificate (showing father and mother) not supplied
    – Where single parent applicant fails to present legal sole custody order for child
    – Where EU Spouse application fails to present legal adoption papers for non-biological child
  9. TRAVEL INSURANCE:
    – Where policy dates have not covered the full duration of the trip
    – Where France is the only country that the policy covers
    - Where the policy cover is less than £30,000
    – Where the policy documentation does not mention repatriation
    – Where banks’ insurance but no current bank statement supplied of the respective bank to validate the policy
  10. SCHENGEN VISA CONDITIONS
    – Where passport already holds an active Schengen visa ( defined by validity dates )
    – Where conditions have been breached by way of previous misuse such as overstaying on a Schengen visa or not treating the issuing Embassy’s country as the main destination on the initial trip taken on the visa

 

The above information is subject to change and meant for guidance only