Before coming to France: applying for a visa
Depending on your situation, a visa may be required for entering France. Applying for a visa takes time, so we strongly advise you to anticipate the process. To find out what type of visa you need, you can use the online tool France-Visas.
For stays of up to 90 days: the “Schengen” short-stay visa
This visa is for stays of up to a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period. It should be noted that certain nationals are exempt from the short-stay visa requirement to enter the Schengen area, of which France is a member:
- Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra and San Marino
- Nationals of countries listed on the common Schengen list (Annex 2 of Regulation (EC) 2018/1806).
For stays longer than 90 days: the long-stay visa
This visa is for stays of more than 90 days, except for nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Holy See, who may stay in the European territory of France without a visa for longer than 90 days.
Upon arrival in France: the steps to be taken
When you have arrived in France, you will have to complete certain procedures depending on the type of visa you have been issued. Most of these can be done online, on the ANEF website (Administration Numérique pour les Etrangers en France – Digital Administration for Foreigners in France), which allows most of the residence permit procedures to be carried out electronically.