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Schengen Rules and Regulations

Schengen States
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland.

Schengen Common Visa rule
If you intend to visit only one Schengen country and if it is France, you must apply for a visa at French Consulate General, Lagos
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and your duration of stay remains longest in one particular country, you are requested to apply for visa at Embassy or Consulate of that particular Schengen country where you will stay for longer period.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and duration of stay in those countries are same, you are requested to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate to the first country you enter.

France Visa Categories

Short Stay
Non-Professionals:- Tourist/Family Visit/Friend Visit/Ordinary Transit.
Business
A- Airport Transit
Overseas French Territories

Long Stay
Studies
Family Stay / Private stay.
Employment
Marriage
Re- entry
Medical reasons

Note:  Long term and short term visa category applications are accepted at Lagos VFS Global centre.

Click here to download Long stay visa application form and print from our website.
Click here to download compulsory OFII form and print from our website.
Kindly download mandatory questionnaire for every application.

Required documents for all visa categories
To ensure your application is processed without any delay please include the following:

Complete and Signed visa application Form
All questions on the Visa application form must be correctly filled (where applicable);  **No field must be left unfilled
Three Clear copies of your current passport data page
Supporting documentation as per the relevant checklist
Receipt of Visa Application Fee and VFS Global service charges as applicable (To be collected at the bank implant in the visa application centre)

Applicants below the age of 18 years must provide the following documents:
  a copy of birth certificate;
  A consent letter from Parents
  Passport copy of the parent issuing letter of consent is to be provided, otherwise National identity card

Passport Requirements

In accordance with the European rule, please ensure that your passport must conform with the following conditions:

*Passport validity must have minimum of 6 months or more from the intended date of arrival in the Schengen territories and would require the minimum of 3 consecutive empty pages of a leaf in your passport.

*Passport Issued date must not be up to10 years at the time of submission

Applicants are requested to read the requisite documents carefully that needs to be submitted together with your visa application. Please make sure that you have all the documents indicated in the list, since decision could be delayed and deferred if one or several documents are missing.

Visa Application Processing Time

Please be informed that due to the Schengen Consultation process, the visa processing time is a minimum of 15 working days which begins after an applicant had taken biometrics at VFS Global.
Please note that VFS Global work is primarily administrative in nature; we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa, as this is entirely the prerogative of the French Consulate.

The collection timing is 11.00 - 16.00 (Monday-Friday except holidays).

Applicants’ need to bring their receipt that was issued to them at the time of submission of visa application

For collecting a passport on behalf, a prescribed authority letter (As Given) to be produced at VFS Global France Visa Application Centre. The print can be taken of this letter after being downloaded , fill and bring to VFS Global for endorsement.
Please be informed, VFS Global can refuse to handover the passport to a representative if the authority letter is not produced as per the prescribed format.