Visa processing time

As a rule, applications should be submitted at least two to three weeks before departure date.

However, no application will be accepted earlier than three months before departure.

1. Schengen short stay visa (90 days and less)

Average processing time for visa applicants holding a passport issued by China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand who apply with all required documents is usually around 5 to 7 working days from the time the application is lodged.

For the following nationalities, count between 15 to 20 days on condition the file is complete :

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Korea, North
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Refugee Travel Document
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Surinam
  • Syria
  • Vietnam
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

2. Long stay France visa (more than 90 days)

Scientists, students, spouses of French or European, Professionals: count 15 to 20 days (up to 2 months)

3. French Overseas territories and collectivities:

For short stays - count 5 working days to 3 weeks
For long stays - subject to the overseas decision. Can take up to 2 months

Latest modification 02/08/2017

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