How long does it take to get a visa?

Partner companies like TLScontact in the UK and VFS Global in the US state that waiting times can vary due to the time of application. Applications for a visa need to be made within 90 days of the scheduled date of your trip. However, it is best to apply sooner rather than later during this period.

How long does a long-term visa last?

A visa for an extended stay is called a visa de long-séjour temporaire (VLS-T) and is usually issued for four to six months (occasionally for longer). Unlike an ordinary long-term visa, which typically lasts for a year or two months before it has to be renewed by applying for a residency card, the VLS-T cannot be renewed.

When should I apply for a visa?

Applications for a visa need to be made within 90 days of the scheduled date of your trip. However, it is best to apply sooner rather than later during this period. During peak season, VFS Global recommends starting your application process at least two months before your planned departure date.

What is a French long stay visa?

Information about France long stay visas and their types. Known as French national visas or “D visas”, France long-stay visas are issued to foreigners who wish to enter and stay in French territory for more than three months and up to 1 year. There are different types of the French long-stay visas, depending on one’s purpose of entry.