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Application Information

Document & Visa Types

You can submit your application at the French Visa Center or you can submit your visa application to the French Embassy or Consulate in China.

Please select the purpose of your trip to France using one of the following visa categories. Click on the items to download the required documents.

Please prepare
the documents below carefully.

CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Read the list of documents which need to be submitted with your visa application based on your travel purpose and prepare the documents carefully. Please always choose the correct travel purpose.

【Chengdu Consular 】Requested by the French Consulate in Chengdu:
1.If you provide additional documents not listed , please prepare related English or French translations;
2. Please use A4 letter for copies with complete and clear content.

Family, tourism, private or friend visit

Short stay (less than 90 days)


Long stay (more than 90 days)

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Professional purpose

Short stay (less than 90 days)


Long stay (more than 90 days)

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Relatives of citizens or spouses of EU member states

Visiting a relative who is a French citizen or French citizen’s spouse


Visiting a relative who is an E.U. citizen or the spouse of an E.U. citizen

You wish to go to France to visit one of your relatives who is a citizen of the European Union, European Economic Area or has Swiss nationality, or is the spouse of a citizen of the European Union, European Economic Area or has Swiss nationality.

This relative is either your spouse, your direct ascendant, your direct ascendant’s spouse or your child.

If your E.U. citizen relative is a student and is your child, you should apply for a normal Family visit visa.

If you are over 21 years old or financially independent from your E.U. citizen parents, you should apply for a normal Family visit visa.

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Study abroad

Student


Student Spouse

You wish to go to France for more than 90 days to visit your spouse or accompanying, who is either currently studying or will be studying in France.Please refer to the dedicated categories Visitor (more than 90 days) (Family, tourism, private or friend visit) or Long stay family reunion under OFII procedure.

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Other visa types

Marriage

You wish to go to France in order to marry a French citizen. You must provide the marriage license and certificate of non-impediment. Please check the required documents by clicking the link Document liste for visa marriage.

For applicants of Shanghai consular area, you may submit your application at TLScontact. Please register online first under the category of “Family, friend or private (less than 90 days)”.

Cultural and scholar exchange for individuals under the age of 18 years old (less than 90 days)

You are under 18 years old and wish to go to France for a cultural or scholar exchange program arranged between your local school and its French counterpart. You wish to go to France for a scholarly exchange (under 18 years old) and will stay no longer than 90 days. You must provide an invitation from the school in France mentionning the exchange. Please choose visa type “Family, friend or private (less than 90 days)”.

Seaman

  • Beijing/Guangzhou/Shenyang/Wuhan Consular area

    You are a seaman and you wish to go to France to board a ship.

    • If your stay does not exceed 5 days, you should apply for a transit visa.
    • If your stay exceeds 5 days, you should apply for a business visit. You must provide your seaman certificate.
  • Shanghai Consular area

    For applicants of Shanghai consular area, please contact first the inviting company in France. You may apply for your visa directly at the Consulate after the latter has received the E-mail from the inviting company. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00.

  • Chengdu Consular area

    For seamen who wish to go to France to board a ship, please follow short stay business visit to prepare documents and you must provide your seaman certificate.

Unpaid sporting or cultural activities (less than 90 days)

Tour leader ADS

Employees of accredited organizations and their family members

You are working for an organization accredited by the Consulate and you wish to go to France for a business trip. Moreover, your spouse and your children might accompany you during this trip. (N.B. If you are applying for a Long stay family reunion under OFII, please use the dedicated category below.)

Please check if your organization has been accredited by the Embassy or Consulate General of France where your organization is located.

Please contact the center in case that you need the document list of visa application.

If your organization has been accredited but the account for visa application hasn’t been created, please email us indicating the full name of your organization and contact information. TLScontact Visa Application Center will create a dedicated account for your organization.

Consular zone Email
Beijing comp.bjs2fr@tlscontact.com
Shanghai comp.sha2fr@tlscontact.com
Guangzhou comp.can2fr@tlscontact.com
Chengdu comp.cng2fr@tlscontact.com
Wuhan comp.wuh2fr@tlscontact.com
Shenyang comp.she2fr@tlscontact.com
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Long-term family reunion OFII

Long stay family reunion under OFII procedure

You wish to go to France for more than 90 days to visit a relative who is neither a French citizen nor a French citizen’s spouse, and you will follow the [OFII procedure]. Even if some required documents have been already provided to obtain the OFII form, they must be provided again for your visa application.

Kind reminder: This type requires the inviter to stay in France for more than 15 months, or you need to apply for long stay visitor.

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Transit
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French Overseas (DROM-CTOM)

DROM, French overseas “Départements” and “Régions” are: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion.

CTOM, French overseas territories are: French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia and its dependencies, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélémy and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

These territories are accessible by holding a Schengen visa - issued by a French consulate - whose current validity is between 6 months and 5 years. If not, you must apply for a specific visa.

  • For French Polynesia, Réunion, New Caledonia (Short-stay Tourist).
  • Special case of Polynesia, Reunion and New Caledonia: All Chinese tourists traveling through an approved agency are now exempt from visa for Reunion or French Polynesia or New Caledonia, for stays of up to 14 days. Please click here to view the list of accredited travel agencies. For more information, you can also check on website of French authorities.
  • For the other islands of DROM-CTOM the application method is the same as for other Schengen visa types.

You can click here for more information about DROM-CTOM.

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