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Application Procedure

British citizens are exempted from visas for short stay visits to the Schengen area (up to 90 days in any 180 days period) but will require a visa if staying more than 90 days in France.

To clearly define the scope of your travel purpose, please click on "Coming to France for..." Section of France Visas portal, or use visa wizard to check document list.

France must be your main travel destination.

Please follow these steps in order to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa or a long-stay visa.

How to create
your TLScontact account

Read the different steps below
to correctly submit your visa application at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre.


Step 1: Complete The France-Visas Form

Create an account on the France-Visas website by entering your personal email address and a password.

Please note that the France-Visas form should be completed and printed prior to booking an appointment. As soon as your form is validated your application form will be sent to your email address. The form must be signed by the applicant in person.

If you are uncertain about the category of travel purpose to choose, please read first "Coming to France for..." section in the menu bar on top of France Visas portal.

For tourism/private visit, click here.

For professional purpose, click here.

For studies or training, click here.

For family purpose, click here.


Step 2: Check Your Document List

After completing online registration on France Visas Portal, you will be able to download application form and the receipt (list of documents).

Please choose the correct travel purpose and prepare carefully the supporting documents based on your travel purpose.

You may use Visa Wizard tool to have a quick check of travel purpose and corresponding document list.


Step 3: Create Your TLScontact Account

In order to book an appointment at one visa centre and track your visa application process, please create your personal user account, and activate your account by clicking the provided link in the email sent to you.


Step 4: Input Your Data

Log in to your account, fill in the requested personal data. If you are a member of a group of people applying for a visa together, please fill in the data of those accompanying you too. Submit the group when you finish.


Step 5: Make An Appointment

Choose a date and time of your convenience to submit your application at our Visa Application Centre. Do not forget to print out your notification as it will be required at our welcome area.

Note: The service fee payment will be "online".

The visa fee has to be paid in GBP by debit or credit card (American Express cards are not accepted) in TLScontact Visa Centres.


Step 6: Application Submission

Please arrive on time for your appointment with the appointment confirmation letter. If you are late or you fail to attend your appointment, you will be required to make a new appointment.

  • An extensive range of Added Value Services is available to facilitate your application submission process;
  • Your application and supporting documents will be checked for completeness according to the requirements of the Consular Authority and your biometric data will be captured;
  • The visa and service fees are paid in the Visa Application Centre. Following completion of these steps, your application is transferred to the Consular Authority for decision making.

Biometric exemptions:

  • Children under 12 years old;
  • Applicants who have already obtained a Visa with the mention (VIS) during the last 59 months.

Important: If “VIS 0” is written on the last Schengen visa sticker, this means that only your alphanumeric data and photograph have been collected, but not your fingerprints. You are therefore required to appear in person to submit your biometric data.

You can track your application at any time by logging in your personal account.


Step 7: Visa Processing 

Your application will be processed by the Consulate General of France in London. TLScontact does not make any decision related to your visa application.

The Consular Authority may ask for more information or additional document. If this happens, you will be contacted by email or phone with detailed instructions.

Important notice: You can track your application anytime by visiting your personal account on our website.


Step 8: Passport collection

After the Consulate General of France in London has made a decision on your visa application, your passport will be returned first to London Visa Centre. Passports of applicants who have applied in Edinburgh/Manchester centre will still need to be transferred from London centre. You will be notified by automated email as soon as your passport is ready for collection.

You can collect your passport in person or by a representative.

Collection in person with:

  • Your Application Checklist;
  • Your Original Photographic ID;
  • Copy of Your Photographic ID.

Collection by representative with:

  • Your Application Checklist;
  • Copy of Your Photographic ID;
  • Representative’s Original Photographic ID;
  • Copy of Representative’s Photographic ID;
  • Letter of authorization signed by you (clearly stating the representative’s details);

  • To pick up a passport belonging to a minor applicant under 18 years old, a written authorization and a photocopy of the ID card from either a parent or legal guardian, as well as a copy of the birth certificate of the child are required as well.

If you have chosen Express Courier Return Service, your passport will be sent to the address chosen during the submission. This service is suspended for the moment.