Visas (English version) [fi]

Do you need a visa ?

Every foreign national who intends to go to France has to be able to present at the border ones documents to prove the purpose of ones stay, the financial means to live and the accommodation.

In some cases, a visa is required. It has to be requested to the consular department of the French Embassy in Helsinki before leaving. It will be issued according to the nationality of the applicant, the length and the purpose of ones stay or ones settlement in France.

Address and opening hours of the visa section :

Ambassade de France
Itäinen Puistotie 13 (entry at Oikotie)
00140 Helsinki
Tél. 09/618 78 326 Fax 09/ 618 78 359
e-mail : consulat.helsinki-amba(@)diplomatie.gouv.fr

The consular section is open to public from monday to friday (except public holidays), from 9 to 12.15. We recommend to fix an appointment.

In case of a visa application, please call 9 618 78 326 for an appointment.
  • Nationality

The nationals of the following states do not need a visa to go to France :
- European Union,
- European Economic Area (European Union + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein),
- Switzerland.

They can freely travel and live in France with their passport or ID card.

Thanks to bilateral agreements between France and certain countries, a visa to go to France is not required for the nationals of those countries.

In order to know if you need a visa, check the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The non-EU nationals living in Finland with a valid Schengen visa or a valid Finnish residence permit are allowed to go to metropolitan France for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period, as long as they bring along their passport.

  • Warning

Holding a Schengen visa does not allow its holder to go to the French overseas departments (DOM)* or overseas territories (TOM)*. The visas for these destinations are national visas.

Please note that the holders of a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen state are allowed to enter the French overseas territories for a maximum of tree months.

* Overseas departments : Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Réunion ;

* Overseas territories : Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Mayotte, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Terres Australes et Antarctiques françaises, New Caledonia.

For an up to 3 months stay, the holder of a Schengen visa has to apply to the consular department for a visa, specific to the DOM or TOM ones travels.

For a more than 3 months stay, a long stay visa is required.

A visa only valid for a DOM or TOM does not allow going to metropolitan France.

  • Purpose, length of the stay or settlement in France

For how long and which purpose(s) do you intend to apply for a visa ?

Short stay visa (maximum 90 days in any 180-day period) :

- for a transit in the airport international area or out of the international area,
- for a family or private visit, professional purposes, touring or studying in metropolitan France as well as the DOM or TOM,
- for a professional or tourist visit in Burkina Faso, Togo, Central African Republic,
- on diplomatic or service passports.

Long stay visa (more than 3 months), for metropolitan France, the DOM or TOM :

- for touring, a family or private visit,
- for studying,
- for an internship,
- for a professional activity,
- for the foreign spouse of a French national or European Union citizen,
- for minors to study,
- for scientists.

NB

• Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa. These are processing fees for the application for the visa and imply in no means the automatic issue of a visa.

No refund will be made in case of visa refusal.

• It is recommended to submit the visa application for the visa 2 months before the expected issue.

The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Long stay visas

The long stay visa allows its holder to stay, for a more than 3 months period, in metropolitan France, the DOM or TOM or New Caledonia.

The procedure leading to the issue of a long stay visa for metropolitan France, the DOM or TOM varies according to the purposes of the stay or the settlement.

Purposes :
- for touring, a family or private visit,
- for studying,
- for an internship,
- for a professional activity,
- for the foreign spouse of a French national or European Union citizen,
- for minors to study,
- for scientists.

• Processing fees : see below. Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

NB

• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the French immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France.

The long stay visa for studying

The long stay visa to study allows students over 18 to go to France to follow courses or a training of a general or professional nature, in a school or a university… for a period over 3 months.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the French immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France.

The application for a visa to study has to be submitted to the consular department.

The procedure is the following :
- submission of the visa application to the consular department by the applicant,
- payment of the processing fees,
- processing of the application by the consular department,
- issue or visa refusal.

• Processing fees : see below. Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

Required relevant documents
The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The following documents have to be provided by the applicant, originals and photocopies :

- an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

PDF - 33.4 ko
long stay visa application form - english
(PDF - 33.4 ko)

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black.

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OFII
(PDF - 550.7 ko)

- an identity photograph,
- a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,
- a valid residence permit in Finland,
- admission letter or proof of registration in a French school/university
- copy of your last diploma and current transcript of records
- a proof of financial resources (615€/month minimum) :

  • either a certificate of a grant from the French government, foreign governments, international organizations or a certificate delivered to the beneficiaries of European Union programs,
  • or either 3 last bank statements or prise en charge for the period of the studies by a provider in France,

For a prise en charge by a provider in France, join a copy of a proof of its identity (ID card, passport, proof of resident status in France) and a proof of financial resources (payslips of the last 3 months and the last income tax notice).

NB

• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
• A proof of medical coverage will be requested in France, when applying for a residence permit.
The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

The long stay visa for the foreign spouse of a French national or European Union citizen

1 - Foreign spouse of a French national

The long stay visa allows the foreign spouse of a French national residing in Finland to settle in France, provided that the former is accompanied by or is rejoining the latter.

From the 1st of June 2009, a long stay visa is valid for one year and considered as a resident permit. This means that you have to contact the French immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) of your location within the 3 months after arriving in France.
• Processing fees (see below). Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting in the application for the visa.
Required relevant documents
The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

- an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,

PDF - 33.4 ko
long stay visa application form - english
(PDF - 33.4 ko)

- an application form from the french immigration office (Office français d’immigration et d’intégration - OFII) duly filled out in black.

PDF - 550.7 ko
OFII
(PDF - 550.7 ko)

- an identity photograph,
- a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,
- a valid residence permit in Finland,
- recent copy of the French marriage certificate (copie intégrale de l’acte de mariage) along with the Livret de famille (French family record book),
- recent copy of the French spouse’s birth certificate (copie intégrale de l’acte de naissance)
- a proof of the nationality of the French spouse : ID card, certificate of French nationality or decree of French naturalization.

NB

• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.
• The spouses of French nationals get as of right, from their marriage, a residence permit in France (articles L 313-1 et 12 of the Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile). They get a residence permit for 10 years as of right after 1 year of marriage (article L 314-11 8° of the Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile). The couple should not have lived life together does not have to have ceased to get one or the other of these residence permits.

2 - Foreign spouse of a European Union citizen

The long stay visa allows the foreign spouse of a national from the European Economic Area residing in Finland or in a member state of the EEA, to settle in France, provided that the former is accompanied by or is rejoining the latter.

• Processing fees (see below). Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

- an application form for a long stay visa, duly filled out in black and signed,
- an identity photograph,
- a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,
- a valid residence permit in Finland,
- a proof of the marriage : livret de famille (family record book) or complete copy of the marriage certificate,
- a proof of the nationality of the spouse, national from the EEA : ID card or passport.

NB

• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
• The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Short stay visas for African countries represented by France

Having no diplomatic and consular representation in Finland, Burkina Faso, Togo and Central African Republic are represented by France. Visas issued for these countries are only valid for the respective country.

The consular department only issues visas for a period not exceeding 30 days. These can then be extended by the immigration central service in the respective country before the validity of the visa expires.

These short stay visas do not allow having a salaried activity in the African countries represented or an activity subordinated to its approval beforehand.

If the applicant for the visa goes to any of the represented African countries to have such an activity, one is invited to contact the relevant diplomatic or consular representation.

• Processing fees (see below). Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

Required relevant documents
The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :
- an application form for a short stay visa (Schengen visa), duly filled out in black and signed (on the form Schengen = the African country you are applying the visa for),
- an identity photograph,
- a passport, valid 3 months after the end of the stay,
- a valid residence permit in Finland,
- a proof of the purpose of the stay and the lodging during this one : attestation of accommodation (for family or private visits), hotel reservation, invitation from a company…,
- a proof of financial resources, testifying to sufficient financial means to cover the cost of the stay : 3 last bank statements,
- a medical coverage and travel insurance, covering the medical care and repatriation expenses, for the period and the place of stay,
- a guarantee of return

Short stay visas

The holder of a Schengen visa can stay in the Schengen Space in maximum 90 days in any 180-day period.

It is issued :
- for a family or private visit,
- for touring,
- for studying,
- for professional purposes.

A specific visa is required for the DOM or TOM, even if one holds a short stay visa for France.

Please note that the holders of a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen state are allowed to enter the French overseas territories for a maximum of tree months.
• Processing fees (see below). Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

Required relevant documents
The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :
- an application form for a short stay visa (Schengen visa), duly filled out in black and signed,
- an identity photograph,
- a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,
- a proof of the purpose of the stay and a proof of accommodation during this one : attestation of accommodation (for family or private visits), hotel reservation, invitation from a company…,
- a proof of financial resources testifying to sufficient means to cover the cost of the stay : 3 last bank statements,
- a proof of medical coverage and travel insurance, covering medical and repatriation expenses for the period and place of stay,
- a guarantee of return

NB

• For a family or private visit, the attestation of accommodation has to be filled out and stamped by the city hall of the lodging place. It leads to the collection of a tax of 30 € for the Agence Nationale pour l’Accueil des Etrangers et des Migrations (ANAEM).
• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
• The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Changes to the Schengen border code, new requirements entering into force on the 19th of July 2013. :

For short stays in the Schengen-area States, all third country nationals seeking to enter the Schengen area, must hold a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the date of their intended departure. The passport must also not be issued more than 10 years prior.

Transit or airport transit visas

Transit visas are applied by non-EU nationals, who travel from a non-Schengen state to another non-Schengen state, through France or several Schengen states.
The airport transit visa allows its holder to reach the international area of an airport but does not allow one to leave it. This visa is only valid for France.
The transit visa, which can only be issued for a maximum validity of 6 months, allows its holder to leave the international area of the airport and to enter the Schengen Space, for a limited period of 5 days per transit.

• Processing fees (see below). Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

Required relevant documents
The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :
- an application form for a short stay visa (Schengen visa), duly filled out in black and signed,
- an identity photograph,
the passport with the visa to enter the country, which is the main destination,
- a return ticket,
- a proof of financial resources for the period of the stay : bank statement.

NB

• Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
• The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Processing fees

According to regulation passed by the Council of European Union in 2003, processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa. These are processing fees for the application for the visa and imply in no means the automatic issue of a visa.

No complete or partial refund of the paid fees can be granted if the visa has been refused or if the visa that has been issued is valid for a period lower than the applied visa.

A new pricing for the visas has come into force on January 1st, 2007 according to regulation passed by the Council of European Union.

Fees according to the type of visa and payment

Payment for the visa can be made in cash or by bank transfer. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the payment must be made at least 3 bank days before your appointment at the consulate. You must bring with you a receipt of the payment.

BANK ACCOUNT OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY OF FINLAND
Account holder : AMBASSADE DE FRANCE
Bank : NORDEA (HELSINKI)
Account number : 124730-103684
IBAN : FI12 1247 3000 1036 84
SWIFT/BIC : NDEAFIHH

60 € :
- Transit visa,
- Airport transit visa,
- Short stay/Schengen visa (maximum of 90 days per semester), valid for metropolitan France,
- Short stay visa for Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, Martinique, French Guyana, or Réunion,
- Short stay visa for represented African countries

9 € :
-  Short stay visa for New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Mayotte or Terres australes et antarctiques françaises

99 € :
-  Long stay visa (over than 90 days) valid for France (without any territorial exception). The visa is free of charge for Erasmus students.
Processing fees for the nationals of the following countries : Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, are fixed at 35 €, thanks to an agreement, for short stay visas valid for the Schengen Space and the DOM as well as the visas for Djibouti.

The visa is free of charge :
- for minors : minors under 6 ; pupils of primary and secondary classes away within the framework of schools’ twinnings, studies travels or school training,
- for students : students within the framework of studies travels or school training,
- for professionals : teachers travelling with a group of pupils within the framework of studies travels or school training ; scientists or researchers

publié le 08/11/2017

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