France Long Stay Visa For UK Citizens

UK Citizens coming to France for longer than 90 days must apply for a Long-Stay Visa, equivalent to a Schengen Visa, enabling holders to travel and stay in any country from the Schengen area.

If you’re a UK citizen looking to visit France for more than 90 days, contact Total Law advisers for information on the Long-Stay Visa application. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us via online chat.

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    French Long-Stay Visa: Overview

    You may have to apply for a Long-Stay Visa (Type D) to France for various purposes, including tourism, personal reasons, professional activity, education, or joining a family member. This visa might also be marked VLS-TS and be valid as a Residence Permit.

    Foreign nationals visiting France for any of those reasons for more than 90 days and up to 1 year must apply for a Long-Stay Visa to legally remain in France. After Brexit, British citizens coming to France can no longer stay in Schengen countries visa-free for longer than 90 days, unlike, for example, European Union and European Economic Area nationals who can travel to France or any Schengen country with no restrictions on the time they spend in that country.

    Long-stay visas to France are granted by the French consular authorities, provided that applicants fulfil the required eligibility criteria and provide adequate supporting evidence for their visa.

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    UK Citizens Exempt from a Long-Stay Visa to France

    You may not be required to apply for a Long-Stay Visa to France if:

    • You are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen who moved to France before the 1st January 2021 – you can continue to reside in France, and you are entitled to a Residence Permit if you have applied for the permit before the 4th October 2021.
    • You moved to France before the 1st January 2021, and you are a British citizen married or in an established relationship with a French citizen – you must got married or entered an established relationship before the 1st January 2021.
    • You are a dependent family member of a British citizen, and your ties to the British family member were established before the 1st January 2021, and you have moved to France after the 31st December 2020 – if your ties to the British citizen were established before the 31st December 2020 you will need to apply for a Short-Stay Visa (Short-Term Schengen Entry Visa) free of charge.
    • You are a British frontier worker and have worked in France before the 1st of January 2021 and are continuing to do so; you will need to contact your local Prefecture to request a Circulation Document stating “Article 50TUE- travailleur frontalier/Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l’UE- Non-résident” (art 26), free of charge.

    Long-Stay Visa France Requirements for UK Citizens


    When coming to France for a period of 3 months to 1 year, you will be required to apply for one of the Long-Stay Visa categories, depending on the purpose of your visit. To obtain a visa to France from the UK, you must provide the following supporting documents as evidence of your eligibility:

    • Valid and current passport or other travel document – passports must be valid for at least 3 months after your intended departure from the French territory; they also must have been issued within the last 10 years and have 2 full blank pages for visa stamps.
    • Recent passport photograph – following the French passport requirements
    • Completed and signed visa application form
    • Cover letter explaining the applicant’s purpose for the visit
    • Travel arrangements – proof of transport, such as flight reservations or itinerary of the visit
    • If you’re staying in France longer than 6 months, you must provide travel health insurance covering your stay in France (the coverage should be at least €30,000). If you’re staying less than 6 months, you can submit a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
    • Evidence of accommodation during your stay in France – hotel bookings, an invitation from your host (validated in the town hall at the request of the host), accommodation proof
    • Proof of funds to demonstrate that you are able to support yourself financially during your stay in France – bank statements for the last 3 months showing that you will have €65 per day of stay if you have a hotel booked for your stay, €32.50 per day if you are accommodated by a host in France, or €120 if you have a different accommodation.

    Please note that any documents in English must be translated into French by a certified court translator.

    Additional Supporting Documents for Specific Long-Stay Visas to France

    Depending on the type of Long-Stay Visa you’re applying for, you will be required to provide additional supporting documents to show your eligibility for the particular type of visa you want to obtain:

    • Work Visa – contract of employment, bank statements from the last 6 months, income tax return form, your business licence if you’re self-employed
    • Study Visa – proof of enrolment to the study program or course, no-objection certificate from the school or higher education institution in the UK
    • Family Visa – proof of family ties, such as a marriage, birth or adoption certificates

    If you’re unsure what documents to provide for the type of Long-stay Visa you’re applying for, contact Total Law to receive professional immigration advice. Call 0333 305 9375, or contact us online.

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      The French Long-Stay Visa: Application Process


      An application for a Long-Stay Visa to France should be made no more than 3 months before the planned trip. Before you apply for your visa, you should know the purpose of your trip to determine the type of Long-Stay Visa you need.

      To apply for your visa, contact the French Consulate in London or visit the Consulate website and complete an online application form. You must ensure that you complete the application truthfully and have adequate supporting documents.

      Long-Stay Visa Interview

      After submitting your application, you are required to book a visa interview appointment at a French Visa Application Centres. When attending the interview, you will be asked to submit the required supporting documents, and you might be asked questions about the purpose of your trip to France. You must have a clear purpose for travel and adequate documents to prove it. You will also be required to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and photo taken) and then pay the visa processing fee.

      Please note that if your application is incomplete, missing documents, or failing to prove your eligibility in some way, it might be refused. If your application gets rejected, you should follow a similar process to when visas are revoked and appeal the decision or re-apply for a new visa. This process, however, leads to delays and additional costs.

      Arriving In France: Who is Exempt from Showing Documents at the French Border?


      Once you arrive in France, you must present your supporting documents at the border unless:

      • You have a French Residence Permit, French Identity Card (TIR) or the Foreign Minors’ Circulation Document (DCEM)
      • You are the spouse of a person holding French citizenship
      • You have a Long-Stay Visa, which states that the Residence Permit must be applied for upon arrival
      • You are coming to France as any of the following:
        • Fulfil diplomatic missions and consular posts
        • Carry out activities as a member of parliament
        • Conduct assignment briefs from your government as an official, officer, agent of foreign public services, or an official of an intergovernmental organisation
        • Engage in service travel as ships and aircraft crew

      Upon your arrival in France, you must apply for a Residence Permit (if your Long-Stay Visa indicates an obligation to apply for a Residence Permit). You must do so within 2 months of your arrival in France. To apply for a Residence Permit, you must contact your local Prefecture or sub-prefecture in France. Please note that you will need to bring with you the same supporting documents and information you have used when submitting your visa application.

      Required Information to Validate Long-Stay Visa Equivalent to a Residence Permit (VLS-TS)

      To validate your Long-Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit (VLS-TS), you will need to provide the following information:

      • Your visa
      • The date of your arrival in France
      • Your address in France
      • Your credit card details to pay for the issuing of the Residence Permit

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        Fees of the French Long-Stay Visa Applications

        The cost of the Long-Stay French Visa from the UK is €99. In addition, there is a fee of €55, which includes services provided by the Visa Centre, such as appointment bookings, information collection, and visa tracking.

        Once you’re in France, you will need a Residence Permit, which costs €200 in addition to the visa fee and €25 for a stamp duty. All visa fees can be paid by debit or credit card.

        Extending France Long-Stay Visa


        To extend or renew your visa, you will need a Residence Permit. By renewing your Residence Permit, you will extend the validity of your visa. You must apply for a Residence Permit (‘Titre de Séjour’, also referred to as ‘Carte de Séjour’) renewal 2 months before the expiration date of your current Residence Permit. You can do this at the Prefecture nearest to your place of residence or online via the Ministry of the Interior website. You will be issued a residence card after your renewal application is approved.

        How Do You Renew the French Long-Stay Visa in Person?

        To renew your visa, you will need to book an appointment at your local Prefecture or the nearest police station if you live in Paris. You will be given a date for your visa renewal appointment and have time to prepare documents to bring to the appointment (remember that any documents in English must be translated into French). When you attend the visa renewal appointment, you will need to submit the same support documents you have used for your initial visa application.

        During your appointment, you will have your biometric information taken (fingerprints and photos). If your visa renewal is approved, you will be issued with a confirmation of your visa validity extension. The cost of visa renewal is the same as that of a Residence Permit (€225).

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          Can The Long-Stay Visa Be Revoked?

          The French visa can be revoked if you no longer meet the eligibility requirements necessary for the visa issuance or if you fail to validate your Residence Permit within the indicated time frame. Your French visa may also be revoked at the French border if you fail to present the required documents. If this happens, your visa will no longer be valid, and you cannot use it to enter or stay in France.

          If your visa is revoked, you have the right to appeal by submitting a request for re-evaluation of the visa application to the French Embassy or Consulate in the UK, free of charge. You should submit your appeal within 30 days of the day of revocation. If you do not wish to appeal the decision, you can re-apply for a new visa within 3 months.

          Please note that you must address any reasons for visa revocation or have proof that the decision was unjust, and it is not guaranteed that your appeal will be successful. If you choose to re-apply for a new visa, you will need to submit all the required documents and pay the visa application fee again.

          How Can Total Law Help You?

          Visiting France on a Long-Stay Visa offers a range of opportunities and enables UK citizens to renew their visa annually and settle after 5 years of residing in France. However, applying for a French visa can be complicated, preventing many visitors from enjoying the benefits of staying in France.

          If you are looking to apply for a Long-Stay Visa to France but need clarification on the process, contact Total Law. Our reliable team of immigration advisers can assess your visa eligibility, determine what documents you need to provide in support of your application and help you appeal in case of visa revocation, refusal or rejection.

          For more information on how we can help your case, call Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or chat with one of our advisers online.

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