How long will it take to process my visa ?

How long will it take to process my visa application ?

Processing times will depend on the visa type and category:

short stay visas processing time takes around 10 open days on average

It can take up to 6 weeks for some nationalities (see below) or in some circumstances

long stay visas processing time takes between 10 open days to 2 months minimum depending on the nationality, type of visa applied or destination
Applications sent by post (possible for some categories only) as for cruises to New Caledonia, Tahiti or for tourism to an african represented country, take up to 4 weeks at least of processing

(the delays given above are for a complete application or will start once the missing documents have been provided, if required).

Are there some nationalities taking longer than others?

Before being able to issue a Schengen visa to some foreign nationals, the Consulate general of France must obtain the agreement of its Schengen partners. In some cases, the visa application has to go through a lengthy and compulsory procedure of consultation which can’t be accelerated in any way.

The following nationalities have to expect a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks processing time for all types of application:

AFGHANISTAN
ALGERIA
BANGLADESH
BELARUS
CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF)
EGYPT
IRAN
IRAQ
JORDAN
LEBANON
LIBYA
MALI
MAURITANIA
MOROCCO
NIGER
NIGERIA
NORTH KOREA
PAKISTAN
(THE) PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
RWANDA
SAUDI ARABIA
SOMALIA
SRI LANKA
(REPUBLIC OF) SUDAN
SOUTH SUDAN
SYRIA
TUNISIA
YEMEN
ZIMBABWE

Can my visa be fast-tracked by paying an extra fee?

No, we are not authorized to provide that service.

Dernière modification : 29/12/2015

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