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Frequently asked questions

Please note:

  • A visa application cannot be sped up.
  • You have to apply for a visa in person at the Consulate of France in Wellington.
  • You can apply for your Schengen visa up to three months prior to your trip to France.
  • Passports must be valid for at least three months after your return date.
  • If applicable, bring your expired passports to the Consulate when you apply for your visa.
  • We do not provide any information about the processing of visa applications by phone, fax or email.

Frequently asked questions

I would like to travel through countries that are part of the Schengen Area for more than 90 days. Is there a long stay Schengen visa? Tourists are entitled to travel through countries that are part of the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days only. There is no visa allowing you to visit Europe as a tourist for more than 90 days.

If you wish to stay in France for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long stay visa for France. When you apply for this visa, you will be asked to provide an accommodation booking or a rental agreement for the entire duration of your stay.

I have a Schengen visa, can I use it to travel to New Caledonia/French Polynesia? No. You will need to apply for a separate visa or else apply for a Schengen visa and a visa for New Caledonia/French Polynesia.

Can I enter France with an Airport Transit Visa ? No. Airport Transit visas only entitle you to stay in the International Zone of an airport. Please note that French airports are closed from midnight to 5.00am. If your transit is during these hours, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa.

I am a citizen from a country which requires a visa to visit countries that are part of the Schengen Area but I have a permanent residency in New Zealand. Do I still need a visa to travel to France? Yes.

My New Zealand residency/passport expires soon. Can I still be granted a visa ? A visa cannot be granted within the last three months that a residency/ passport is valid for. All residencies/passports must be valid for at least three months after your return date.

When I first arrived in the Schengen Area, my passport was not stamped. How can I prove that I have not spent more than three months in the Schengen Area? There is no other way to prove that you have not overstayed. Be sure to have your passport stamped by the Immigration Authorities both upon your arrival and departure of the Schengen Area. Also hold onto any hotel and petrol bills and train tickets.

Can I extend my stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days at the end of the long stay visa I have just been granted ? No. You must leave the Schengen Area at the end of your stay.

I am visiting New Zealand and my family/friends have decided to take me on a trip to France/New Caledonia/French Polynesia. Can I apply for my visa in Wellington? Yes. However, please note that the processing time may be longer than that of other applicants.

I have a valid visa/residency to reside in a country that is part of the Schengen Area. Do I need another visa to travel to France? No. As a resident/visa holder in a country that is part of the Schengen Area, you may travel freely within the Schengen Area until your visa/residency expires.

Can I use my Schengen visa, granted by the Consulate of France, to travel to other countries that are part of the Schengen Area? A Schengen visa allows its holder to travel freely within the Schengen Area. So, as long as you were granted a multiple entry Schengen visa and that it is still valid, you may travel to other countries that are part of the Schengen Area. However, please note that you should always apply at the consulate of your main destination. So ensure that you do travel to France with the Schengen visa the Consulate of France has granted you.

Do I need to provide my tickets to France when I apply for the Schengen visa ? Yes. Please be sure to leave plenty of time between the day you apply for your visa and your travel dates (but no more than three months) to allow for the time it takes to process your application.

My child is under 18 and is travelling to France alone. Can they apply for their visa on their own? No. They will need to be accompanied by at least one of their parents, or legal guardians (proof of guardianship must be provided), to apply for their Schengen visa.

My child is under 18. Can they travel to France on their own? If so which documents aside from their passport are required? Minors between 16 and 18 years old can travel on their own. They will need to be in possession of parental authoristation valid for the countries they intend to visit. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian during their stay.

Is it compulsory to go through an approved association to apply for a visa for students under 18? While it isn’t compulsory, we highly recommend that you go through an approved association to apply for this visa as it will facilitate the application process.

My bank only issues statements once every three months and I read that to make a visa application, documents must be less than one month old. What should I do? You will need to provide us with the last official statement that your bank sent you. You will also need to ask your bank to issue you a recent statement at the counter (dated and stamped). Please note that the Consulate of France does not accept credit cards statements.

Can I provide a bank statement printed directly from my computer as proof of financial stability? Yes as long as the name of the account holder appears clearly on the statement.

I am a housewife and I am travelling on my own. Can I provide my husband’s bank statement as proof of financial support? Yes. However, you must also provide a copy of your husband’s passport as well as a copy of your marriage certificate.

I am not married and my partner is covering my expenses. Can I provide you with their bank statement? If you are not legally married, even in the case of de facto relationship or Civil Union, we cannot accept your partner’s bank statement as proof of financial support. We will only accept your own bank statement.

I only began my new job two months ago. Therefore I cannot provide payslips for the last three months. Is that going to be a problem? No. As long as the letter from your employer clearly states the date that you began your contract and explains that you’ll continue to work at their organisation/company following your trip away.

I don’t live in Wellington. Is there another Visa section other than the one in Wellington? No. Wellington is the only place in the whole of New Zealand that you can apply for a visa. Please note that Honourary Consuls do not deal with visa matters.

What will happen on the day of my appointment? Appointments must be made for visa applications by ringing: (04) 384 2555. Please ensure that you arrive on time for your appointment. During the appointment, the Visa Officer will examine your application and will consult with the Consul about it. The Consulate’s opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9.15 am to 1.15 pm.

Where can I get the Certificate of Board and Lodging ? This certificate, known as Attestation d’Accueil must be obtained by the person you are visiting in France from their local city council. It is a compulsory requirement for people applying for a visa to visit family or friends in France. The validity of the visa you may be granted will not exceed the dates stated by the certificate. Please note that you must produce the original certificate.

I am in a de facto relationship/have a European Union Civil Union and my partner is a citizen of the European Union. Am I entitled to apply for a European Union spouse visa? The regulations regarding allowing partners of citizens of the European Union who are in de facto relationship/have European Union Civil Union to apply for this visa are still being discussed by the countries that are part of the Schengen Area. As a result, the Consulate of France cannot grant these people the European Union spouse visa.

I am the widow of a citizen of the European Union. Am I entitled to apply for a European Union spouse visa? According to both European and French law, the death of one of the spouses results in the end of the marriage contract. Therefore you are no longer eligible to apply for this visa.

One of my parents is a citizen of the European Union. Can I apply for a family member of a citizen of the European Union visa? You are considered to be a family member of a citizen of the European Union up to and including the age of 21.

I am going to Andorra. Should I apply for my visa at the Consulate of France or the Consulate of Spain? If you arrive at an airport on the French border, you will need to apply for a visa at the Consulate of France. However, if you arrive at an airport on the Spanish border, you will need to apply for a visa at the Consualte of Spain.

How long will the Schengen visa be valid for? We cannot know how long the visa you may be granted will be valid for prior to assessing your application. A decision will made by the Consul on the day you apply.


publié le 4 September 2012

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