FRANCE

VISA REQUIRED

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Nationality: 
Destination: France
Purpose of trip: Family Visit

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IMPORTANT / IN-PERSON APPLICATION

PLEASE READ THE RED FLAGS SECTION BELOW CAREFULLY

  • VISA VALIDITY

Varied validity. All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

Generally it is advisable to make a 6 month multiple entry visa request. Please also note that all Schengen visas allow a stay of up to 90 days in every 180 day period. 

  • APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENT (IN-PERSON)

Please note that the France (TLScontact) Visa Application Centre only accepts visa applications via an appointment system. YOU MUST ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION (see also below biometric enrolment requirement). 

To make an appointment, you must first create an online account on the TLScontact website, verify your email address, pick your application type when logged in and complete preliminary information about yourself / full information if you wish for the application form to be auto-populated online (https://fr.tlscontact.com/gb/lon/splash.php). Only once you have completed these steps, will the appointment slots become visible. 

You may also re-schedule / cancel the appointment when logged in. Please also remember if you wish to file your application in Edinburgh or Manchester, you must make this selection before creating your TLScontact account

  • BIOMETRIC ENROLMENT

All Schengen visa applicants (apart from Minors under 12 years old) are required to enrol their biometric data when submitting a Schengen visa application. These biometric data will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital fingerprint scanner.

  • CONSULAR FEES PAYMENT

You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure)

All fees can be paid by debit or credit card (American Express cards are not accepted) or by cashSee below for full list of Credit/Debit cards accepted for payments: 

  • Mastercard 
  • Maestro 
  • Visa 
  • Visa electron 
  • Solo 
  • VCB
  • RETURN DELIVERY

If you are unable to collect in person yourself, a representative may retrieve your passport on your behalf provided that they bring: 

  • Your application checklist
  • A photocopy of your passport
  • Original and photocopy of representative’s passport, driver’s license or other valid photographic ID card
  • An authorization letter signed by you

Alternatively, TLScontact offers DX Secure delivery, allowing you to receive your passport directly at your home or your office. Please make sure that your complete address, including property number/name and postcode, and telephone number on the address label is CLEARLY typed. The fee for the service is £15.10 and your address / information for the courier service must be filled in by yourself or by the representative during application submission appointment. 

See below for additional information. 

DX Secure delivery

You must allow a minimum of 24 hours before tracking your passport, from the time TLScontact receive to DX Secure collect it. The courier will request a SIGNATURE and an ID to deliver the passport. There are only two delivery attempts. The delivery service is only Monday to Friday (excludes UK Bank and Public Holidays). To track or rebook your delivery, please visit https://www.dxdelivery.com or call 0844 3710000. Please provide with your tracking number (barcode) attached to your “Application Checklist”.  If the passport cannot be delivered after 10 working days, it will be sent back to TLScontact London.

  • EMBASSY INFORMATION

TLScontact Visa Application Centre for France
Exhibition House
Suite 18, Ground Floor
Addison Bridge Pl, Hammersmith
London
W14 8XP

Tel: 0845 730 0118 / +442076056740 from Monday to Friday (8.30 to 16.30)
Website: https://fr.tlscontact.com/gb/lon/index.php

Opening hours (upon appointment): 08:30 to 15:30 Monday to Friday – for visa applications
Opening hours (without appointment): 08:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday– for passport return and instructions
OTHER LOCATIONS (EDINBURGH OR MANCHESTER): https://fr.tlscontact.com/gb/lon/splash.php

NEXT STEPS

(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

Global Visas can assist with arranging the appointment, reviewing your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before the scheduled date / time. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the Austria Visa Application Centre, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing). UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON, SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO HIGHER SCRUTINY THEREFORE WE HIGHLY ADVISE TO USE THE GLOBAL VISAS REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.

FRANCE FAMILY VISIT (SCHENGEN) VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa
  • be signed and issued less than 10 years ago
  • have at least two blank visa pages

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attachedFrance – Visa Application Form

EMPLOYMENT

Signed and completed original proof of employment letter from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: France – Proof of Employment letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Consulate General of France, London”.
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Include the UK company registration number
  • Purpose of visit
  • Confirm the applicant is an employee of the company
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment and job title 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to France and scheduled return date to work

AND 

Payslips for the last 3 months.

SELF EMPLOYED

Original
 recent letter specifying your professional activity, starting date, revenues from your solicitor/accountant/ Bank Manager or local Chamber of Commerce and VAT certificate.

STUDENT

Original recent, official and signed letter from the British school, college or university. Must be less than 3 months old, and state the type of studies, details of course, attendance record and holiday dates.

RETIRED

Original recent / official proof of pension receipt.

Proof of valid travel insurance. It must:

  • cover any costs of repatriation for medical reasons, emergency medical care and/or emergency hospital care or death during your stay in the Schengen territory.
  • be valid for the whole of the Schengen territory and the whole of the stay.
  • have a minimum cover is 30,000 EUR (EHIC cards are not accepted as proof of valid travel health insurance).

A clear colour copy is acceptable.

Clear colour copy of confirmed travel itinerary: mentioning applicant’s name and travel dates.

Clear colour copy of confirmed accommodation, such as “attestation d’accueil” issued by the local town hall to host person / residence covering the whole duration of the stay, or, your house property license or lease contract in France (if applicable) or hotel booking (if applicable) or letter of invitation (if applicable).

Clear original copies of your last 3 months bank statements, as a proof of sufficient funds. These must:

  • show a sufficient amount per day of stay, to cover the expenses during the intended stay in Czech Republic and for the return to the UK
  • clearly state your name, address

Bank statements which are downloaded from the internet must be stamped/certified by the bank.

Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A clear colour copy is acceptable.

 This must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All fees are charged per individual traveller. Please click here to see the Global Visas service fees pricing structure, for cancelled cases. 

All consular fees however are non-refundable once the application has been submitted; including if the application is then rejected or if you are issued a different visa validity to that requested.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visas service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

10 - 15 working days service:

Varied validity

Global visas service fees
Consular fees

£80.00 excl. VAT
£53.57 + £26.79 incl. VAT

NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK

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NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK

Nahuel Huapi National Park is the oldest national park in Argentina, established in 1934. It surrounds Nahuel Huapi Lake in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes. The largest of the national parks in the region, it has an area of 7,050 km2, or nearly 2 million acres. Its landscapes represent the north Patagonian Andean Zone consisting of three types, namely, the Altoandino (with perpetual snow above an altitude of 1,600 metres), the Andino-Patagónico (in the lower reaches of the hills) and the Patagonian steppe. It also represents small parts of the Valdivian Rainforest. The park and the reserve lie at an altitude of 720–3,574 metres, and are designated under IUCN management categories II (National Park) and IV (Management Reserve). The park is completely protected while the reserve is partially protected. The national park is dominated by the high mountain chain of the Andes, many lakes, rapid rivers, waterfalls, snow-clad peaks, glaciers and extensive forests. It is bordered by Chile on its western side. The earliest discovery of Nahuel Huapi by the non-indigenous peoples is linked to the conquest of Chile. In the summer of 1552–1553, the Governor of Chile Pedro de Valdivia sent Francisco de Villagra to explore the area east of the Andes at the latitudes of the city of Valdivia. Francisco de Villagra crossed the Andes through Mamuil Malal Pass and headed south until reaching Limay River in the vicinity of Nahuel Huapi Lake.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All fees are charged per individual traveller. Please click here to see the Global Visas service fees pricing structure, for cancelled cases. 

All consular fees however are non-refundable once the application has been submitted; including if the application is then rejected or if you are issued a different visa validity to that requested.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visas service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

10 - 15 working days service:

Varied validity

Global visas service fees:
£80.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£53.57 + £26.79 incl. VAT

ATOMIUM

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ATOMIUM

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards. It also served as the imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Since 1279 the Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include various residences, the imperial chapel, the imperial library, the treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, the imperial mews. The palace faces the Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph I, as part of what was planned to become the Kaiserforum (de) but which was never completed. Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese, Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, Johann Fischer von Erlach, and the architects of the Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.