How much does it cost to apply for each France visa, who is exempt from visa fee and how to pay the French visa fees.

The French visa application fee must be paid upon submitting the application. After completing the payment, you will receive a receipt, which shows that the payment has been made, which must be offered amongst other documents of the application dossier.

How Much Does a French Visa Cost?

The current France visa fees are:

Visa typeFees in Euro Fees in DollarsFees in Rupee
Airport Transit8088.436301.75
Short Stay8088.436301.75
Short stay visa for French Overseas Department or Region8088.436301.75
Short stay visa for French Overseas Territories1516.701148.80
Student Visa5055.603829.45
Other Long Stay Visas99110.107582.30
Long stay visa for an adopted child by a French citizen1516.701148.80
Children applying for short stay visas4038.902680.60
For African nationals8088.436301.75

Aside from the regular French visa fee, candidates have to pay also another fee for offering their biometric information.

In addition, when private sub-contracted companies are in charge of receiving visa applications additional administrative fee might be applied.

France Visa Fee Exemptions

Categories benefiting from a reduced French visa fee

Short-stay visas given for persons aged between 6 – 11, for entries in all other French territories, regardless of for TAAF – 40 Euros

Short-stay visas for citizens of the following countries under a facilitation agreement with the European Union (EU): Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine, (holders of biometric passports only) for entries and stays in France and other Schengen countries – 35 Euros

Categories not required to pay any fee when applying for a French visa

The following categories are exempt from paying the visa fee:

  • Family members of a citizen of another Member State of EU/EEA and Switzerland
  • Wife or husband of a French citizen
  • Holders of a diplomatic or service passport
  • Children under the age of 6 (not including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte and French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
  • A student of primary and secondary school on a study visit to a French school, or traveling for other study purposes or educational training in a French territory
  • Holders of French government study grants
  • holders of foreign governments, foundations or EU study grants
  • A foreigner who has benefited of a youth mobility from a France-Canada agreement
  • A foreigner, who has benefited of a working holiday from a France-Japan, France-Korea, France-Argentina or France Columbia agreement
  • A teacher who is accompanying groups in a study trip or educational training in a French territory
  • A scientific researcher
  • A seasonal worker
  • A foreign national of Montenegro, Turkey and Serbia gainfully employed in a French territory and his family members from family reunification
  • A foreigner who teaches French (not including his family members)
  • A language assistant and teaching assistant

France Residence Permit Fees

Fees for a France Residence Permit are as following:

  • VLS-TS – 250 € (60 € for students and trainees)
  • “Private and family life” – 269 ​​€
  • “Employee” or “temporary worker” – 269 ​​€
  • Visitor card – 269 ​​€
  • “Passport Talent” – 269 ​​€
  • “seasonal worker” – 19€
  • “IT employee seconded” – 269 ​€
  • “Retired” – 19€
  • EU Blue Card – 269€
  • Citizen EU / EEA / Switzerland – 25€
  • Citizen EU / EEA / Switzerland – Permanent stay – 25€
  • Family of a European – Permanent stay – 25€
  • Foreign student in France – 79€
  • Foreigner graduated from higher education in France – free
  • Foreign intern in France – 79€
  • Au pair trainee – 49€
  • 10-year resident card of a foreigner in France – 269 ​€ (19€ for refugees and stateless people)
  • EU long-term resident card – 269€ to 449€
  • Permanent Resident Card – 269€

France EU Blue Card Fee

The Fees for an EU Blue Card in France are a little bit higher than for a professional long-stay visa, the definition of which is the closest with the EU Blue Card.

When you apply for a Blue Card, you will have to pay an amount of 260 euro initially. Upon the expiration of you card, if you wish to renew it, you will have to pay an extra 200 euros, whereas if you wish to replace another type of residence permit with a Blue card, then you will have to pay 2016 euros.

Remember that if your application is rejected, in any of the three cases, you will not be able to get your money back.

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