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Schengan visa for France

edited February 2012 in - France
My wife and I are planning to take an overnight Eurostar trip to Paris whilst staying in the UK in May. I am travelling on an Australian passport and understand I don't need a Schengan Visa to do this. However my wife will be travelling on a Kenyan passport. I have read that if the travel documents were issued in Australia (as we will book it online from here) she will be exempt like me. Is this true? or do we have to go through the expensive process of getting a Schengan visa for her for a one night stay in France?


  • edited 8:58AM
    Unfortunately you will need to get a Schengen visa for your wife. I'm currently dealing with the same process for my South African partner as we're spending one night in Amsterdam en route to the US. It's a little extra effort and expense, but the process should be fairly simple.
  • edited 8:58AM
    Thanks Anya for the advice. Yes, I had misread the part about Schengan compliant countries and assumed because Australians were exempt from visas we were one of those countries, but not so. How much info does one have to submit if all we are doing is a one night visit to Paris?
  • edited 8:58AM
    The best thing would be to contact the French consulate nearest you, but this site has some good general guidelines on applying for French Schengen visas.
  • Hello, pls. help me to how i can get a tourist visa to France i am very keen to see Paris I applied for a tourist visa in French embassy i was refused by the embassy i do not know why i was refused by them. pls. help me.
  • edited December 2014
    jeetu, you give zero clue as to your nationality, which passport you hold or which French Embassy you applied to.

    No one here has any idea who you are or how you filled out the visa application form. How in the world can you expect accurate advice from complete strangers who know nothing about your situation?

  • Hi Guys
    I got the schengen visa before and i would like to apply again for the schengen visa in the consulate of France or Germany, it depends on my first destination.
    Now, I am a Egyptian Ph.D student in UK and my UK visa will expire in 7/2016
    I want to do two separate visits,I mean first visit in the period between 15/5/2015 to 30/5/2015 and the second visit will be 20/7/2015 to 08/08/2015.
    Do i need to apply at every visit or can i apply for the two visits at the same application ?

    There is no problem when I get the visa and i did not travel to the schengen area?

    Many thanks
  • hi my name is Ghulam Mustafa from Pakistan. I have a stamped Schengen business visa in my passport.i travel to Switzerland and Paris in i want again apply for immigration visa for Schengen .is any chance of refusal? i need your help
  • @mohsanhaidry
    You successfully obtained a business visa last November. However, you now ask about an "immigration visa" I am not sure what you mean by this.
    If you mean another business visa then use the same formula you used before, but using up to date documents.
    There is a chance of refusal if you do not provide correct documents or your hotel, flights are not confirmed.
  • @Alethia . 4 of us friends applied to Schengen Visa at Hungarian consulate in India as holders of Indian Passports using the same bookings, itinerary, plans , tickets etc. All four of us have similar work and personal background and we provided all documents relevant to the visa request. 3 of us got our visa approved while one friend had it refused quoting reason #8 of schengen refusal reasons i.e "info submitted regarding justification of travel and conditions of intended stay not reliable" . We all submitted a group cover letter mentioning each other's passport numbers as well. Our plan was to travel Budapest,Prague and Amsterdam in that order 3 nights each. We all have previous schengen history where we travelled to greece together. We find it uncanny that one visa was refused . This friend had excess of 10000 Euros in bank account as well and works for a reputed MNC who issued her a no objection letter as well.

    Since our travel is 3 days away, would it be intelligent to appeal to Hungary or just reapply to France since they are known to be quick to evaluate application ?. Of course, we would then be willing to indeed edit our itinerary to spend most days in France (we do have that option and bookings ready,need be).

    Also just wondering, our flight into budapest follows this route India --Paris--Amsterdam--Budapest. Ams to BDP is an easy Jet connection . Which country will actually be stamping our entry to schengen states ? We had initially applied to Netherlands who refused to accept our application saying our first night is in Budapest and hence apply to Hungary , which we did. But is still beleive our Visa would get stamped at AMS because Paris is just transit and AMS to BDP is a easy jet connection to get to which, we have to cross immigration.

  • edited April 10
    Normally your passport is stamped at the first port of entry. Does it really matter which country stamps your passport,I dont think so.
    The most important thing here is to ask the Hungarian Embassy for an immediate review, which you should have done upon receipt of your documents. Not an appeal a review, explaining the situation completely and asking your friends application to be reviewed in view of the fact that this is a group holiday and three of you were granted visas.
    Do not appeal it will take weeks, if worst come to the worst reapply at the Hungarian Embassy.

  • @Alethia . thanks a ton, in fact yes, we received the documents on Friday (7th Ar) evening and have emailed the embassy as a group and are seeking a review today ie Monday morning,However the Embassy is refusing to accept our documents stating short timelines. It beats us that in spite of having all documents rightly in place using the same itinerary , group travel tickets with all four names- they have rejected one application where there was enough means of susbsistence. It just makes me wonder if my friend was not objectively evaluated but was profiled singularly based on other parameters.

    May i kindly check, if we as a group do not decide to visit schengen states as per our plan then what is the correct course of action to follow for us 3 people who will have unused visas on our passports ? Should we write to the Consulate asking our visas to be revoked or should we just let it expire. We don't want this episode to affect future issuance of visas.
  • @hopeeaster
    Just let your visa expire and if you and when you apply again you will need to explain why you failed to use the visa.

    "....It just makes me wonder if my friend was not objectively evaluated but was profiled singularly based on other parameters."....
    You could well be right but also caseworkers are often just lax and fail to check the documents correctly.
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