SCHENGEN VISA via FRENCH Embassy: NEW Requirements & Application Process

This Visa Application and Appointment Guide is for applicants in the Philippines planning to visit France or other parts of the Schengen Zone for tourism. You’ll find the list of requirements and detailed information about the application process below. If you’re applying as a worker or as a seafarer, I’m afraid this post isn’t for you.

France has recently implemented a new Schengen visa process, centralizing applications from around the world on just one website.

Not much has changed, though. VFS still accepts the application requirements on behalf of the French Embassy. The only difference now is that the first part of the process, which is the filling out of the application form, is done entirely online.

And oh, another difference is the length of processing time. Our friends from travel agencies, who work on Schengen Visa applications on a daily basis, claim that it is much faster now. According to them, applicants in good financial and employment standing and who have complete requirements often get the results within just 48 hours. Others still have to wait 5-7 days.

What is a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen Visa allows the holder to visit any of the 26 countries within the Schengen area including France. It’s sort of your one-for-all pass, allowing you to enter many of the countries in Europe without having to apply for a visa for each individual country. You can apply at any embassy of a member state.

We highly encourage you to read this post first to have a basic understanding of the Schengen Visa and how it works: Schengen Visa Frequently Asked Questions

Note, however, that you can’t apply just anywhere. You need to apply at the right embassy, which depends on the purpose of your trip or your overall European itinerary.


When to apply at the French Embassy

Apply at the French Embassy only if ANY of the following is true:

  • You’re going to France only and will not visit any other country.
  • You will visit multiple Schengen countries, but you will stay the longest in France.
  • You will visit multiple Schengen countries, but the main purpose of your journey is in France. (Example: you will attend a conference in France but you plan on going out to other Schengen countries while you’re there.)
  • You will stay in multiple Schengen countries for exactly the same number of days, but France is your point of entry (first in your itinerary).

Here’s how to apply using France’s new visa website.


What are the French Schengen Visa Requirements?

The list of requirements varies depending on many factors like the type of visa you’re applying for, the country where you’re applying from, the duration of your stay, the purpose of your travel, and whether or not you have family members in France.

You can check that here: French Visa Requirements

After filling out the short form, you will be given the list of requirements.

If you’re applying for a short-stay visa for tourism purposes, here’s the list of documents you need to submit. Know that this may change depending on your condition so it’s important to NOT skip Step #1.

The Embassy of France categorizes the requirements into six. This is where it gets confusing. Previously, it was just a simple checklist with all items considered mandatory. But the checklist that the new website provides gives the impression that you only need at least one item per category. For example, ITR is no longer listed as a requirement. However, the travel agents we talked to are saying that despite this, you must still provide as many items as you can (including ITR) for better chances of being granted a visa.

PREREQUISITES

  1. Accomplished Application Form. This is the CERFA form n°14076*01 or 14571*05, dated and signed.
  2. ID photograph. 35 x 45mm, white background
  3. Passport. Must be valid for at least three months after the planned date of return. (In addition, know that Philippine Immigration policy requires that the passport must have 6 months validity.)
  4. Photocopy of your current and old passports. They need the photocopy of the bio page and ALL pages with stamps and affixed visas, even on your old passport.

PROOF OF PURPOSE OF STAY

  1. Pre-booked return ticket or flight reservation. As much as possible, don’t pay for your flights in full until you get your visa. Find a travel agency that can reserve flights for you. You can get one online here: Get Flight Reservations Here
  2. Detailed itinerary (if DIY) or reservation confirmation of an organized trip (if taking a tour). See sample detailed itinerary here.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

  • Travel health insurance certificate (for medical expenses and repatriation). Must cover the entire duration of the trip and valid for all Schengen countries. Coverage must be AT LEAST EUR 30,000. Get Travel Insurance Here

PROOF OF ACCOMMODATION

  1. Hotel Reservation for the entire duration of your stay, if you’re staying at a hotel. Emphasis on the entire duration of your stay. If you’re staying in multiple countries, you must submit hotel reservation for all the countries where you will be staying, not just France. You can also submit proof of sufficient means to cover the cost of accommodation (travel provisions of 120 euros / day) or lease agreement.
  2. Proof of Accommodation (Document) if staying with a local. “Proof of Accommodation” is a document that your host must get from their local town hall in France on your behalf. You must have it before submitting your application because it will be stamped by the consulate. Your host can find more info about it here.

PROOF OF FUNDS. These can be any or all of the following. If you haven’t booked accommodations yet, your docs must prove you can afford 120 euros per day of stay.

  1. Bank statements and bank certificates. Make sure that the bank certificate and statement cover at least the past 6 months, and that they were issued within the past 30 days.
  2. Pay slips
  3. Pension statements (if applicable)

PROOF OF SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL SITUATION

  1. If an employee, Certificate of Employment or Employment Contract
  2. If self-employed, business registration documents
  3. You can also submit any other document proving rootedness in the Philippines such as land titles.
  4. ITR is not listed on the website, but if you have it, it would certainly help. We and the travel agents we talked to still highly recommend that you submit it.

VISA FEE

  • €60 euro (or its equivalent in peso that day). Note that you will also be paying the VFS Service Fee, EUR 26. It can still change depending on individual circumstances. Fees are non-refundable.

READ: FLIGHTS AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS


How to Apply for a France Schengen Visa?

1. Complete the Requirements.

Again, the list of requirements varies per person. You can see the set of documents they will need from you here: French Visa Requirements


2. Create a France-Visas Account.

To do that, visit this page: France-Visas Registration

Verify your account. A verification link and verification code will be sent to your email account. Follow that link and enter the code.

IMPORTANT
: Because the email is multi-lingual (French, English, Spanish), there’s a big chance that it will go straight to your Spam or Junk folder. Make sure to check those if you don’t get it in your inbox instantly.

You will then be asked to set up a new password.


3. Accomplish the online form.

After setting a new password, you will be taken directly to a page where you have to input the specific details of your travel plan.

The form has 5 pages:

  • Your travel plan
  • Your personal information
  • Your previous visas
  • Your stay
  • Your contacts

These are all pretty straightforward. Just provide whatever info is needed in the corresponding fields.

The only part that you may find confusing is the YOUR CONTACTS page. It will ask you who your HOST PERSON OR ORGANIZATION is in France is. If you don’t have any, simply choose the MY HOTEL option and enter your hotel’s address and contact details.

You will also be asked who will be funding your trip.

  • If you don’t have a sponsor, just choose MYSELF and tick the boxes that apply to you.
  • If your trip will be sponsored by someone else, you must enter their full names (last name then first name) in the provided space and tick the appropriate boxes.

After that, you will be asked to double check the information you entered on the RECAP page.

Then follow these steps after the RECAP section:

  1. If you find everything to be alright, submit your application.
  2. You will be presented a CHECKLIST and the completed APPLICATION FORM. Print both the checklist and the form.. IMPORTANT!
  3. You will also be redirected to the VFS Online Appointment System.

According to James, one of our readers who recently applied, if you don’t print out the checklist, they will use the old list of requirements (which has more items) because they will attach a different set of checklist. In the old list, they will require a cover letter, birth certificate & photocopy of your passport. So make sure you print out both the checklist and the completed application form.


4. Book an appointment with VFS Global online.

To get a schedule, sign up first. Go to this Appointment System page and click on NEW USER.

If you already have an account, simply log in.

For short stay visa applications, book a date at least five days before your planned date of departure.

Once you have an appointment, print out the Appointment Confirmation Letter, which you need to bring to the VFS Global Visa Application Center.


5. Submit the requirements at the VFS Visa Application Center.

The applicants themselves must show up on the day of appointment. For children below 12, either parent can submit. The exact address is:

VFS Global Office Address:
France Visa Application Centre,
Mezzanine Floor, Ecoplaza Bldg.,
Don Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City

Submission of application: Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm
Passport collection: Monday-Friday, 2pm-4pm

Again, make sure you bring the Visa Appointment Letter I mentioned at Step 4. You will need it to get in. You’ll go through a security check, and will be waiting for your turn. Once they accept your documents, they will get your biometrics.

You will also be given a choice on how you want to receive your passport (with a visa, hopefully): pick up or by courier. If you choose the latter, expect to pay an additional PhP 330. Finally, settle the visa fee. Make sure you have the exact amount.

That’s it. All you need to do now is wait.

The processing usually takes 48 hours. However, there have been cases when they got theirs after a longer wait. Some will be asked for an interview at the embassy. It really depends on many factors, which probably depend on how strong your case is and how much work load they have. Regardless, it’s out of your hands. Just hope for the best.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the validity of the Schengen Visa?

Depends on the itinerary you submit. The Embassy will decide based on your itinerary so take it seriously. The first time I applied, my itinerary was for 7 days, I was given a visa valid for 15 days. The second time, my itinerary for for 53 days, I was given a visa valid for 60 days.


Should I apply for a single-, double-, or multiple-entry visa?

Again, it depends on your itinerary and flight reservations. If your itinerary/flight reservations entail going out of the Schengen area once and coming back, then apply for a double-entry visa. If you will be flying our of the Schengen area multiple times, then go for the multiple entry visa.

Please take into consideration all your connecting flights. For example, if aside from France you will also be visiting Italy (which is a Schengen state) but you’re flying via Istanbul (which is outside Schengen), you will need to count that as “going out” of the zone.

Don’t apply for a multiple-entry visa if you intend to stay in France the whole time. There is no need for your visa to be multiple and will probably just raise more questions.


How much money should I have in the bank to get approved?

No one knows exactly. But remember this: You will be submitting hotel reservations (that you haven’t paid for yet) and a detailed day-to-day itinerary. So make sure that your bank has enough funds to cover the cost of the flights you submitted and the EUR 120 per day of your stay.

What’s the EUR 120 per stay? Think of it as your pocket money and accommodations budget.


What are the reasons why my application would be denied?

This applies not just to the French Embassy but also other Schengen embassies:

  • You can’t prove that you intend to return to the Philippines. You probably don’t have a stable job at this point, newly employed, or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you plan on staying longer than your declared duration.
  • You can’t prove that you can financially afford this trip. You or your sponsor may not be in good financial standing.
  • You seem to not know the details of your trip. You may have appeared as though you’re not really doing what you declared you would be doing, which may raise some red flags.
  • Your purpose in France or Europe is unclear or dubious. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.

What does a French Schengen Visa look like?

Like this:


Do I really need plane tickets before applying? What if I get denied? Sayang the pera.

Nope! Like I said before, you don’t need to purchase flight tickets. What you need are “flight reservations.” It’s not the same as actual tickets. “Reservations” are just proof that you have blocked these plane seats, and you can cancel these in case your application is denied. Some airlines can hold the booking for you.

Travel agencies can also issue flight reservations. If you don’t have time to go to a travel agency, you can have it reserved online. When we apply for hard-to-get visas like Canada and Schengen, we hire Gazelle Travel and Tours, a DTI-registered and DOT-accredited agency. We created a form here so you can contact them completely ONLINE:

MORE INFO: Flight and Hotel Reservations


What is the format of the daily itinerary? Do you have a sample?

This is the format I followed. I think what’s important is that they see the day-to-day activities and the places where you will be going. I also added the hotel details.

schengen-visa-france-itinerary

I’m traveling to multiple cities. Do I need to submit train transfer and flight reservation within the Schengen area?

It’s not in the checklist when you fill the form online. I submitted transfer tickets when I applied, so I don’t know if it’s okay to not provide them.

But according to some of our readers who recently applied, if you don’t print out the checklist, they will use the old list of requirements (which has more items) because they will attach a different set of checklist. In the old list, they will require a cover letter, birth certificate & photocopy of your passport. So make sure you print out both the checklist and the completed application form.


I’m traveling to multiple cities. Do I need to provide hotel reservation for all the countries I’m visiting or for France only?

If you’re staying at hotels, you must provide hotel reservation covering the entire duration of your stay. If you’re staying in multiple countries, you must submit hotel reservation for all the countries where you will be staying, not just France.


For more Schengen Visa Frequently Asked Questions, read: Schengen Visa for Filipinos



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Comments

  1. Mae says:

    Where I can download the CERFA form n°14076*01 ???can somebody give me a copy of it please?thanx

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      It will be presented to you after you complete the online application form. You just need to print it out.

  2. mharjon lazaroa says:

    ano po ang documents n kailangan pag invite po sila lahat gagastos sa lht ng gastusin txka ok nb ung DTI permit ng tindahan and mayors permit proof n babalik ako ng pinas

  3. Keith Carreon says:

    Thankyou for sharing guidees this is great, thankyou for informing us the new process to get VISA and also for guiding to know clearer the requirements, it is very it helps easier process to go to France and to get SHENGEN VISA.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No problem! We’re always happy to help. Good luck with your application. 🙂

  4. Ken says:

    Hello,

    I would like to ask;
    in applying at the French embassy, the schedule appointment for submission of the required documents takes how many days after online application..? the usual po?

    Thanks

  5. James says:

    Hi.. Did anyone here made the same mistake I did? I already booked for an appointment, and upon checking my application for like the 20th time, I found out I made a mistake in my Date of Birth (switched day and month).

    How did you rectify it? Any thoughts?

  6. Raymund says:

    Hello,

    How about Amsterdam (2d/2n) – Paris (6d/5n) – Italy (6d/5n) respectively?

    I can apply to French embassy right?

    Since Paris and Italy are equally the longest I would be staying at –and the fact that I would be visiting Paris first before Italy.

  7. James says:

    Hey guys. Thank you for this blog. So much help in my application.

    Just an additional info though:
    1. The DOB in their application has an error. They know about it too. Even if you put dd/mm/yy in the online application, it will still print out mm/dd/yy.

    2. You should print out the checklist of requirements along with your documents. If you don’t, they will use the old requirements coz they will attach a different set of checklist. In the old list, they will require a cover letter, birth certificate & photocopy of your passport.

    3. If you have old passports with stamps, they will ask you to submit photocopies of the pages.

    Hope this additional info helps.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi James, thanks for sharing! We already mentioned that the checklist must be printed out, but we’ll highlight it even more.

      We’ll add the other bits to the post too! 🙂

  8. lotis says:

    mag aapply po sana aq ng tourist visa to france,invited po aq ng friend ko na french national cia po sponsor ko,ano po ang requirements,matagal po ba ang processng visa mga ilang days po,may pag asa po ba na magrant ang visa ko,
    thank you very much

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Lotis, the process is still the same even if may sponsor ka sa France. Also, make sure your sponsor has “Proof of Accommodation”, a document that your host must get from their local town hall in France on your behalf. You must have it before submitting your application because it will be stamped by the consulate.

  9. Lotis reverente says:

    I want to apply tourist visa to france i have sponsor,do i need invitation letter from my sponsor?
    Thanks,
    Lhot

    • Vicky says:

      Hi ! I guess we have the same question, how did your application go? Did you pass a letter?

  10. Lotis reverente says:

    Pero di na po kailangan ng invitation letter galing saa sponsor ko?

  11. dong says:

    Hi

    Is there an option for Family/Group in booking an appointment?

    Thank you!

  12. anna says:

    Hi thepoortraveler.. very helpful yung blog post mo about schengen application for 2018… may tanong lang po ko… as per your steps for schengen visa.. first is to fill up the application form which requires hotel bookings, before we get the schedule of appointment sa embassy? Tama po ba?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, mauuna mo iinput ung hotel kung saan ka magstay before ung pagsked ng appointment.

  13. Jen says:

    Hi poortraveler,

    I messaged you on your email about some questions. I really needed your help. It would be greatly appreciated if you check it out. 🙂

    Thanks,
    Janssen

  14. John Ross says:

    Is their anyone here who is able to still pass the Philippine immigration at the airport even though their passport was still 5-months valid before expiry, prior to 6-month rule? In regards to the French consulate which allows 3-months validity before expiry of the passport? My Schengen Visa was approved but they told me that there is a risk with ph immigration, I am just worried because everything was already booked.

  15. Jenny says:

    Hi. Do I need to have 2 copies of each requirement even if I’m submitting the original? Thanks!

  16. jane says:

    Hi. Is the France online application website currently down, or is it just my account? I tried filling up the form since yesterday, it wouldn’t save nor proceed

    Thanks..

  17. Joann says:

    Hi, I can’t find any info on which paper size do I use for printing the application form. Thanks

    • Tristan Roy says:

      same po. i can’t find info din po regarding this one. hoping for answer also 🙂

  18. kim bueno says:

    Hello poor traveler. . done accomplishing the online visa form. nabigyan na rin po ako ng checklist at supporting documents.. click ko po yun submit application form then i was redirected na po sa vfs website for appointment. rserved appointment slot na rin po my application. does this mean na yun application submission sa vfs makati ang final step at waiting nalang po ng status ng visa. nabigyan na po ang schengen visa last year ng french embassy.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kim. Yep, you just need to submit na lang the docs sa VFS then wait for the results na lang. 🙂

  19. Maw says:

    Hello po, ask ko lang po. I already have my uk visa, tapos mag aapply po ako for schengen visa. Yung itinerary ko po for schengen is 13 days lang. Pero po hiwa hiwalay na month sila. For example, paris aug 6-9, amsterdam september,italy october I will be coming to the uk po. Kaya po im a bit confused for the planned duration of stay. Since, i will be coming to the uk- schengen, uk-schengen. Ano po pwede nyong ma advice pra don? Salamat po sa help!:)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Maw, apply for a multiple entry visa. Then make sure yung schedule mo na yan is reflected sa daily itinerary na isu-submit mo. 🙂

  20. k says:

    Hi,

    I have multiple entry schengen visa which I used twice during the validity, and is still valid until August 10, 2018. As per visa rule, I need to get out of the schengen state by August 10, 2018. But my current travel plan is to travel by August 15 until August 28, 2018. I know I should apply for a new visa, but would you know if there are any changes in the requirements considering I still have a valid visa? I have been issued 3 schengen visas for three years consecutively.

  21. Mavi says:

    Hello po Yoshke, pwede po paadvice kung anong flight or airlines kaya ang tingin nyo po mura, or need pa mag connecting flight sa ibang bansa. We are still on the process of collecting requirements pero gusto napo sana namin malaman kung magkano kaya ang airline ticket para maconsider talga namin na mag punta sa Schengen Countries hehe. Thank you po so much

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mavi. Best to use OTAs/comparison sites to compare prices of plane tickets. 🙂

      Pero usually, pag Athens or Berlin, Scoot. Pag Paris, usually middle eastern airlines like Oman Air/Saudia, sometimes even Qatar. Mura din sa China Eastern/Western kaso madaming stopover and matagal travel time.

  22. I says:

    Hi do you think I have a chance of getting a visa if i’m unemployed? I was issued a visa last year when i was still a student.

    • Gel says:

      You can ask someone to sponsor you. I’m uneployed for my last schengen visas and they declared it because I have proof of returning to the PH and an affidavit of support.

  23. Anna Soriano says:

    Hi po,

    ask ko lang if mag asawa kami mag apply for schengen visa, regarding online separate po ba gagawin yung sa aming dalwa, need po ba create ng separate accounts? Sa lower left po kasi may nakalagay na create a new application or new group. yun po ba yun?

    Thanks,

    Anna

  24. Vicky says:

    Does my sponsor need to pass an official letter for covering my expenses ? Or is the proof of accomodation enough?

  25. Jonathan Lorico says:

    Hi! Our (group of 5/family) visa got denied because of itinerary that we made. It was released last May 10, is it okay to reapply immediately? What is the possibility of approval. We agree that the itinerary we made was quite glaring so we planned to have it done via agency on our reapplication.

    • Jeront says:

      Hi, was just curious how you did your itinerary. If you followed the same itinerary given above, I think you won’t have any issues.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yeah, I got curious too. What was the itinerary you submitted? And what were the glaring mistakes?

  26. Jo says:

    HI can you recommend where to stay on a budget please? Where is the ideal and recommended place to book an accommodation?

  27. Lex says:

    Hi!

    Does the French Embassy requires a travel insurance coverage to have extra days allowance beyond your actual travel period?

    Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      In my experience, just the actual travel period. Not sure if that has changed. You’ll know when you start the application. If the website says you’ll need coverage for additional days, then add days.

  28. Karina says:

    Hi! My target flight to France is on August 4 but can I already work on my visa application as early as mid-June? I still need to get a separate visa for UK, as this is my point of entry and I heard it takes longer than Schengen. Thank you!

  29. wanie palle says:

    hi,
    we have an appointment on june 14,nalimutan namin,we are flying to singapore pala on june 24.
    do we need to mention it in our cover letter?na we need our passport back before june 24?
    thank you in advance

  30. Sarah says:

    I submitted my application today. Initially, I only had the originals of my documents, except for the copy of old and new passports and all visas and stamps. I got worried because the checklist mentioned about “originals and a copy of the following documents:”. So i had to run around this morning and have ALL the documents i submitted duplicated at P5 per page. (And they were a lot!) But they were never asked for.

  31. Sarah says:

    You’re welcome! 🙂 The 48 hrs processing seems to be true. I think they finished processing mine yesterday. But i got message from VFS that my passport is ready for pick up just today. Went to pick up my passport with the visa. So yay! 😀

  32. Jelly says:

    Hi I just wanted to know if magsponsor kmi Ng family member like my parents how much need money SA bank account?ty

  33. Mich says:

    Sir yosh, ask ko lang po sana sa bank certificate kailangan ba naka aaddress sa embassy ng france?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ideally. Pero meron kasing mga banks na di talaga ina-address kahit kanino. In that case, oks lang yun.

  34. Victorine Clamohoy says:

    I’m stumped at Step 4. My account with VFS global is already activated, yet when I log in.. i’m sent to a page outlining services of VFS global except there’s no link to setting/choosing an appointment. This is for online booking of appointment, right?

  35. GraceManinang says:

    HEllo, i’d like to know if we still to need to submit new set of requirements in case we plan to visit paris again? We went there before but as group tour, but now I wish to travel again with my husband to visit Louvre Museum and other museums as well. May I know if you have suggestions for budget hotels we can stay and affordable places to eat too. I also wish to visit Barcelona & Rome, do you have sample itinerary on those places? Thank you very much! 🙂

  36. Allan says:

    Hi, need po ba talaga na yung bank statement cover’s six month? Wala po kasi naka indicate dun sa checklist ng french visa na six months.. Baka 3 months lang siguro maisubmit ko together with the bank statement.. ok lang po ba iyon? madedeny po kaya ang visa ko if less than six months ang bank statement ko? Salamat po…

    • Raymund says:

      Hi Allan,

      Just recently submitted and 3-months is actually okay –and that is the required number of months by the embassy (according to VFS). VFS would check naman if you’re complete or not before actually accepting your docs.

  37. Megan says:

    Hi!

    Great guide for the visa application. This will help me so much! I just have a question. Do I need proof of accommodation from their local town hall if I’m staying in an AirBnB?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi megan. Hmmmm. I’m not sure. But I think for this purpose, AirBnB falls under hotels na since you’re paying for your stay.

  38. Bea says:

    Hi, I am traveling to Paris for a trade show, along with my partner, who I will be sponsoring, as he will be helping me in the trade show. Problem is, he doesn’t have an ITR. Do you think this will be a problem, and are there any extra steps I can take para mas sure na ma grant ang visa? Will they also need to check his bank statements or only the sponsor’s bank statements will matter?

    Thank you so much for help and taking the time to post very informative blogs.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Bea, yes, they will still check his bank accounts, aside from the sponsor’s.

      If walang ITR, you can try submitting other documents to prove rootedness. COE, payslips, land titles, etc.

  39. Cielo says:

    Hi, I had the same problem so I called VFS. Apparently the link that must be used can be found on the France Visas website. From the homepage you have to click on “Submit your application”, then “Whom should I contact”. On that page you can find “Making an appointment and appointment waiting times”. When you click on the + icon, there should be a drop down box where it’s written:
    Make an appointment
    When you have all the documents required for your application, you can make an appointment on the VFS website.
    Click on the hyperlink “VFS website” on that sentence and it will bring you to the correct VFS log-in page.

  40. Merz says:

    Hi! Do I still need to get a Schengen Visa if I am holding a US J1 Visa? Thank you so much! 🙂

  41. adeseye says:

    Please how many documents I will need to print online before going to submission centre. I have recap the document but I just stop at book appointment

  42. MH says:

    Hi,

    I made an error in the application form and can’t edit it already. Can I create a new one?

    • Raymund says:

      MH,

      Was in the same case –and luckily, you may edit your PDF using Adobe Acrobat. Otherwise, you may write on the application form naman considering that you counter-sign it as well –according to VFS.

  43. Tonie Ong says:

    Good evening. I just want to ask, is it possible that I submit an application form that’s not from the Frances-Visas website?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Tonie, you mean, not accomplish the form online? Yes, pwede pa rin yun, pero ung list of requirements ng VFS ung masusunod.

  44. Jem says:

    Thank you so much for this guide! Very comprehensive and helpful. 🙂
    Just a question on flight bookings: do I also need to provide flight/transpo reservations of my country-to-country transfer? (eg france to germany to prague to france) Not getting a travel agency for my trip…will DIY.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jem, I’m not sure about this. When I applied via French Embassy, I stayed only in France so I never had to submit transfers. But you may join our support group and post this question there. I’m sure some of our members have a more definitive answer based on experience.

      here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepoortraveler/

        • Raymund says:

          Hello Jem,

          You actually need a country-to-country transfer –otherwise, embassy might call you to submit some pa rin.

          Try mo EasyJet or Transavia. Mura lang flights nila (around 3k to 6k one way)

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jem, when i submitted mine, i did not provide an actual country to country transfer. BUT in my day to day itinerary i mentioned that i’m transferring to another city/country. Then, I have a separate table of my possible transfer schedule. i.e. 3 to 5 bus or train schedule which I consider as options for my transfer. but if you are flying, I suggest you book cos the price of flights increase daily. 🙂

  45. Mykel says:

    Hello po… I just want to ask, i will apply for a schengen visa in the Embassy of France this month. This will be my 3rd time to apply. But my old schengen visas are in my old passport. i will provide a copies of my old passport and visas. My question is do i need to submit my original OLD passport??? Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hu Mykel. I don’t remember, huhu. But I suggest dalhin mo na lang din. If hindi kailangan and gamitin lang nila to check the photocopies, ibabalik yan sayo ng VFS on the spot. Best if dalhin mo pa rin.

  46. Mikel says:

    hi the poor traveller do i need an allowance day covered for travel insurance at french embassy? thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mikel, in my experience, no need. I’m not sure if that has changed. But if you accomplish the form online, it will be indicated towards the end so you’ll know.

  47. xtn says:

    hello, question lang 🙂 regarding sa absence of letter… do i have to include the holiday ? kasi holiday yung alis ko this xmas season, ex: dec. 15-31 ang trip ko, but alis ko is dec. 15 ( saturday ) then holiday ang dec. 31, dapat as is yung sa leave of absence ko ? dec. 31 ang arrival ko sa pinas, yun din lagay ko sa leave of absence? kahit natapat na holiday , yun pa rin ilalagay ko sa leave of absence? salamat 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Xtn, di ko alam ang format ng leave of absence letter/form ng company nyo, pero if ikaw lang ang gagawa tapos papapirmahan, pwede mo namang iexplain na yun dun sa same file.

      If meron kayong standard leave approval (yung dati kong company meron na piniprint lang from online after ma-approve) and walang way dun to explain, i-explain mo na lang sa cover letter na approved yung specific dates na yun and then the rest ay holidays.

  48. Rocha says:

    Hello Mr. Yoshke, tanong ko lang po kung ok lang na walang proof of train ticket from France to UK, pero meron na naman pong plane ticket pauwi mula UK. Ayoko pa kasing bumili ng train ticket eh. Yung itinerary ko po pala is starting from Amsterdam, Brussels, Nice, Marseille, Paris, then London. Thanks in advance po 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rocha, if you accomplish the form online, after submitting the form, you will be given a list of requirements. If you print out that list when you apply sa VFS, yun ang list na masusunod. Wala sa list usually ang train tickets/transfers. Pero check mo dun sa list.

      If you fail to print and bring that list, you will be given the OLD list and yun ang mag-aapply. Sa old list na yun, andun ang train tickets, so doon, kailangan talaga.

      However, it is always better to provide as many supporting docs as you can. So if kaya mo naman magreserve ng train transfers, whether or not nasa list sya, isama mo na.

      • Rocha says:

        Salamat po sa payo Mr. Yoshke. Yung ginawa ko na lang po ay bumili ako ng fully refundable plane ticket kasi ang mahal nung fully refundable option ng Eurostar, di po keri ng credit card limit
        Anyway nag submit po ako ng requirements kanina, tas pina photocopy pa sakin yung bio page ng current passport at lahat ng expired at valid visas na meron ako. Kaya people wag niyo po akong gayahin at magdala na kayo ng kopya ng mga bio pages at visas niyo huhu ang mahal pa naman ng xerox sa VFS

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Rocha, good luck sa application! Yes, kelangan iphotocopy lahat ng pages na may stamp and visa and bio page. 🙂

  49. Kristine says:

    Hi. I will be travelling to 5 cities inc paris. Paris is our port of entry and exit so i will be applying via the french embassy. Just want to ask about the online appli form in the accommodation part. So i need to enter all our 5 hotels or just the paris hotel.? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kristine, I don’t remember if the form will allow you to enter multiple hotels. If so, then go ahead. But if I remember correctly, what I did was, I just entered my hotel in Paris sa form and then all the other hotels (with addresses and contact numbers), I indicated in the daily itinerary.

    • Char says:

      I got denied and I had a similar problem. I was coming from London but planned to visit Paris-Brugges-Amsterdam. I disclosed that in the IT printed but only printed hotel reservation for Paris. Dapat you print for ALL cities pala. Also it would have helped if I printed my tickets to and from Paris coming from London.

      I just got the decision now and I’m so sad about it…

      • Kristine says:

        oh. sorry to hear that char. 🙁

        we have reservations for all 5 hotels. so we will be submitting all of them. we also purchased all our plane and train tickets for our inter-schengen travels too. hoping there won’t be any problem.

        thanks for your reply yoshke. btw, i posted the same question just a few mins ago bec i thought my first query was not posted. you can just delete it…

        will follow your advice to just indicate our paris hotel since i cant fit all 5 hotels in the space provided. will just put a note that the other hotels are indicated in the attached itinerary and of course include our hotel booking confirmations for all 5 hotels.

        p.s. like you, i was also asked to report to the embassy after our trip. 😛 i do hope that they are already convinced that i do not plan to be an illegal immigrant in europe. 😛

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Yay! Good luck, Kristine! Sana maapprove! Balitaan mo kami after 😛

          • Kristine says:

            thanks! i remember last year, when our visas arrived, i was the only one in our group who had a note/small paper attached directing me to report to the French embassy after our trip…. I think because I was the only one who does not have a US visa… They had issued me a schengen visa last year so I hope it will be easier for me to get another one this year. 😛 balitaan ko kayo dito! thanks uli

  50. Char says:

    Hi everyone,

    I just got my visa denied and received the decision today. I did my own DIY IT but I would be coming from london since I got my UK visa na. I indicated pther schengen countries but did not include transfers or hotel reservations in the non-France area. Apparently its enough reason for not justifiable reason for travel. To be fair I was still finalizing my bookings and did not use a travel agency.

    I hope this helps others who are in a similar situation

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Char, yes po. Lahat ng hotel kung saan ka magse-stay kasama sa isusubmit, hindi yung sa France lang. When we visited 10 countries, we had to submit hotel reservation for all 10 countries.

      Thanks for sharing this, we’ll highlight this and include in FAQs.

      Pero question, VFS accepted your application even without yung hotel reservation sa other countries? That’s weird. They should have told you nung chineck yung docs.

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Char. Sorry to hear about the visa denial. By the way, when did you exactly apply? Is it within that week of August 7?

      I just thought of asking around to see if I have a similar case. I applied on Aug 6 but haven’t received any notification yet to get my passport. It’s been 10 business days now. Nakakakaba =/

  51. Melissa says:

    Hi there. I applied the visa on Aug 6 via VFS French embassy. It’s been 10 business days now and I haven’t received any response from the embassy/VFS. Anyone here with a similar experience? (who applied on the same date/week)

    I thought it’s faster now, so I find it a bit strange. I’m starting the get worried because my intended travel date is 2 weeks from now. VFS only messaged me on Aug 6, telling my application was dispatched to French embassy for processing. Anyway, I hope for the best.

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