France is one of the largest countries on the continent of Europe,
and it is bordered by 6 countries. France is known for its close to
perfect scenery, little wonder why it is the most popular tourist
destination in the world.
Paris is the capital of France. The official language is French, but
English is the major immigrant language. The official currency of France
Do you need a France visa from Nigeria? You are in the right place.
France Visa Types
There are two major categories of France visas and they include the
Short stay and the Long stay visa. The duration of the short visa is 3
months. Any stay that would exceed 3 months would be classified as Long
stay. Under these 2 categories, there are other different types of
France visas and they include:
A – Airport Transit Visa
The airport transit visa is issued to persons that have flight stops
at France airport, and are going to be on another flight from the same
airport. These persons are not allowed to leave the airport through out
their waiting period.
The transit visa is issued to persons travelling from one country to
another country and you have to pass through the territory of the
Republic of France. This visa may be issued for one transit, or
exceptionally for several transits. The duration of each transit case
should not exceed five days.
Family Friend Visit Visa
Family Friend visit visa is issued to persons travelling to France to
visit friends or relatives.a group passport. The visa has a validity of
30 days. Applicants for this visa need to provide invitation letters
from their sponsors in France.
France business visa is issued to persons who want to attend or
conduct business activities, meetings, symposiums, trade fairs or
training in France.
The long stay visas include Study visas, Family Stay visas, Employment visas, Marriage visas, Medical visas and Re-entry visas.
France Visa Requirements
- A valid Nigerian passport – at least 6 months validity
- Duly filled and signed France Visa application form
- A letter of invitation from sponsor
- Official letter from employer addressed to the France Consulate with proof of wages (for employment visa applicants)
- An original letter from applicant’s institution addressed to the
France Consulate confirming status/attendance and duration of the course
- A confirmation of applicant’s Hotel reservation
- Copies of applicant’s bank statement for the past 3 months.
- Visa Application fee.
- Travel visa insurance
- Proof of accommodation
Applicants below the age of 18 years must provide the following documents:
- A copy of birth certificate
- A consent letter from Parents
- Passport copy of the parent. A letter of consent is to be provided, otherwise National identity card.
France Visa Application
If you are applying for a France visa, you must know what type of
visa that you need before commencing the application process. There are a
few easy steps that you should follow and they are as follows:
Steps to Apply for a France Visa
- Make a photocopy of your Nigerian passport data page
- Make a photocopy of all your original documents
- Fill the online form in capital letters and print it out
- Go to the France visa application centre.
- Pay your visa application fee
- Append your signature to the application form
Where to get a France Visa Application Form
The France visa application form is available online. It should be downloaded and properly filled.
How and Where to Pay France Visa Fees
Applicants can pay their visa application fees and service fees in
cash implant Bank teller counter at the Visa Application Centre. The
visa application is incomplete without the payment of the processing
fee. It is important that the cost of the France visa processing fee is
usually decided by the France embassy and is not a constant amount.
How to Submit France Visa Application
Applicants should submit their fully completed questionnaire at the
visa application centre. Applications can be submitted as early as 10
weeks before the intended date of departure. However, the application
should be submitted at least 3 weeks to the applicant’s intended date of
France Visa Processing Time
Generally, France visa processing times might take as long as 3 weeks.
How to Collect France Visa
The passport can be collected by the applicant or can be sent to the
applicant through a courier service. If an applicant wants his passport
sent through a courier service, he/she would have to specify during
Address and Location of France Embassy in Nigeria
France Embassy, Abuja
37, Udi Hills Street, Off Aso Drive
Maitama – Abuja
Telephone:+234-0805 949 97 86, +234-0803 958 75 47