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New Visa Application Procedure at the Consulate General of France in Puducherry
The Consulate General of France, Puducherry is pleased to introduce a new facility to meet the ever-increasing demand for French Visa among Indians. It is our constant effort to provide greater comfort and convenience to our visa applicants, applicants can also apply at the below mentioned France Visa Application Center:
- France Visa Application Center in Cochin
France Visa application centre at Puducherry
The French Consulate, Puducherry is pleased to announce the opening of their
Visa Application Centre operated by VFS Global Services Private Limited in
Puducherry effective 7th June 2010.
It is reminded that all visa applications can be submitted either at VFS Chennai (Old No:2 New No:3, Sadasivam street, Gopalapuram, Chennai-600086) or VFS Puducherry (Unit No:32, Eswaran Kovil Street, Puducherry-605001) with prior appointments.
Appointments can be taken online at www.vfs-france.co.in or by telephoning the
France Visa Call Centre (phone number: +91 022 67866014). The
Internet facility is available 24/7 while the phone-in facility is available
0800-1700 hours Monday-Friday.
Schengen visa has to be obtained from the Consulate of the country where the MAIN PURPOSE OF TRAVEL lies. Therefore, please check your travel plans before making your application to the French Consulate. In case of travel to multiple Schengen countries, please make your application to the Consulate of Schengen state where you will be staying for the maximum number of days.
Schengen States Consular Representations approved list of Indian Travel Insurance Companies providing Travel Insurance for Schengen Visa Procedure
Insurance Companies List as on 30 January 2015
Collection of Passport
The France Consulate in Puducherry has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 09 February 2015, third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:
- Immediate Family Member (i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
- One member of a group collecting for the entire group
- A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
- Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card
If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents
- Photocopy of Govt. ID card
- Original ICR
- Authorization Letter from applicant
Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should pay a compulsory courier charge (INR 300/-) at the time of submission.
The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.
This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.
Premium Service Lounge (Optional)
The VFS Premium Service Lounge facility is available at the visa application centre in Chennai, The Premium Lounge Service includes:
- Separate lounge with personalised service by dedicated staff
- Faster submission of applications at the visa application centre
- Courier return of passport
- SMS alert on the status of your application
- Photocopying and photo booth service for your documents
What does it cost?
The Premium Service Lounge facilities cost Rs.2000 inclusive of taxes. This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.
How do I book?
To book an appointment kindly mail us on: premiumlounge.si@Vfsglobal.com
IMPORTANT NEWS !!!!
Dear Applicants/Representatives/Travel Agents,
This is to bring to your notification that effective 3 December 2012,
All Long Term Visa Applications for France under the Jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu, only Puducherry Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep are to be submitted at VFS Visa Application Centers in Chennai and Puducherry
Appointments would continue to be booked online.
All long term applicants have to appear in person during submission at VFS France Visa Appplication Centers.
SCHENGEN VISA COMMUNITY CHARTER
(Implemented as on 5th April 2010)
No more Transit (5 days) Visa: Short Stay Visa (max. 90 days) becomes the norm
Processing time: 15 calendar days, extendable to 30 days
if additional enquiries are needed, exceptionally 60 days should
the need arise
New Application Form (downloadable from our site)
Traveller's passport must contain 2 empty pages
Passport must be less than 10 years
Special rate (35€) for children between 6 and 12
The face must fill 70 to 80 % (top of head to chin) of
(colour) photograph (i.e. 31,5 to 36mm for a 35x45 mm picture)
- Applicants with circulation visa valid more than 6 months can travel to DOM/CTOM on short term
WHAT DOES NOT CHANGE?
List of required documents
Airport Transit Visa for Indian Nationals
Visa fees (except above category)
territorial competence strictly limited to residents of Puducherry Union Territory, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep