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Visa to France by invitation (2019): how to get what documents?

In this article, I will share my own experience of obtaining a visa to France at the invitation of a private person-a French citizen…

The visa was issued 2 times, the first — in 2017, the second — in 2018, the third — in August 2019 independently through the Visa center of France in Moscow, located at 64 Mira Avenue. In General, there are 18 visa centers in Russia. you can find a list of them on the official website of the Visa center of France:

In October 2017, it was my first trip to France and the Schengen country, that is, I had never had a Schengen passport before. So I decided then to prepare thoroughly, I did not want to be refused a visa. The second time was easier, since the passport already had a six-month Schengen, as well as marks about 2 visits to France.

I wrote the first version of this article immediately after getting my first visa, but when I faced the need to get a new visa, I realized that a lot had changed recently, and my memo was not quite relevant even for me. In General, I decided to update this article.


STEP 1: go to the visa center’s website register on it by clicking on the “My personal account” button in the upper right corner.

Then you will be taken to a page where you need to click “Create a new application or a new group of applications”.

You will have a new page “request Form”, which will have a button “Access”.

By clicking on this button, you will be taken to a questionnaire of 5 bookmarks (pages): Your plans – Your information – Your last visa – Your stay – Your contacts. You will need to fill in all this and save it at the end. This way you will be able to print out the completed application form and a memo from the Visa application center, with a list of documents required for submitting your application. That is, you do not need to fill out the form manually, it will still not be accepted!

STEP 2: make an appointment on the visa application center’s website to submit your documents. To do this, you need to register on its website. Then fill out the application form (select the city and type of visa requested-tourism or guest visit by invitation up to 90 days-Short Stay Visa). Select the date of your visit and you will receive a confirmation email. Print it out and take it with you to the visa center, show it to the security guard at the entrance later.

In practice, I did not immediately get a second time to register there, the site sent me somewhere all the time. In General, an hour later, it finally happened. But I could not make an appointment for a specific time, this opportunity was not there, only the day could be chosen, that is, it is either a system failure or now they have it. In General, I did not sign up, but just went to the Visa center on Mira Avenue to pass on a first-come, first-served basis. But from may 15, 2019, this will not work anymore, now everything is strictly on record! if you can’t make an appointment to submit documents via the website, you can do it by phone: +7 499 703 4974, +7 499 704 3556
List of documents for visa to France by invitation for Russians:
1. Application form (2 copies): filled out directly on the website and signed by the applicant (3 or 4 signatures, identical signatures in the passport).

Here fill in the sample, though I got confused in point 24 – in which I had to choose what entry I need: Single – Double-Multiple, as well as the number of days. I had an invitation for 90 days, and the trip was planned from November 24 to December 03. Given that I did not have a Schengen visa in my passport before, I could not choose for a long time, worrying that if I request the first visa and a multiple-entry one at once, I will be refused a visa at all. As a result, I went to the visa center with an empty point-I decided to consult a specialist when submitting documents. In General, he advised to put multiple, and for 90 days (since I had an invitation for 90 days).
Well, you need to sign in 4 places if you request a multiple-entry visa.

Sample questionnaire (empty)

Sample of the completed questionnaire

2. Passport valid for at least 3 months after the end of the planned trip, with at least 2 blank pages (+ 2 pages per child included in the passport).

I handed over the original passport and one copy of the photo page.
3. Two photos according to the OACI/ISO standard: 4, 5X3, 5 cm, color, on a light plain background.

I cut out two photos and attached them to my passport with a paper clip.
4. Insurance policy for Schengen for the entire duration of the trip. The insurance amount is at least 30,000 euro, including coverage for repatriation and hospitalization. If you are requesting a multiple-entry visa, the policy is issued only for the first trip; for subsequent trips, please apply before them, as it may be asked to be presented at passport control.

Issued for 10 days. Tinkoff had the cheapest insurance.
5. Internal passport-a copy of the page with photos, registration and all pages with marks. Only pages with marks!!

6. Invitation “Attestation d’accueil” from France with confirmation Of your residence from the host party. Certified by the city hall in France.
Handed over the original invitation and a copy of it-all sides. Then the original was returned to me, since I should show it at the border if required.


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