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Visa Information

M/s VF Services (UK) has been providing Visa services on behalf of the Embassy since February 2008. It has now been awarded a contract to continue to provide visa services up to 31 December 2018.

From 2nd January 2015, application forms for Visa will be accepted at the centres in Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Strasbourg and Bordeaux. Applications for Visa services can be deposited at any of these centres, depending on the convenience of the applicant irrespective of the place of residence of the applicant. The addresses of these centres are given below:

1. Paris: 42-44, Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
2. Marseille: 18-22, Rue Edmond Rostand, 13006 Marseille
3. Lyon: 20 rue de la Villette, Le Bonnel 5th Floor, 69328 Lyon Cedex 03
4. Strasbourg: 20, place des Halles, 67000 Strasbourg, Tour Europe-13th Floor
5. Bordeaux : 81, Boulevard Pierre 1er, 33110 Le Bouscat, Bordeaux

For detailed information please visit http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/france/. 

Embassy has not appointed or authorized any other agency or individual agent to render any Visa service on behalf of the Embassy and it shall not be responsible for any transaction made with unauthorized agencies / agents.

Passport status specifications

  • Passport with validity of less than six months will not be accepted.
  • Passport must have at least three blank pages (of which 2 must be side by side).
  • Passport should not be Mutilated / damaged / tampered / glued / cello taped

 

Processing Time

  • It is strongly advised that applicants do not make any travel arrangements before obtaining an Indian visa.
  • The Embassy of India cannot, in any circumstances, be held responsible for any applications which are not completed in time for your intended date of departure.
  • Kindly note that obtaining a visa is not automatic; your visa application may be accepted, modified or refused by the Embassy of India in its full right.
  • Each visa application is processed individually by the Embassy of India: as a result processing times may vary between applications that appear to be similar. It is particularly frequent for families and groups who have submitted their applications simultaneously to receive their visas with a few days gap.
  • Certain visa categories go through a closer examination requiring a few additional days to process. It is quite frequent for the examination of Employment Visa, Research Visa or Medical Visa applications to require longer processing times.
  • The Embassy of India reserves the right to withhold any application submitted for an in-depth examination.

 

Minimum processing times for applicants holding a French passport

Note: These processing times are not applicable for French nationals of Pakistani origins.

Mode of Submission

Minimum Processing Time

In Paris

Minimum 4 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Marseille

Minimum 8 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Lyon

Minimum 10 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Bordeaux

Minimum 10 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Strasbourg

Minimum 10 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

 

Minimum processing times for a non-French passport and dual nationality holders

Note: These processing times are not applicable for the following nationals: Pakistani / Sri Lankan / French Travel Document (“Titre de Voyage”) holders.

  • Please note that processing times may vary considerably from one nationality to another.
  •  The examination of your application is done in coordination with the Embassy of India holding jurisdiction over your nationality.
  • Some applications may require a processing time much greater than the minimum processing times given below.
  • Under no circumstances should you purchase your travel ticket before obtaining a visa.

In Paris

Minimum 6 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Marseille

Minimum 12 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Lyon

Minimum 15 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Bordeaux

Minimum 15 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

In Strasbourg

Minimum 15 working days after deposit  at VFS but may take longer

 

Minimum processing times for holders of a "titre de voyage"

If you are holding French "titre de voyage" processing time will be a minimum of 15 working days.

 

Minimum processing times for applicants of Pakistani nationality/origin

Your visa application is reviewed directly by the Indian Government and not by the Embassy of India in Paris. The response of the Indian Government is compulsory for the visa to be granted. In some special cases, processing can take several months. Your travel arrangements should always be made after you have obtained your visa. Furthermore, your travel dates will have to be organised according to the validity of the visa granted to you. You must never purchase your travel ticket or plan your travel before obtaining a visa.

In Paris

Minimum 35 working days after deposit  at VFS but is likely to take longer

In Marseille

Minimum 40 working days after deposit  at VFS but is likely to take longer

In Lyon

Minimum 40 working days after deposit  at VFS but is likely to take longer

In Bordeaux

Minimum 40 working days after deposit  at VFS but is likely to take longer

In Strasbourg

Minimum 40 working days after deposit  at VFS but is likely to take longer

 

Visa for holders of diplomatic / official passport and UN Laissez-Passer

Visa Applications for persons holding diplomatic / official / UN passports are accepted at the Consular Wing of the Embassy at:

20-22, Rue Albéric Magnard,
75016 Paris, FRANCE.
Metro: La Muette (Line no. 9)
Between 0930 hrs. to 1130 hrs. (Monday to Friday).

The following documents are required:-

  • Online visa application form duly filled in ( https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ ) and a hard copy of the same.
  • Passport with validity of not less than six months and must have at least three blank pages (of which 2 must be side by side).
  • Photocopy of the passport
  • Note verbale from Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Embassy / Diplomatic Organisation.
  • Two photos as per the norms specified at the online visa application website(https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/)

For any enquiry or information or clarification please call:

From within France: 08 92 23 03 58
From outside France: + 1 214 257 1048

Or, visit

Website in French: Under process
Website in English: http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/france