France visa requirements for Central Africans
Travel and visa requirements
Basic Travel Requirements for Central Africans visiting France
Travelers are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to apply for a French Visa.
France Visa for Central Africans
Facts about France
Types of France Visa
|Types of Visa||Processing Time||Duration of Stay|
|Tourist visa||5 working days - 3 weeks||90 days|
|Business visa||5 working days- 3 weeks||90 days|
|Student visa||5 working days- 3 weeks||1 year+|
General Requirements for France Visa
France Business Visa Eligibility & Requirements
- The France business visa is issued to Central Africans traveling to France with the intention of engaging in business activities.
- People who can apply for the business visa are business travelers, seasonal workers, foreigners involved in teaching activities, models, medical practitioners, airline crew, and interns.
- You can also apply if you have the intention of attending or participating in trade fairs, seminars, or conferences related to their professional activity can apply for this visa.
- Central Africans replying to invitations from their partners in France are also eligible for this visa type.
- An official letter of invitation from your partner in France should be provided. The letter must state the nature of the business to be carried out and the duration of the business trip.
- The letter from the host company must state if the company will be responsible for the applicant’s finances in the country.
- Admission cards to trade fairs or conferences must be provided.
- You can apply for this visa if you want to create or participate in commercial, industrial, artisanal or agricultural activities or work in a liberal profession in France.
- Foreigners who intend setting up a new business in France must be able to demonstrate the economic viability of their project.
- Applicants are required to provide proof of sufficient funds in form of bank statements.
France Student Visa Eligibility & Requirements
- The French student visa is issued to Central Africans who have the intention of studying in any of the academic institutions in France.
- If your studies will last less than three months, and you are sure you will not be spending any longer in the country, then you should apply for the court séjour pour étude, otherwise known as the short-stay or Schengen student visa.
- The long-stay visa also known as the visa de long séjour pour études or the extended-stay VLT-TS is what you need if you wish to study in France for longer than six months. This visa acts as a residence permit and lasts for the duration of your study period (normally three years for a bachelor’s degree, two years for a master’s program and four years for a Ph.D.).
- If you need to travel to France in order to sit one or more university entrance exams, you can apply for the visa de court séjour étudiant concours, which simply means a visa for sitting entrance exams. If you sit your exam and pass, you are then eligible to apply for a renewable, one-year residence permit.
- An official acceptance letter onto an accredited program at a French institution is required. This should be on officially headed paper, featuring your full details, the details of your program of study and the start and end dates of study.
- Proof of sufficient funds for living in the country. The current amount required is €615 per month, which can be shown with a bank statement, a guarantor’s letter or a notice of funding from a loan, scholarship or grant.
- Proof of return ticket home is required. Often this is in the form of the actual ticket or reservation showing the date of departure, but can be a handwritten statement of intent, including intended departure dates.
- Proof of medical insurance is also required (minimum cover €30,000)
- Proof of accommodation must be provided. This can be in the form of student housing confirmation or a certificate of board and lodging or ‘attestation d’accueil’ (if you’re living with friends or relatives).
- Proof of proficiency in French is required if you are studying a French-language course.
- Before initiating the visa application process, ensure that you have been accepted into the institution of your choice.
- Applicants of this visa must not be less than 18 years of age.
- Foreigners who intend to study a specialization in France by working as a medical intern during the duration of their studies are eligible to apply for this visa.
- A copy of the certificates and transcripts obtained from the schools previously attended by applicants is required.
France Tourist Visa Eligibility & Requirements
- The French tourist visa is issued to Central Africans with the intention of touring France.
- France is part of the Schengen countries so you can apply for the for the Schengen visa.
- This visa is valid for 90 days, and it is not extendable.
- The French diplomatic office will only require you to present a copy of a booked round-trip flight ticket, instead of buying the actual flight ticket before obtaining the visa.
- This document must involve information about the airline company, your name and identity details, destinations, flight number, days and hours.
- A confirming document offering the information that you have at your disposition at least 30,000€ coverage within France and the entire Schengen Area is required.
- A one or two-page cover letter signed by the applicant, stating the purpose of your visit to France, including the travel program must be provided.
- Proof of a booked accommodation for the period of stay in France must be provided by the applicant.
- The currency restriction for entry into and exit out of France is 10,000 Euros.
- Foreigners looking to travel to France for medical consultation, or receive treatment in a hospital in France can also apply for the France tourist visa.
France Visa Fees
France Visa Application Centres & Embassies in Central African Republic
French Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic --- Boulevard du Général de Gaulle BP 884 Bangui Central African Republic
(+236) 661 3005 (+236) 661 3006
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any interview for France visa?
You do not need to give an interview if you are applying for a short stay tourist visa. However, you need to be present at the time of document submission at VFS.
Do embassies check bank statements?
Yes most embassies verifies bank statements that are sent in with applications.
Do I need to know French to study in France?
No. There are many courses, especially in engineering (all branches), management, hospitality, fashion studies, economics, etc that are taught in English. However, it is a good idea to learn basics of French language, to ensure a smooth stay.
What is the use of an International Student Identity Card?
An international student identity card enables you to access youth hostels for short stays while traveling at discounted prices. You can get this from any office of the STIC Travels.