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How do I apply for a visa?

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Planning a trip abroad? Before you leave, it's important to check whether a visa is required for your trip. If so, here are the steps you need to take to obtain one.

Apply for a visa online

You must complete a standard visa application form and attach a series of documents to make up your application file:

  • A passport whose date of issue is less than 10 years old with two blank pages (minimum), still valid for at least 3 months from the day you leave the Schengen area;
  • Supporting documents corresponding to your situation and the reason for your trip;
  • Two recent passport photos;
  • Sufficient funds to pay your visa application fee.

These steps are feasible for online visa for Ivory Coast or ESTA for the USA
Important All documents not in English or French must be translated.

Make an appointment and go to the visa center

If you do not wish to apply online, and once you have made an appointment, please come to our office with your complete and undamaged application file. Your documents will be checked, you will be asked to pay the application fee and your biometric data (fingerprints) will be collected. Copies of your supporting documents and passport will be forwarded to the relevant consulate.
Good to know: all visa applications require the physical presence of the applicant if he or she is at least 12 years old at the time of application.

How much does a visa application cost?

When you apply, you'll have to pay a processing fee to the French authorities. Unfortunately, even if your application is refused, you will not be reimbursed. Fees can vary between €9 and €99, depending on your destination and the applicant's situation.
If your application is processed by an external service provider (who works for the consulates), you will be charged an additional fee. These fees vary from country to country, but in no case may they exceed 40 euros per visa application.

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