Applying for a French visa in Australia
The consulate-general never requests any payment upfront regarding visa fees. You may have to pay VFS Global service fees when booking an apointment, but visa fees payments will be made in person at the VFS Global centre on the day of your appointment (by credit card).
Depending on the visa category, the applications can be lodged at VFS Global centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the French Embassy in Canberra (official visas only) and the Greek Consulates-General in Perth and Adelaide (short stay Schengen visas only).
For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.
Do I need a visa?
First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.
Complete your application online
Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.
Submit your application to the visa centre
Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.
Track your visa application
Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.
IMPORTANT TO READ
1/There is no hotline for the Visa section. Contact the visa section here.
All the relevant information on these matters can be found on France Visas’ website: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas/welcome-page.
2/ The Visa centres only accept debit/credit card payments. No cash will be accepted. It is not a mandatory requirement for the visa applicants to use their own credit card.
3/ Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on the time of year and the visa category.