The French fiancé and spouse visa are two of the most popular French visas. France is one of the most romantic places here on earth and celebrating marriage in such country makes it even more memorable.
The French fiancé visa
The fiancé visa is issued to those who will be entering France to marry their partner. Under this case, the Filipino applicant should be eligible to marry or there should be no legal impediment that would prevent the marriage from taking place. If the applicant had been married before, he or she should prove that such relationship is no longer valid. Since we have no divorce in the Philippines, getting an annulment, take note, annulment—not just legal separation is needed unless the separation’s cause is natural death.
The general requirements for this visa are the following:
- Recent passport photos
- Valid passport
- Documentary evidence of your civil status
- Evidence of sufficient financial resources
- Evidence of the French partner’s identity and nationality
- Evidence of the French partner’s financial capacity
- Evidence of sufficient accommodation in France
- Ticket reservations
- Travel insurance with a coverage of € 30,000
- Evidence of wedding plans
If approved, the visa entitles you to stay for a maximum of 90 days only. After the authorized period of stay, you must return to the Philippines and apply for a spouse visa to settle permanently in France. The processing time for this visa usually lasts for up to two (2) months. Filing an early application is of course, very much, encouraged.
The French spouse visa
The French spouse visa, on the other hand, is issued to the foreign spouse of a French national. Evidently, if this visa is sought, this means that the couple is already married upon lodging of the application.
To secure an approval, the embassy shall look into the following documents:
- Passport photos
- Documentary evidence of a valid marriage
- Evidence of the French spouse’s identity
- Sufficient financial resources and accommodation
This list may be short, but do not forget that consular officers have the discretion to ask for additional forms and papers.
Lodging the application
Similar to other French visa applications, you must first schedule an appointment at the embassy. You may call them in this number: 857-6924 from 2 P.M to 4 P.M only. You may also send them an e-mail to request for an interview date. Due to the volume of applicants entertained by the embassy, getting an appointment is too time-consuming. Thus, to avoid the rush, it is best to submit early applications.
Category: France Visa