French Schengen Tourist Visa in Manila

French Schengen Tourist Visa in Manila

There are a few parts in this application which includes figuring out where to apply, setting up an appointment, the submission of documents and interview, and the release of the passport. I will try to provide as much information as I can including dates and time. Please keep in mind that this is my personal experience. I will try to answer questions that you may have on the comment section but I really have no idea what your chances are on getting a visa. ^^

 

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WHERE TO APPLY: 

 

For a visit to one Schengen state, visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of that particular Member State. If the visit includes more than one destination, visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of the Member State whose territory constitutes the MAIN destination of the visit(s) in terms of purpose (i.e. business) and/or length of stay.

I traveled with my cousin and this was her life long dream – to see Paris which was our first destination. We also stayed here longer than any other Schengen territory that is why we applied at the French embassy.

 

 

APPOINTMENT: 

 

I called on April 4, 2014 to set up an appointment. It was for both me and my cousin since we were applying together. They will ask you for passport information so have these ready. I was also asked about our itinerary – probably to make sure that we are applying at the right embassy. The appointment that I was given was for May 12, 2014 at 9am. I think they hold interviews in the morning and pick up of passports in the afternoon. After, I was given a confirmation number for myself and another confirmation number for my cousin. I also asked what the visa fees were at the time and this is different depending on the rate of the euro. At the time of my application, it was 3,700 pesos.

For PLDT/Smart/Touchcard Subscribers 1 (909) 101- 3333
For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile Subscribers 1 (900) 101- 3333
For Bayantel Subscribers 1 (903) 101- 3333
* Appointments may only be made within three months from the date of departure 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

(2 different sets: 1 set of originals and 1 set of photocopies)

 

1. Signed Schengen visa application form with photo (35mm x 45mm, white background)
2. Valid passport (3 months’ validity from the end of intended stay) and photocopy of valid and former visas
3. Cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip and proposed day-to-day itinerary
4. Details about the trip :
– Proof of accommodations
For tourists: hotel vouchers (for your entire stay in the Schengen area)
If staying with a French resident: “Attestation d’accueil” (delivered by           the City hall where the host is residing – the original must be
presented) + copy of that host’s national ID or residence permit (if citizen of a country outside the EU)
– Round trip flight booking (please do not purchase your ticket unless your      visa is granted)
– For family visit, proof of relationship with the host (birth certificate
marriage certificate…)
5. Proof of employment (if any):
– Certificate of employment with monthly salary and leave of absence approved by employer
– If self employed: official business registration for current and previous year
– For priests, nuns and missionaries: certificate from the Apostolic Nunciature and guarantee letter from French and Filipino congregation
6. Proof of income
– Income tax return from previous year, if applicable
– Recent bank certification
– Photocopy of the last three months statement of account of the same bank account
7. Identity / marital status :
– If married: photocopy of your marriage contract and birth certificate
– If single: photocopy of your birth certificate
– For minors not travelling with either parent, a copy of the DSWD permit
8. An international travel insurance (medical expenses and repatriation) covering the entire period of the person’s intented stay and valid for all Schengen states. Minimum coverage should be EUR 30,000.
9. Visa fee (prevailing peso equivalent of EUR 60), payable in cash
* Processing time: 5 working days (unless further verification is needed

 

 

INTERVIEW:

 

We were there really early like at around 8am. The building was kind of confusing since we had to take the elevator down and go through the entrance from the car park. We left an ID and we logged in and was given a visitor ID. Then we had to wait to be called for our appointment. They had limited seats on the hallway so we were all standing along the hallway.

Once they called out the 9am appointment, we signed at the guard post and left our phone. They were only allowing about 10 people at a time inside since there weren’t enough seats. When people would come out from their interview, they would call in people again. We were also given a number, one number for each party so that’s one number for both of us. We sat and we waited for our turn. You can actually hear the other people being interviewed if you sat at the back. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. ^^

When our number was called, we were directed to window 1, he asked us a couple of basic questions, checked our documents then paid for our fees. He said to wait for our number to be called by the interviewer so we sat back down again. There were a mixture of 2 French Nationals and one Filipina who were doing the interviews at the time. We got the Filipina and she was really stern, the French Nationals sounded nicer and friendlier because we could hear them at the back seats. We submitted our papers. She looked at it and took the set of xerox copies. She asked several questions and then took our pictures and prints. I didn’t know that the picture they took was the one they were gonna put in the visa itself, I should have powdered my nose. Haha. Then she gave us a stub which indicates the time and date we need to pick up our passports. It was a week after the interview.

 

 

RELEASE OF THE PASSPORT:

 

This was a week after our interview. I actually had no idea that it was gonna be this fast. I thought it would at least take a month because at the Italian embassy, the shortest it has been was a month for them to process an application. We were nervous all week and my cousin even fasted for this – for the whole week! She got our passports since I live in the province and she lives in Manila. She was there in the afternoon and showed them the stub. I think she told me she had to wait again for her turn or number to be called out when they released the passport. We were really happy with the results! ^^

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS: 

French Embassy in Manila website
Information such as visas, office hours, etc.
Visa – short stay application form
Schengen visa – short stay Visit/Tourism Requirements



0 thoughts on “French Schengen Tourist Visa in Manila”

  • Wow! Have a blast in France! I have a question tho, do you have any idea getting a visa in the Spanish embassy? Do you know any blogs? I’m gonna get a student visa for Spain.

    Thanks!

  • Hi there! 🙂 I’d just like to ask.. Do you need to mail to the embassy the required documents ahead prior to interview sched or you can just bring them on the day of your interview? Thanks in advance. 🙂

  • Thanks so much for your reply. 🙂 so, its okay to call for appointment even when you haven’t secured a ticket booking yet and the hotel vouchers, right? as long as you can get all the requirements ready before the interview date comes. would that be fine? 🙂

  • That’s great! Thank you very very much for the info.. at least I now have the confidence to do the visa processing on my own. Visa assistance agencies would ask you 10-15k when you hire their service. Tsk! 🙂

  • Good day,

    Hi, does anybody knows what kind of document should be presented for the proof of lodging for a long stay au pair visa application?
    On the embassy website, it just says “proof of lodging”
    .. :/

  • I just accidentally came across your blog and it has been sooh much help. Thanks for the tips. It will save us a lot in securing our personal visas.

  • Do they care the amount of money u can produce? How much qoukd you think or how much did you present upon the interview including ur credit cards. Does it have an impact from visa approval?
    thanx

    • Hi Nick,

      Of course it matters. Just put yourself in their position. Would you allow someone to go into your country if you know they won’t be able to support themselves while they are there? Will they have something to come back to? It depends on how long you plan to visit. Are you financing your trip? Or is someone else financing it? I would not know how much of an impact it has on visa approvals. It’s a case to case basis. Some people don’t have much but gets a visa and some people have a lot but they don’t get a visa.

      • Yes. Im planning only for 7 to 10 days.
        Have my return ticket and hotel booking also. ill be 3 financing my own trip. Thanks.

        By the way, how much was your budget per day in euro? Not the so tight budgeted.

        • Well, it depends on the city you are visiting. Some cities in europe are more expensive than others. Also depends on your planned activities. In Paris for example, 70 euros is more than enough for a day for meals and transport unless you go to expensive restaurants. This excludes your accommodation.

  • hi, your blog has been very helpful, me and my grandparents are planning for a trip in france and italy, pls advice of which country will we apply for our visa , its france or italy? we plan to travel by mid may. my grandparents wants to apply in the fastest way since may is so soon. thanks

    • Hi ida mae,

      You have to apply at the country you are spending the most days in so that depends on your itinerary. I have experienced applying in both the French and Italian embassy. In my experience, the french embassy is faster in terms of getting a decision. You get it in a week compared to 3-4 weeks from the Italian embassy from the time of the appointment I’ve set which can also takes a month depending on availability. I can’t say that this is the standard processing time. This is just based on my personal experience. 🙂

  • Hi, my family and I ( 5 of us) applied for Schengen Visa last Mar 4. Two of our passports arrived few days after. But the other three have yet to be delivered. I am getting worried now. Did anyone experience this delay before? Also, the visa granted is so short. We are hoping for a 5-year visa. So disappointed 🙁

    • Hi Sunshine,

      I don’t know of anyone who has a 5 year Schengen visa. They usually just give you the the days you requested. I don’t know anything about group applications. My guess is maybe they’re still scrutinizing the documents of the rest of the applicants. Hopefully someone here who had a similar experience can share theirs. 🙂

  • Hi Ems! I want to know how much possibility do I have in applying for a Schengen Visa? My husband is an American and I’m a Filipino, he wants us to travel to Europe for 3 weeks(France would be our first stop) while we are waiting for my U.S. Immigrant Interview in Manila. He will be paying everything incl. flights to more than 5 EU countries, hotels and activities. I have no job due to our pending US Immigrant Petition for now but I’ve worked in other countries and traveled to 16 countries (just in case both will help). In a scale of 1-10, 10 is the highest & 1 is the lowest, how much chance do I have here? I would like to know what can you say about my concern. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi soaring leopard,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I have no idea how people who work in the embassies figure out who to give visas to or not and what their criteria is so I really don’t know your chances. I don’t think I am in any position to give judgement based on what you told me. Does it matter if I say 1 or 10? It’s still not up to me. Hehe. My advice is always just give it a try and hope for the best. Present complete documents that are required and prove that you will come back to the Philippines, you have something to come back to like having that interview to be with your husband. They do conduct interviews at the French embassy so you have a chance to explain yourself when they do ask about it. Good luck! 🙂

  • Hi, I’m just curious if the Malayan Travel Insurance would be acceptable for them because I tried to check their online application for that insurance and there’s only one country that you could choose like france. but upon checking the list of accredited insurance on the french embassy malayan insurance is on their list

    • Hi Patrick,

      I know nothing about Malayan Travel Insurance. I have not used it before. Maybe the online option is only for travel to France. Maybe you need to contact them directly for a multiple country Schengen insurance. 🙂

      • another question, regarding the birth certificate Am I going to provide the photocopy only? or Do I need to provide the original?

        • I don’t remember the birth certificate as a requirement for the embassies I applied at. Maybe it is required where you are applying.. 🙂

    • Hello. Yes. Malayan Insurance is acceptable. I purchased my travel insurance for a long stay visa in France. 🙂

  • Very helpful tip!! Superb! Thank you very much!

    May i ask re the accommodation, in case we will be staying thru AirBNB, are we going thru the process under the “staying with a french resident?

  • Hi, do you think I’ll be granted a visa even without providing bank statements? Because my dad said he didn’t have to submit bank statements when he previously applied for a schengen visa. But I’ll be submitting the bank certification which states how much money is in the bank account so is that okay already?

  • Hi Ems, me and my husband are planning to apply for a visa. Do they do interviews separately even for couples? How did it go with you and your cousin? Did you have your interviews separately?

  • Hi Ems, are backpacks allowed inside the embassy? or is there a baggage counter we can leave our backpacks? are cellphones allowed inside? Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Hi
    i have appointment sa france embassy on the 27 I have some question to ask,
    my freind he will cover all my expenses in Europe,I had received the papers
    from the city hall in france,my question is I am un employed ,but I have some properties land,car and condo unit in my name and I have enough money to show them my 2bank certificate each is worth500k ,its that enough to proof that I will come back in the philippine ?i only plan to stay europe 41days
    my freinds is working at the car racing company he manage the driver and I will be in the 3 place in Europe Belgium,Germany ,Nederland he. Have race there and I will go with him I haveiteneninary of scedule .do you think I won’t have problem to get a visa?i been in beijing Macau and Malaysia with him to watch the Grand Prix while he’s working 🙂
    it’s that’s will help me
    thanks

    • Hi Anna,

      As I always say, I don’t know what your chances are of getting a visa. I don’t know how they evaluate applications. In my opinion, as long as you have prepared the complete requirements and answer their questions truthfully, it already increases your chances. 🙂

  • hi ems. just wanna ask if i still need to get a transit visa for dubai, 4hrs layover upon going to Italy and 9hrs layover upon coming back to Philippines. just confused, thanks

  • Hello ems..I am preparing all my papers for 3 months staying in France with my French boyfriend..I think we can provide all the necessary papers..but problem is the 90 days leave of absence from my work..do I need to get that?or the COE and ITR is enough proof that I have a job here and I come back to my work after the vacation in France?
    Thank you very much for the impormative blog..Ms.ems..

    • Hi Aimmie,

      I think it’s required but you’d have to double check. 🙂 My cousin who is also employed submitted the leave of absence.

  • Hi there. My aunt and I are going to travel to Europe next year. She will shoulder all the expenses,Do I still need to provide a bank account statement?

  • Hi,
    We will be travelling to Italy, France and Germany. There will be 6 of us including one child. My mother who is a retired business woman will be treating all of us for this trip.
    She is retired so she wont have an ITR since she turned over the business to my brother (whos not coming). Her bank account, and credit card limit is more than enough to cover for all our expenses.
    1. Will that be a problem for us? Her not having an ITR (retired) and she covering all expenses for the trip?
    2.
    Do you have some tips on how we can get an approval for our case. We didnt have any problem with our U.S, Canada, Australia, China, Japan or all other visas we applied through the years. But this will be the 1st time we will apply for a Schenghen visa so im worried (6 application fees denied will hurt) 🙁
    3. My husband and I are working for the family business as well so we wont have ITR ‘s too. I have COE, Bank Certs, Credit card statemens as proof of funds. Is not having an ITR a problem in this? What can i submit in lieu of this.
    Thank you very much for your help.

    • Hi Mary,
      1. I don’t really know. I haven’t known anyone who was in a similar situation apply. Maybe a reader here might answer your question.
      2. You could include a cover letter explaining your situation. Submit the documents that support it accordingly.
      3. The purpose of the ITR is letting them know that you do get an income, either from working or a business. I don’t know if this will be a problem. I don’t think there’s a substitute for this.

      Sorry I’m not much help. Most of the commenters in my blog have sponsors from countries they were visiting, not usually a travel companion but maybe someone who was in a similar situation might reply to you here and give you answers. 🙂

  • Hi, will be applying for schengen visa in france .how much it cost if i applied for multiple entries thanks and Godbless

  • Hi there! I am currently trying to apply for Schengen Visa through France Embassy in Manila. I have all documents complete except that my passport validity is only extended until September of 2016.

    Do they allow/process extended passport validity?

    Thank you for your help 🙂

    • Hi Crystal. I don’t know if they do. I only know that they only require 3 months of passport validity at the end of your travel. 🙂

      • Thanks so much for your reply!!!!

        Last question, would you know how much do they require or is the ideal savings / show money that you need to present them? Kasi right now, I’m trying to do travel loan, just don’t know how much is the ideal amount of savings so they can consider you for the Schengen Visa (France)

        • Hi Crystal,

          There is no ideal set amount but you do need to prove that you can afford to travel if you are paying for this trip. 🙂 I would suggest to set a budget for flight/hotel/transport at the time of your travel. I think they had set €55 a day (not really sure about the exact amount, will get back to you on this later) for a daily budget – also depending on how long you are planning to stay. 🙂

          • Hi ems,

            It’s me again. I just want to ask. I’ve already confirmed with the agency I am coordinating with for my France trip that extended passport validity is accepted.

            My question now is, what do France embassy require: a reserved flight or a confirmed booking? Because I was told by the travel agency that a confirmed booking is required for VISA application -meaning I have to pay for the flight ticket in full and in advance even before my VISA gets approved? I’m wondering if this is true?

          • No.. They only require a reserved flight. Confirmed bookings are discouraged because they don’t want you to spend that much on a flight ticket without a visa. All of the embassies I’ve applied with for Schengen all require a reserved flight only. I always buy the the ticket only after I get the visa.

          • I see, so how were you able to keep the reservation for until your appointment date at the France embassy? Airlines / agencies cannot hold reservation for more than 24 hours

            Thanks!

          • I don’t. They only require that the ticket was reserved so you just need to submit the document stating it was reserved. You can even do that online for some airlines. I don’t think they check that. In my opinion, they only want an idea for your travel dates and itinerary which is important. I don’t even purchase the same tickets or airlines of what I submitted if there’s a huge difference in price. I always go for the cheapest available fare of course. I just usually stick to the dates I submitted. 🙂

  • hi im trying to call the french embassy to book for an appointment. But i always end up to “the number u dialed is incorrect” Can i have their number for appointment? i got their # from their website. +1(909)101-3333 but still i cant get through it. Help please! 🙂

    • Hi Ron,

      This may be a stupid question.. Were you calling from a landline? If you are using a cellphone by any chance, it depends on the provider (Smart or Globe) that you are using. I called from a phone with a Globe sim so I had to dial +1 900 101 3333. Anyway, these are the corresponding numbers. Be sure to call at regular hours too from 9am-4:30pm. If you are calling from a cellphone, also make sure that you have enough credit because it’s about 32 pesos plus additional charges per minute. I hope this helps. 🙂

      For PLDT/Smart/Touchcard Subscribers 1 (909) 101- 3333
      For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile Subscribers 1 (900) 101- 3333
      For Bayantel Subscribers 1 (903) 101- 3333

  • Hi Ems!! i booked for an appoinment at french embassy and im sorry for this question. where shall i put my requirements? is there a required brown envelope or folder? im sorry for asking cause i guess i missed this thing with my conversation with the call center agent because of my choppy line. please reply!

    • Hi Fran,

      No need for envelopes or folders. You just organize your documents in order of the checklist. Also make sure to seperate the xerox copies in another pile. No worries. Good luck on your application! 🙂

  • Hi Ems,

    Glad to come across your blog, it helps a lot. 🙂 I just have some additional questions though, im not sure if you could answer but if anyone knows please help.

    My bf is French national, he lives in Paris. I will visit him in May for couple of weeks at his expense. I am employed, so i would be able to provide the requirements needed from me. I have also travelled to some Asian countries and have been to Australia twice. My question is, are there different requirements if you’re sponsored by someone?

    Or has anyone here applied for a holiday visa in France with a French national partner sponsoring their trip? If yes please share naman what documents you secured. Im wondering if i still need to present a bank statement if i have a sponsor. Coz i know its costly in eu and my bank doesnt have enough for the duration of my stay. I remember in Australia if you have a sponsor you dont need a bank statement, you just need to secure documents that will prove you will go back to your home country.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • Hi kimie1986,

      Sorry for the late reply. I’m not very familiar on applying with a sponsor but from my understanding if you do have a sponsor, they have to show that they are financially capable for your trip. You don’t have to. Do double check on the French embassy site. Good luck! 🙂

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