France Long Stay Visa for traveller

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1. Posted by ReedC (Budding Member 4 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

I am a British national living in the UK soon to be travelling to France. I Understand to stay in France for more than 90 days I have to apply for a long stay visa which requires providing evidence of a living situation for the duration of my stay. As I am travelling and will be constantly moving this will not be possible, I am going purely for pleasure and may be staying in hostels on occasion. I was wondering if it was possible to get a long stay visa without evidence of a permanent place of residence.

If not I will make plans to travel to another country once my 90 days has expired. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks :)

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 618 posts) 50w 1 Star this if you like it!

I don't think you can. And it's not per country (i.e. France), it's 90 days total (per 180) in the Schengen area of the EU, with a few exceptions.

https://www.gov.uk/travel-to-eu-schengen-area

3. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 117 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

It may be worth looking at this specialist fb group -

https://www.facebook.com/groups/248686685795058/

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2928 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

As stevieh has said, as visitors to the Schengen zone we can be there for 90 days in a rolling 180 day period.

5. Posted by ReedC (Budding Member 4 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Ok, thanks a lot. I'll look into that facebook group. Also, if I were to find somewhere to stay or even a place to work once I'm there as I get to know more people can I apply for long stay or work visas whilst in France or does it have to be from the UK I apply for them?

Thanks :)

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6197 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

> can I apply for long stay or work visas whilst in France or does it have to be from the UK I apply for them?

You need to apply in your country of residence i.e. the UK.

https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/visa-application-guidelines

Note that you must not work if you are using the 90-in-180-day Schengen visa waiver.

With that waiver you can only stay for a maximum total of 90 days in the 26 Schengen Area (countries. You must then leave the Schengen Area entirely for a further 90 days.

7. Posted by nantic (Budding Member 13 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

...hello, i don't know much about the visa situation because i live in france and have a permanent carte de sejour...however, you could try contacting one of these organisations as they might well be better informed about what's what than most: workaway.info; helpx.net; wwoof.net...good luck and happy travelling...

8. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 386 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Quoting stevieh

I don't think you can. And it's not per country (i.e. France), it's 90 days total (per 180) in the Schengen area of the EU, with a few exceptions.

https://www.gov.uk/travel-to-eu-schengen-area

I think OP is talking about a French Long Stay Visa not the Schengen Visa. You are right in that the Schengen is 90 days in any 180 days but those visas do not preclude getting a country specific visa for longer stays. When you are staying under e.g. a French Long Stay visa then technically you cannot travel under it to other Schengen countries (but without border controls you'd have to have authorities check your visa to be spotted but I believe penalties are severe).

Ian

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6197 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

For info:

French long-stay visas are intended for stays longer than 3 months but less than a year:

https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/long-stay-visa

As I said above, the OP needs to apply for a long-stay visa from his/her country of residence i.e. the UK.