Since January 2021, the freedom of British people to come and go in France has been restricted to 90 days out of 180, with no possibility of re-entry until the time is up. While 90 days might sound like plenty for casual holidaymakers, it’s never long enough for people with second homes in France or for those who are looking to rent or buy a French property. So how do you spend more than 90 days in France?
Say hello to the six-month short stay visa!
Six-month short stay visa for visits to France
Often overlooked, the short stay visa offers certain advantages.
For a start, it’s easy to acquire. You can apply up to three months before the date you intend to travel, which allows plenty of time in case the Consulate dealing with your application is particularly busy during that period. Even if your visa comes through in record time, its six months validity starts on the date you stipulated in your application, which makes planning easy.
Second, you don’t need to show proof of health insurance. Your current UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is enough.
Third, the short stay visa is multiple entry, which means you can come and go as you please as long as you are heading home by the end of your designated six month period.
What happens after that?
Residency visa for France
If you loved your time in France so much that you decide to move here permanently, you can apply for a one year long-stay visa once you get back home. During that year, you will be able to apply for a ‘carte de séjour’ or residency visa.
French Connections HCB have helped thousands of people settle in France and can help you apply for your visa. Find out more: frenchconnectionshcb.com