France student visa processing resumes in India on 17 August
VFS Global will resume France student visa processing on Monday 17 August in several cities in India for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown.
VFS has announced that its France visa application centres in India across 5 cities – Bangalore (Bengaluru), Chennai, Cochin (Kochi), Hyderabad and New Delhi – will resume student visa processing on Monday 17 August.
Applications will be welcomed for France Schengen Type D long stay student visas, with appointments mandatory for interested applicants.
VFS France visa application centres in India reopen 17 August for student visa
The VFS France visa application centres in Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad and New Delhi have all issued guidelines on how to book the mandatory appointments to file student visa applications from 17 August.
To book a France student visa appointment in Cochin and Chennai, a different link has been provided.
New Delhi appointments will be available for applicants from 10am to 2pm.
In addition to student visa applications, Cochin and Chennai will also be accepting Long Stay Spouse of French Citizen/EU Visa applications.
France visa applications welcomed but issuance of visas has not resumed
VFS clarified that the consulate generals of France in India have ‘only resumed the collection of visa applications but not issuance of visas until further notice’.
The mandatory appointments have been put in place as VFS France visa application centres in India will resume operations with strict social distancing guidelines in place and only a limited number of customers will be allowed inside the Visa Application Center at a time.
A VFS statement about Coronavirus prevention measures being enforced at France visa centers in India said: “As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centre may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and required to wear face mask and gloves.
“Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.”
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