United Kingdom - France

Welcome to TLScontact Visa Application Centres for France in the United Kingdom

From 18 November 2015 the Consulate General of France in Edinburgh will no longer receive visa applications. To apply for a visa as of this date, you can apply at TLScontact London or TLScontact Edinburgh.

As of the 20th November 2015, Schengen Member States are linked to the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS stores the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of visa applicants for 5 years. Therefore, personal appearance of all applicants for a Schengen visa is mandatory, except for:

  • long stay visas
  • children under the aged of 12
  • persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible
  • heads of States and members of the Nations Governments with accompanying spouses and the members of their official delegations when they are invited by Member States’ Governments or by International Organizations for an official purpose, sovereigns and other senior members of royal families when they are invited by Members States’ Governments or by International Organizations for an official purpose.

If applicant’s visa bears the indication "VIS", it means that biometric data has already been collected. In such case, applicant must provide a copy of the visa sticker with the indication “VIS”. Within a 5 year period, personal appearance of applicant is not requested as following visas will use the stored biometric data.

Applicants will have the choice to either appear personally (without new biometric data collection), or to be represented by an authorized third party:

  • accredited agencies
  • authorized third party in possession of: his/her personal ID and authorization letter from the applicant

However, please note that if biometric data reveals not compliant, personal appearance will be requested.

*This procedure applies for all residents in the United Kingdom : England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, The Bailiwick of Jersey and Guernsey, Alderney, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man.

The Consulate General of France in London is accepting visa applications from all over the United Kingdom. There are no consular areas and you can choose freely between the TLScontact Visa Application Centres in London and Edinburgh.

Click here to apply in London
Click here to apply in Edinburgh

IMPORTANT: the online registration in one of the TLScontact Visa Application Centres is location specific. You will need to create a new account and enter all information again if you should decide to change the Visa Application Centre at a later time.

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