Our French immigration lawyers offer complete visa application services to foreign nationals from Kuwait as well as many other countries. Obtaining a visa for France from Kuwait is a process based on an application according to the purpose of the visit. The required documents depend on the particular purpose and the process also involved paying a fee.
Working with a team of immigration specialists is advisable for foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to France from Kuwait. By doing so, they can make sure that they submit a complete set of documents to the French Embassy in Kuwait and that their application is accepted.
If you want to move to France from Kuwait, read below to find out more about the general entry conditions applicable in your case and the main steps that you have to follow. We can also help you if you want to immigrate to France from USA.
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Types of visas available for Kuwait nationals
The first step for those interested in the process to relocate to France from Kuwait is selecting a visa that will suit their needs. When coming to France from Kuwait, it is mandatory to enter the country with a visa for France from Kuwait. This can be issued for a short-stay (less than 90 days) or long-term stays (more than 90 days). For those interested in immigration, the goal is to obtain temporary residence as a first step and then move on to permanent residency. This means that they will most likely apply for a long-term stay visa and not be necessarily interested in a short-stay or tourist visa.
Foreign nationals can apply for long-term visas for the following purposes:
- Employment: once they have obtained a job with a French employee or when they intend to come to the country and work as self-employed professionals;
- Study: Kuwaiti students admitted to a French University, such as the Polytechnic School or other prestigious schools have the right to reside in the country during the duration of their studies;
- Business: for investors who wish to open a company in France (subject to observing the general foreign investment policies);
- Family reunification: for Kuwaiti nationals who have a French spouse or a relative who is already a French permanent resident and also wish to move to France from Kuwait.
Kuwait nationals who wish to obtain residency in France will need to follow the due process for first obtaining their long-term visa, prior to entering the country. This document is issued based on the applicant’s purpose of stay, and the documents required for this step will depend on the specific purpose for which the Kuwaiti national wishes to remain in France.
Apply for a visa for France from Kuwait for business or employment
For a Kuwaiti national intending to relocate to France from Kuwait for the purpose of starting a business or for searching for a business, the application will usually be for a long-stay visa, allowing him to remain in the country for more than 90 days. The following supporting documents are needed:
- Identification documents: a valid passport with two blank pages, issued less than 10 years prior to the application date, valid for at least 3 months more after the expiry date of the long-term visa; an ID photograph is also needed;
- Proof of purpose of stay: copy of the relevant degrees (for employment) or of the employment contract or proof of a business plan;
- Health insurance: travel health insurance for the duration of the stay in the country (for the duration of the visa, maximum of 1 year)
- Financial means: proof of financial subsistence, as per the monthly basis maintenance allowance in France; our team of French immigration agents can give you more details.
In addition to the documents listed above, the applicant must also pay a visa application fee. This can differ according to the purpose of the stay:
- 99 Euros or approximately 35 Kuwaiti Dinar for those applying for a long-term visa, applicable in case of business purposes or for seeking a job;
- 50 euros or approximately 18 Kuwaiti Dinar for students admitted to a French Center for studies;
- other visa fees include the one for the short-stay purposes of 60 euros.
Please keep in mind that these visa fees should be used for informative purposes only as they can be subject to change.
We advise those interested in obtaining a visa for France from Kuwait to prepare their documents and to prepare for the application procedure in advance, in order to make sure that they have sufficient time to apply as certain deadlines may apply. We advise individuals who apply for a long-stay visa to purchase their airplane tickets once the visa has been approved.
Before the long-term visa expires, the Kuwaiti holder needs to apply for a residence permit with the French prefecture in the area where he lives. The long-term visa for France from Kuwait is the equivalent to a Schengen visa and the holder can travel between the Schengen Area countries. If you wish to know more about acquiring permanent residency, as well as citizenship in France you can reach out to our immigration experts. We can help those interested during these subsequent stages as obtaining citizenship can be important for those who immigrate to France from Kuwait.
Contact us if you want to apply for a visa for France from Kuwait. We can assist you throughout the application process as well as once you arrive in the country. We offer immigration services also for persons who want to immigrate to France from UK.
If you are not a Kuwait national and wish to apply for a residence permit, our team will gladly answer your questions based on your nationality. We assist all foreign nationals who wish to move to France and, in order to be able to help you, we will need certain basic information, such as the reason for your relocation (work, investment, study, etc.) and whether or not you are traveling with family. You can contact us for details.
If you wish to know more about acquiring permanent residency, as well as citizenship in France you can reach out to our immigration experts. Several conditions are in place and apply to all those who wish to obtain French nationality. This status is commonly obtained through naturalization and, in addition to a minimum residence period, the applicant will also need to comply with several other conditions. Our team can explain these if you are ready to apply and can guide you throughout the process.