If you make multiple short trips to France each year, you may, under certain conditions, be eligible to apply for a multiple-entry visa valid for anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. This visa is commonly referred to as a "circulation visa".
It enables you to make as many stays as you wish in France, provided that you abide by the cumulative time limit of 90 days per period of 6 months, for the duration of its validity. The period of validity is determined by the French administration, depending on your situation and previous visas granted to you.
What are the conditions for being granted a circulation visa?
- Having previously been granted a circulation visa;
- Having previously been granted multiple ordinary visas and showing valid grounds for multiple annual stays;
- Being the spouse of a French national not residing in the Schengen space;
- Being the family member of a French national not residing in the Schengen space.
In all cases, the French administration will determine whether a circulation visa can be issued, as well as establish the duration of its validity.
What is the procedure for validating a circulation visa?
You may apply for a new circulation visa before the valid circulation visa has expired. The procedure is the same as for other visas, but in most cases, the list of required documents is simplified, especially in the case of renewal.