Summer is around the corner, we’re getting ready for Fête de la Musique, and we’ve already booked our tickets for our trip to the States for the 4th of July. I can hardly believe it’s almost the end of the school year – much less time to be making plans for the fall.

And May – a month that is supposed to be filled with long weekends and enjoying the spring weather – has instead been filled with the bustle of getting our Passeport Talent Entrepreneur visa applications ready for our clients who are arriving in August – and the wonderful [sarcasm] surprise of a procedure change in the middle of an open application. It’s always an adventure, and you never know when the consulate is going to spring a new document request or change in procedure on you, even if you’ve done everything right.

I recorded two reels on Instgram this week on just those topics, because it can be nerve-wracking and frustrating for our clients to have the procedure change, or, just as irritating, to have the VFS agent tell you that you don’t have the right documents or that they’ve never processed that particular visa type before!

Yesterday, we had a VFS agent tell our client that her 11 year old child’s visa application would be rejected without a work contract  (WTF?), and last week, our other client’s VFS appointment almost didn’t go to plan when the agent told him that she’d never heard of his visa type  and didn’t know what was required (despite the list of documents). Fortunately, his family’s visas arrived yesterday

The point is that before you apply for any French 🇫🇷 visa, you want to be as prepared as possible, and make sure you know exactly what’s required, because the VFS agent is just there to take your papers. Having expert advice during the process – and then to reassure you and talk you off a ledge when the appointment doesn’t go as you thought it would – can go a long way to making the visa application go more smoothly, and help you to avoid stress.

And, if you’re planning on being in France by the end of the year, now is pretty much the time to start!

Here are this week’s announcements: