Citizens of these nations who live in the United Kingdom and want to visit France must first obtain a French visa. The most important criterion is that you hold a valid UK resident visa for at least three months beyond the date you intend to depart France / the Schengen Area.
If you hold a three-month UK visa, you can extend it for another three months to apply for a French Schengen visa from the UK. Before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK, you must apply for an extension.
If you meet the following criteria, you should apply for a French visa at the nearest French Embassy/Consulate or French visa application centre in the UK:
- The only Schengen country you intend to visit is France.
- France is your primary destination (the country in which you will spend the most time)
- And the first Schengen country you will visit (when spending an equal amount of days in France and another Schengen country)