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I will be attending an academic conference in France and have been advised by the people who already have been to one of the Schengen member countries to mention the purpose of my visit as "Other" and write academic conference or colloquium.
The problem is that since December, France is taking applications from the site "French-visas" where we have to fill in an interactive online form and a PDF is generated from it. In the purpose of visit section, there is no option to mark "other" from the drop-down menu but it is showing as an available option in the generated PDF. I have tried other browsers as well, to see if there is any browser compatibility issue, but it didn't help. Any suggestions to tackle the problem?