My France visa was rejected 2 times. I had submitted all relevant documents with strong ties with my home country. I provided a detailed itinerary day by day and all confirmed bookings of flights and hotels.

Now I have cancelled my trip but I have appealed the decision.

So did anyone have any success with appeal without a French lawyer?

Reason of refusal both time was justification and purpose not reliable.

Brief Summary:

I have an Indian passport with no travel history and am single. I earn more than 2,500 Euros per month and attached assets of my stocks portfolio, which had close to 20k Euros. I attached NOC and ITR, bank statement, everything.

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    No travel history and single. There you have it. Your chances of an appeal success are vanishingly small, IMHO.
    – Traveller
    Oct 25, 2023 at 10:14
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    @kk_sad I don't know your personal circumstances, but a wild guess just for illustration could be that you might be earning those 2500€ in a way which would be easily transferable to Europe (let's say you're an expert in IT or finance), so having such a job in India does not actually tie you much to India. Similarly, stock portfolios are quite easy to move to a different country, so they don't really mean much in terms of ties.
    – TooTea
    Oct 25, 2023 at 13:00
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    @kk_sad It’s pretty well-recognised that getting a tourist visa to sought-after destinations such as Schengen, Canada, USA, UK, Australia, typically requires the applicant to demonstrate a history of complying with immigration rules. Visiting a few countries where you can enter visa free or get a visa on arrival before trying again will increase your chances of success.
    – Traveller
    Oct 25, 2023 at 17:03
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    @Traveller thats just sad. I dont want to go to south east asia. I am forcefully sent to these countries just to get mentioned visas. Thats unfair but thats how life is
    – kk_sad
    Oct 25, 2023 at 18:05
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    Thing is,two EU applications in a row with literally zero other travel history are quite a concerning signal for any visa officer. It shows a stubborn determination to get into the EU somehow and zero interest in the rest of the world. Genuine tourists rarely act like that, because there's a lot to be seen all over the globe,not just in Europe. Visa officers are rarely capable of mind-reading or equipped with crystal balls,so all they can do is guess at your true motives based on the signals you give them.
    – TooTea
    Oct 26, 2023 at 18:32

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You have a misunderstanding of what an appeal is for. Appeals are not for when you disagree with the decision of an immigration officer - it's for when such an officer has made a clear and demonstrable mistake.

For example, if the refusal notice indicated that insufficient funds in a specific account was the reason for refusal, but got the account number and name of your bank wrong, you might be able to appeal. You would be simply pointing out the error in the appeal.

Nothing in your question indicates the likelihood of a successful appeal. The assessing office is of the opinion that the justification and purpose of your visit is not reliable. You may disagree with their opinion, but unfortunately it is their opinion that counts. The fact that two different officers have come to the same conclusion means it is extremely unlikely that any other officer will come to a different conclusion until your circumstances change significantly. Countries are entitled to refuse visas to anybody, for pretty much any reason.

In theory you can apply again. However unless your circumstances change you are likely to be refused again. And repeated applications under the same circumstances are problematic. They show a level of desperation in your desire to get to France, which will count against you. You haven't indicated the reason for your desire to visit France. If it's simply tourism you would be well advised to visit a different country instead (not a Schengen country of course). If it's to see family, consider having them come to visit you. If it's for business maybe have them visit you, conduct the business remotely, or send another person in your place.

Once you have established a history of complying with immigration rules, then consider re-applying to France.

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