I am an Indian living in UK with a valid UK business visa. I learnt that it is not possible to get a France on-arrival visa from this question.

Can I walk in to the French embassy in UK and apply for a Schengen visa using my Indian passport?

  • One option: do it and see, then return here and tell us. :)
    – CGCampbell
    Feb 23, 2015 at 16:42
  • Are you on a 'business visa' that was issued for more than 6 months in duration? And more than 3 months unspent leave?
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:14
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    Exactly what UK visa do you have? Feb 23, 2015 at 23:14
  • @MichaelHampton: It is a business visa valid for 6 months :) Feb 24, 2015 at 5:38
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    @nowhewhomustnotbenamed. That means you cannot qualify as a UK resident under Schengen rules. France does not offer discretionary latitude on this point, so you need to find another Schengen member to make your application. Or apply remotely in India.
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 24, 2015 at 6:12

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It looks like you cannot apply for a Schengen visa in London.

Among other requirements:

To apply for a visa from the French Authorities in London:

  • You must be resident in the UK

Your UK residency must have at least 3 months validity after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. As per the decree 2008-1176 of the 13th of November 2008, the French Consulate, London, is not competent in processing visa applications of people not resident in the UK, i.e. holders of ’C-Visit’ visas or of a British visa valid for 6 months or less. People who are not resident in the UK must apply for their Schengen visas at the French Consulate in their country of residence.

  • The OP clearly stated that he is an indian living in UK, so this should not be a problem, right?
    – gmauch
    Feb 23, 2015 at 20:02
  • He said he's on a business visa. While I do have a US mindset, that implies to me non-resident. Perhaps it's a work visa instead. Gayot Fow has asked the OP about the visa length.
    – mkennedy
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:18
  • Well, perhaps. He said he's living there on a working visa, I supposed it's not a temporary work, but a permanent one. The answer to Gayot Fow comment will clear that up.
    – gmauch
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:42
  • @mkennedy: It is a business visa valid for 6 months Feb 24, 2015 at 5:40

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