Visa Refusal Appeals in France

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Christopher Hobbs
Christopher Hobbs
06 Feb 2024

Service Details

Visa Refusal Appeals

This service is available across France

Who Can Benefit from this Service?

  • This service is aimed at individuals who have received a visa refusal from French authorities. 
  • It's particularly relevant for those who believe their application was unjustly denied and are seeking justice or reconsideration. 
  • This includes short-stay visa applicants, long-stay visa applicants, and those who wish to contest the refusal on legal grounds.
Who Can Benefit from this Service?


  • The appeal must be lodged within a specific timeframe after receiving the visa refusal notice. 
  • For short-stay visas, a new procedure as of 2023 requires the appeal to be lodged within 30 days​​. The appeal is now reviewed by the sub-director of visas at the General Directorate for Foreigners in France (Direction générale des étrangers en France, DGEF)
  • Appeals can be made directly by the applicant or through legal representation.
  • A detailed explanation and supporting documents must accompany the appeal to substantiate the grounds for reconsideration.

Procedure: Our Approach

  1. Initial Assessment: We begin by evaluating the refusal notice to understand the reasons behind the visa denial.
  2. Strategic Planning: Based on the assessment, we outline the best course of action, whether it's a gracious appeal to the Consular authorities or a formal appeal to the Commission of Refusal of Visa Entry into France (Commission de recours contre les décisions de refus de visa d'entrée en France, CRRV) for long-stay visas​​.
  3. Documentation and Submission: We assist in preparing a comprehensive appeal dossier, including a detailed letter and all necessary supporting documents.
  4. Follow-up: Continuous monitoring of the appeal's progress and updates to the client.
Procedure: Our Approach

Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

  • Expert Guidance: Navigating the complex legal landscape of visa appeals with the help of experienced professionals increases the chances of a successful outcome.
  • Timely Action: Ensuring that all appeals are filed within the required deadlines to avoid automatic rejection.
  • Personalised Support: Tailored approach based on individual case specifics and legal grounds.
Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

Key Elements of this Service

  • Comprehensive Case Evaluation: In-depth analysis of the visa refusal to identify the best strategy for appeal.
  • Legal Representation: Option to represent clients throughout the appeal process, including before the CRRV and the Administrative Tribunal if necessary.
  • Multilingual Support: Assistance in both French and English to cater to international clients.
Key Elements of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?