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  • France Tourist Schengen VISA - Funding of travel cost for dependents?


    Hi, need help!!, I live in UK with my family on work permit and I am planning to visit France with my family (spouse & kid). In online visa application form (FRANCE Tourist visa), Under "Funding of Travel cost" I see Four option to choose.
    1.Myself
    2.By the person hosting me
    3.By the company, organisation or establishment hosting me
    4.By another guarantorī™
    As I am the Primary applicant, I understand that I need to choose "Myself" for all my expenses (Hotel &travel, etc..). But I am not sure what to select for my dependents(wife & kid)on their respective visa application, some people say I need to select "myself" for my dependents as well, and some say to select "By another guarantor" and mention the primary applicant name (my name).

    I don't see any concrete evidence while searching in google, hence posting it here. Please advise. Thanks!



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    Please call the French Consulate directly and ask for advice. If you cannot speak to anyone in their visa section, then call TLS London who manage the visa process. I am based in Bangkok and was able to get advice from a visa consulate official at the Italian consulate by phone so its worth a try. My experience of my Thai niece applying for an Italian visa in London with VFS may help. She is 18 and will travel to Italy with her mother who is also Thai and living in Bangkok. She is studying in London. We did what we do for Schengen in Bangkok. The form is different for Italy but we said she was being sponsored by her mother who will cover all the costs of the trip. This would be similar to the option 4 on your form: By Another Guarantor. We submitted a sponsor letter from the mother with copy of her passport, daughter's birth certificate, translation of birth cert and mother's bank statement. This is what we do for Schengen visas applications in Bangkok. However, on submitting her documents, VFS London told my niece she needs to submit 400 Euros of travellers cheques as the sponsor letter was insufficient to prove funds for the trip. The bank account has the equivalent of 250,000 Euros so it wasn't that the funds were insufficient. So I had to spend two hours trying to find somewhere in London that sells travellers cheques. Finally tracked a travel agency in Croydon called Kanoo Travel. Thank you Kanoo Travel! The Italian Consulate is living in the 1970s! So, if I was in your position and travelling to ITALY, I would submit a sponsor letter as above AND travellers cheques. But I am planning to call the Italian Consulate on Monday just to check they are actually living in the 1970s and to enlighten them about the near impossibility of travellers cheques.

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