1.Online prepayment for visa applications
In order to prevent fraudulent appointments which disturbs the visa issuance organization during summer season, the embassy of France has authorized its external service provider « VFS GLOBAL » to set up an online prepayment procedure for all short stay visa applications. This prepayment applies only for VFS Service Fees.
From 15th of March 2014, online payment is mandatory for scheduling an appointment at VFS Visa Application Centre in Riyadh and Al Khobar.
Visa applicants will be reminded of their appointment by email, 72 hours prior to the scheduled date of appointment and will be permitted to reschedule it at their convenience.
Rescheduling will be no longer possible within 48 hours before the scheduled appointment date. No refunds will apply for service fees already paid in case of cancellation within 48 hours of scheduled appointment date or in case of no personal appearance at the Visa Application Centre
If the applicant comes 10 minutes after the appointment time, VFS staff may not be able to accommodate and service charge will be forfeited.
Applicants will be eligible for refund if they cancel the appointment more than 48 hours prior to the appointment date and time.
To be refunded, the applicant will have to come in person at VFS Application Centre, any time after the date of appointment.