New Delhi- Researchers, students and teachers invited by an academic establishment or laboratory in France, as well as holders of the Talent passport can now travel again to France.

Starting 17th August 2020, 7 VFS centres in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi became operational to receive select visa applications, while complying with Indian travel regulations as well as the safety of the consular teams working in different parts of India. Applications will be processed in small batches every week to ensure adequate safety measures at these centres. Social distancing and all other recommended protective measures are also being adhered to. Mobile biometric data collection as well as courier services are available to limit in-person contacts at the centres. Decisions on visa issuance remains tied to any future evolution of existing Schengen regulations authorizing third country students to enter France.( French Embassy Press release)