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  • France temporarily closed visa application centers in three countries in Africa due to security concerns


The government of France temporarily closed Visa Application Centers (VACs) in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger on September 29, 2023. As a result, the French government will not process any visa applications, including student, artist, and research visa categories. The government of Mali responded by suspending operations of its visa centers located throughout France. For additional information and government support for French nationals aboard, check here.

What are the Changes?

Due to security concerns, the French government temporarily closed its VAC centers in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.

Looking Ahead

Check the government of France’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

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