A visa allows you to enter French territory. The duration of your visa will depend on the length of your stay in France. A short-stay visa allows you to remain in the Schengen area. A long-stay visa allows you to stay more than 3 months and to settle in France. If you stay between 3 months and 1 year, you will have a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit. For short stays, repeated over time, you can obtain a travel visa. Some nationalities are exempt from visa requirements, such as EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.