How to Apply?

The Consulate General of France in San Francisco

You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in San Francisco if you are resident in the following states:

North California
North Nevada
Hawaii (& Pacific islands)

We do not accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence.

Personal appearance

  • If you already hold a Schengen visa with the mention "VIS" on it issued less than 5 years ago, you don’t have to apply in person (even if this visa is expired, or if it is on an old passport). In that case, just mail us your complete application with a copy of the visa with the mention “VIS”, a credit card authorization form for the fees and a self-addressed prepaid envelop with a tracking number (from USPS OR FEDEX ONLY, with the mailing label fill out as indicated bellow). Do not send us your green card, a photocopy of it will do. Please also note that “VIS-0” is different to “VIS” and is not eligible for this process.

88 Kearny Street #600

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  • If you are not holding a previous Schengen visa with the mention “VIS”, are residing in our jurisdiction and are over 12 years old, you must appear in person at our Consulate in San Francisco. The reason is that our Consulate is now connected to the VIS (Visa Information System) that requires the collection of biometric data: ten fingerprints and a picture. These will be taken in our office after the interview. No Exception.

How to make an appointment?

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

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No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

As slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to book as early as possible.

Please note that due to the peak season you might experience difficulties to find an available slot. However, please note that our appointment booking system IS WORKING and that our complete and reinforced team is already doing its best to accommodate as many people as possible.

You can check our appointment system regularly as there may be some cancellations. We also add extra appointments on our schedule every day to follow the demand. Please remember that you can’t apply more than 90 days prior to your departure and that you can’t book an appointment with us more than 50 days in advance.

During peak seasons, WE WILL NOT REPLY TO EMAILS REGARDING APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING. If we are at full capacity, the system will notify you.
In case of justified medical or professional emergencies ONLY, please send us an email including a letter from your doctor or a letter from your company at the following address:

Holiday closures

The Consulate will be closed on the following days.

Please note: The staff of the consulate works on July 14 (Bastille Day) but the consulate general remains close to the public.

Dernière modification : 20/10/2016

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