Visa de retour
A "Visa de retour" allows an individual who is already resident in France and temporarily studying or working in the USA to return to France, due to one of the following situations:
Loss of your "Carte de séjour"
Your "Carte de séjour" :
You hold a "récepissé de demande de carte de séjour"
Please note that applications cannot be processed more than 3 months in advance, but do not wait the last minute.
Be aware that answers for "visa de retour" from the "Prefecture" take time, from a few days to several weeks.
THE VISA SECTION DOES NOT MAKE ANY COPIES.
You must bring your documents and the required copies otherwise your visa will automatically be denied
We only accept residents from Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. Please note you will have to show us a driver license from one of these states (for students : driver license or student ID from school located in one of these states).
Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)
Processing fee (for long stay visas)
Two long stay visa application forms filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
Two ID pictures. Do not glu or staple. All photographs must be recent, in color on a plain white background, of full front view, taken facing the camera. No side or angled view are acceptable. Passport size. No hat, no veil.
A valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20. (or B1-B2 visa in case of loss of your "Carte de séjour")
Proof of your stay in the USA, such as:
Carte de séjour, or récépissé de demande de Carte de séjour
Proof of your reasons to return to France, such as:
Declaration from the Police (in case of loss of your "Carte de séjour")
The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
All applicants must apply in person and must make an appointment prior to 3pm PST.
Personal appearance is mandatory.
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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.
IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.
Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.