Long stay visa for visitors

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Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.
1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

2. What is a visitor visa?

3. Do I need a visa ?

4. How to make an appointment ?

5. Processing time

6. Requirements

7. Important information

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1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

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  • From the 1st of June 2009, long stay visa holders will be allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay. They will no longer be required to obtain a residence permit ("carte de séjour") from the French local authorities ("Préfecture") as long as their visa is valid .
Please note that the new regulations applicable from the 1st of June 2009 will require a longer processing time to issue long stay visas that will serve as first residence permits.
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2. What is a visitor visa?

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The "visitor" visa (or visa "D") allows you to enter France and stay for more than three months.

You need a long stay "visitor" visa if:

  • you have suffficient income to stay in France without working (retired, sabbatical year…)
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3. Do I need a visa ?

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Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :

AustriaBelgiumBulgariaCyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain
Sweden

Also special rules apply for [family members of an European Union citizen.

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4. How to make an appointment ?

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For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 12, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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

Make an appointment by clicking here

IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM

Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

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.

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5. Processing time

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Processing time may take up to 1 month.

Applications cannot been processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

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6. Requirements

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You are required to please enclose the originals plus 1 photocopy of each document submitted with the application. You are also required to provide the documents in the order listed below and as such: original + 1 copy, original + 1 copy, and so on.

1. One application form (English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

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2. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form

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3. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be lvalid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

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4. Status in the US - If you are not a US citizen, copy of your green card or visa.

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5. Letter promising not to engage in any employment in France (signature certified by a notary public)

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6. Letter of employment in the US stating occupation and earnings

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7. Proof of means of income - letter from the bank, investment certificates, pension slips, …

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8. Proof of medical insurance

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9. Marriage certificate or family book + Birth certificates for children

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10. Proof of accommodation in France (title deeds, lease or rental agreement)

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11. Processing fees

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12. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)

13. E-TICKET OR RESERVATION CONFIRMATION EMAIL SHOWING THE DATE OF DEPARTURE TO EUROPE

14. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted. You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`

Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:

CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE
88 Kearny Street #600
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108

TO:

Your full name

Your address

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7. Important information

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  • 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.
  • Please note that holders of visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Dernière modification : 15/10/2013

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