Long stay visa for spouses of French nationals
• Starting June 1st, 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.
• However, long stay visa holders will have to register tothe French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) during the first three months of their stay in France. For further information please check the residence permit page.
Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :
Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.
2 months for citizens from :
|US Re-entry permit||US Refugee travel document||Rwanda|
|Syria||Yemen||United Arab Emirates|
- It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.
Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.
1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.
2. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
3. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form
4. Proof of marriage : family book "Livret de famille" (+ ONE COPY) and / or recent (less than 3 months) copy of the french marriage certificate
5. Proof of Spouse’s nationality : spouse’s original « carte nationale d’identité » or consular registration card (« carte consulaire ») or « certificat de nationalité française » or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse (+ ONE COPY)
6. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)
7. The flight confirmation showing the departure date for Europe
8. French Polynesia ONLY: Proof of medical coverage abroad : a letter from your insurance company stating that you are covered abroad or a travel insurance to be purchased from a travel agency.
9. A self-addressed prepaid envelope with a tracking number from USPS OR FEDEX ONLY. You may use one envelope per family. You don’t have to provide an envelope if you prefer to pick up your passport when it is ready. For FedEx, you must choose the option “BILL RECIPIENT”, not “BILL SENDER”.
Please keep copy of your tracking number (as we are not going to do so), stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out like this :
88 Kearny Street #600
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
Your full name
• 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.