Long stay visa for visitors

Last update: 06/01/2013

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

1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

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.

However, long stay visa holders will have to register to the 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.

2. What is a visitor visa?

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…)

3. Do I need a visa?

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

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
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

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

4. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

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

Make an appointment by clicking here

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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.

5. Processing time

Processing time may take up to 1 month.

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

6. Requirements

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

2. Two ID pictures(white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

3. 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.

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

5. A criminal record:
- Maine: Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)
- Massachusetts: Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)
- Vermont: Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC)
- Rhode Island: Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI)
- New Hampshire: Criminal Records Unit

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

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

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

9. Proof of medical insurance. Your insurance letter must include : "Medical evacuation" et "Repatriation".

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

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

12.Processing fee

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

14. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). 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: Please, don’t put
the French Consulate name
Your full name
Your address
Your full name
Your address

7. Important information

- 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 Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

Last modified on 23/06/2017

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