Long stay visa to work in France

Last update: 06/01/2013

1- Long stay visa and residence permit in France
2- Do I need a visa ?
3- How to obtain a long stay visa to work in France ?
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. 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.

3. How to obtain a long stay visa to work in France?

- Any foreigner wishing to work in France must first find a job on his/her own.

- Then the employer in France must draw up a work contract and send it to the local Employment Office (Direction Départementale du Travail et de l’Emploi, in other words, French Ministry of Labour). This contract, if approved, will then be sent for final approval to :

Office Francais de l’Immigration et de l’Integration (OFII)

44, rue Bargue

75732 Paris Cedex 15

- Once endorsed by this office, the contract is directly transmitted to the appropriate French Consulate, where the visa is issued.

- Note that if the worker wishes to move to France with a spouse and/or children, it is imperative that the procedure of "accompanying family member" be started by the employer through the OFII along with the employee’s file.

- Once the file has been transferred, the Consulate will send a letter to the home address of the applicant, requiring each passport holder to come in person - except for children under 6 - to apply for the long stay visa.

- Then the applicant will have to take an appointment according to his/her own availability.

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.

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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, do cancel your appointment.

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

5. Processing time

-  2 months for citizens from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Colombia
Congo DRC Egypt Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan
North Korea Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Oman Pakistan
Palestinians Philippines Qatar
US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel document Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Sudan Suriname
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.

6. Requirements

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Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.

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. Processing fee

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

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

6. 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 full name
Your address 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 04/10/2017

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