Long stay visas for diplomatic or official passport holders

Last update: 06/05/2013

1- Long stay visa and residence permit in France
2- Do I need a visa ?
3- How to make an appointment ?
4- Processing time
5- Requirements
6- Important information

1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

- If you have been appointed by your government to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, you will be provided with a residence card from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs once in France.

- If you have been appointed to work in other areas or to undergo training, you will have to apply for a « carte de séjour » upon your arrival.

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

3. How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants, even 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

To use the system, the following configuration is required :
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- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
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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.

4. Processing time

Processing time may take up to 3 weeks.

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

5. Requirements

1. Two application forms 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 remaining at least 2 blank consecutive visas pages which face each other.

4. If you are not a US citizen, copy of a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card"), a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.

5. A verbal note from your Embassy or the US Department of State

6. If you are not going to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, a letter from the host organization.

7. 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

6. 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 29/09/2016

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