Set up a visa appointment

Last update: 05/31/2013

Only residents and full-time students in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

If you do not live or study in one of these states, the visa office of this Consulate will not be able to process your application.


Click on this icon to enter our secure server and set up an appointment
(then click on "Appointment" on the left-hand side)

All visa applicants are required to obtain an appointment on-line to apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

Appointments have to be made online, using the link at the bottom of this page. Appointments are not granted at the counter, by phone or e-mail.

For security reasons :

- all visa applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston. They will be received individually, without accompaniment, except under specific circumstances (children under 6 and authorize representative).

- the use of cellphones is strictly forbidden in the visa section. Thank you for switching them off.

Prior to making your appointment, you are strongly advised to read the requirements relating to the visas for which you wish to apply. Visit the Visas page of our website

Although it is important that you apply early, note that for planning purposes, you cannot book an appointment more than 6 weeks in advance, except for long stay visas.
It is the responsibility of every applicant to make sure they book an appointment prior to coming to the visa office.

Waiting periods

All applicants should be aware that the processing times are average, and that the processing time of a specific case can vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements. We strongly recommend that applicants do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements until they receive the approval for their visa; visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.

JPEGIMPORTANT! Applicants may have to wait longer during peak travel periods and holiday seasons, and are therefore advised to take an appointment as early as possible, but no more than 90 days in advance.

Sending documents to the consulate

The visa section does not accept letters of invitation sent directly or faxed to the Consulate in support of visa applications. The originals of such letters should be brought by the applicant to the scheduled interview, together with one set of photocopies per applicant.

On the day of the appointment

- Applicants arriving late will not be accommodated and must reschedule their appointments.

- No appointment will be given at the counter or by phone.

- Only the applicant is admitted to the interview, unless he/she needs to be accompanied owing to age, ill health or difficulties in speaking French or English.

- Please note that there is no waiting area in front of the Consulate for friends or relatives who are not admitted to the interview.

- Minor applicants have to be accompanied by their mother or father or legal guardian at the personal interview.

Last modified on 14/06/2013

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