Long stay visa for visitors

1- Long stay visa and residence permit in France

- long stay visa holders who intend on staying in France for more than 12 months must register with the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) during the first three months of their arrival in France.

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 12, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

Please bear in mind that applications cannot be processed more than 3 months before your departure date.

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

Minors must apply with their parents at the French Consulate. (or a person with the authority if the parents are out of the country).

Make an appointment by clicking here

To use the system, the following configuration is required :
- Firefox 1.0 and higher
- Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
- allow pop-ups

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.

6- Requirements

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

  2. One US passport size photo on a white background with no glasses and no hat and please do not smile

  3. Questionnaire

  4. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE PHOTOCOPY 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.

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

  6. Letter explaining what you intend on doing in France.

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

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

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

  10. Proof of medical insurance : you must bring proof of a valid overseas medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 50,000 US for emergencies and repatriation and NO deductible or co-pay. The letter provided by your insurance company MUST clearly state these conditions.

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

  12. Enrollment in a school for the children.
  13. Proof of accommodation in France (title deeds, lease or rental agreement)

  14. Processing fee

  15. If you intend on staying in France for more than 12 months: One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)

  16. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.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 :

205N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3760
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 visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Last modified on 23/10/2017

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